Film: Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol
Director: Brad Bird
Stars: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg
Ethan Hunt and his team are racing against time to track down a dangerous terrorist named Hendricks, who has gained access to Russian nuclear launch codes and is planning a strike on the United States. An attempt by the team to stop him at the Kremlin ends in a disaster, with an explosion causing severe destruction to the Kremlin and the IMF being implicated in the bombing, forcing the President to invoke Ghost Protocol, under which the IMF is disavowed, and will be offered no help or backup in any form. Undaunted, Ethan and his team chase Hendricks to Dubai, and from there to Mumbai, but several spectacular action sequences later, they might still be too late to stop a disaster
What I thought of it:
The eagerly awaited fourth installment of the highly popular Mission Impossible franchise is certainly filled with eye-popping stunts and special effects, but that’s pretty much all it has to offer, which is a shame, because it has some serious talent involved. First we have Tom Cruise who just is Ethan Hunt; then you have Jeremy Renner, who has picked up the baton as lead of the Bourne reboot; and finally Simon Pegg, who is just fantastic in everything, even when the material isn’t so great.
So what went wrong?
The plot is a bit naff to be honest. The Kremlin and a possible nuclear war? Really? That is so old hat it’s practically fossilised. And we have pretty much the same stunts again (yes, that old drop and dangle is involved yet again, but this time Cruise has stepped back to let one of his co-stars hover just above danger). It was all fairly predictable and a little disappointing, making me hope that Hollywood will just leave this series alone now.
There were one or two really great stunts though – scaling the skyscraper is one that springs immediately to mind – and it’s still a fair bit of fun to watch, just don’t expect it to tax the brain too much or you’ll be twiddling your thumbs long after you work out what’s going on (which will happen fairly early in the film).
If you’re looking for a bit of mindless entertainment, watch this. But if you fancy something a bit more challenging, don’t bother. It’s popcorn fodder and nothing more.