"I just spent all night watching M:I and drinking double IPAs, let's rank..."
6. Or is it 7? I'll remember as I go!:
Mission: Impossible 2
It bears repeating that this is a John Woo sequel to a Brian de Palma film and that's fucking sick. Though it is also the M:I movie whose Wikipedia plot synopsis begins with this sentence: "Bio-chemical expert Dr. Vladimir Nekhorvich sends a message to the IMF for Ethan Hunt, an old friend of his, warning that his employer, Biocyte Pharmaceuticals, forced him to develop a biological epidemic to profit from its remedy." This was a movie I really wanted to have aged well, given its premise and its director, but this just lacks the star power that makes these movies fuck.
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
I FEEL WEIRD PUTTING THIS ONE HERE BECAUSE IT MAKES THIS WHOLE SERIES SING - but this is why nerds that decided their anti-nerd cinematic universe of choice was Fast & Furious get the side-eye. Ghost Protocol is in retrospect pretty fucking weak, living on stunts and dying on characters that have nothing to offer - hell, I remember liking Paula Patton back then, and there are some fun gags that point out how stupid this entire series is - but really this movie is the glue gloves and a real drag otherwise. "May there be peace on Earth."
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
Villain's great, actors are great, cinematography is great...but maybe I feel that way because of what I'm going to say later? I just can't shake this feeling that I already want to yell at myself in a hotel bathroom over this one. He rode a plane INTO THE SKY FROM THE OUTSIDE OF IT.
Mission: Impossible III
I think every M:I fan would love to rank this movie higher (than the two movies I just ranked it higher than) given the extremely succulent performance from PSH...but there's plenty of other movie here, and a lot of it is trying to justify M:I2 in a way that just feels like cheese left out on the counter. Half the fun of cheese is the risk it'll wreck you, the other half being "Oh no, it's fine. I always spill red wine on my white custom made shirt."
Started it all, epic twists, devious stunts...but I still feel like I don't really get it whenever I watch this movie, and the De Palma of it all makes me feel like I'm supposed to be getting it. In some ways my favorite thing about this stupid fucking franchise is that it started from such humble - but not quite DVD-thieving street racers - levels of espionage and gotcha filmmaking.
Mission: Impossible - Fallout
This movie is utterly stupid and I don't care at all! The dialogue is so on the nose, the character motivation so willfully pointless, the blocking and acting so deliciously aware of its occurring in a movie but also, strangely and at the most unexpected times weighty and personable...this could really just be a thread about how awesome Fallout is and I'd totally accept that. How did they film that helicopter scene? How did they make a scene where Ving Rhames, who's really just been a cameo in this series for nearly a decade, and Michelle Monaghan, who you've really got to care about M:I3's actual story and Jeremy Renner's character arc to remember was even a part of this series, dismantle one third of a nuclear explosion the emotional crux of this entire double trilogy?
1. "I'll Bite..." In response to Reply # 0 Tue Aug-25-20 12:12 PM by spenzalii
MI:II. John Woo flick. Not exactly a MI flick. Early 2000 movies did not age well
MI: GP. Probably has the coldest stunts of all of them. Paula looked fine as f*ck. The Kremlin bit was great. So was the skyscraper scene. 'Mission Accomplished' was hilarious. But on a whole it was more set piece than 'cohesive story' (and given the subject matter I use story loosely), so here it sits.
MI. The biggest gripe I had about this one is they showed THE ENTIRE PLOT in the trailer and commercials. But the tension in the Langley break in scene is still hard to beat today.
MI:III. Probably the most grounded since the first one. Didn't really care how PSH ended up dying, but I did like how the Rabbit's Foot didn't even matter. The breakout scene on the bridge was fun. Maggie Q is always nice to see. Probably the 'anti-MI:II', but as a mini reset it was fine
MI:RN. This wins simply by doing Spectre better than Bond did. The energy GP had was refined and reworked with better characters and a better story which made this one rock from beginning to end. While I like Solomon Lane, I never really felt him a threat (and why he's shooting at Ethan at the end when he's the only one that can get him the account codes I have no clue). Rebecca Ferguson was fantastic. Oh yeah, Cruise on the side of a plane? Come on!
MI:F. I was literally on the edge of my seat at the end of this movie (even though Ethan can't lose). I do wish they didn't have to kill Cavill, as I loved his take on John Lark. Absolutely worth hosing Wheden's Justice League.
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2. "Where are your double IPA rankings?" In response to Reply # 0
My M:I rankings:
M:I III: yes, PSH absolutely rules, but every time he's off screen, this movie plays a lot more like a random episode of Alias. One or two cool action sequences, and the Vatican bit is a highlight. But ultimately, this movie is PSH and change.
M:I II: prime John Woo goodness. Might honestly belong higher on the list in terms of sheer righteous action, but it's probably a better Woo movie than it is a M:I movie.
M:I IV: truly delightful set pieces. The Burj Khalifa stuff is untoppable. That said, three things bring this down a bit: 1. Paula Patton, as well as she does here, is immediately followed by Rebecca Ferguson, so the franchise improves from here. 2. Too much Jeremy Renner, and they didn't really know what to do with him. 3. There's this odd tone to Cruise in this movie... Bird just makes Cruise complain the whole time, lmao. Which, don't get me wrong, is funny, but I think it teeters on the edge of making him a spoilsport. Which just isn't Cruise.
