Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
No Plan. No Backup. No Choice.
In the 4th installment of the Mission Impossible series, Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and his team are racing against time to track down a dangerous terrorist named Hendricks (Nyqvist), who has gained access to Russian nuclear launch codes and is planning a strike on the United States. An attempt to stop him ends in an explosion causing severe destruction to the Kremlin and the IMF to be implicated in the bombing, forcing the President to disavow them. No longer being aided by the government, Ethan and his team chase Hendricks around the globe, although they might still be too late to stop a disaster.
One of 2011's best films, Brad Bird's "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" is a triumph. Injecting life into a plateauing franchise, the film is a crisp and charismatic action epic that is both exciting and propulsive.
All the right pieces come together to make this fourth Mission: Impossible film stand out. A Bondian dose of exotic locales, a story that ties together Cold War tension and New World rogues, and a gallery of well-cast characters combine to form a solid cinematic foundation for the film. Brad Bird's sure-handed direction leads the audience through the intrigue and generous action beats of the plot. Moreover, the film is shot handsomely and edited with a mind on forward motion.
The numerous set pieces…
A hugely successful action film that can really be boiled down to the skills of one man: Brad Bird. He understands storytelling through action set pieces like so (frighteningly) few directors do, and knows a thing or two about distilling tension with humor and leading each scene to an inevitable conclusion without any predictability along the way. The Dubai set piece is action ballet. Talk about a smooth transition from animation to live action. You'd think there would be an enormous amount of difficulty in this (John Carter), but years of storyboarding every shot to perfection and tightening a story through the process of mapping out each shot can pay off tremendously, and it did.
The cast is having loads…
Here's the thing about Ghost Protocol [EXPLOSION].
See that I lulled you into a false sense of security and then flipped things on their heads with unexpected action.
That's not so much what you'll get here, because when you think about the Tom Cruise era Mission: Impossible, you expect action. You think: is there a chance that chap might be a little bit gay? You think: surely this time they've bitten off more than they can chew and they can't possibly prevail at the end of the story, can they? You think: implausible helicopter in the channel tunnel, and what exactly was the best-case-scenario the pilot was counting on there?
That degree of implausibility is old hat, we have entirely…
What did I learn from Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol? Let me see. There are a lot of BMWs in Dubai and Mumbai (coincidence?) and they have safety features you can trust, and cool start controls, and cool wheels and cool grill-lights, what? I haven't seen such gross product placement in a while. Oh yeah, and iPhones. iPhones are cool, iPads are cool, apparently USB cables are cool; but iPhones in rubberised cases? I guess they might knock them around a bit, but still: uncool (like that haircut).
The gadgets were excellently rendered, but severely over the top. I guess I prefer more human spy action. Gadgets became long set-pieces, if not missions in themselves; I suppose they're cool, but…
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Probably the second best in the series after the first one, this is where it goes back to focusing more on the team as a whole instead of just being 'The Tom Cruise Show '. The action scenes are outstanding, special mention of course going to the building climb bit in Dubai and Simon Pegg is brilliant as the comic relief technician. The plot is a bit thin, but overall this is a well made, enjoyable action movie.
I think this could possibly be the best of the series. It has been a couple years since I saw the first, but I really liked this one. Very entertaining, exhilarating and funny.
It was a fun movie, really fast paced, all the characters have something to do, so it doesn't feel like filler, which is much appreciated. Bodes well for the prospects of Brad Bird as a live action director.
¿Cómo es posible que Tom Cruise se vea mejor en Oblivion que acá? Ha hecho un pacto con el diablo, con el diablo, les digo.
Dejando atrás eso, Simon Pegg es el tono divertido y pues acción y tomas así, que son importantes porque NO TUVIERON DOBLE, WE Y PUES ESTÁN EN DUBAI EN EL EDIFICIO MÁS ALTO DEL MUNDO. Y uno, ay, qué impresión. Luego sigue viviendo.
El dramón del final qué weba. ¿A quién le importa la esposa y el niño de avengers?
This is the definition of pure popcorn fun.
The 1st is brilliantly simple and faithful to the spy genre.
The 2nd is over the top fluff.
The 3rd was going back to basics and felt fresh.
The 4th...apart from the return of Tom Cruise's long hair, is just as good as the 3rd and 1st thankfully.
Nothing to write home about, but it's a great action film with a simple story to stop a Russian superpower who is close to bringing about a Nuclear War.
With a decent cast (Cruise, Simon Pegg, Michael Nyqvist, Jeremy Renner et al), it's got some brilliant action sequences like the opening Moscow operation which harkens back to the first MI film, even with the haunting soundtrack, an eye-popping moment in Dubai both…
After MI:2 I was ready to walk away from this series. I got some love back for the series with MI:3. Although, I didn't like that Hunt turned into a big weepy pussy every 5 minutes. I still considered The first Mission Impossible the best of the series.
Then comes along Brad f*cking Bird. And all of a sudden, I'm watching THE best Mission Impossible film, and I've become reinvested in this franchise.
I can't say enough about Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt. I doubt there are any actors in Hollywood today who give even half as much as Cruise. He really throws himself into every role, bringing all the intensity the character needs, taking on the stunts himself, and at 50!!
A really great adventure film, and the best of the series.
I know, it's a Mission Impossible movie, but come on: Cutting glass with an energy beam in the visible spectrum? Really?
I don't think the makers have a firm grasp of the way glass works.
An improvement on the third for sure (though I liked that one too). I find it funny that this series requires pretty much zero commitment to enjoy it. It really has no interest in the characters overall arcs. Even the stuff at the end with Hunt's wife seems like an afterthought. That's not a criticism, just more of an observation.
This was a surprisingly good movie, especially since I didn't refresh myself with the previous 3 MI films.