I don't think it makes sense to talk about "the Mission: Impossible
films" as a unit. The only two that really feel like parts of the same series are III and Ghost Protocol
, because they're both produced by Abrams. The first and second movies feel like completely distinct entities from one another and from the latter two. They have the same name and the same lead character (plus Luther), but otherwise it's like they gave the same basic premise to three different filmmakers and had them go in completely independent directions. So I don't think many blanket generalizations can be made about the films as a whole.