reviewed by Tom-Tom
The Mission Impossible film series is unique in that each film has been shaped by a different director. Brad Bird is the fourth director to tackle the franchise. He brings with him his considerable talents for stylized silence, humor, gadgetry, action and dramatic cinematography in a cool spy film which is fun, shocking, and satisfying.
The film opens unusually for a Mission Impossible after a rather exciting opener from two people we don’t know stealing from and killing one another. The scene changes and we get what looks like security camera footage of a Russian prison in which the doors are electronically locked with clear red lights for closed and green for open. Suddenly one door opens and a giant tattooed thug walks free into the hall not believing his luck. It’s got a bit of teatre d’absurtite feel to it. We soon realize the doors were opened by Benji (Simon Pegg) who only had two rather funny yet memorable cameos in the third film. Pegg is such a natural comic actor with a very expressive face demonstrating shock, annoyance, confusion in a series of rather funny faces as he plays around opening cell block after cell block and looks on using his many faces as things take a turn he wasn’t expecting. Ethan Hunt IMF (Impossible Mission Force) Agent is also in the prison for reasons we know not. As Benji takes the hacker’s high road, an unknown female agent (the kickass and beautiful Jane Carter played by Paula Patton) takes the subterranean low road while keeping in constant contact with him. Ethan defers from the easiest path of escape and seeks to help another unknown character Bogdan, a string-haired bearded man who calls Hunt Sergei, escape.