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.
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