Mission Impossible Movie Franchise

Part of my goals for 2017 is to watch various movie franchises in order of release. So I made a long list and I am starting with shorter franchises with more than 3 movies and slowly working to the longer ones like James Bond etc.

I decided to watch the Mission Impossible series. I will begin by saying I am not a fan of Tom Cruise and put him alongside Johnny Depp as my least favorite movie stars. But all bias aside here’s my list from least to most favorite.

5. Mission impossible:

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This one had all the makings of a good movie. Espionage, double-crossing, intense stunts, Brian DePalma directing, big name cast. It could have been so good but the ending. Yikes! What a shitty ending.

4. Mission impossible 2:

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I liked this one a lot mainly because of John Woo directing (cue the doves) and stunts that at the time have never been done before. But it still didn’t feel like a Mission Impossible film yet. Closer than the first one 1 but not quite there.

3. Mission Impossible 3:

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This movie is where the change happened and the franchise seemed to have a direction. Phillip Seymour Hoffman (RIP) is so damn good in this one. And JJ Abrams seems to have a way of taking franchises into a new direction with greater heights. Not sure if it’s his vision or whatever but this movie finally felt like a spy movie.

2. Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol:

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It’s barely 2nd. More like 1a. I really like this movie and was captivated by the story start to finish. Lots of cool stunts, lots of double dealing and a really good story. I really enjoyed the addition of Jeremy Renner and Paula Patton. And the scene where the diamonds and plans get exchanged is a nail biter.

1. Mission Impossible 5: Rogue nation

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My take on franchise films is they should always get better over time. Not too many franchises are able to accomplish this But Mission Impossible does. This movie is a so good, it could have stood alone and launched the series. There are so many layers of spying and double cross it takes a bit to sort it all out. But it is still a great spy film loaded with some awesome stunts.