Review: Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)

“The President has initiated Ghost Protocol. The entire IMF has been disavowed.”

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol is a American action spy film. It stars Tom Cruise (Collateral), Jeremy Renner (The Town), Simon Pegg (Paul) and Paula Patton (Precious). The film is directed by Brad Bird (The Iron Giant and The Incredibles).

This is not just another mission. The IMF is shut down when it’s implicated in a global terrorist bombing plot. Ghost Protocol is initiated and Ethan Hunt and his rogue new team must go undercover to clear their organization’s name. No help, no contact, off the grid. You have never seen a mission grittier and more intense than this.

Hello and welcome to 2012! I start the new year with a film that was released last year! (just). Tom Cruise is back with his action franchise Mission Impossible for a fourth instalment. To its credit though, Mission Impossible is really the only films I like Tom Cruise in and what better way to start the new year with some rumpus action.

Tom Cruise’s character of Ethan Hunt is once again caught on the wrong side of things in the biggest misunderstanding of all time it would appear. Cruise doesn’t really bring anything new to Ethan’s character, he’s pretty much the same since the last one. Maybe a bit more mature and takes just as much risks. What I was impressed with though is that Tom Cruise did all his own stunts and it shows.

Simon Pegg also returns as Benji Dunn, only this time he’s been promoted to work in the field. Pegg is great and adds that British comic relief which everyone loves. But given that Ghost Protocol isn’t dark it feels less in your face. Paula Patton plays Jane Carter and is the eye candy agent in this instalment. She’s very effective, looks stunning and kicks some ass as well.

Jeremy Renner is also in this, he plays IMF Chief Analysts William Brandt who has his own secrets that intertwines with Ethan’s past. I like Renner and his performance. I get the feeling we are kinda seeing glimpses of what he can do in terms of action, especially for the new Bourne reboot.

The thing that makes Ghost Protocol interesting is that its directed by Brad Bird. He’s carved his name and reputation as being one of the best Pixar directors and you get that feel within the film. Bird directed The Incredibles which isn’t too dissimilar to Ghost Protocol when you really look at them. The action set-pieces are handle very well and look exhilarating. Also this film proves even more that IMAX is the true future of modern cinema. You’ll know when you see ‘that’ scene in Dubai.

Have to say I enjoyed Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol. The action was great fun, acting was good and the direction was confident. However it does have some problems. I think the story looses itself towards the final third and becomes muddled. Also a lack of a memorable villain and with a terribly cheesy ending were the only real negatives I found with it.


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