Ethan Hunt is back… but does anyone really care? Tom Cruise, in need of a blockbuster to re-establish his bankability in Hollywood after Knight & Day made just $76 million domestically last year, went back to the one franchise that has been consistently lucrative for him over the years. Fortunately, the timing is right and spy movies are almost as popular now as they ever have been. The thing I find weird is that this trailer does not feel like it is advertising a spy film at all, and it seems so far removed from the original TV series that it might as well just be called Tom Cruise: Part 4.
The new addition to the equation this time around is Jeremy Renner, playing another IMF agent that may or may not be on Ethan’s side. There has been talk that Renner could take over the franchise after this installment, so it will be somewhat interesting to see how that plays out. Probably the biggest reason to be excited about Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, however, is the fact that it marks the live action directorial debut of Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille). Not that we can actually see any of his handiwork in the rapid fire ADD-style editing of this trailer. Hopefully the movie itself is a little more coherent. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol hits theaters on December 16th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.