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Ranking The Mission: Impossible Films

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Having rewatched all of the films prior to the release of “Mission: Impossible- Fallout” (which is now in theaters), it was only a matter of time before I wrote up this list ranking all six M:I films. Yes, everyone and their mother is doing “Mission: Impossible” centric lists lately, but hey, now it’s my turn!

1. Mission: Impossible- Fallout- The newest and best installment to date. The third act in Kashmir is THE best part of the entire series of films so far, Tom Cruise is at his best, there are satisfying payoffs of elements from the past 3 films, and the action set pieces are intense to say the least. Sure, there is some familiarity here storywise and I do feel Henry Cavill is a bit wasted, but those are minor quibbles overall.

2. Mission: Impossible 3- J.J. Abrams course corrected the once struggling franchise with a largely character centric third entry. Ethan Hunt actually becomes a character here, Simon Pegg’s Benji is introduced, the action set pieces are thrilling and Philip Seymour Hoffman’s chilling Owen is still far and away the best villain of the series (so far).

3. Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation- I didn’t think much of this sequel on first viewing, but upon rewatching it, I found it to be a top tier sequel thanks to Rebecca Ferguson (who steals the movie) and the pulse pounding action set pieces (the motorcycle chase and opening plane sequence are the highlights for sure). The only action piece I didn’t care for is the ridiculous underwater sequence.

4. Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol- A fair amount of people cite this as the best in the series, but I don’t see it. The pacing is clunky, there’s far too much Simon Pegg, there’s a severe lack of Ving Rhames, and the villain is entirely forgettable. With all of that said, the action is once again top notch (the building climb scene is the MVP here), Paula Patton and Jeremy Renner are welcome additions to the cast and director Brad Bird did impress in his live-action directorial debut.

5. Mission: Impossible- I think we can all agree the computer room scene is an all-time classic sequence, but outside of that, this is a rough beginning for the franchise. The decision to make SPOILER ALERT Jim Phelps END SPOILER ALERT the villain was a foolish and frankly idiotic decision that really ruins the movie.

6. Mission: Impossible 2- Was there any doubt this would be last on the list? Thandie Newton and mountain climbing scene aside, this is just a cartoonish and often laughably bad sequel from director John Woo. I’m still shaking my head at the goofy, over-the-top climactic motorcycle chase and fight sequence.

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