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.
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Bird, reteaming with the ﬁrst ﬁlm’s legendary editor Paul Hirsch, creates some of the most elegant sequences in the series, and has the best gear, too – that rolling mirage screen! – as beﬁts a whiz-kid retro futurist.
Viewing the "Mission: Impossible" films in short succession reveals "Ghost Protocol" as the much needed shot-in-the-arm for the franchise. Brad Bird's experience in animation is on display in both the kinetic action sequences (the Burj Khalifa climb still the best setpiece in the series) and his purely visual storytelling. You could watch this film on mute and follow every detail thanks to Bird's exquisite staging.
After dying and reviving in the previous film, Bird embraced Hunt's invincibility, who is self-aware of his superhero-like status within the films' world and as meta commentary for Cruise's seemingly endless career. Bird also refreshed the series with stunning visuals and fluid camera movements reminiscent of his Ratatouille, as well as toning down the franchise's over reliance on shootouts.
"Desire" list. The unbearable teen Tom Cruise, actor of the worst, when mature found an expression that it is very good and appropriate for a body that insists on being fit and desirable. The character of the series Mission Impossible is the best that happened to him, since his impression of dexterity conjugates with a discursiveness without need of psychologism.
Another awesome IMF-movie that both retreads familiar ground and rejuvenates the franchise. Bird proves to be a competent action director and Cruise is as always compelling as Hunt. My only gripe is Nyquist, a fine actor, in his own right, who does what he can with a sorely underwritten character, but he does not work as a villain. Otherwise this is a real gem.
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE GHOST PROTOCOL was merely okay. Great action and solid suspense mixed with a stupid story and a dumb villain. The hyperbole around this film stinks of more J.J. Abrams con-artistry, as much as I've come to dislike Abrams's work, M:I 3 is still the best of the series, even if it is just ALIAS with Tom Cruise. M:I 3 had a strong villain and it felt as though Hunt was human and vulnerable.
Quite disappointing to be honest, I was expecting a lot more from this installment. Yes the scenes set in Dubai at the Burj Khalifa are truly breathtaking and unmatched by any other action sequence in the past year but the rest of the film justs falls flat. Jeremy Renner and Michael Nyqvist just wasted here with no motivation driving our villian. Loved Bird's animation but that doesn't mean he had to make a cartoon.
This isn't really even his film, it lacks his stylistic stamp as he is far too distracted by the switch to live-action and everything it entails (Actors, DP's and superstars with ego if I had to guess). His set pieces are rougher and confused, he shoots pointless close-ups (loves real faces) and doesn't seem to have a firm sense of what he wants action wise. Give him one or two more films though, he'll get it.
Ghost Protocol was fun. Choked with breathtaking action sequences but yes, I just can't feel any real sense of danger. And I can't help to stare at so many plot holes outspreaded before my eyes. One thing for sure, Paula Patton is awesome.