REVIEW SUMMARY: The best entry of the film series, thanks in no small part to Brad Bird’s engaging direction, several outstanding set pieces, and a good deal of tongue-in-cheek humor.

RATING:

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: After breaking out of a Russian prison, secret agent Ethan Hunt and the Impossible Mission Force team set out to stop a Swedish peace proponent from stealing codes to a nuclear arsenal and detonate a device.

MY REVIEW:

PROS: A refreshing ensemble cast led by Tom Cruise, with Simon Pegg, Paula Patton, and Jeremy Renner adding much life to every scene; two soon-to-be-famous set pieces; Brad Bird’s outstanding command of pace despite the movie’s length.

CONS: Inane nuclear weapons storyline; not enough time developed to either the principal or most of the secondary villains; tone at times too slight and diffident.

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