REVIEW: Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol

"As much a surprise as it was a delight to watch."

Ethan Hunt and his team are blamed for a mission gone wrong at the Kremlin which causes the President to initiate Ghost Protocol, disavowing all members of the IMF.  Now on their own, Ethan and his crew go rogue in hopes of figuring out the truth and bringing the culprits to justice. 

I loved the MISSION IMPOSSIBLE show growing up, I never missed an episode, so naturally I was thrilled when I heard Tom Cruise was bringing it to the big screen.  The first one rocked (minus Jim as the villain), the second was dummied down and the third was alright but felt like it was missing something.  GHOST PROTOCOL is a refreshing dive back into comfortable waters for Cruise, more so than anyone wanted to admit pre-production.  I'm a fan of Cruise's work, I didn't mind VALYKARIE and I liked KNIGHT AND DAY.  I don't care what people do off-screen, what Gods they pray to or how excited they got on Oprah's couch, all I care about is whether or not you can deliver on-screen and for my money, not only did Cruise not disappoint, the MI series got a solid entry that left me hungry for more.

Not only did Cruise deliver in the acting department, but damn can he still handle those stunts with poise, accuracy and ridiculous dexterity.  The man can move, take a hit like a champion (I cringed more than a couple times) and for a dude pushing fifty he's still looking awfully badass.  The rest of the crew packed a punch as well, especially Jeremy Renner who'd been rumored to be taking over the franchise from Cruise initially, but instead both actors worked off one another well (and hopefully will again soon).  One of my favourite scenes is when they're in the car together being briefed for the mission only to have the car shot to hell and back before flying off the road into the water.

The MI series is known for its high octane stunts and sick gadgets that look like spyware on steroids, but this time they went a bit more Bond with hot looking cars, sexy women and lusciously gorgeous landscapes effortlessly presented by director Brad Bird.  I loved the window climbing (especially when one of the gloves broke malfunctioned mid climb), the fake wall looked amazing and that sandstorm was mind blowing.  There's so much effort piled into this flick that you can't help but throw it some love.  Speaking of showing some love, here's to LOST's Sawyer (Josh Holloway) for killing it in the opening moments (that double tap in mid air was money).  I hope this gets you some action flick love my man, and it shouldn't be too hard considering Taylor Lautner got ABDUCTION (which sucked ball sack).   

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE GHOST PROTOCOL is exactly what Tom Cruise needed at this point, a unanimous WIN at the box office.  As I said, I dig the guy's work (even the stuff most critics labelled duds) and I dig this series.  As sequels go, this deserves a standing ovation, my only beef being the boring, by the numbers villain.  The best part of MI3 was Philip Seymour Hoffman, what a perfect bad guy!  That back and forth between him and Ethan when he's tied to a chair was epic, it still gives me goose bumps.  If there was one thing this film lacked it was an electrifying villainous presence.  At the end of the day we can't have it all, but rest assured GHOST PROTOCOL still delivers the goods and is a welcome addition to the MI team.   

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7 comments:

gman said...

Oh, speaking of “sick gadgets” did you see the BMW featured in the movie with the heads-up display? That was awesome, and even the character, Ethan Hunt was impressed enough to say so. Oh, perhaps you should come up with a rating system related to your impression of “Abduction.” No, but seriously, the movie looked amazing on Blu-ray when I rented it from Blockbuster @Home. My Dish-coworker mentioned it was coming out and I got it on my queue beforehand so I would get it in the mail right away. That is the nice part about Blockbuster @Home actually, is that I get unlimited Blu-ray by mail, and practically everything newish is on Blu-ray.

J.A. Hamilton said...

Blockbuster@Home...never heard of that, I'll have to look it up.

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