Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol Reviews
One big positive about this movie is that it continues the trend set by the third entry by making the story more of an "Impossible Mission Force" ensemble piece (more in keeping with the original television show of the same name) than a Tom Cruise vehicle. And admittedly the film is never pretentious about what it is and what it sets out to do. Director Brad Bird does a very competent job of keeping the story efficiently paced and the movies stunts are stunningly shot.
So overall, the movie does succeed on the level of being a pure action film (although admittedly the parking garage fight between Hunt and the villain got a little too silly for my taste), so why do I still find this entry forgettable the moment I left the theater?
On a plot level, it's mostly just an excuse to go places, and the villain is extremely one-dimensional and barely appears in the film. I know this sounds nitpicky (and it probably is) but MI 3 managed to have a decent villain. The lack of a compelling villain really robs the story of dramatic weight at times. Not only that, but Jeremy Renner's character felt EXTREMELY pointless and his whole arc (involving a "secret") felt so superfluous and not worthy of the mysterious build-up it was given.
Acting wise, the only person that stands out is Simon Pegg. The acting from everybody else ranges from okay to just generic. Tom Cruise feels like he is literally sleep-walking through his scenes, which is a shame.
So once again, much like the past two movies, they succeed on delivering some nice action but didn't make much of an impact to me in any other regard.
Saw it again! Great Film! Very different yet similar from the other past films. Enjoyed it very much! Keep em coming!!!
In the 4th installment of the Mission Impossible series, Ethan Hunt and his team are racing against time to track down a dangerous terrorist named Hendricks, who has gained access to Russian nuclear launch codes and is planning a strike on the United States. An attempt by the team to stop him at the Kremlin ends in a disaster, with an explosion causing severe destruction to the Kremlin and the IMF being implicated in the bombing, forcing the President to invoke Ghost Protocol, under which the IMF is disavowed, and will be offered no help or backup in any form. Undaunted, Ethan and his team chase Hendricks to Dubai, and from there to Mumbai, but several spectacular action sequences later, they might still be too late to stop a disaster.
This is the fourth entry in the Mission: Impossible series, and not only is it the first entry to have a subtitle (Ghost Protocol), but it is also the live action directorial debut of legendary animated film auteur Brad Bird.
And I'm happy to report that it is a pretty good movie, and Bird did a good job dealing with physical sets, locations, and people.
The plot here is the typical spy scenario: the Kremlin gets attacked, IMF gets blamed, and "Ghost Protocol" gets initiated, which is to say that the whole IMF gets disavowed, and Ethan Hunt and his team are forced to complete their mission off the grid with very little back up, and only whatever gear and gadgets they can scrounge from a secret boxcar.
That mission, to be brief, is to recover some nuclear launch codes, prevent WWIII, and nab those responsible for setting Ethan and his team up. Okay, so the plots to these movies are all kinda the same, and usually function as window dressing for action scenes, stunts, and eye candy.
The writing is kinda weak with this one, and there's really not a whole lot of development. There's some, but just enough to get by. The plot is fairly straightforward, but not the most interesting thing in the world. There's also a bit too much focus on zany high tech gadgets, and not as much emphasis on stealth and espionage. This is a very fun and enjoyable film however, and it doesn't drag during its 130 minute run time. It could have slowed down some though, and given some more attention to plot and characters, but it at least didn't come off as overplotted like the last one.
Of course Cruise is good here. This has become his signature role (or one of them), and his world weariness lends some credibility to his being the experienced veteran amongst a team of less experienced, but still talented agents. Simon Pegg is back for his second turn as technician turned field agent Benji, and he's wonderful as the comic relief. Paula Patton adds a nice balance of sex appeal and toughness as the female agent with a score to settle (but not against her male counterparts, whom she easily holds her own against), and Jeremy Renner, the fast rising action badass is great as the agent with his own little secrets, though thankfully the revelations with his character don't go in the direction that the trailers lead you to believe he will. What I mean by that, is that the film isn't a "mole hunt" as many of these types of movies are. We also get some good cameos too, although in the case of one I was seriously hoping for a larger role.
Actionwise, it's pretty good. I mentioned there's a big focus on gadgetry, but there's some good fisticuffs and some gunplay too. And the sequence with Cruise playing Spiderman in Dubai on the side of that super tall hotel in Dubai? It's awesome, one of the best parts of the movie, and even has the best moment of humor in the film too, and there's a fair amount of laughs too, which is actually kinda welcome. The sequence isn't nearly as great, suspenseful, or thrilling as the Langley vault scene from the first film, but that one was in a class of its own. This one is very well done though. Things do start to get a little ridiculous towards the end, but nothing quite as over the top as what's in the second one.
