Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)
The Impossible Missions Force has been shut down, so it’s up to Ethan Hunt and three of his colleagues to stop a nuclear terrorist. Very suspenseful, witty adventure is packed with inventive set-pieces and fun gadgets. Action overkill sets in, but not until near the end of the film. The opening credits are unusually well-done: exciting and very well edited. The movies in this series are all disposable, but each was made by a director with a distinctive style, and they are all worth seeing. The new film might have the most replay value.
Side note: the movie was preceded by the first seven minutes of the next Batman movie. It was lower-impact than the first minutes of The Dark Knight (which were similarly used as a preview for that film), but that’s only because the first moments of The Dark Knight Rises don’t constitute as much of a self-contained scene. I didn’t really understand what was happening, and as observed elsewhere, Bane is not completely intelligible (I got about 40% of what he said), but I liked his weird voice, it was an exciting action scene, and I am primed for another winner from Christopher Nolan.