|Rated: PG-13 for sequences of intense action and violence|
Starring: Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Jeremey Renner, and Paula Patton
Released: December 16, 2011
The fourth entry in the long-running Mission: Impossible film series.
The Good: For the most part, this movie felt like an old-school television serial or beat-'em-up video game; plenty of action and peril, but little blood, and definitely not anything graphic. The heroes are very likable, and the film definitely delivers some white-knuckle thrills. Every moment is appropriately punctuated by dramatic music, and some of the stunts are rather jaw-dropping. Fans of this series kind of know what to expect, and that's what they'll get.
The Bad: As good as this is, I do have some complaints, mainly in the content area. Though I expected some profanity, I was surprised to see two instances where such an expression is uttered three times in thirty seconds. Also, I admired the character of Jane, but, I didn't think it was necessary to have her dressed in such a way; I hate it when women are used as mere eye candy. The only non-content issue I have is that some moments felt a bit lackluster; maybe that was because I watched it on my iPad instead of on a giant IMAX screen.
- Sex: A woman attempts to seduce a man, but they don't end up in bed together; a passionate kiss. 4/5
- Nudity: Cleavage, strong in one case; shirtless guys; nudity seen in artwork; a woman seen in a bra. 3/5
- Language: The h-word is used about nine times; God's name is misused just as often, including in subtitles. The s-word and d-word are used twice each; the a-word and a misuse of Jesus' name are heard once each. Milder terms include "jeez" and "shut up". 2/5
- Violence: Action violence is seen throughout; people are shot dead fairly often, and there are plenty of hits, kicks, and such, and there is even a bombing. All of it is done with little blood and no gore, though. 2/5
- Drugs: Drinking and smoking throughout. 3/5
- Frightening/Intense Scenes: Along with the violence, some emotional intensity is present. 1/5