Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol Reviewed

Do we need another one? Is Tom Cruise just milking the franchise? I admit, these were my thoughts…..but before you decide not find out how I rated the film, let me assure you that I left the cinema very pleasantly surprised.

Mind you I’m not a huge fan of the franchise or Tom Cruise, heck we went through a lot of trouble just to get him on the cover. But it was all worth it. Now trust me and read on.

The Plot

This is not just another mission. The IMF is shut down when it’s implicated in a global terrorist bombing plot. Ghost Protocol is initiated and Ethan Hunt and his rogue new team must go undercover to clear their organization’s name. No help, no contact, off the grid. You have never seen a mission grittier and more intense than this.

The Verdict

The first Mission: Impossible movie was a good introduction though some audiences felt it was too deep. None the less it was well received and it spawned 2 sequels. Part 2 was pretty much a Hong Kong action movie filmed with Hollywood actors but Part 3 was the pinnacle for me. It was fantastic an much of it’s success should be attributed to Director JJ Abrams who added his sense for twisting plotlines and choice of great actors in the film like Lawrence Fishburne and Phillip Seymour Hoffman.

So when word got out that Tom Cruise was doing a forth installment I thought, why the heck for? The franchise should end on a high with the third one and besides JJ Abrams was not returning as director. Then I found out he would have a hand in writing the film and that got me interested. In fact to write the new film, Abrams brought in two of his collaborators from his popular television show, “Alias,” Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec, who had worked on that series for three years. This was a sure win.

In a nutshell, Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol is a fast-paced, globe-trotting adventure that offers blasts and brawls right from the get go. The movie offers all the iconic elements of the franchise, from the instantly recognizable musical motif to the hi tech gadgets. The movie does shift a gear from previous films into a more high tension edition.

It’s a working formula and Tom Cruise certainly knows how to pick em when it comes to action movies. He doesn’t overdo it this time around and the screentime is more evenly shared with grittier team makes played by Jeremy Renner and Paula Patton. To counteract the super scale action sequences and tough talk all round, throw in Simon Pegg who added humour and a human side to the team. He’s a comedy but he’s not a screw up ok, remember a friend once told me that geeks will rule the world.

Director Brad Bird does well to manage all the elements and perhaps he is one of the reason’s this film is tastefully littered with humour. After all, his portfolio includes successful animated films like The Incredibles so you do feel at times he’s channeling that self-awareness from his animated features into this film. Something that was not as present in the previous installments.

It feels like the first time hearing The Phantom Menace by John Williams. Why did he need to modify and change elements to the old theme for a new trilogy. But as the tune continues to play, as it reaches it’s climax you hear Starwars in it so distinctively just like you will appreciate this forth installment of the Mission: Impossible franchise.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

It’s a film with dazzling individual parts that come together to a fully satisfying effect in the final stretch where everything makes sense. A tried and tested basic plotline but with the injection of JJ Abrams brilliance in writing, you have the best Mission: Impossible of them all.

By Elliott Danker

Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol opens in cinemas 15 Dec

Photos courtesy of United International Pictures Singapore

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