Impossible is nothing to Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) as he’s able to accept missions where reaching results seem to be unachievable but he manages to succeed every time. The previous three spy movies in the series have had a lot of memorable action scenes. Does this fourth installment entertain as much?
I’m going to skip a summary of the story, because really, do you watch the Mission Impossible movies for that? Of course it must keep you interested in what is happening, but that’s done well here. During the movie you get enough background of the various characters to understand what motivates them. Hunt’s team all got their own stories. For a big part of the movie it’s unclear who William Brandt (Jeremy Renner) actually is, Jane Carter (Paula Patton) is also a new face, but an amazing agent (and not only for her looks) and Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) has made field agent too.
Personally I’ve come to expect great scenes in which these spies have to get something from somewhere or someone and have to do all these cool things to get it done. You’ll remember Tom Cruise’s character suspended just above the floor or riding on top of a high speed train in the first one, something with motorcycles in the second one (I have to admit I forgot most of that movie) and jumping off a building and running on a bridge as some of the highlights. This new instalment offers more of that and really doesn’t disappoint. Of course by now everyone will have seen Cruise hanging of the side of the Burj Khalifa, but Ghost Protocol and it’s amazing to see Cruise still pushing himself to do all these stunts himself. This movie offers more than him hanging off the side of the highest building in the world though all taking place in various parts of the world (Russia/India).
Now this is a movie where I was watching it with a constant grin on my face. It’s almost non stop action and suspense, mixed with some humour thanks to Simon Pegg. The bad guy might be a disappointing (Michael Nyqvist really doesn’t have enough screen time to be really menacing), but it really does not matter much. The new Mission Impossible offers spies, cool gadgets, cars and amazing locations all brought together by great action and sometimes that is more than enough for me to make me happy.