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Review: Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

Dec. 14, 2011by: JimmyO

PLOT: After the IMF is shut down (Ghost Protocol for those not in the know) and implicated in the bombing of the Kremlin, Ethan Hunt and his team are forced to go rogue. With no help from the inside, and a seemingly by the books CIA senior analyst, they find they have bigger problems than anticipated. Not only are they fighting to clear their name, but they must save the world from nuclear disaster. Get ready for some serious action!

REVIEW: MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL is exhilarating. It is hard to imagine the feeling of anxiety filled awe as Tom Cruise scales the largest building in the world, but once you witness it on screen, believe me you damn well feel it. This latest chapter in the MI franchise seriously ups the ante by creating some of the most thrilling action on screen this year. From an inspired prison break opening complete with Dean Martins music, to the final confrontation, director Brad Bird (RATATOUILLE, THE INCREDIBLES) creates excellent use of live action thrills.

The excitement begins as we find Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) jailed in a Moscow prison. With the help of CIA hottie Agent Jane Carter (Paula Patton) and the return of MI3 computer nerd - now newbie field agent Benji (Simon Pegg), Hunt escapes during a stirring riot sequence. The three IMF agents are soon assigned an impossible task of breaking into the Kremlin and stealing nuclear arms codes. Too bad for our agents, somebody with deadly intentions is looking for the same thing. When things go awry, the team is forced to go rogue with the help of CIA senior analyst Brandt (Jeremy Renner) as they embark on a globetrotting mission to overt nuclear war.

While the plot may be loaded with heroes, villains and other scoundrels at every turn, it works on nearly every level. That is not to say the script by Josh Appelbaum and Andr Nemec is going to be up for many awards, but they certainly offer up what is arguably the best film in the franchise. The only minor problem is that the action is so utterly intense that the few times it slows down a bit you can feel it. Luckily, you will soon be clenching your fists as the excitement reaches a fever pitch. This is especially true if you happen to catch MI4 in IMAX. GHOST PROTOCOL is the movie you want to go see in IMAX. It is outright spectacular as Tom Cruise hangs off the Burj Khalifa (the Dubai building which stands over 160 stories tall), to an almost dizzying effect.

It is a treat to see Tom Cruise back in action hero mode. He gives Ethan Hunt the charisma and intensity needed to really resonate with audiences. He is absolutely believable as a man who will go after what he believes to be the right thing at any cost. It also helps that he is surrounded by such a talented group of actors. Paula Patton (PRECIOUS) is not only gorgeous, but she is absolutely terrific as an agent with a vendetta. She certainly adds spice to Jane, yet she is much more than a pretty face. The always reliable Simon Pegg (HOT FUZZ, SHAUN OF THE DEAD) once again steals a scene or two from Cruise as the wisecracking Benji. And then there is Jeremy Renner (THE HURT LOCKER, the upcoming THE AVENGERS). Believe the hype as Renner is proving to be one of the most talented actors working today.

Brad Bird has given new life to MISSION IMPOSSIBLE, which seems like an impossible mission altogether. This action-packed roller coaster of a movie seamlessly pulls you in and doesnt let go. On the rare occasion it slows down, it quickly sends your heart pounding and pulse racing again. With MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL and FAST FIVE, it is nice to see action done right. Both of these two films breathe new life into their respective franchises, and hopefully MI4 will find the same box office success. I never thought Id say this, but thanks to the sheer enjoyment MI4 brought, bring on MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 5.

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1:18AM on 12/17/2011
Had my screening earlier this week and loved it. One of the best action films I've seen in a long time. Here's my full review:

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Had my screening earlier this week and loved it. One of the best action films I've seen in a long time. Here's my full review:

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7:37AM on 12/15/2011

Erm.. Burj Khalifa isn't a hotel.

That aside, looking forward to this flick. Very much.
That aside, looking forward to this flick. Very much.
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3:10PM on 12/16/2011
I love how this guy gets thumbs down for saying that lol
I love how this guy gets thumbs down for saying that lol
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6:06AM on 12/15/2011
i watched the movie yesterday, and i must say i agree with your review.
this is a great comeback for Ethan Hunt.
i watched the movie yesterday, and i must say i agree with your review.
this is a great comeback for Ethan Hunt.
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2:02AM on 12/15/2011
Fantastic, I am glad to hear this is a great movie. The trailers impressed me, and with this review and the high tomatometer, I am really looking forward to seeing this. Luckily, I will be, tomorrow, in the IMAX :D
Fantastic, I am glad to hear this is a great movie. The trailers impressed me, and with this review and the high tomatometer, I am really looking forward to seeing this. Luckily, I will be, tomorrow, in the IMAX :D
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1:39AM on 12/15/2011
MI:GP IMAX, here I come!
MI:GP IMAX, here I come!
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6:25PM on 12/14/2011
Saw this at a free screener yesterday and the review is spot on!!!! The film was amazing and definitely my favorite in the series. While Tom Cruise climbing the building was definitely exhilarating wait till you see the final action scene with Cruise and the film's lead baddie. Brad Bird definitely has an incredible eye for action
Saw this at a free screener yesterday and the review is spot on!!!! The film was amazing and definitely my favorite in the series. While Tom Cruise climbing the building was definitely exhilarating wait till you see the final action scene with Cruise and the film's lead baddie. Brad Bird definitely has an incredible eye for action
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7:23PM on 12/14/2011
Yeah, this last action scene IS unbelievable. And the whole movie is like a gigantic ad for Apple and BMW...
Yeah, this last action scene IS unbelievable. And the whole movie is like a gigantic ad for Apple and BMW...
3:49PM on 12/14/2011
how'd this franchise start off as a complete turd and progressively get better as the sequels got pumped out? Most times its the opposite.
how'd this franchise start off as a complete turd and progressively get better as the sequels got pumped out? Most times its the opposite.
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4:40PM on 12/14/2011
I haven't seen Ghost Protocol yet, but as far as I'm concerned, the first one is easily the best film.
I haven't seen Ghost Protocol yet, but as far as I'm concerned, the first one is easily the best film.
6:19PM on 12/14/2011
I'm with Skellington, the first one was much more a spy film compared to the rest, Woo's was the weakest to me. He can keep his doves....
I'm with Skellington, the first one was much more a spy film compared to the rest, Woo's was the weakest to me. He can keep his doves....
7:21PM on 12/14/2011
Well for me, the last 2 were the best, the only ones really MI (You know, like, a REAL team work) and not Mission Tom Cruise. But I agree that the second is, by far, the weakest.
Well for me, the last 2 were the best, the only ones really MI (You know, like, a REAL team work) and not Mission Tom Cruise. But I agree that the second is, by far, the weakest.
12:00PM on 12/14/2011
hell yeah. Can't wait
hell yeah. Can't wait
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11:56AM on 12/14/2011

MI4 GP

Really looking forward to this - and I see Tom will be running full pelt towards a moving camera, some shots never get old!
Really looking forward to this - and I see Tom will be running full pelt towards a moving camera, some shots never get old!
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10:56AM on 12/14/2011

Nice

Great to hear JimmyO
Great to hear JimmyO
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10:36AM on 12/14/2011
Wait a minute! Did u see MI3?? This review looks like MI3 never exist! "Brad Bird has given new life to MISSION IMPOSSIBLE, which seems like an impossible mission altogether" ???? J.J. did it first, maybe the movie wasn`t a big hit, but was the best of the trilogy by far. Anyway MI4 probably will be as great as you wrote. I must wait to January to see it in my country.
Wait a minute! Did u see MI3?? This review looks like MI3 never exist! "Brad Bird has given new life to MISSION IMPOSSIBLE, which seems like an impossible mission altogether" ???? J.J. did it first, maybe the movie wasn`t a big hit, but was the best of the trilogy by far. Anyway MI4 probably will be as great as you wrote. I must wait to January to see it in my country.
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10:08AM on 12/14/2011

@jedipunk

Dude, please find a hobby or something.
Dude, please find a hobby or something.
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9:56AM on 12/14/2011
Glad you like it and I am there at the Imax on Friday. Followed by Sherlock 2. Great Review.
Glad you like it and I am there at the Imax on Friday. Followed by Sherlock 2. Great Review.
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9:18AM on 12/14/2011

I don't get this sentence...

"It is hard to imagine the feeling of anxiety filled awe as Tom Cruise scales the largest building in the world, but you damn well feel it."

It can't be that "hard to imagine" if I "damn well feel it."
"It is hard to imagine the feeling of anxiety filled awe as Tom Cruise scales the largest building in the world, but you damn well feel it."

It can't be that "hard to imagine" if I "damn well feel it."
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4:15PM on 12/14/2011
I think he was trying to say it's hard to imagine the anxiety filled awe you will feel before you actually watch the movie, but once you are watching it you damn well feel it... but either way you are a jackass for bringing it up.
I think he was trying to say it's hard to imagine the anxiety filled awe you will feel before you actually watch the movie, but once you are watching it you damn well feel it... but either way you are a jackass for bringing it up.
8:07AM on 12/14/2011

YEP

Couldn't have wrote it better ! MI(not)4 is, with MI3 in 2nd (the two movies JJ was involved in!), the best of the franchise. And it's nice to have some connections with the last chapter, this time. I liked the opening credit scene somehow like the one from the TV Show, too. and YES IMAX IS the format to see the movie.
Couldn't have wrote it better ! MI(not)4 is, with MI3 in 2nd (the two movies JJ was involved in!), the best of the franchise. And it's nice to have some connections with the last chapter, this time. I liked the opening credit scene somehow like the one from the TV Show, too. and YES IMAX IS the format to see the movie.
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