Action fans rejoiced to the tune of nearly $700 million worldwide, when the fourth installment of this action franchise hit the theatres this past December. With screenings in IMAX and a brand new director on board in the animation guru Brad Bird working on his first live-action feature, this officially received a much need shot of adrenaline. Now available from our friends at Paramount Home Entertainment on DVD & Blu-Ray at video stores all across Toronto; get ready for “Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol”.
Starring Tom Cruise, Paula Patton & Jeremy Renner
Directed by Brad Bird
“Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol” brings us to some point after the third film where after breaking Ethan Hunt (Cruise) out of a Russian prison, Hunt and his team are sent to infiltrate the Kremlin in order to gather intelligence about a new terrorist organization that is intent on starting a nuclear war and is targeting the Russian military complex. However this mission is a set up and after Ethan and his team (Patton, Renner & Simon Pegg) are blamed for the terrorist bombing of the Kremlin, his team and the entire IMF is disavowed when the President initiates “Ghost Protocol”. Left without any resources or backup, Ethan must find a way to clear his agency’s name and prevent another attack. To complicate matters further, Ethan is forced to embark on this mission with a team of fellow IMF fugitives whose motives aren’t entirely clear.
While the general fear that the franchise may be getting a little stale and the overall confusion of what a “Ghost Protocol” actually was certainly wasn’t easing anyone’s concerns, let this critic assure you that the “Mission: Impossible” franchise is alive and well. Stepping behind the live action lens for his first time since an episode of “Amazing Stories” from 1987, director Brad Bird shows that he just as skilled with animation as he is with action. As the opening shot sweeps through the use of the IMAX cameras; “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” lets you know that you are in for something special and what was so breathtaking on the big screen still works just as well on the small screen. The action is kinetic and non-stop, there are some slight plot holes but the action is quite honestly so breathtaking that you simply don’t care. As we see Tom Cruise hanging off of the side of the tallest building in the world, we are right there with him. The depth and clarity of hanging off of a building or chasing a terrorist in the middle of a sandstorm, Bird puts us right in the middle of it all and we get gladly get swept along for the ride with some of the most beautiful and intense action sequences ever put to screen.
Tom Cruise slips back into the role of Ethan Hunt quite easily as he knows the characters in and outs, playing the role of ‘Secret Agent Man’ quite well while managing to transition into more leader than a maverick in the role. The addition of Jeremy Renner to the ensemble will allow future installments of these films to be more about the ensemble rather than the adventures of Ethan Hunt and company, Renner is good enough and charismatic enough to fill the role of suave action hero and we will undoubtedly be seeing more of him in roles like this. Paula Patton has been on the edge of superstardom for a while now, and here she proves she has the looks and the action chops to fill the roles that Angelina Jolie isn’t necessarily taking any more, she will be the next level of the tough and sexy female in action films. Pegg now a field agent admirably fills the role of comic relief and has great chemistry with Cruise and the entire cast.
The picture and sound quality simply sparkled on Blu-Ray and the Special Features included over two hours of a behind the scenes details with star and producer Tom Cruise, producer J.J. Abrams and director Brad Bird going behind the amazing stunts, the special effects and the global trotting that was involved with making a first class spy film. This 3 disc Combo Pack also included Deleted Scenes including an alternate opening, trailers as well as copy of the film on DVD and via Digital Copy.
Quite simply; “Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol” raised the bar for what a grand big budget spy thriller can be.
5 out of 5 stars.
“Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol” is available now at video stores all across Toronto; click here for a list of some of the finer stores near you.
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