Genre: Spy, action, adventure, thriller
Running Time: 2 Hours 13 Minutes
Director: Brad Bird
Cast: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist, Vladimir Mashkov, Josh Holloway, Anil Kapoor, Léa Seydoux
Synopsis: “This holiday season, two-time Academy Award®-winner Brad Bird directs, with producers Tom Cruise and J.J. Abrams, the action-packed spy adventure MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL. Blamed for the terrorist bombing of the Kremlin, IMF operative Ethan Hunt is disavowed along with the rest of the agency when the President initiates “Ghost Protocol”. Left without any resources or backup, Ethan must find a way to clear his agency’s name and prevent another attack. To complicate matters further, Ethan is forced to embark on this mission with a team of fellow IMF fugitives whose personal motives he does not fully know. Tom Cruise returns in the starring role as Ethan Hunt and is joined by an international cast that includes Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist, Vladimir Mashkov, Josh Holloway, Anil Kapoor and Lea Seydoux” (United International Pictures).
Verdict: When a good animation specialist (Brad Bird) directs an live action film, the outcome would most likely be positive. From a prison break to Moscow Kremlin, then from the Burj Khalifa and car chase in a Dubai sand storm to India. Hats off and congratulations because Mission Impossible 4 Ghost Protocol is not only the best instalment of the film franchise, but also perhaps the best American spy action movie in the past few years and Tom Cruise‘s best action flick ever. Despite the genre cliches and unnecessary corniness, I was thoroughly entertained and impressed, even as a huge fan of the original TV series, particularly on the action scenes and the music scores. MI4 is not only thrillingly action packed, it also has a fair amount comic relief as well thanks to the hilarious Simon Pegg. It’s also quite fast paced for an over 2 hour film as well. I regret for not watching this at an IMAX cinema.
Favourite scene: Definitely the Burj Khalifa scene. Top notch cinematography and thrilling action.
Notably unusual but cool: [SPOILER BEGINS HERE] No trademark mask offs and a little message self-destruct malfunction, both for the first time on any Mission: Impossible, I believe. [SPOILER ENDS HERE]
Tom Cruise’s running posture… is a little funny here. He sprints with his upper body straight as though he’s marching in fast forward motion.
iPad and BMW: One is used along with spy gadgets while the other promotes its safety features in exaggeration. What was the cost to appear on the film this significantly? I’d really like to know.
Rating: 4.5 / 5
Second opinion: “It’s awesome and Tom Cruise is super hot here” (Iris Loong).