Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)

Posted in Reviews by - April 17, 2012
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)

This is the fourth installment in the Mission: Impossible series and re-ignites the franchise with a new sense of fun, vigour and soul not seen since the first movie premiered back in 1996.

Academy Awards winning director Brad “Incredibles” Bird seamlessly turns his talent from animated features to full-throttle action movie to create a highly enjoyable experience which belies its 135 minutes running time.

The story sees the IMF framed for bombing the Kremlin resulting in the US president activating “Operation Ghost Protocol” in which the organization is disavowed. Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his team consisting of Jane Carter (Paula Patton), Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg), and William Brandt (Jeremy Renner) are then saddled with blame for the attack while unofficially allowed to clear the IMF’s name by pursuing the real perpetrator code-named “Cobalt,” namely the fiendish Swedish nuclear scientist Kurt Hendricks (Michael Nyqvist).

The director subsequently pays every attention to detail as the inventive, team globe trot from one spectacular location and incredible action sequence to the next, using an incredible array of gadgetry and ingenuity in their attempt to foil Kurt Hendricks’ deranged plan to ignite a nuclear war between the USA and Russia.

Meanwhile, Tom Cruise puts in a gritty, fearless performance in the lead role, while good chemistry and humour exists between all the actors which ensure the movie doesn’t get weighed down by its own self-seriousness. Credit goes to Simon Pegg for providing much of the comic relief, while Jeremy Renner was enigmatic and entertaining, and Paula Patton both sexy and dangerous in equal measure.

In sum, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol is a great cinematic experience full of suspense, thrilling scenes, solid acting and outrageous technology that delivers all you could wish for in an action movie, and then some.


A Mission Impossible not to enjoy this action-filled flick

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Hi, My name is James Atticus and I have had a keen passion for movies ever since being blown away while watching 'A Trip to the Moon' back in 1902. Hardly surprisingly, I am a big sci-fi and horror fan, although my love of film extends throughout all the genres. One of my favourite quotes about cinema was told to me by Alfred Hitchcock, who said: "For me, the cinema is not a slice of life, but a piece of cake." To which I replied, "Don't mind if I do!"


  • areef

    I am a 28 years old doctor, mature and beautiful, and would just like to say Wow, that Tom Cruise sure knows how to buy sleek, sexy dollar store sunglasses. No wonder Katie Holmes was forced to marry him.

  • Tomos

    This film blasts into overdrive right from the start and then just kept on getting faster and more exciting for one hell of a ride. I loved the technology in MI, too.

    • Qasim

      I loathed Tom Cruise until I saw the Last Samurai which was an outstanding movie! Unfortunately someone sent me a video clip of him jumping up and down on Oprah Winfrey’s couch which was so pathetic that I just couldn’t bear him after that but I’ll definitely watch this one if you say it’s good. Okay.. I have watched Missions Impossible now, right to the end .. that doesn’t mean I liked him, though, its just that the action bits were fun.

      • Julio

        You people with your robot like blind devotion to TC, it’s pathetic. Please, share with me how how his flims are somehow better than what anyone else does? How do you feel about Tom Cruise leaving Nicole Kidman FOR NO APPARENT REASON mere months after she had miscarried his supposed FIRST biological child NOT COINCIDENTALLY right before he would have had to honor the payoff of their 10 year marriage contract was due to be up????Answers .anyone???

  • Jane

    Pretty great action movie. The photography and editing for MI was outstanding and Tom Cruise really owned the role of Ethan Hunt, once more. The best in the series yet, by far.

  • Helen

    A typical spy movie containing action and cool gadgets but the high praise it’s getting is probably for being a quality come-back.

    • Wallace

      I think Tom Cruise looks hot but ROCK GOD, he is not.

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