The second film wasn't all that great for me, while JJ Abrams' take on the series, MI3, was passable, if not pretty good.
"Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol" surpasses the 3rd film, far surpasses the 2nd film, and in some ways, beats the first one. I daresay that MI4GP might be the best of the entire series, and I don't say that lightly, because again, I really enjoyed the first one.
Of course, I do love Fun Tom Cruise, like I discussed in my review of "Knight and Day", and I think in MI4, action Tom Cruise merges with Fun Tom Cruise, making Ethan Hunt's return much welcome.
Ethan leads off with his team, this time with tech nerd Benji (an impish Simon Pegg, picking up where his young Scotty in "Star Trek" left off), Jane (Paula Patton who I'll get to in a minute) and agent turned desk jockey turned agent Brandt (Jeremy Renner) who, as they always do, has something to hide, something that's revealed later in the film...
The Kremlin is all blowed up and the IMF team is blamed, then "disavowed" from the US government. Essentially, they have no back up, no support, no help, and are now on the run from those wanting to arrest them and bring them in. As they try to clear their name, they travel the Middle East from Moscow to Dubai, getting involved with nuclear codes and Russki bad guys--and I'm so happy that we have Russians as the bad guys again, like in every 80s action movie ever, and like those movies, the Russkies have nuclear codes!
There is a vicious sandstorm to deal with, Ethan Hunt runs alot, great fight sequences, and an incredible scene where Ethan is using power-adhesive gloves to stick to the outside of a window near the top of one of the tallest buildings in the entire world.
|Hey MI5 filmmakers... we need Luther in a prominent role|
Secondly, where the heck is Ving Rhames? His character of Luther was a mainstay in this franchise! I'm not going to spoil it for you and say he is or is not in the film, but we should have lots of Luther.
Overall, this is a great movie, and more importantly for a movie like this, its a FUN movie. One of my favorite ten films of 2011. Loved it.