“Mission: Impossible” is a movie franchise that I really hoped would never have another entry again. Though I love Brian DePalma’s “Mission: Impossible,” John Woo followed up with his terrible sequel in 2000 and J.J. Abrams managed to lower the bar even more in 2006 with an even worse sequel. Basically, the franchise had left a bad taste in my mouth and I was not eager to watch another entry in a series that was only getting worse as it went. Matters were not helped when I started seeing the extremely generic trailers for “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.” However, enough people managed to see through a terrible marketing campaign to brave this entry, and I decided to watch this movie on positive word-of-mouth. Not only was I pleasantly surprised to see a good movie, it was one of the best action movies I’ve seen in a while!
As I stated above, the area where this movie shines the brightest is with it’s action set pieces. I couldn’t even tell you how many times I’ve watched an action sequence in a movie and been more fascinated by my watch than what was occurring on screen. “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” separates itself from the pack with unique action scenes that can only be seen to be believed. One has Tom Cruise climbing the side of the extremely tall Burj Khalifa in Dubai with nothing more than special gloves that stick to a surface when placed on it and can be removed when the hand is curled back.
Apparently Tom Cruise did all of his own stunts in this scene, but even it he didn’t, this scene is shot in such a way that you feel like you’re thousands of feet in the air too. Other action scenes were all impressive to see as well. If the team was running through a sandstorm, ascending a futuristic parking garage, or infiltrating the Kremlin with nothing but the finest gadgets, they were all spectacular and mixed the right amount of tension with humor. I’m just happy that the quality of the action wasn’t determined by the quantity of bullets fired.
Another area of “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” I found refreshing was that it was not just about showing off Ethan Hunt anymore. Though I’ve never seen the television show, I’m told it centered around a team effort to complete a mission. The first movie does this well, but the other sequels drifted away from this. This entry has a unique team working together and they all bring something different to the table. The actors having good chemistry together served the script well as the plot unfolded. Maybe I’m being too kind, but I enjoyed seeing this team work together more than I’ve enjoyed Ethan Hunt slip into heavily armed fortresses with zero problems by himself in the past.
My only real gripe with this movie (and it’s a very minor gripe at that) was the sheer number of things that go wrong with team’s plans over the course of the movie. Obviously if things went perfectly, no tension is present and the scene becomes boring. Problems have to arise to make it more entertaining. However, sometimes the number of things that the team had to overcome bordered on absurdity. “You need to get to the server room from the outside of the building in twenty minutes with very little equipment. Oh, and the building is the tallest in the world. You should also hurry because a sandstorm is coming and don’t forget to cut down the mightiest tree in the forest with a herring.”
Overall, “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” is an extremely entertaining movie. I was fortunate enough to see this in IMAX and I highly suggest you do the same. It’s well worth the extra price for a ticket, and you can see where added cost pays off. Splurge a little bit and see this in IMAX while it’s still available. It’s very entertaining and one of the best action movies I’ve seen in years.
for how Tom Cruise had to be Tom Cruise crazy to do the stunts in this movie.
TL:DR Whoever was in charge of marketing for this movie needs to be fired because you did not convey it’s excellence very well.