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KING Of All Schmoes
|Directed by:||Christopher McQuarrie|
|Written by:||Drew Pearce|
|Cast:||Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, Alec Baldwin, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris, Rebecca Ferguson|
+ good cast (Cruise is good as always, though the script didn't really offer him much other than stunts, like MI3 and MI1 did. Pegg was good in what seemed like a bit of a larger role than before)
+ good direction
+ good script (while I can't say any of them were particularly hilarious, I chuckled at nearly every joke, and the movie had a couple cool little twists)
- some characters were unfortunately really sidelined (Ving Rhames and Jeremy Renner) and the villain was pretty forgettable looking back on it, though an improvement over MI4's
- the storyline, while it worked and was more involving and exciting than Ghost Protocol's, was ultimately pretty been there done that and forgettable/disposable and there wasn't as much cool spy type stuff as I had hoped. And the final takedown of the bad guy, while cool in concept, seems pretty too random and convenient when thinking about it, seeing as Ethan just dashes into that building in a panic when he was otherwise going to go right by it...
- a minor quibble but the opening credits (I think MI4 did this too) ...just why? Why do they make the opening credits into basically a trailer for the movie you're just about to watch, showing you all the cool moments that are coming up? Why not just have that opening credits be a stylized version of Ethan's descent off the plane or something... weird.
A huge improvement over Ghost Protocol, and all in all a good movie. Still doesn't reach the heights of MI3 unfortunately, but it works and was a fun popcorn flick. It's unfortunate and kind of shocking that the big stunt (the plane) was actually a real short throwaway scene in the movie right at the beginning, but the triple header action sequence that had the underwater bit leading directly into the car chase leading directly into the bike chase was one of the best action sequences in quite some time. Recommended.