58. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (B+)
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
: My enthusiasm for this film has been slightly tempered upon re-watch -- but only slightly. I've noticed a few more plot holes, the villain is unremarkable (in fact, it turns out his two biggest scenes were cut from the movie entirely), and Jeremy Renner's character never really impresses, but it doesn't really matter.
The Dubai sequence is the most thrilling piece of cinema in a Hollywood movie since the Langley sequence from the first Mission: Impossible
. The rest of the action is exciting and inventive, too, and the movie has a good sense of humor about itself ("Mission accomplished!"). Considering how good Tom Cruise looks at nearly fifty, I see no reason why Paramount can't get another sequel -- or two -- out of the series before retiring the Ethan Hunt character (or relegating him to a supporting role).
Home Video: 32 +1