A good rework of the classic TV series that feels more like it's own entity than a reboot, remake or relaunch. It is made into an interesting thriller that takes some cool twists and turns and is more like an American James Bond film than an ensemble. Personally, I see the Tom Cruise films as a product of a "parallel universe" anyway even though I miss the use of an ensemble. Fun enough for a watch.
The first of the MI series may be simple-minded in it's dramatic aspects, but apart from the masterful direction of the action/suspenseful sequences, the film is playful in details and visual/narrative analogies (Corpses, trench coats, chairs and rooms) and there's a delightful Henry Czerny playing as IMF head of operation, which reminds me of Hitchcock even more than De Palma's directorial style does.
I'm not a big De Palma fan but in many ways he was an inspired choice to bring MI to the big screen. He brings to it his customary cinematic self-consciousness, constantly playing with audience expectations and spy/heist tropes so that you can never be quite sure how seriously he is playing it. In this context Cruise's performance - straight, serious and intense - is perfect: a really enjoyable combination.
A film to watch for its set pieces, all undeniably De Palma...the first half hour is perhaps the most classical of his work in this, and it's no surprise the action finale works least of all. He plays with his usual techniques of deception, which work well in a spy world, but he is not a director I need doing big-budget films. The basic principles of what this franchise becomes are all here.