|Directed by:||J. J. Abrams|
|Written by:||Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, J. J. Abrams|
|Cast:||Tom Cruise, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ving Rhames, Laurence Fishburne, Billy Crudup, Michelle Monaghan, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Keri Russell, Maggie Q|
I know this film gets all kinds of "underrated" cries from JJ Abrams fans, but I really didn't feel that way at the film's close. Instead I kept thinking "this is exactly why people didn't really like it". As a fan of the first two I really felt like this film just didn't mesh well with the rest of the series.
Married Ethan Hunt was just weird to see. It didn't feel like the story fit in with the previous two at all. And then to throw in an IMF cover up/inside job AGAIN. It was just boring. The plot was nothing too interesting and the overall pacing of the film felt way off. And I'm a huge JJ Abrams guy, but neither the look nor the flow of the film really did this guy any justice.
Phillip Seymour Hoffman was money, as always. Seeing him as a sadistic, twisted villain was awesome. He really stole the show. But other than his performance there wasn't a character in the film that I gave a shit about. Everyone else was fairly static and uninteresting. Which matched the rest of the film fairly well.
The action sequences were pretty standard, but again nothing compared to the first two films. Which leaves me incredible curious about the upcoming Ghost Protocol film later this year. After the series took such an odd turn with this film, I'm really curious as to what direction the series will go in. Hopefully they'll treat this film like it never happened and try to fall in line with the first two more.