Rishi's Review of Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol
It almost seems like the fine gentlemen at Paramount walked up to Brad Bird, some one with no experience what so ever with live motion picture, handed him a memory stick and uttered the words, " Your mission, if you choose to accept is to revitalize a dying franchise " and boy! are we glad he choose to accept. Bird brings fresh energy, renewed vigor and a whole new perspective to the franchise - which is what it just needed. And which is what Cruise just needed to undo all the self inflicted damage after misusing Oprah's couch. The plot moves at break neck speed beginning with an explosion at the Kremlin, the disavowing of the IMF and they having to clear their name with absolutely no official help but by depending on themselves. There are no returning faces here, the team is new - Simon Pegg adds a bit of humour, Paula Patton is mouth wateringly dishy and Jeremy Rener is undoubtedly the best addition to the proceedings. The highlight of the film is of course the edge-of-the-seat sequence at the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. One must hand it to Brad Bird though, his resume reads - "The Iron Giant", "The Incredibles" and "Ratatouille" - who would have thought that he could handle an action live motion flick such as this. So not only is the franchise far from over but we now have Tom Cruise all set for a second innings - look forward to "Rock of Ages. If you're looking for the prefect weekend popcorn fare, head this way but do make sure it says IMAX!