There aren’t many film series that make it to their 5th, especially ones that keep making good ones. Sure horror films try and pump out as many as they can, and book series can get to 5 and beyond, but there aren’t many non horror or book/comic series that ever do it. Fast & Furious comes to mind, but I’m hard pressed to think of another, except for Mission Impossible that is. As a series, Mission Impossible has had its ups and downs, but with the 3rd being my favourite of the series, and the 4th my next favourite, means there’s still some strong storytelling there.
With the 5th director in as many movies behind the camera, makes you feel that each film will have its own unique style or way of telling the story, which John Woo’s 2nd film had in spades. But with this series of films it comes across as more like the Bond films, as in they keep the same feel as much as they can, and the last 3 Mission films can be said to have that for sure. So though unique in their own ways, they still have those strong through running thematic cross threads.
With this film though, while keeping to the same characters that have now been around for 3 films, and the same visual styling, in other regards it dropped the ball. While still fun and action packed, it was also long and laboured, and boring in parts. When you come out of a movie that’s just over 2 hours long, but you expected to look at your watch and see nearly 3 hours have gone by, you know that’s not a good thing. Go for the action and for the love of the series, but expect it not to be as good as other films in the series.
7.5 out of 10 from me!!!