MI4: Ghost Protocol Movie Review

The first fifteen minutes of Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol feels like it’s giving Tom Cruise (War of the Worlds, Minority Report, Vanilla Sky) the opportunity to prove that he can still channel the massive ego of Ethan Hunt. After that, Director Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille, The Iron Giant) sends the viewer down a two-hour, adrenaline-packed venture that is genuinely entertaining. The movie plays similarly to a comic book: people get punched without bruising, break through windows with ease, and survive major car accidents and explosions that would have killed any normal human being. The biggest hang-up is Hunt’s unbelievable good fortune. Something is always playing into his favor, be it the leather jacket with a hood hanging on a ground-level clothesline in the middle of Moscow as he’s being chased by the local authorities headed by Michael Nyqvist (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Among Us, Day and Night), or the ability to survive a hail of gunfire that obliterates everyone except the one man who happens to have intimate information about Hunt’s past. And for agents who have been disavowed by the government and labeled terrorists for blowing up the Kremlin in Moscow, his team still has a wonderful artillery of useful gadgets, even a full-body magnetic suit. While iPhones and iPads look pretty cool in the hands of a bunch of spies, it would have been nice to see a few non-Apple phones and tablets just for the sake of fair marketing. The femme fatal of the movie, played by Paula Patton (Hitch, Precious, Swing Vote) plays well with everyone, even in the notorious cat-fight scene on the 130th floor of the Burj Tower of Dubai. She also sizzles in a beautiful turquoise dress as she attempts to seduce the only man capable of stopping an impending nuclear war played by Anil Kapoor (24, Slumdog Millionaire, Race). The comic relief comes from Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Star-Trek [2009], Hot Fuzz) who has difficulty keeping his mouth shut at times. The final member of the group, played by Jeremy Renner (The Town, The Hurt Locker, 28 Weeks Later) is an analyst whose allegiance and conviction comes into question as rogue politicians of the Russian government race to arm an apparently necessary nuclear warhead. While not necessarily believable at all times, writers Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec (Alias, October Road, Profiler) have created a wonderful story that wouldn’t be complete without a slippery briefcase that no one can get their hands on as the first nuclear missile races for San Francisco Bay. By the end, it’s not that you’ve forgotten that the seemingly indestructible protagonist is non-other than the producer of the action-movie you’re watching, Tom Cruise, but looking back at the many hills of the roller coaster: it is easy to really enjoy this movie and the characters the actors bring to the screen.

-Benjamin Allen
4 our of 5 stars (3.85)

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