Some would say it’s an impossible mission. Or maybe it’s Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.

Mission Impossible is one of those movie franchises that kicked off with a bang. MI1 was a decent movie with an A-List actor that succeeded as an action movie. I can’t remember much about MI2, except that it was directed by John Woo, and that I got bored with it very quickly. I remember MI3 being better than MI2, but for some weird reason I’d forgotten I’d watched it until I went back and watched a trailer for it. At the helm the fourth time around is Brad Bird, whose well known in animation circles as the director of The Iron Giant, The Incredibles and Ratatouille. I was also quite surprised when I also saw J.J. Abrams as one of the producers. I have no doubt Abrams was quite involved in the writing of the script, as there’s a lot about MI4 that reminds me of the new Star Trek. Basically, MI4 is a reboot, without it being labelled as such.

Anyway, what can I say about MI4?

I haven’t seen an action movie this good, in a very, very long time.

The plot starts off with a lot of questions, but gets relatively predictable. Ethan Hunt breaks out of a Russian prison with the help of some old (and some new) friends. He accepts a mission that requires him to break into the Kremlin to steal documents belonging to a maniacal Russian with plans for nuclear war. Long story short, it turns out to be a setup, and the rest of the movie Ethan and his crew must evade the Russians, who think they blew up part of the Kremlin, while attempting to capture the crazy Russian who set them up before he performs a nuclear reset on humanity.

What makes MI4 as good as it is?

It manages to keep you on the edge of your seat through every single action sequence, then paces in just enough calm moments before pushing you back to the edge of your seat. In other words, the way it should be done.

The action sequences are so intense because, like with The Dark Knight, there is minimal use of CG. You see Tom Cruise climbing up a skyscraper? That’s really Tom Cruise climbing up a skyscraper. These scenes are emphasized by some crazy cinematography that reminds you that these are not a computer generated effects.

Another aspect that makes MI4 so successful is it’s strong characterisation. I won’t go into it too much, because it would ruin some of the more interesting parts of the plot, but almost every character has depth and a very strong motivation for doing what they do.

So overall the movie gets a new director, a new set of characters, and an awesome new lease on life.

Movie rating: Highly Recommended watch!