pretty run-of-the-mill blockbuster material here. cruise turns in his usual performance – the one that he’s used for all but a couple of his films. cruise, lately, has made an ass of himself and, in doing so, has made his films about him and his persona more than anything else. consequently this film, and his future projects, will be increasingly judged based upon the audience’s view of the man, not the movie. that said, i’m not a cruise fan, but i tried to be objective.
objectively, this film is inferior to the 007 films and the other two MI pics as well. the first was done by depalma, who is an imminently capable director, the second was done by john woo, who is one of the finer action directors of the last 15 years, and this one was done by some guy who only has tv credits to his name. what results is a film based entirely on action at the cost of true plot/character development.Watched in theater