Director: Brad Bird
Starring: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg
IN TERMS of exciting all-action movies then the MI franchise has to be one of the best.
You just know that there will be amazing stunts, explosions and a fair number of bodies littered about.
The early subtlety of the popular TV series was quickly ignored in favour of special effects.
There has been the introduction of a more human side with Tom Cruise’s character, Ethan Hunt, faced with some emotional challenges.
But the tears are quickly wiped away in favour of a good punch-up.
The storyline sees the IMF (Impossible Mission Force) blamed for blowing up the Kremlin. They set out to clear their name, plus stop a possible nuclear war.
There’s also a back plot with a new recruit and his link to Hunt.
The new boy (William Brandt, played by Jeremy Renner) certainly adds to the drama and Paula Patton certainly packs a punch (literally) as Hunt’s side-kick Jane Carter.
But it’s Simon Pegg who adds a welcome comic touch.
MI4, as it’s known, has some incredible stunt work, including climbing up part of the tallest building in the world - the Burg Khalifa in Dubai.
There’s also a dramatic fight sequence in a Mumbai car park.
OK, so you have to suspend belief with a lot of the action - most people wouldn’t survive the things Hunt gets up to.
But the two hours slip away quite quickly thanks to Brad Bird’s slick direction.
Screening courtesy of Cineworld Crawley