I am now a gamma-level Thetan
Over the last few days, thanks to me free month of movie rentals from Amazon, I’ve been watching the Mission Impossible films on HD DVD. Surprising as it may seem, this is the first time I’ve seen any of them, and I’d be lying if I said I thought they were brilliant. Actually, I quite enjoyed Brian De Palma’s Mission Impossible, although the only moment that truly stood out for me was a particularly nail-biting sequence involving everyone’s favourite crackpot, Tom Cruise, suspended from the ceiling of a CIA installation and attempting to download a series of files. John Woo’s Mission Impossible II, however, was a tedious wreck, in my opinion.
The best of the bunch, surprisingly, was, for me, J.J. Abrams’ Mission Impossible III. Okay, so it’s essentially just a feature-length episode of Alias, Abrams’ show, with a higher budget and Tom Cruise in the Jennifer Garner role, but that in itself is no bad thing, particularly given that I am quite partial to Alias. It also features by far the best high definition transfer of the series - another home run for Paramount, marred only by some compression problems in a couple of scenes. Okay, so in an ideal world Abrams would just have made an Alias feature film, because I’d much rather watch Garner strut her stuff than the intensely annoying Cruise (Garner is able to frown without smirking at the same time, for one thing), but I suppose this is an adequate compromise. I’ve ordered a copy of the US release, in fact.