Anyway, his newest movie, Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol is a good continuation on that parallel life. He's been within the intelligence agency for a while now, but the world has changed a bit and the technology with it. There are new people to fight and lots of people to disavow when they screw up. He works with Paula Patton (the teacher from Precious), Simon Pegg, and Jeremy Renner to fix some of those screw ups. He's much more of a loner than Ethan Hunt was in any of the previous movies. It's pretty unusual for a fictional character to actually learn from his mistakes in previous incarnations of a franchise (I'm looking at you, James Bond), but Ethan seems to have a wisdom and knowledge about him that gives you confidence he knows what he's doing.
I wasn't surprised when I learned a man known for animation (The Incredibles, Ratatouille), Brad Bird did a terrific job with the action and in particular with the visual aspects of the film. You are seriously scared when Hunt is hanging on the outside of a building relying only on one of Simon Pegg's inventions. He doesn't rely solely on dramatic music to create the tension, but from wonderfully scary visuals. This is true throughout the film, which also has more daytime, international scenery than any other action film I've seen in years. All of the usual toys of a Mission Impossible film are present: from hot women in beautiful dresses, to masks, to disavowed rogue agents. Really terrific holiday fare. 4 of 5 stars/lambs