I have to say, I wasn't exactly thrilled with the thought of another Mission: Impossible movie. Sure, the set pieces (on occasion) are entertaining popcorn moments. Take, for instance, the building climb in Ghost Protocol. In IMAX, that's fantastic! A real vertigo-inducing experience that showcases stunts and CGI to the max. But that doesn't make a good film. Sure, they can be amusing: frequent wisecracks, and the presence of Simon Pegg create a campy, old-fashioned fun vibe. But that doesn't make a good film. The problem is, the story-lines are usually messy and Tom Cruise is, well, Tom Cruise is a crap actor....
|The spectacular motorbike chase|
|Stunning - the water intake stunt|
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At some points, also, the acting is suspect (yes, we all know Cruise can't act for shit), but some characters are entertaining, if not entirely believable. Take Jeremy Renner or Simon Pegg. Their characters bring much comedy and heart into the whole affair and Pegg (as usual) is brilliant at what he does. Or the much lauded presence of Rebecca Ferguson as a femme fatale straight outta the 40s, which is downright brilliant.
In short, Mission Impossible is designed as a cash vehicle. It's slick and full of awesome stunts, but has no narrative heft and punches above it's weight in terms of age restrictions. It has some great performances, but then again, it also has Tom Cruise. It's good, but it's not great.
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