Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol (2011)

I meant to post this review shortly after the holidays, I truly did. However, I just couldn’t get motivated to write about Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol. It’s weird, because I didn’t hate the film—granted, I didn’t love it either. Maybe this indifference made it difficult to put words to paper.

Mission: Impossible XXVII- Ghost Protocol stars Tom Cruise as mega-agent Ethan Hunt. This time around, Hunt has the odds stacked against him—or is that the case every time?–when his super secret agency is blamed for bombing the Kremlin and is shut down. So, with the help of a skeleton crew (Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, and Paula Patton), he has to not only clear his good name, but save the world as well. Easy peasy.


As I have only a vague memory of the previous hundred and seventeen Mission: Impossible films, I am pretty sure the latest one seems par for the course. There are plenty of remarkable stunts and near-misses for the heroes. Overall, this works for the Mission: Impossible franchise. One of the more interesting aspects of Ghost Protocol is that most (emphasis on most) of the technical gadgets and assistance Hunt is used to in his previous exploits aren’t available to him as he has gone rogue. While there is still a decent amount of gadgetry, the agents have to rely more on their assets than the elaborate rubber masks we associate with the franchise.


I also enjoyed Simon Pegg in this movie. While I realize he is there mostly to provide comic relief, Pegg is extremely likeable and I laughed at all but the cheesiest zingers. The addition of Jeremy Renner, however, I was less thrilled about. I was not exactly sure how he fit in with the story. Yes, they gave him an elaborate back story to justify why he was there, but it wasn’t working for me.


Also, some of the action sequences did not seem to work as well as others. The skyscraper scene was amazing and was effective at creating tension (and a cool “wow” factor). But one of the weakest sequences in the film was the sandstorm car chase. I realize that it is a cool concept to have a sandstorm confuse the characters while racing through the streets; however, it sucks when the audience sees nothing but sand blowing around. Because I couldn’t see what was going on, I lost interest fast (although the scene drug on for several minutes after).


On the whole, Mission:Impossible- Ghost Protocol was about what I expected from a Mission: Impossible film. I am not sure I would see it again, but I am certainly not angry I spent time in an actual movie theater (gasp!) to watch it.


Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day!


Score: C

Netflix Queue: 492

4 Comments, Comment or Ping

  1. Maria

    The movie wasn’t as good as I elected either
    When Tom cruise lumped off the famous building in dubei from the top level to the bottom made no sense cause the building in it self is not straight so realistically he would have died there

    The sand scene killed me with boredom

    But the worst was the briefcase scene in the car manufacturer

    Although I do love the story line

    January 23rd, 2012

  2. Megan

    I agree that the briefcase shuffle with all of the parked cars was really boring. I don’t know why they thought that parked cars on elevators would be exciting. It kind of reminded me of the scene in Monsters Inc where they are in the door warehouse and the doors are being whisked around…only it was well done in Monsters Inc 😉

    January 24th, 2012

  3. Yea, I was so excited about Brad Bird directing ( I mean, who better, right?) but it just didn’t excite that much.
    It had some fun moments though.

    January 24th, 2012

  4. I also enjoyed Simon Pegg in this movie

    April 11th, 2012

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