It won't be surprising to know that I didn't have too many expectations from this film and that worked in my favour, because it pleasantly surprised me. I had never heard of Brad Bird, but wanted to know who the guy was, as he had suddenly appeared out of oblivion with this big bang release. Later, I found out that Brad Bird is the director of 2 animation power-houses : Ratatouille and The Incredibles! And although, this film is not as intelligent as the 2 animations films, it has enough dough to keep you interested.
So, in Mission Impossible 4, Tom Cruise's IMF is shut down and he along with his friends are labelled as terrorists. His mission is to stop the villain (who is responsible for IMF shutting down) from starting a nuclear war. And for that he has to canter through the movie doing one stunt after another.
The thing that works in the movie's favour is the screenplay. The actions sequences are tightly bound and executed to perfection. Also, there is not too much time to think about the next step ( not that you really have to either!) The movie hurtles from a prison break, to a car chase, to a shootout, to a skyscraper climb, to India effortlessly. Even though Tom Cruise looks old, he is able to pull off the role. Simon Pegg is comfortable being the looney side-kick and gets the best lines. Jeremy Renner and Paula Patton also do competent jobs.
All is not hunky-dory though. The film lacks the intelligence quotient and has some logical blunders. Also. being a MASALA entertainer, it sometimes doesnt even make sense. Anil Kapoor makes a fool of himself in his force-fitted role.
Despite all the flaws though, it works as an entertainer in this holiday season. And by this year's standards, this is a CLASSIC ! So, go on. If you still havent seen it, go ahead and watch it. Cruise finally is in cruise control...
Rating : 5.5 / 10