Sunday, November 18, 2012

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011)

Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his “source,” Bogdan (Miraj Grbic) are freed from a prison in Moscow. The IMF team (Benji Dunn and Jane Carter) successfully extracts Hunt and Bogdan from the prison, but Hunt must lead a mission with Dunn (Simon Pegg) and Carter (Paula Patton) at the Moscow Kremlin. The IMF team must locate files about Cobalt. This should’ve been an easy task, but the IMF team is sabotaged during their mission. The files on Cobalt are missing, and security quickly becomes aware of their presence. Hunt and Dunn escape before security can catch up with them, but a large explosion destroys the Kremlin, and the IMF agents become instant suspects for the bombing.

The IMF team takes the fall, as the president activates Ghost Protocol. Ghost Protocol is a contingency that disavows the entire IMF, and the team must find Cobalt, if they want to clear their names. Cobalt or Kurt Hendricks (Micahel Nyqvist) is responsible for the bombing. Hendricks is a nuclear strategist, and he plans to start a deadly nuclear war. Derailing Hendricks’ plans will save the world, and the IMF team must succeed, because this is their last shot at freedom.

As usual, Tom Cruise delivered a very solid performance as Ethan Hunt, and Cruise really has fallen into a comfort zone with this character over the years. The Mission Impossible films always feature a strong supporting cast, and nothing changes here. Benji Dunn was the anxious new guy, who wanted to prove himself. Simon Pegg delivered some enjoyable comic relief in this film, and he really was able to provide some good humor throughout this film.  Paula Patton was able to bring some sex appeal, but her character wasn’t limited to just eye candy. Jane Carter was fearless, and she was ready to fight, when the situation called for it. William Brandt (Jeremy Renner) was willing to do anything to help the IMF team, but he was protecting a secret. You could tell this character was hiding something for the majority of the film, and this big mystery always surrounded Brandt. All of these characters had a nice amount of depth, and their personalities were unique in their own way.

Kurt Hendricks does seem very similar to other MI villains. He’s cold-blooded, crafty, intelligent, and he can throw a handful of surprises at you, as he executes his master plan. Still, I enjoyed Nyqvist’s performance, and he was believable here.

Ghost Protocol is a stylish and fast paced action/espionage film. Visually impressive, non-stop thrills, great tension, and tons of excitement. Ghost Protocol has it all, and this one does pack one powerful punch. Ghost Protocol is a highly entertaining big money blockbuster, and this film really does rise above the standard Hollywood popcorn flick production. MI: 2 is my favorite film in the entire series, but Ghost Protocol deserves some serious consideration as the best film in the entire series.

Oh, and Ving Rhames’ cameo did provide the mark out moment of this film for me. Luther Stickell is one of my favorite characters from Mission Impossible  film series, and Rhames could always deliver an enjoyable performance.

Final Rating: 8/10

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