After watching Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol I have the feeling that I should watch the original movie again. I liked the first one, loathed the second, and didn’t mind the third. The fourth, Ghost Protocol is one of the better, perhaps even better than the original movie.

I enjoyed the fact that the plot was less serpentine than the third movie. The stakes are higher than ever, though, so don’t imagine that the suspense is lower. In fact, the scene involving the Burj Khalifa tower had me cowering in my seat and resisting the urge to cover my eyes.

Simon Pegg as Benji–now a field agent–and Jeremy Renner as Brandt–the new guy–add a lot to the humor and interest of the movie. In fact, I find Pegg to be a far more versatile actor than, say, Ricky Gervais. And Renner has proven his worth in movies like The Hurt Locker and The Town.

I was pleased with Ghost Protocol. For those that enjoy the series, this movie should be another bright example of people setting their minds to do the impossible.