Don't really know what to make of this film. The storyline is running incidentally with the second half of the Bourne Ultimatum, and the whole film just seems to be a vehicle to allow them to spin the franchise out further, and introduces a "new" Bourne.
(Jeremy Renner seems to have simultaneously managed to position himself as Matt Damon's replacement in the Bourne films and also as Tom Cruise's replacement in the MI films. His agent needs a raise!)
Having enjoyed the first film, I was hoping this was going to be decent. It went even more off the deep-end with incredulous story telling, and not in a good way. Maggie Grace goes from scared and helpless to Neeson's apprentice within about 15 seconds worth of panic, and just goes throwing grenades wonton around Istanbul without seemingly any comeback whatsoever. Stretches the bounds of the believable a bit too much.
The acting itself is decent enough, but the script doesn't give them great material to work with.
Decent enough film, original-ish story considering.
Can't get over the fact they decided to slapstick Mission Impossible up to the point it almost seemed like a National Treasure film. Simon Pegg's character is way too un-serious (however well acted) for a MI film imo.
Certain points just went too far off being credibly serious (note: not in terms of believability) for me to really enjoy the film.
Good way to pass 2 hours though, will certainly rewatch it at some point in the future, just not a direction I'd like to see MI going
Much closer to the original trilogy than Episode 1 was. I actually enjoyed it. I've seen it written recently (and agree with) that the best way to watch all the films these days is: Episode 4, 5, 2, 3, 6. Allows you to experience the original story, then get the backstory just as you discover Vader is Luke's father. And it skips Episode 1 which is inconsequential really. Bonus!