The use of a maguffin works against the film, as opposed to the NOC List in M:I. Its gun-centred action set-pieces feel disconnected and fail to create any sense of consequence and danger to the overarching narrative. This should be compensated by the presence of Hunt's wife, but including her and Hunt's torture scene at the beginning robs what little gravitas the interluding majority of the film had.
Tom Cruise tortures a suspect and Ving Rhames cries out, "This isn't you, Ethan! This isn't you!" This is perhaps the filmmakers' most tacit acknowledgment that much has changed in the spy game since the last "Mission": 9/11, the Bourne series, TV's "24." And yet one must evolve with the times. Just as J.J. Abrams makes the leap from the small screen, here Ethan Hunt transforms from an army of one into a team player.
Great action cinema that gets almost everything right. OK the end is a bit stale but up til then both Cruise and Abrams are on fire. Hoffman's villian is great but I wish we could have seen more of him.
Certainly the best of the first three mainly due to a story that works by humanizing the Ethan Hunt character and providing a nemesis played to perfection by Philip Seymour Hoffman. Good supporting turns by Monaghan, Russell and Crudup but truly anchored by Cruise who is at his best here. Some interesting story and editing choices by Abrams with a proloque that really grabs one by the throat.
Delivers a fair amount of what you'd want from one of these movies. As the villain, Phillip Seymour Hoffman is great, as usual. Also as usual, Tom Cruise heaps on the intensity until his performance almost seems like a parody of itself. The scenes involving Ethan Hunt's love life fell flat, and there were a few cheesy plot twists too many towards the end, but overall a decently entertaining blockbuster.
J.J. Abrams breathed a lot of life into this boring ass franchise. It also paid off that the villain in this film actually felt like a villain thanks to the always incredible Philip Seymour Hoffman who was so great you actually root for him to win.