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They went for a comedy sidekick rather than a villian or intelligence
on 17 April 2014
After the ok MI, and the 'only the action scenes were any good' MI2, MI3 was surprisingly great, so what went wrong here?
Simon Pegg is a lovely person and his cameo in MI3 was fine, but Mission Impossible is not a 'comedy sidekick' franchise. Does anyone believe that as a Brit with a Green Card, he'd be a field agent for a top CIA team?
There is zero interest in the villain. They might as well not had one.
While some of the script is 'knowing nod to the audience' time (Simon's unfulfilled thing about masks) most of the rest is just plain stupid. There's unlikely, and there's insult to the intelligence of the viewer, and when it's given a choice, this goes for the latter.
As with the first two, only the action scenes are worth looking at... and not all of them. Easily the worst of the four.