**UPDATED** Full Trailer: Mission Impossible 5

In its fifth entry, the Mission Impossible franchise doubles down on crazy-real stunts involving its aging leading man, Tom Cruise. Previously, he was climbing around on the outside of Dubai’s Burj Kalifa skyscraper. Here he is struggling on the outside of a gargantuan military aircraft as it takes off. Impressive stuff.

The rest of the trailer is more of what you would expect from the fifth entry of a franchise. Christopher McQuarrie taking over for Brad Bird in the director department seems like an OK choice, but the screenplay, written by Iron Man 3 scribe Drew Pearce and video game writer Will Staples, involves a shadow-agency — an evil mirror of the IMF — and is as lazy as one can get; probably another indication of Bad Robot being the ongoing shepherd for the franchise.

Previously: The teaser for the trailer is below.

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Mark Stevens

Kurt, how can you write off the screenplay as “lazy” based on 2 1/2 minutes of trailer? Jumping to that opinion is lazy.

Andrew James

McQuarrie’s other films are great. Iron Man 3 is probably the most well-written Marvel movie to date and M:I movies in generally range from average to great – the last one from Bird being the best.

I have no reason to believe this won’t be terrific, summer blockbuster fare.


I was ten when the first one came out in ’96, so needless to say, I was obsessed. Probably watched my VHS copy fifty times.

I still enjoy the original, as outdated as it might be… but I’ve never really been able to get into the sequels. When I watch movies, I almost never forget them, even down to the details–but I remember very little about the three sequels. They’re fun and slick, but never had those OH SHIT moments that I had watching the first one. Maybe because I’m not ten anymore.

Either way, I’ll see this. I’ve always liked Tom.

Andrew James

Tom is great in everything. He’s one of the few I’ll see anything he’s in. Period.