Mission: Impossible (Franchise)

6 – Mission: Impossible 2; Where, oh where, do we begin? Mission Impossible 2 is the epitome of all the worse parts of the franchise. It is terribly cheesy without intention. The acting is almost 100% terrible. The only good thing about MI-2 is that it is entertaining if you want a spoof action film. To sum it up, Mission Impossible 2 tries too hard to be a James Bond film but in the end accidentally becomes an uncomfortably serious Austin Powers-like movie. Cinemaster Score: 4/10

5 – Mission: Impossible III; MI-3 is one of those movies that people generally don’t remember as it’s just a generic action film with good characters and an interesting villain. J.J. Abrams’ action scenes are filmed with a kinetic energy that is occasionally hard to follow, and the scenes are shot rather blandly. It was a dramatic departure from 2’s slow-mo filled action, which is its saving grace. Abrams attempts to humanize Ethan Hunt in this film, and while it does add some depth to the character, I find myself to enjoy Cruise’s character when there is a mystery to him. Overall it is a rather dizzying, energetic, film that is occasionally fun, but still a huge step up from the disaster that was MI-2. Cinemaster Score: 7/10

4 – Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation; The 5th installment of this franchise isn’t that bad. The main problem is that it isn’t super exciting. The storyline is full of political issues being the biggest conflict. There is the “Syndicate” mentioned briefly at the end of the previous movie, but they don’t really feel like much of a threat. The worst part is a lack of suspense like the other movies in the franchise had. The overall mission isn’t at all impossible and the pieces that lead to it only seem impossible because of the characters’ dumb mistakes. On the bright side, the action scenes look good and the movie is acted well. It is more memorable than MI-3 and – unlike every other Mission: Impossible film – has some impact on another one of the movies. Cinemaster Score: 7.6/10

3 – Mission: Impossible; Mission: Impossible is simply iconic. Its action scenes are cutting edge, its characters nuanced, the plot intriguing, and the tension is higher than ever. This is before these movies were a series, meaning this movies is free from establishing itself for the next movie and instead focusing on itself. Tom Cruise establishes himself as an action star who is basically playing himself at this point with his willingness to perform his own stunts. Ethan Hunt is instantly alluring, his charisma more subdued than that of Bond, but with the explosive physicality of Jackie Chan. The movie immediately establishes itself as a game of chance, with bad luck frequently striking our characters and establishing unique situations with the cast. Well acted, full of iconic action and characters, and still as relevant today as it was years ago. Cinemaster Score: 8.1/10

2 – Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol; Ghost Protocol acts as a revival of the series in a way, as MI-3 happened 5 years prior and people were beginning to wonder what had become of the franchise. That was until this movie roared into the public’s view and showed us what an action movie should be. It has one of the best action set pieces of all time in the scaling of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest constructed building in the world. This scene mind you, was performed by Tom Cruise himself – making the moment feel real and impactful. Ethan Hunt is just as refreshingly suave and spry, even when being played by an actor in his 50’s. The stakes in this were higher than any previous, the characters more crucial, and the action more real. The ending literally has you on the edge of your seat as you see a nuclear rocket clip the side of a building, and think that Hunt’s mission this time was really impossible. To feel so connected to a character this long into a series speaks to the quality of the film. Simply an amazing piece of action cinema. Cinemaster Score: 9.2/10

1 – Mission: Impossible – Fallout; Fallout is by far the best Mission: Impossible movie. It is an absolutely gorgeous film in every way. In our opinion, Mission: Impossible – Fallout is the best action movie of all time. That being said, it deserves more than just a brief reasoning in the rankings section as to why it’s so good. To see the details on Fallout’s greatness, you can search it or click the link in the text above for a full look at the film. Cinemaster Score: 10/10

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