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MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL (2011)

Brad Bird (The Incredibles and Ratatouille) directs the best M:I movie yet. It’s action-packed, stylish and full of spectacular stunts and gadgets.

Ghost Protocol starts with Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) escaping from a Russian prison with the help of Benji (Simon Pegg) – now qualified for the field – and Jane Carter (Paula Patton) – the newest addition to the IMF team. Off they go to Kremlin on a mission, but things get hinky and IMF is blamed for the bombing fiasco. Hunt’s boss (Tom Wilkinson) informs him that the President has initiated “Ghost Protocol”. But even now – being outcasts – their next mission (should they choose to accept it) will be trying to catch a scientist-gone-on-a-mission-to-end-the-world Kurt Hendricks (Michael Nyqvist of the Swedish Girl With the Dragon Tattoo film trilogy), who stole Russian nuclear launch codes from Kremlin. Again things take a wrong turn and Hunt ends up with another member for his outcast crew – a desk-agent William Brandt (Jeremy Renner). Tracking Hendrics takes the team from vertigo-inducing Dubai to sizzling Mumbai, where things conclude in a futuristic car park.

M:I – Ghost Protocol’s weakest link is the plot. Don’t get me wrong the script by Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec is fantastically complicated and has funny dialogue. But once again the baddie is a terrorist trying to nuke to whole world – isn’t there any variety in terrorists anymore?

The acting is good and the cast has good chemistry together, but what you really concentrate on is the action. Bird has skilfully choreographed Hunt’s prison break, skyscraper climbing, and the car park action sequences. Add to this some cool gadgets like suction gloves to climb the world’s tallest building, contact lenses that take photos and iPads that make holograms of statues – and you are left gasping.

What impressed me the most is that Cruise who is almost fifty did his own stunts including hanging outside of 128th (or around that height) floor of the Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest building – in Dubai. I find Cruise quite underappreciated as an actor – this is a guy who gives 200% to each and every role he undertakes.

The pace of this M:I addition is relentless. The special effects and action sequences are impressive. The movie remains fun from the start to the end. You even get Cruise’s signature run against a backdrop of a huge sandstorm.

Mission accomplished.

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