Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Film Reivew
Tom Cruise is back as Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, a welcome edition to the franchise that kept me on the edge of my seat throughout.
This is Brad Bird debut live action film. Bird is best known for the classic Pixar movies “The Incredibles” and “Ratatouille”. Given the current trend to make films in 3D, Bird has stayed away form this and opted instead to use IMAX for some of the scenes.
With Mission: Impossible III lacking in some areas Bird has made a vast improvement in the Mission Impossible franchise, bring the film on par with Brian De Palma 1996 first outing for the franchise.
The film opens up with an action packing opening and with some comedy thrown in with Hunt (Cruise) and Dunn (Simon Pegg) clashing during Hunt’s escape from a Budapest prison. The fast pace of the film does not stop there and keeps going all the way though to the end.
As with M:I III Cruise and Pegg have great on screen chemistry. This is also complemented with the addition of Paula Patton and Jeremy Renner, being added to the team. As with the other Mission Impossible films the setting are all over the word from the Red Square in Russia to Dubai and India.
So what is M:I – Ghost Protocol about?
Ethan Hunt and his team are racing against time to track down a dangerous terrorist named Hendricks, 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 (Impossible Missions Force) being implicated in the bombing, forcing the President to invoke Ghost Protocol, under which the IMF is disavowed and disbanded, Those still in the field will be offered no help or backup in any form.
As Hunt is wanted by the Russian and America for the bombing, it is up to him and his team to stop Hendricks and clear their and the IMF name.
One of the best action scenes in the film takes place in Dubai where Hunt has to claim the world tallest building (The Burj Khalifa tower) with the use of high-tech sticky gloves which fail to be reliable. The whole scene was filmed actually at the tower itself. Cruise did this stunt by himself without the use of a stunt double.
In the film it looks like he just attached to the building with the gloves. In real life Cruise was attached to the building with multiple safety cables that where removed in post production. Many comedic scenes ensue, only improved upon by Pegg’s presence. The failings of technology is a especially amusing: a telephone box which originally delivers Hunt’s message fails to self-destruct, high-tech sticky gloves and a mask making piece of kit fails to function much to Dunn’s disappointment. Without trying, Ghost Protocol is naturally funny thanks to the chemistry between the four charismatic team members.
Renner is a welcome addition to the cast. As his role was written in for when Curies is no longer going to accept anymore missions.
Fans of the series they won’t be disappointed by Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol as it has it all: excitement, explosions and clever gadgets. The on screen chemistry between the characters is excellent, providing a believable working team.
Given the success of the film Curies, Pegg and Bird are interested in making a 5th outing. It has also been rumoured that Paramount are also looking to fast track a 5th outing. As for Bird, he has proven that he can make a good live action film, and given how he did with this and The Incredibles, I would love to see him doing a Bond film.
I give this film a 4.5 out of 5.
Benji Dunn: [showing a glove] Now remember: “Blue is glue!”.
Ethan Hunt: And red?
Benji Dunn: Dead.