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The premise to M1 doesn't ring true. There is no way CIA would implicate Ethan as the mole and assassin of his own IMF espionage team without recovering all the dead bodies first. Unless CIA had Jim Phelps and Claire's dead body on a morgue slab there is no way Ethan would be implicated. This is the goddamn CIA not some underfunded police department! By taking Peter Graves character from the popular tv show and turning him into a post-cold war villian and murderer is paying disgusting disrespect to fans of the tv show. The story has a clumsy narrative where it hops, skips and jumps all over the world in a sloppy manner. This wasn't the story I was expecting. Brian De Palma as a director for hire was given a travesty of screenwriting and made the film more interesting then it should have been. The scene where Ethan had the black hood over his head, meeting Max for the first time was building to a huge clinical gunbattle between CIA and Max's henchmen I was on the edge. When nothing happened it seemed like something was badly missing. At that point there should have been a gunbattle like when in THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR Max Von Sydow's CIA assassin crew took out Robert Redfords CIA bookworms. The CIA computer heist sequence is probaly the most sophisticated set-piece in all 3 bland mission movies. I'm sick of evil IMF agents when there's a plethora of villians on the world stage. The climax in the train tunnel belongs in a cartoon! If mission 4 goes ahead bring back Brian De Palma then the crap he was given with mission 1. No one assembles shots and moves the camera better then De Palma. M2 isn't worth talking about. In M3 J J Abrams is reworking the weak formula of M1. Crudup is the Phelps role. Fishburne is the Kitteridge role. Hoffman is a more violent variation of the Max role and in the second half we once again get Ethan on the run from the agency. Abrams has louder more bombastic tedious action set-pieces then the previous mission movies, but the story comes off as more of a tv episode then a cinematic experience. Bring back Brian De Palma for mission 4 and give him a truly minbending IMF sting operation!
|4/10||harry.georgatos@ - 82 reviews|
18.2.2010 - age: 36-49
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