Their mission which they chose to except was to somehow put Ethan hunt back in the field and make him run around to punch and shoot more terroristy people in the face….
The result is not bad actually, Tom cruise on good form even if he is starting to look ‘too old for this shit’, Simon Pegg is back again and is probably the most likeable character in it, Jeremy Renner as an analyst with hidden past (that’s not a spoiler btw it’s in the trailer) and Paula Patton who is the eye candy but thankfully she doesn’t do the damsel in distress routine (she does need to change her name though because Paula Patton is not a sexy enough, maybe something Spanish… Isabella Fuentes possibly), no fault with any of their performances.
Now the real problem I had with this film, the plot, it’s the usual WMD, mass murder, war provoking sort of thing, only this time there’s not IMF to back up Ethan and his team since they were framed and the IMF has been disavowed so it’s up to them to sort it out. Sounds pretty good so far and it has to be said that the lack of back up does add something to the film as well as providing a few laughs. My problem lies with the characters and the back story, Ethan hunt all of a sudden has a heart and we’re meant to care about him, not the woman he’s trying to save but we are meant to care about his emotions and heartache which to me just doesn’t fit and it’s trying to add in this 3rd dimension that just seemed a bit pointless and almost pandering, maybe to make it less of a guy film, either way it seemed a bit late in the franchise to change the character to such an extent.
So on to the verdict, I know this is a fairly short review for such a big film but it’s not an easy one to pass judgement on, I can say that this is a good film (mind blowing stuff right) with some really incredible action sequences and amazing locations along the way, the locations being so far apart does make it feel a bit jumpy almost like on the first day of writing someone wrote an equation on the board, big film + big locations = big money, they really do earn some major air miles. Another problem is the length of the film; it starts to drag towards the end almost to the point of boredom.
My final word is that this instalment is a solid 3 star film punctuated with 4 star moments so it has to settle on 3 stars or 3 Danny Glover’s in this case (cos you know in the next film Cruise may have to admit it).
Oh and here’s the trailer: