Ethan Hunt is off the map until a stellar mistake by existing agents leaves nuclear launch codes exposed. Pulled back in by the IMF, Hunt finds himself hanging from the side of a skyscraper along with other adventures after being tasked with saving the world.
Tom Cruise (Hunt), Paula Patton (Carter), Simon Pegg (Benji), Jeremy Renner (Brandt), Michael Nyqvist (Hendricks), Vladimir Mashkov (Sidorov), Samuli Edelmann (Wistrom), Ivan Shvedoff (Lisenker), Miraj Grbic (Bogdan).
Picking up roughly where the last film left off, we find Hunt in a prison from which he is soon extracted. From there he jumps back into the super-spy action without missing a beat. Before long Hunt and his team realize they are the only thing standing between a madman and nuclear winter for the world. Sadly, that is also where the film fails, feeling like The Ethan Hunt Show rather than the espionage thrillers that used to be Mission Impossible. Still, the action and pace keep the film interesting and entertaining through the end.
Acting was decent with Cruise delivering his usual, though thankfully tempered with some realistic mistakes in the film to keep it from looking like hero worship. Patton and Pegg both played against Cruise well and brought their own level of depth to the film. Renner also brings a different aspect to things and did nicely. The remainder of the supporting cast was solid throughout.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were all very well done and the film obviously had a big budget. Exotic locations, cars, and furnishings are all standard in this one. CGI effects were well done in this one, and only slightly over the top. Stunt work was excellent with good detail and energy. Of course, action is what makes these films popular and this one does a good job with it. Dialogue, sound, and soundtrack were all solid and enjoyable.
Overall Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol is another decent entry in the franchise despite feeling a bit light in some ways, and focusing excessively on Hunt. Fans of the franchise, and Cruise, won’t be disappointed with this one.
With violence and intense action this should be fine for teens and above.
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 4 out of 5
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