An outstanding action film. MI3 blows the first two away.
To get the few negatives out of the way, the story is weak and full of macguffin chasing. I also don't love when movies open with a scene from the middle, but what can you expect from the Lost guy.
The direction from Abrams is great though. The action is nonstop and gritty. The set pieces are creative and visually interesting.
The acting is great. Cruise turns in a solid performance but of course the standout is PSH. Working within the limits of screentime and the relative simplicity of an action movie villain role, he is able to be both terrifying and hateable.
There are so many great little touches…