Review: “Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol”

Directed by Brad Bird

Starring: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, Simon Peg, Michael Nyqvist and Tom Wilkinson

Summary:

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.

— (C) Paramount

Review:

I was never too big on the Mission: Impossible franchise. The only installment out of the first three that I really enjoyed was M:I 3 and it was a good action movie, but nothing more, nothing less. Just solid entertainment. I was pretty surprised that they decided they were going to make a fourth movie,  and even more surprised when I found out who would be directing it: Brad Bird, the director of The Incredibles and The Iron Giant. This director of those two wonderful, yet family oriented films, ended up being the perfect choice. This is simply the best action movie of the year, about that action…

The action sequences in this movie are just as intense as they are over-the-top fun, and they never let up. Hunt’s (Tom Cruise) Spider-Man-esque stunt on the Burj Khalifa (the world’s tallest building where Tom Cruise actually did the stunt himself) is one of the most thrilling action scenes I have experienced in a long time, and there are many other set pieces that are almost as thrilling as this one. Also the gadgets that are used by the IMF team are some of the most unique, and just plain cool, devices I have ever seen in a movie.

This film almost requires a viewing in IMAX (as long as you are willing to shell out a few extra bucks).  It is simply the best way to watch a movie with its ridiculously high resolution, splendidly huge screen and immensely immersive surround-sound.  Even during the rare moments where bullets aren’t flying, or punches aren’t being thrown, the tension is still high and the audience is still very much involved. Much to the thanks of Michael Giacchino’s great reworking of the Mission: Impossible theme and the amazing IMAX sound.

The cast is great with Tom Cruise again proving why he is one of the biggest stars in the world by giving us another very physical performance.  Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, and Simon Pegg all get their chance to be shine with Renner supplying a decent amount of emotion, Patton showing us the beauty, and Pegg dishing out the laughs.

Plotwise the movie is nothing oustanding, which is neither complement nor detriment. The stakes do feel very high at times all because of the adrenaline fueled direction by Bird. In terms of villainy, the antagonist really doesn’t get very much screen time and is pretty underdeveloped, but the fact is I didn’t even care while watching it because everything else was just so much fun.

Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol is big-budget, high-octane, escapist entertainment at it’s finest.

Grade: B+

Also, The Dark Knight Rises trailer played in front of the movie in full, IMAX glory. Suffice to say, it gave me chills and left me amazed. It’s so epic! I can’t wait too see that film!!

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