The Mission: Impossible Series So Far

James and I went through all of the Mission: Impossible films in order over a couple of weeks. For this post I will rank them in order of enjoyableness, followed by a short comment.

1. Mission: Impossible – Fallout

This was the most fun of all the films in the series, and Tom did a lot of his own nutty stunts including his own helicopter-flying stunts. The plot was one of the most over-the-top as well.

Score: 8.5/10

2. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Like Fallout, Tom did a few of his own stunts including hanging on to an airplane as it took off. Watch this behind this scenes, it is amazing.

The story was pretty good, almost as good as Fallout.

Score: 8/10

3. Mission: Impossible

Compared to the newer films this one seems primitive as far as gadgets and stunts go (except Tom’s train scenes), but the story itself is one of the best and most engaging.

Score: 8/10

4. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

The highlight of this one was Tom climbing the Burj Khalifa. It was thrilling to watch and of course Tom actually did it. The rest of the film was fine but not quite as good as the top 3.

Score: 7.5/10

5. Mission: Impossible 3

From Ghost Protocol onwards the series improved a lot with regular cast members and better directing. M.I. 3, along with M.I. 2 were a bit iffy although Tom had some great stunts. The story let it down a little.

Score: 5/10

6. Mission: Impossible 2

Apart from a few good stunts by Tom this was a real disappointment, and mostly John Woo’s fault I would say. He spent too much time on silly stunts and not enough on telling a good story. Best to forget this one.

Score: 3/10

Dates watched: In August.
Film count 2021: 42

I Spit On Your Grave 2

I watched the first film in the series back in 2017 and was not all that impressed. However if a film has a sequel or two I usually end up watching them, no matter how bad they might be.

Just like the first film there is a protracted rape/torture scene, followed by more extreme video nastiness as the heroin of the story gets bloody revenge on those who had it coming to them. This time though it was mostly set in Sofia in Bulgaria, so that was interesting to see.

But it is just more of the same, and the third (and hopefully last) in the series will probably not do anything different. I will be watching that soon no doubt.

The Rotten Tomatoes critic score is 0% and 30% audience score. Not surprising at all.

Date watched: A couple of weeks back.
Score: 2/10
Film count 2021: 35

Wings of Desire

After watching Faraway, So Close I remembered that it was the sequel to this film, so James and I watched it together.

And just like 10 years ago, when I last watched it (I chose it as my 100th film of the year to watch), I enjoyed it very much. In my review back then I mentioned the excellent acting by Peter Falk which still remains true, he was one of the many highlights of this film.

Everything was superbness really, and I can’t think of anything to fault. James enjoyed it too.

So I will keep this short and recommend this to anyone who has an appreciation of fine filmmaking.

Date watched: A couple of weeks back.
Score: 10/10
Film count 2021: 34

Faraway, So Close!

My son, James, is studying languages at university, primarily German, so we watched this together.

I last watched this back in 2017, and my review for it back then was exactly how I would write it now, so here is the original post.

James liked it and said he could understand a lot of it even though he has only been studying German since April.

Date watched: A couple of weeks back.
Score: 7/10
Film count 2021: 33