Quick Verdict: Mission: Accomplished
This fourth instalment in the franchise, like all those that came before, tried to be bigger and better. For me, this is the Mission: Impossible peak. It has the perfect blend of action, espionage and plot to keep you glued to the screen.
Ethan Hunt is back, and this time, he’s in prison. Wait, what? But when a mission goes wrong, they’ll need to break him out so he can once again save the world.
This is a Mission: Impossible on a grand scale. We are treated to Moscow, Dubai, Mumbai and Prague, all shown off in some kind of great set piece. The story is great, it’s different from any before and it all just works. The supporting cast all have something to do. With newbies Paula Patton and Jeremy Renner helping out returning Tom Cruise and Simon Pegg. One of my gripes about the third instalment was the pointless supporting characters. They’ve solved that.
The talented Michael Giacchino is back on composing duties and this time we have Pixar director Brad Bird in the hot seat. Previously the director of The Incredibles, Ratatouille and The Iron Giant, this was his first outing in a live action film. A what a way to start.
I can’t find much to fault with the film. It’s a great action film, with amazing set pieces, good story and all round fantastic film.
So the ranking of the Mission: Impossible films continues.
3. Mission: Impossible III
2. Mission: Impossible
1. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol