Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

(2011)

No Plan. No Backup. No Choice.

Tom Cruise returns in the fourth entry to the Mission: Impossible franchise, shot across Dubai, Prague, Moscow, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Vancouver.... More

After wrongly accusing Ethan Hunt (Cruise) for the terrorist bombing of the Kremlin, the President initiates 'Ghost Protocol' causing the immediate termination of the entire IMF agency. Forced to go rogue, Ethan teams up with a bunch of fellow IMF fugitives in order to clear his name and prevent another attack.

Newbies to the series include Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker) and director Brad Bird, the animated movie giant (The Iron Giant, The Incredibles) making his live-action feature debut.Hide

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The fourth impossible mission, a stand-alone entry with minimal ties to previous instalments, is a lean, effective action flick. Far more entertaining than the latest Bond, the focus here emphasises the team aspect of the original television series.... More

Not that Thomas Cruise Mapother IV (real name, no kidding) is a minor player. This is very much his show (especially during the lose-your-stomach IMAX sequences scaling the world’s tallest building, in which he apparently did his own stunts). Surrounding him in the field, however, is a solid ensemble of espionage: the amusing Simon Pegg, the sexy Paula Patton and the mysterious Jeremy Renner.

Director Brad Bird, making his live-action debut after the fantastic Pixar hits The Incredibles and Ratatouille, stages simple yet effective chase scenes, fist-fights, break outs and break ins. An Incredibles-eque score from Michael Giacchino keeps the mood buoyant, while a tight edit keeps proceedings tense and engaging.

Sure, the villain is a bit weak and there isn’t much re-watch value, but I found Ghost Protocol to be a fun night at the cinema. It gets the basics right, isn’t over-ambitious and the plot (albeit thin) keeps ticking forward with setbacks for the team around every corner. I wouldn’t be averse to seeing another outing with the same team in a few years’ time.Hide


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BY Tester nobody

Would recommend to anyone. Saw this in IMAX, the scenes with him on the skyscraper were tough to watch!


BY clararar superstar

Having seen the other 3 MI films, this one was seriously pretty average, lacking the novelty value of the first while not being quite as much of a train-wreck as the third. So I was completely gobsmacked to see this received 97% on RottenTomatoes... Sure, this was high budget, plenty of 'exotic' locations, and there were brief moments of levity from Simon Pegg. But the plot was so paint-by-numbers a five year old could have followed it. Perhaps the grittiness of the Bourne trilogy and the... More Daniel Craig Bond films have set too high a standard for spy films, but this just felt so... bland and contrived. Not recommended!Hide


Fantastic big screen action entertainment - take note Mr Bay! Brad Bird leaps effortlessly from animation (IRON GIANT and INCREDIBLES) to live action and it really works. MI3 was the best so far in the series - JJ Abrams did a great job and the villain was sheer class (Philip Seymour Hoffmann). MI4 lacks a great villain - but delivers by the B52 payload in terms of action set pieces and sheer bang for buck. Great big screen popcorn munching action cinema. Now, can someone PLEASE sit Michael Bay... More down and explain how it's done!Hide


BY GrahamP superstar

This would have to be the best Mission impossable so far.There are plenty of twists in the story to make it interesting.
It has a good cast,all with their own different personalities,which does make it fun at times.There are still plenty of high-tech gadgets,some which always seem to work in the nick of time.
A little on the long side but still ok.


BY BrionyJae superstar

Okay, I have to confess something: this was my first Mission Impossible film experience! For some unfathomable reason, I had just never seen any of the first three films before. So, I was a little skeptical about Ghost Protocol, as I thought it might be one of those cliched thriller/spy films. To some extent, it was - BUT it subverted the cliches wonderfully to come up with a pretty epic plotline! Simon Pegg was amazing, as he always is, but I also particularly enjoyed Jeremy Renner's role -... More shall be tracking down some of his other films now. Even Tom Cruise wasn't bad ;) I came away from this film feeling pleasantly surprised, and keen to watch the other three Mission Impossibles. Definitely worth a watch!Hide


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The Press Reviews

  • A few damp squibs aside, Bird’s sensibilities make for the most animated Mission to date. Don’t see in IMAX if you’re a vertigo sufferer, though… Full Review

  • It's a movie of dazzling individual parts that don't come together to fully satisfying effect in the final stretch. Full Review

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