I saw the latest Mission Impossible a few weeks ago, and one singular detail dissolved my faith and interest in the movie in a matter of seconds.
I've never seen any other Mission Impossible movies, but I know how these secret-government-agency-action-types go, and instilling a sense of lavish expense in the name of beating the bad guy is a requirement. A neato man-in-the-middle screen that simulates a guard's perspective? Yes, please. Grippy gloves to scale the world's largest building? But of course. Russian military uniform tops that flip inside out as Springsteen-style bomber jackets?! Yes, I will take another helping! And explosions, beautiful dresses, nice suits, limitless travel, secret train cars full of weapons, etc.
The thing that killed me was that the eons-ahead Ethan Hunt (played by height-chameleon Tom Cruise) used an iPhone 4 and it was running iOS 4. I bought this now-outdated device six months ago, and the software I run on mine is even newer. Seeing Cruise use my iPhone (in a BMW concept, no less) crushes the context that I'm supposed to believe that the tech in this movie is the latest and greatest. Replete with the default water-droplet wallpaper, it leaves that endorsement aftertaste that makes my consumer satisfaction nosedive right into my $8 bucket of popcorn.
Is this the end of movies that will impress us? What happened to this actor in Minority Report that captured psychic brain activity?! Has he lost plots with ambition in his old age? The laughably improbable gadgets of yore motivated us to get closer to solving the technically impossible missions, so I can't imagine kids today consider Mission Impossible anything worth watching.
Related: the movie was not good.