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Posted on 12/27/11 10:33 PM
Empty, superficial script with loud, noisy, deafening special effects.
Plastic, hollow characters and their substandard performances.
It's Mission Impossible for the young MTV generation.
I guess I'm the only one on the internet who hated this movie.
Filming it and presenting it in IMAX format makes the good action scenes look fantastic.
Watching Cruise climb the skyscraper in Dubai is exciting, even more so in IMAX.
Unfortunately, these few great moments are stuck between another hour of mediocre acting from a generic cast.
The actors look like they were picked out of a GQ magazine. 20-something plastic mannequins with no charisma or personality. There's the extremely annoying British sidekick Simon Pegg who's freaked out & paranoid about their dangerous missions. They keep cutting back to him over & over showing his reaction shots until you're sick & tired of him in the first 10 minutes & wish he would get killed off. There's the real pretty female model and her male counterpart who make up the rest of Cruise's team, the IMF. Even big name Jeremy Renner, an average actor at best, has no interesting presence at all. He's just along for the ride. These characters have no background. They are not developed. They're just here and we're supposed to believe that they are all part of this secret agency. For an espionage team, they're pretty boring individuals.
I didn't care one bit about these characters and I didn't like any of them, including Cruise. And if you don't like or care about the characters, how can you really like a movie?
The best thing about the Mission Impossible movies, like James Bond & other great spy capers is when they have to infiltrate a top secret government building, trick the security people, break in and steal the secret documents and then have to escape after being discovered. There are several very good scenes like these. Unfortunately, you then have to sit through the other half of the film: over-produced slop with generic acting.
There is absolutely no connection or inspiration of the original Mission: Impossible TV series. The actors are amateur compared to originals like Peter Graves, Martin Landau, Leonard Nimoy, and Steven Hill. This movie could have been titled anything "Escape from the Kremlin," or "Assignment: Dubai" and it would have still been only moderately entertaining. But using the famous brand name attracts more customers.