131 minutes (2 hrs, 11 minutes)
Action, Adventure, Thriller
Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) may be a few years older along with the rest of the highly skilled former IMF team but he hasn’t lost the drive to destroy the bad guy. William (Jeremy Renner,) Benji (Simon Pegg,) and Luther (Ving Rhames) all eventually surface again, this time to eradicate the highly skilled agents in the Syndicate (an International rogue organization.) The CIA has pushed the IMF out so if they’re going to get to the core of Syndicate, they’re on their own. I’m sure this story doesn’t sound nearly as cool and exciting as you think it should sound. Hang with me anyway.
My favorite moment with any new Mission:Impossible movie is anticipating the latest version of the film’s nostalgic open – both the presentation of the “mission” (if you choose to accept it) and the predictable theme song that’s been around since the first episode in 1966. But once you get through that, the big question is, will you want to stick around for the rest of it?
If you haven’t seen the video of Tom Cruise hanging off the side of a plane which actually happened eight times making this movie, it’s impressive. When I learned there was no CGI involved only Cruise with some concealed safety straps, it almost made me forget about the weird Tom Cruise of 2005. A very impressive stunt for sure.
Once again the personality of the M:I characters play well off of one another. Benji is the nerdy computer wiz with confidence in his own technology abilities but not real comfortable when required to fool somebody. Unlike William (Jeremy Renner) who can pass any lie detector test even when he’s knowingly and willingly lying. All of them, including Luther (Ving Rhames) have just the right amount of comedic enhancement to keep it real and keep it light when necessary. It was thoroughly entertaining.
The suspense kept my attention with multiple precarious moments when I thought “how will they get out of this one?” A couple of times they don’t “get out of it” which only made the story better and the suspense more intense.
This was one of my favorite M:I films in recent years. And I almost forgot Tom Cruise is really a nutty man. And that’s just One Chick’s Opinion.
Arruga! – 0
Fidget Factor – 0
Age range – 13 and up
Overall Grade – B++