First off, being Brad Bird's first live action film, this film solidifies the fact that he is a master not only in the world of animation but in other genres as well. What I also admire here is how much more is placed into each character both old and new in the film. Just like in his other animated films ranging from "The Iron Giant" to "The Incredibles" he delves deep into each character and tugs their heart to get more, to get blood rushing and pumping. He makes them more human.
The story revolves around Ethan hunt back on the field, or should I say, prison and he is assigned a new mission to Moscow. There he and his team are thought to be responsible for the bombing of the Kremlin. From there on, they are alone and this is also what I love about this movie. Each character is pushed to the edge. No back up, no agency is assisting them this time. Only each other. This way, each character can show who they really are: human.
The action in this film is incredible and cleverly established. The very opening of the film caught my attention when Josh Holloway leaps off the roof, kills two baddies, from the Kremlin bombing to the tower scaling in Dubai to the battle in an elevated parking lot. Tom Cruise himself who scaled the tower does an amazing job and maintains his calm and cool as he carries out his role. That is an actor right there. The cgi sequences are good, not great, only very well done when it comes to the primary objective of the gadgets that are used in the film. When the Kremlin explodes, the sandstorm approaches Dubai, the cgi was not convincing. The smoke and debris from the exploding Kremlin, could've been done better. However, there is enough, actually way enough going on to distract us from all of that detail.
I think there was a lot of improvement on acting in this series here. New people to the film Jeremy Renner and Paula Patton do great. Renner getting some laughs across, Patton on a path, lusting for vengeance against the woman who killed the man she loved, as I mentioned before, much more added to each character. Simon Pegg also delivers here and I love the scene where he and Cruise are pushing a projection of a hallway in the Kremlin and then his face goes on the projection, that was pure magic in a movie like this, the entire theater was laughing, even I was, and now thinking about it, I'm shocked to have laughed in a Mission Impossible film. Well then again, nothing is impossible.
What I also loved here then what the other three films lacked was this: SUSPENSE. I was literally on the edge of my seat awaiting what was going to happen next. Each scene seemed as if something was going to blow up. Even the scene which I mentioned before, in the hallway. I also think what drove the film was the magnificent score by Michael Giacchino. Not oscar worthy I'm sure but he manages to get that music pumping to get a reaction out of not only the scene, but us.
At the end of it I would have to say that this is the best action film I have seen for a long long time and I am actually considering seeing it again. See it. Agree with the critics on this one. If you are a Brad Bird fan, you're going to be definitely pleased.
This has been a review by daveactor7 =)