Sorry for the few updates here lately. Been super busy with work and i’m currently moving. But i had some time off today so i decided to give you guys another Classic Action Movie Franchise Review (or CAMFR for short. Really. We need to change that already) I had recently been rewatching the Mission: Impossible movie again so i thought that franchise would be a good one for this. Yeah, it’s more of a modern action movie franchise, but i can’t run through all the classics right away. So let’s see how this one hold up.
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE (1996)
This is one of those movies that just get’s better and better every time i watch it. Sure, it’s not as action heavy as it’s sequels, but it more than makes up for it in suspense. Even when knowing all the plot twists this movie still keeps me on the edge of my seat every time. Especially during three pivotal scenes. The opening mission, the C.I.A. break in, and the ending on the train. Those get me every time. Tom Cruise was great as Ethan Hunt as well. He plays his usual Tom Cruise character, but it suits this cocky, too smart for his own good type of character perfectly. The locations and set design of the movie is absolutely beautiful as well. All the European places this takes place in are absolutely stunning and makes me want to take a vacation. It’s a shame this was the last really good movie from director Brian De Palma though. He has made so many good movie throughout his career, but for some reason it all went downhill after this. I really hope we get another good one from him before he decides to retire.
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE II (2000)
I had not seen this movie since it first came out because i remember hating it so much i never wanted to see it again. I should have listened to myself and kept it that way. How on earth did they manage to fuck this up so much? It went from a very suspenseful and pretty grounded action-thriller to this Looney Tunes style action movie. Look, i love John Woo. He has made some of my all time favorite action movies. But here he had no idea what he was doing. The action scenes were so poorly directed and edited here it seems like it’s from a first time director. Tom Cruise uses a ridicules fighting style it seems like he thought himself by playing too much Street Fighter. The fight scene at the end has to be one of the worst fight scenes i have ever seen thanks to that. And it looks especially bad when he is supposed to sneak in on the bad guys and is trying to stealthily take out the guard with all of his flips and jump kicks. Maybe he should have played a little more Splinter Cell as well instead of just Street Fighter. And speaking of the bad guys, this movie has one of the worst villains i have ever seen in any movie ever as well. Dougray Scott gives probably the worst performance of his career here. He goes way too over the top, and not in a good way. This was just painful to watch. This entire movie was painful to watch. I don’t even want to talk about it anymore. But at least it’s all uphill from here again. Now i need a drink.
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III (2006)
Now this is how a Mission: Impossible sequel is supposed to be done. Gone are all the ridicules cartoony action and fight sequences and we are back to a more grounded, yet still even more spectacular action movie. Where as the action in M:I 2 just made you laugh at it all, here it has you on the edge of your seat again with excitement and anticipation. Ethan Hunt is back to being the same guy from the first one and are no longer using his Street Fighter movies to take out guards. This movie also has the best villain of the franchise, Owen Davian, portrayed perfectly by the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman. This is just another movie that proves he was one of the all time greats. Even in what could be categorized as a mindless action movie, he gave it everything he had. It’s just a shame he’s not in the movie more because he elevates it to an entire new level every time he’s on screen. J.J. Abrams brings some of his usual trademarks to the movie as a director, but he never overdoes it like John Woo did in the last one. He knows how to keep it subtle. I have yet to see a movie of TV-show episode directed by him that i haven’t liked, so that acually gives me some hope for the new Star Wars movie. Let’s hope for the best.
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - GHOST PROTOCOL
This is one of the most impressive Hollywood action movie i have ever seen. That scene at the Burj Khalifa tower was so incredibly cool. The fact that Tom Cruise actually climbed the top of the tallest building in the world by himself. That makes me respect that man for life. I can guarantee you that no other big Hollywood star at his level would ever do that. But that scene is not the only thing this movie has going for it. Almost the entire movie is filled with great action sequences and fight scenes. The rest of the team is also my favorite in the movies so far. Sure, i missed Ving Rhames a lot, but in return we get Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton and a lot more Simon Pegg than in the last movie. I’m really happy they are all returning for the next one. Just bring back Ving as well and it will be perfect. Brad Bird really was an excellent director for this franchise. He has directed some of my favorite animated movies (and two of my favorite Simpsons episodes), and now he has directed one of my favorite action movies. I really can’t wait for Tomorrowland now. And i really wonder how Christopher McQuarrie are planning to one-up this movie for the next one. I really liked The Way of the Gun and Jack Reacher, but neither of those were big action movies. But i’m keeping my hopes up for the next one anyway. At least it can’t get any worse than the second one, right?
OVERALL TAKE ON THE FRANCHISE:
This is probably one of my favorite current movie franchises, not just in the action genre. Tom Cruise is kicking more ass in his 50’s than most guys can do in their 20’s. And if the franchise just keeps getting better like it has with the pest two movies then i think it has a bright future. Let’s hope they learnt from their mistake with the second one and don’t do anything like that again. But i doubt that. That movie was very much a product of it’s time. Everything had to be taken to the extreme in the late 90’s early 00’s and Mission: Impossible was absolutely the wrong franchise for that.
Mission: Impossible 10/10
Mission: Impossible II 1/10
Mission: Impossible III 8/10
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol 9/10
Overall Score: 8/10