133 Min | Action – Adventure – Thriller | December 2011
IMDB Rating: 7.4
Director: Brad Bird
Starring: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Review: Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol is the forth film in the franchise (though first not to acknowledge its place in the title) and sees Tom Cruise reprising the leading role of the globe-trotting super spy Ethan Hunt. Throughout the series Hunt has evolved from team player to lone wolf and now in Ghost Protocol he must become a true leader of a team that, for the first time, he didn’t choose. Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol blasts off into overdrive from the minute the gates open and rarely lets up, it’s one hell of a ride and there’s enough action and gadgets here to please any fan of the spy film genre.
The plot of Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol, is fairly straightforward, the bad guy obtains the key to the ultimate weapon and plans to destroy the world with it. Hunt and his team, working without the support of the IMF, must stop him at all costs. Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol has enough twists and turns to keep you engaged but it never gets so complicated that you risk getting lost while you’re immersed in the mind – blowing stunt sequences. One thing fans of the series will probably notice this time around is that Hunt is more ‘human’ when it comes to the action than he has been in most of the previous outings. Not everything goes to plan and if he gets hit or falls down it hurts. Sure he’s still a super spy and can do things most mortal men would never try in a million years but the added vulnerability and consequences of those actions gone wrong lifts the film to a new level and is one of the reasons it kept me on board all the way to the end.
Rounding out the new team are IMF agents Jane Carter (Paula Patton – Deja Vu) and William Brandt (Jeremy Renner –The Hurt Locker), and both actors deliver solid performances. Carter is as sexy as she is deadly and Patton slips between these two persona’s with ease while Brandt hides a secret past allowing Renner to show a vulnerability we’re not used to seeing in the roles he normally plays. Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol delivers exactly the type of entertainment action fans crave and as a result it is perfect popcorn movie. If you don’t enjoy this ride then entertaining you is a Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol.