Perhaps the one remaining clue that Tom Cruise is a human actor, and not an avatar of one of Xenu's tentacles, the Mission: Impossible series has been very, very good to Cruise, and proof that just because a movie's based on an old TV show, doesn't mean it has to suck.
However, if you were to go back and watch the original, 2002 M:I, you'd likely find it … adorable. That's because our 2002 reintroduction to Ethan Hunt and DUH-DUH-duhDAHduhduh-duh-dah-DUH has more outdated technology than a small-town flea market. And because the heroes of this film are these super-hip, super-savvy secret agents, with their fingers on every button made in the past year or so, the hottest, coolest, most blow-your-mind technology is everywhere.
Mr. Phelps gets his briefing via casette. The computer used to store top-secret CIA data is one of those gigantic desktops with the heavy badonkadonk that made it near-impossible to lug around without hitting at least one relative in the face. They access the internet via modem, by typing "internet access" into something called the "Internet Link." You probably don't remember doing that because nobody did. This got them onto Netscape. They then saved this all-important data on an old floppy disc, one with a whopping 230 MB of space to spare. You know what's 230 MB these days? The first three minutes of Uncle Grandpa.
Oh, and did we mention these computers have trackballs? Because they do. Ah, the wonderful, super-brief period when we thought trackballs were the final stage of technological evolution. We thought that right after defiantly declaring video game would never look or sound better than they did on the Nintendo 64.
Point being, the only thing about Mission: Impossible that works today is it's cool, thrilling spy story, with lots of explosions, tense moments, and so much Hollywood Sexy. That's probably why they give us a new M:I every few years. That way, we get the cool stuff and don't have to wince through all that ancient tech anymore. And thank God, because Rogue Nation's gonna look STUPID in about five years.