This is not just another mission. The IMF is shut down when it’s implicated in a global terrorist bombing plot. Ghost Protocol is initiated and Ethan Hunt and his rogue new team must go undercover to clear their organization’s name. No help, no contact, off the grid. —Paramount Pictures
A filmmaker who possess the rare ability to truly instill his animated creations with lifelike sentiments, identifiable emotions, and most of all heart, director Brad Bird has found notable success in film with such efforts as The Iron Giant and The Incredibles. Rising through the ranks with an impressive resumé, which includes such popular animated efforts as television’s The Simpsons and the groundbreaking Amazing Stories episode “Family Dog,” it seemed only a matter of time before the gifted storyteller ventured into feature territory. By the time Bird stepped behind the camera for 1999’s endearing boy-meets-giant-robot fable The Iron Giant, it was obvious to all who saw the film what a unique talent the director really possessed. Began at age eleven and completed when the fledgling Bird was a tender fourteen, his first animated film eventually caught the attention of Walt Disney Studios — and it wasn’t long before the ambitious youngster was being mentored under the tutelage of… read more
The convoluted plot is a jumble of spy cliches: Revenge-on-the-spy-who-killed-the-spy-who-loved me, Russian bad guys, going rogue and back again, and of course, nukes. The characters, while attractive and occasionally witty, we don't particularly care for. All that said, the clear, thrilling set-pieces, bouts of humor and ingenious gadgetry are all rife with Brad Bird's wicked energy and imagination. That's more than enough for me.
Not awful. The Dubai stuff really kicks it off - could've lost the first twenty-odd minutes (and while we're at it, smash-cut to credits with Hunt disarming the missile. Why the hell not?!). Overall though, the action is legible and crisp, even if the story was pretty low-stakes and dull. Something really cool about that weird-ass garage finale.
A pair of decathlons for quasi-superhero protagonists that briefly come alive as spot-the-auteur games.
There are a few dissenters, but for the most part, reviews are enthusiastic — much to the surprise of many critics themselves.
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N’étant pas un grand fan des Mission: impossible – le premier ne m’ayant pas laissé un souvenir impérissable bien que sympathique – j’ai sauté le deuxième et troisième film pour directement me retrouver… read review
As I expected with Brad Bird directing, MI:GP is well and carefully constructed. It’s fast paced but unrushed. The characters are distinct; their interactions fun and credible. The action is intense… read review