There are two reasons I watched this movie, Jeremy Renner who plays William Brandt and doesn’t show up for the first 40 minutes; and Simon Pegg who plays Benji Dunn and luckily is there from the beginning. Despite my misgivings I actually ended up liking this movie, despite Tom Cruise. I’m sorry he just doesn’t make a good action star in my opinion, nor ensemble cast member. However, since Renner, Pegg, and the lovely Paula Patton who plays Jane Carter do, this movie works. There is some funny moments between Pegg and Renner and the ensemble banter was enough to keep me interested.
The storyline was good but I felt there could’ve been more to it. The premise of the MI team being out on their own without support from central command helps keep the story line alive. They make mistakes, things don’t work right and they just can’t call in someone to help them fix it. Sometimes they just have to use their wits, that vulnerability deepens the characters.
I did enjoy the set ups for the actions scenes particularly the one that takes place during a Dubai sand storm but I could just really care less about the main character Ethan Hunt (Cruise). I know that’s bad, but just couldn’t get over the arrogant, aloof, we are a team but I put the “I” in team, of the main character. Whether that is just Cruise or how Ethan Hunt is supposed to be played I don’t know. Prior to this I’ve only seen the first Mission: Impossible movie and really don’t remember it.
I hear there is going be be a 5th movie and that Pegg and Renner will be back. I guess I’ll have to watch that one as well, but will definitely be waiting for the rental.