246th Movie Review: Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol

Taking action into new heights…literally

Mission Impossible 4 is a film worthy to be seen on IMAX. Backed by a fresh cast and a new director, MI4 packs more punch than any other movie in the franchise. This is a perfect example of an amazing sequel – innovative, different and unpredictable.

Here’s how the story goes. A few years after the end of the third movie, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is rescued from a prison cell by a group of agents (Benji and Jane played by Simon Pegg and Paula Patton) from the Impossible Mission Force. They are then quickly tasked to track down a dangerous terrorist named Hendricks (Michael Nyqvist), who has gained access to Russian nuclear launch codes and is planning a strike on the United States. An attempt by the team to stop him at the Kremlin ends in a disaster, with an explosion causing severe destruction to the Kremlin and the IMF being implicated in the bombing, forcing the President to invoke Ghost Protocol, under which the IMF is disavowed, and will be offered no help or backup in any form. Undaunted, Ethan and his team, with the addition of Brandt (Jeremy Renner) chase Hendricks to Dubai, and from there to Mumbai, to save their country from destruction.

The plot was easily comprehensible, which really helped because it took some time for me to remember what occurred in the past. The scenes are very fluid and they felt natural. All you had to do was to sit tight and relax.

From start to finish, the action scenes didn’t disappoint. I kept on wondering how Director Brad Bird (Mr. Incredible) was going to top every single stunt that was being thrown at the audience. It was exhilarating and had me hanging on the edge of my seat. Imagine Ethan being supported by nothing but suction gloves while outside the Burj Khalifa a hundred floors up. Then afterwards he goes into a wild chase on the streets of Dubai during a sandstorm! That’s creativity at its finest. Props to Brad too for making it look all the more believable.

But while the action was thrilling, I wasn’t exactly amazed by the new characters introduced in this sequel. Simon Pegg provided comic relief, but he didn’t always hit the mark. Nevertheless he’s a fresh character that we don’t usually find in movies like these. Paula Patton didn’t possess that alluring image that could’ve spiced up the cast even more. The only exception was Jeremy Renner. The rising star has the potential to replace Ethan as the top agent of the IMF, though he’s not as charismatic.

While the film excelled on most aspects, there were two things I found lacking. For one, the movie lacked any strong emotion between two characters, something present in almost all movies in the series. The second was the fact that the villain wasn’t great enough for me to consider him as formidable. However, these two things don’t really matter when you enjoyed what you saw in two hours. Not a dull moment was to be found in Ghost Protocol.

I have to admit I had doubts on Ghost Protocol a few months back, but after seeing it all I feel ashamed by not believing on Brad Bird a bit more. He has refueled the franchise and brought it to tip-top shape. This is the best film among the four, and probably one of my top picks for the year, and I recommend that you go catch this before the Metro Manila Film Festival kicks in.

GRADE: A-

I Agreed With the MAJORITY

Rotten Tomatoes: 93% Fresh, 7.6/10 Rating

Internet Movie Database: 7.9/10 User Rating

Metacritic: 74/100

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