All in all, a pretty good movie. Bird does okay for his first time with live action, but it feels like he's still a little shaky. Maybe he needs another film or two to get the kinks out, but I could see him becoming great as a director of both animation and live action. As for how this fits into the series, well, I'd put it on par with part 3, so better than two, but not quite to the level of the first.
**** Spoiler Alert ****
Other notable mentions: featuring the most heart-stopping scene to take place on the glass of that damn Dubai building, the fastest Tom Cruise has ever whipped his belt, the most complicated way to sneak down a hallway ever, and the most gratuitous tumbling scene in a car garage. I was geeking out pretty hard to the tech in this film.
Its still action packed and highly amusing Simon Pegg was a good cast choice he does bring the biritsh humour to it and makes it more enjoyable, then you have Paula Patton for the beauty and Cruise and Renner as eye candy and great action stunts!
I loved the part of Cruise saving the world and saying 'Mission Acomplished' << Rhames saying thats so corny man! Brilliant, superb writing, so funny!
A very enjoyable movie, worthy of being Mission Impossibles next sequel!
Starring: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, Tom Wilkinson and Simon Pegg.
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Question: Anyone sick and tired of sequels? Yeah, me too. However, I just saw Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol and may have to eat my words about this particular sequel. This one was pretty good!
I must confess I was actually planning on viewing this movie for one reason and one reason only - Simon Pegg. Yes, you heard that right. Although Tom Cruise makes pretty decent movies I really went to see Ghost Protocol for one of the supporting actors. This is the honest truth. Sure he was in Mission: Impossible 3 but not enough, I say, so I didn't think he would be in the next installment.
Indulge me for a moment....About six months ago I saw a preview for this one. Well, that's not true. I "heard" the preview as I was sitting in the theatre shielding my eyes as I normally do during previews. Immediately I thought I would skip the film until I heard Simon Pegg's voice and quickly looked at the screen. YAY! There is just something about him that cracks me up and pulls me to see everything he is in. It started with Shaun of the Dead (and I don't even like Zombie movies) and I never looked back. In fact, Simon Pegg was one of the first people I started following on Twitter; and even when I was sick of Twitter awhile back I couldn't cancel my account because his tweets give me the giggles....okay, enough...I will talk about the movie.
Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol was a thrill ride from beginning to end. I am not kidding. So for you adreline junkies out there - go to the theatre now. You don't even need to finish reading this review....really, go, go now...Oh wait, see it in IMAX. This is the type of film that requires the biggest and best screening available. There is one part that even made me a little queasy due to a certain death-defying act performed by Mr. Cruise because you feel like you are right there within the scene. (How did his "people" allow him to go through something like that?) Now I suppose if you have a fear of heights, you might want to cover your eyes but try not to during this scene. It really was one of the most spectacular stunts I have EVER seen on film. This will not be the same on the TV screen, IPad or laptop, trust me.
Since this is a thriller I won't go into any detail about the story. However, I will say Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his team were given a mission, that they chose to accept, and you are along for the thrill of a lifetime. Also, Simon Pegg (yes, I am mentioning him again) was the great comic relief in this movie, which was needed because your heart pounds so much that you'll require a break from the tension.
The fourth installment of this series got back to what I enjoyed from the first Mission: Impossible: action, adventure, thriller and no romance. Okay, ladies you might be mad at me for saying that, but there was not a romance story line connected to this one and I was relieved. Well, maybe there was a little one. The second and third installment went too much into a lovey-dovey tale for me with Thandie Newton's character in MI2 and Ethan Hunt's wife in MI3. Now don't get me wrong. I LOVE a good romance but these movies didn't need to cram in another genre to make it watchable for the female population.
I really don't want to say any more about Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol except to say that if you are gadget nut you will enjoy this movie - a lot. I believe even Q and James Bond would have a difficult time containing their excitement at the amount of cool electronics in this film. There that's it. No more. Now go enjoy this film.
My favorite thing: Simon Pegg - really! He was in this a lot more and he better be in the next one.
My least favorite thing: That I actually got a little teary-eyed at the very end. What? You will just have to see why.
Length: 126 minutes
Review: 8 out of 10