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
- Rated: PG-13
- Action, Adventure, Thriller
- Release Date: 12/16/2011
- Directed by: Brad Bird
- Starring: Jeremy Renner, Michael Nyqvist, Paula Patton, Simon Pegg, Tom Cruise
- Produced by: Bryan Burk, J. J. Abrams, Tom Cruise
- Written by: André Nemec, Josh Appelbaum
- Studio: Bad Robot Productions, Skydance Productions, TC Productions