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Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol

December 17, 2011

Brandt: You’re not going to make it!  
Ethan Hunt: You’re not helping! 

There is a crucial scene in Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol where Ethan Hunt, or Tom Cruise for the sake of the story, is using high-tech magnet gloves to climb a building, which is in fact Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the world’s tallest recorded building. Let me remind you that Tom Cruise is like the American Jackie Chan; he always does his own stunts. The fact that I knew it was Cruise dangling off of this building, and not some lookalike, it made that scene all the worth while. This scene is perfect, in my opinion. It contains the perfect amount of action, suspense, and visuals to keep the audience’s attention. Most importantly, it kept me on the edge of my seat. Now take what I just said, multiply it by ten, and that is how excited the film is as a whole. Furthermore, it must be experienced in gorgeous IMAX, where a number of sequences were shot specifically shot in that format. Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol breathes new light into a great franchise.

After an extravagantly made breakout from prison, special agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his team of elite operatives, including Benji (Simon Pegg), Jane (Paula Patton), and “analysis” Brandt (Jeremy Renner) are branded terrorists when global nuclear terrorist Hendricks (Michael Nyqvist) intercepts their radio frequency, the Kremlin is blown up, Ethan and his team are branded terrorists, and go undercover on quite possibly their most important mission yet: to get completely off the grid (literally), and somehow come up with a devised plan that will prevent a worldwide catastrophe. This certainly sounds “impossible!”

I have always had a soft spot for the Mission: Impossible films, much like I do for superhero films. Honestly, I had so much fun with this film that I believe it is better than any superhero movie that has been released this year! Ghost Protocol does not use flashy effects or an extensive amount of CGI to grab the audience’s attention, it just uses plain, old-fashioned, ridiculous mayhem, but in a very grand and explosively impressive way. Additionally, it is not in 3D! Although, the ticket holder did give everyone 3D glasses, and it was funny watching people’s reactions to the film NOT being in 3D. But back to the film…

Ghost Protocol is the years best action film. While some films that have action are higher on my top ten of the year, this is what I would classify as a full-blown action extravaganza. There are not many dull junctures in this thrill ride. From the first sequence which is a prison breakout, to a sandstorm chase, a building climb, and an unforgettable sequence which takes place in a fancy parking garage; unlike Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Ghost Protocol contains well-handled sequences where you can actually tell what is going on, no matter how frantic it may get. I have no complaints at all on the subject of the action sequences. 

In fact, the only flaw I could think of is that the film was a bit lengthy, there were two prolonged scenes that I would cut, but other than that, it’s fine. Back to the good stuff! Aside from the action sequences, I enjoyed the sound editing was quite fantastic. You can tell they perfected it to make it absolutely flawless, and it was worth it. In addition to the huge speakers in the IMAX theater, the sound FX worked best with all of the head punches, body punches, falls, and car crashes. Seriously, it sounds better than Transformers

Brad Bird, who is known for directing animated films (most notably The Incredibles), directed Ghost Protocol. Who would have thought he would be able to go from a dysfunctional family of extraordinary individuals to the third sequel in a powerhouse series! Bird is obviously confident about this film, and did a solid job directing. As far as acting goes in an action film, I got what I expected. Cheesy, yet fun-filled performances. Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, and Paula Patton all shine in their roles, but it is Simon Pegg who steals the show with yet another laugh-induced performance (my exact thoughts with his character in Star Trek). All-in-all, M:I Ghost Protocol breathes new light into a great franchise, that should not be missed.

Ghost Protocol = 4 out of 5

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