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Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
Written by Sandra Fitzpatrick   
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 14:36

Mission: Impossible - Ghost ProtocolThere's no doubt that Tom Cruise has flown pretty far off his rocker in the past several years, starting with the now infamous Oprah Incident back in 2006 and culminating with his brainwashing as a devout Scientologist. But say what you will about Mr. Top Gun, at almost 50 years old this guy can still pull off a good action movie. And after a failed attempt with Knight and Day (2010), the Mission: Impossible franchise seems to be the perfect vehicle to return him to the top of the Action-Hero heap at the box office.


Ghost Protocol proves something else as well - that a cool idea will never go out of style if it's done right. Too often Hollywood cranks out remakes, expecting us to forget the past, even when the past isn't even that long ago (like the upcoming revamp of Spiderman). I'll admit that not all of the Mission: Impossible sequels were memorable, but this one refreshes the series without negating the previous films. After the success of this installment, director Brad Bird has left plenty of room for the series to grow.

Cruise actually did that! Sort of.We catch up with IMF agent Ethan Hunt (Cruise) while he's spending some time lying low in a Moscow prison. The movie opens with a spectacular jailbreak scene that introduces a few new characters; the tough but soft-hearted Agent Jane Carter (Paula Patton) and tech expert Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg). Once Hunt is out of jail, the newly formed team must infiltrate the Kremlin in search of some nuclear bomb codes, and prevent them from falling into the wrong hands.

Ghost Protocol is one spectacular action sequence after another, with a better than average script to pull it all together! I find action films often forsake clear, concise storytelling to avoid the risk of being too talky. This film is action packed, but manages to get the story across clearly and give us a bit of character development along the way. There are even some really funny moments to keep it light.

Cruise and PattonSome of the best scenes give a nod to past Mission: Impossible moments but with a new twist. The most thrilling scene involves Ethan scaling the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the tallest manmade structure in the world, using only some special sticky gloves! It's a fantastic scene that actually had my heart pounding.

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol is in the nick of time for me to call it one of the best Action movies of the year.