M:I: the original is truly incredible summer filmmaking. Probably objectively the "best" of the franchise. Good twists, great De Palma set pieces, terrific acting and dialogue. Big fan.
M:I: Fallout: the best action setpieces of the bunch. Cavill owns. Really hard to not put this at number one...
M:I: Rogue Nation: ... but I think this is the one. The tone is just perfect from the very start, the setpieces are breathtaking, the intro to Ferguson is outstanding... just a perfect spy movie. Fallout has better spectacle, but Rogue Nation is probably the better movie as a whole imo. (I reserve the right to immediately change my mind on this.)
5. "2 is the only one I dislike" In response to Reply # 0
1. M:I - I'd say some small parts haven't aged well, but otherwise I think this is one of the most iconic action movies ever. Honestly Fallout should probably be #1 but the Pentagon scene is such a classic it keeps this at the top of the rankings. My palms sweat every time I see it.
2. Fallout - Love all the characters and the twists and turns. The Wolf Blitzer bit early on is so silly it almost takes me out of the movie, but it recovers pretty quickly and I'm on board the rest of the way.
3. Ghost Protocol - Became the standard bearer look-wise for the rest of the series. The entire Dubai sequence is incredible. Also LMAO @ throwing cars at each other.
4. M:I 3 - PSH as the villain makes this one very rewatchable. This movie doesn't get enough credit for setting up the stakes (Julia) for later films.
5. Rogue Nation - Very good, but the least memorable out of the newer crop.
6. "you've got to revisit, man." In response to Reply # 5
>6. M:I 2 - Fucking MTV ass movie.
Once you view it as a John Woo movie instead of an M:I movie, then most complaints go out the window and you realize you're watching Cruise-led melodramatic motorcycle kung fu, and it fucking owwwwwns.
10. "My first post in a minute. I'll bite." In response to Reply # 0
1. FALLOUT- Takes the espionage from one, the stunts from GP and pays off for the previous five movies while standing on it's own and being a direct sequel to 5. Everything here fucking owns.
2. The first - A true espionage movie and the CIA break-in is still fucking awesome. As is the finale on the train. Dated (obviously), buy this movie sings.
3. ROGUE NATION - Solid for what it is. The underwater sequence owns. And the way Alec Baldwin says "Hunt" at one point will never not be funny.
4. GHOST PROTOCOL - As pointed out the stunts and the film looks incredible due to Brad Bird's direction but otherwise pretty forgettable. Shame they didn't keep the IMAX aspect ratio for home viewing like they did for FALLOUT and a fuck ton of other movies that shot in the format.
5. 3 - Sad that Benji became a franchise mainstay because of this one. With that said, if it wasn't for Philip Seymour Hoffman, this would probably be the worst one.
6. 2 - For better or worse, it's a early 2000s John Woo movie. Take it as you will.
12. "1. Mission: Impossible" In response to Reply # 0
classic M:I from start to finish. they had to go different directions immediately with the sequel, because they are never going to make a better movie in the franchise with the same style. plus it has a super-taut 1:45 running time, which doesn't happen much anymore.
2. Fallout they were about to burst the bubble after Rogue Nation but this was redeeming, and was warranted. crazy set piece after crazy set piece.
3. III I need to rewatch this, because while I enjoyed Rogue Nation in theaters, I have no clear recollection of it. I remember more of III, in a good way.
4. Rogue Nation I do remember it being better than this next movie.
5. Ghost Protocol lots of excitement (I saw it on a real IMAX; Brad Bird!) leading up to this, and while I also had a good time in the theaters, rewatching this past month was pretty dull.
15. "Love the series, my rankings:" In response to Reply # 0
Mission: Impossible Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol Mission: Impossible - Fallout Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation Mission: Impossible III Mission: Impossible 2 (in all honesty, this is the only one that I'd call OK at best, the rest are all fantastic at least)
MI: Starts the series off and seriously some of De Palma's best work of the '90s behind Snake Eyes.
MI Fallout: Story wasn't that great but the set pieces and action scene after action scene made it worth it. Loved Cavill as the villain, wish they could've saved the character.
MI Ghost Protocol: Loved it all, the scenes in Dubai and the finale with the cars was amazing to me.
MI Rogue Nation: Went back to its spy routes, didn't so much enjoy it as much as MI: GP but Rebbeca F > Paula P > Maggie Q. Now I wish I could get an MI movie with all three of these ladies kicking ass, I felt Paula P and Maggie Q should've been in additional MI films.
MI III: PSH was a great bad guy, Fish was meh along with the story. This one felt the most of Cruise. This was around the Oprah Couch phase and it shows.
MI II: Never existed and was a purely a shared fever dream by millions of people.
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18. "we literally just rewatched all of them (in reverse order)" In response to Reply # 0
Great 1. M:I-6 2. M:I-5 3. M:I-4
Good 4. M:-I
Awful 5. M:I-2 6. M:I-3
It's also funny how IMF in M:I-4 through 6 is essentially Ethan Hunt and some motley crew of his buddies barely saving the world, but in M:I-3 it's this full-on bureaucracy with HR, IT, and everything else.
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