Posted by: ckckred | December 31, 2011

Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol is by far the best of the series

I was supposed to see this film Tuesday.  But a little mix up with the tickets caused me to see it yesterday.  And I have to tell you I felt the film was stronger than the previous films.

Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol is directed Brad Bird, who is known for making animated films including The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, and Ratatouille.  This is his first live action film, and he certainly does well.  The movie is well shot, and is impressively edited.

Now for the story.  Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is locked up in a Russian prison.  His wife is dead, and we don’t know why he’s there, but his team, which includes Benji (Simon Pegg) and Jane (Paula Patton) break him out.  They need him for a mission to stop a nuclear crazed terrorist named Hendricks (Michael Nyqvist), who has obtained Russian nuclear codes and a satellite and wants to start a nuclear war so there will be world peace.  Don’t ask me how his logic makes sense.  Just watch his speech in the movie.

Anyway, along the way an analyst named Brandt (Jeremy Renner) joins Ethan’s team, but he’s more than he appears.  Ethan and his team travel to the Kremlin in Russia, the Burj Kahlifa, which is the world’s tallest building, in Dubai, and Mumbai.  And you see crazy stunts, such as Ethan climbing the Burj Kahlifa, Brandt traveling through a tunnel with a magnet, and Jane trying to seduce Indian star Anil Kapoor to get the satellite codes to try to stop Hendricks.  SImon Pegg’s Benji is the movie’s comic relief.  His character is likable, and provides a nice spark to the film.

The film succeeds because it gives the characters personal problems.  Ethan is trying to get over his wife’s death, Jane is saddened by her boyfriend’s death, and Brandt is struggling with a problem no one else on the team knows.

The film has done well in the box office, and may reboot Tom Cruise’s stardom.  The visual effects are strong, and they never seem to be overused.  I enjoyed Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol, and hope for a sequel.


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