Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)

Brad Bird’s breezy entry into live-action, well, action. More similar to its predecessor than any Mission Impossible entry had been previously, but mostly less memorable, if a bit better executed. Paula Patton and Jeremy Renner work great as the supporting cast, and it’s a shame only the latter was brought back. The Burk Khalifa climbing…

Mission: Impossible III (2006)

J. J. Abram’s entrance into the franchise is immediately striking, thrusting it into the position it would largely iterate from for its future entries. He grounds it, focusing on hero Ethan Hunt’s relationships, showing a lot more interest in character than De Palma or Woo had. Michelle Monaghan transcends the typical girlfriend-to-the-hero role even as…