Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)
Starring: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton
The Impossible Mission Force’s search for Russian nuclear launch codes takes a wrong turn when an opposing team detonates a bomb in the Kremlin. Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and his squad of secret agents are implicated for the explosion and the President initiates “Ghost Protocol,” disavowing all knowledge of Agent Hunt’s expedition. Essentially, the entire IMF is shut down indefinitely and any further action is considered unsactioned. If they choose to pursue the mission and attempt to stop the impending nuclear war, they’re entirely on their own. But if they try and fail, they’ll be taken home and branded as global terrorists.
The Story: “Ghost Protocol” is essentially a continuation of the standing “Mission: Impossible” trilogy, though no prior knowledge of the former films is critical (though having seen M:I 1 would probably be helpful). It’s everything you’d expect from an “Impossible” movie, with intriguing characters, breath-taking locales, and enough twists and turns to keep audiences guessing.
The Acting: Tom Cruise may be a doofy person in real life, but you’ve got to admit – he’s a heck of an actor. Great work all around, including notable performances by Renner and Patton. Plus, Pegg is always good for a laugh.
The Genre: “Ghost Protocol” gives viewers everything they could want – and everything they’ve been missing – in a great spy-action movie: a complex plot, hi-tech gadgetry, gunplay, explosions, incredible special effects, and even a surprising amount of situation-appropriate comedy. Perhaps the most impressive thing of all is that they do it without gratuitous blood, sex, and profanity.
When all is said and done, there is one thing that must be said about “Mission:Impossible – Ghost Protocol” – it is, hands down, one of the best movies released in the past several years. In fact, there are very few movies, especially in the action genre, that even come close to it. “Ghost Protocol” sets a high standard for the upcoming year of films in multiple aspects: story, acting, action, and large-scale special effects. This is a definite must-see for any fan of espionage. You may also be interested in: “Mission: Impossible” (1996), “Goldeneye” (1995), “The Bourne Identity” (2002).
Blu-ray bonus features:
– Audio in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, English Audio Description
– Subtitles in English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese
– “Mission Accepted”: Two featurettes – “Heating Up in Dubai,” “Vancouver Fisticuffs,” giving detailed, behind-the-scenes looks at two of the incredible action scenes in the movie.
– “Impossible Missions”: “The Sandstorm,” “Props” – a closer look at how the sandstorm scene was filmed and a short (and very interesting) documentary about the props used in the movie.
– Three deleted scenes, including an alternate opening scene, with optional audio commentary by director Brad Bird.
Directed by: Brad Bird
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Running time: 133 minutes
MPAA rating: PG-13 for “sequences of intense action and violence,” including one moderately-offensive, muffled reference to diety, one somewhat inappropriate reference to human anatomy, and one scene featuring violence between women
Costars Michael Nyqvist, Josh Holloway
Blu-ray release date: April 17, 2012
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