Movie Review: Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol


Rated: PG-13
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).

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  1. jon snow

    what makes Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol works well despite the easily forgotten, recycled 'crazy-villain-want-to-start-world-war-using-nuclear' plot is the delicious and thrilling action sequences, state-of-the-art spy gadgets, the never says die attitude and the chemistry between the ensemble casts. Tom Cruise may have tainted his spy image with Knight & Day, but Ethan Hunt still among the most believable spy in silver screen. The question remains, will this be the last of the franchise, or a reboot to the series?

  2. Neha

    What happened to all the hype over Anil Kapoor's miniscule role?

    Anil Kapoor gave interviews to a Dubai tabloid last year and lied that he was the main villain of the movie! His is a blink-you-will-miss-him kind of an insignificant role.

    He happily invited himself to press conferences and gave a party to Tom Cruise at his residence and made sure that it was all reported by 'biryani' media.

  3. Rahul

    MI4 proves that the sequels with exceptions have never lived upto the class of the original. This had no mystery just action and most of it of the type already seen by us. also the movie is full of discrepancies. In mumbai they are showing signboards in Kannada. Also the cars in the final sequence have number plates which are not used in India at all. The glass shown in burj al khalifa is shown as a normal glass whereas in reality at such heights glass used are very specialized glasses which will not break by someone just banging against it. Nothing great a average movie.

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