Posted by: kcgadiyar | December 24, 2011

Movie Review – Mission:Impossible – Ghost Protocol

After a disappointing M:I3 and the subsequent erosion of goodwill that Tom Cruise encountered after jumping on Oprah’s couch, i never though i would be as excited as i was to watch M:I4. There were 3 main reasons for this:

  • Brad Bird
  • The Burj-Khalifa scene
  • IMAX

So, tickets in hand i went in to the IMAX theatre in Hyderabad and came back out 2 hours later completely entertained. This is an action movie well worth your time and money.

As far as the plot of the movie is concerned, it deals with Ethan Hunt being falsely implicated for blowing up the Kremlin. This is actually done by a rebel Russian scientist/terrorist who plans to bring about world destruction through the use of a) A russian nuclear warhead from the Kremlin    b) Launch codes from Dubai      c) a Satellite from India. This leads to a globe-spanning edge of your seat adventure through Moscow, Budapest, Dubai and Mumbai (played decently in this movie by Toronto)

The only things i had an issue with in this movie are things which most other viewers of this won’t notice or care about. In the “Mumbai” scenes, every single sign-board is in Kannada, this could have been easily avoided by having the intro card read “Bangalore” since the Mumbai setting itself matters little to the movie. Second, all the cars in the final action set-piece (supposedly in Mumbai) are left-hand drives and finally, the fate of the whole world hangs on Tom Cruise’s character gambling that a car in a Mumbai parking complex has inbuilt airbags – if this were real life, we would be in for a nuclear winter now.

Apart from these really minor issues which most others won’t notice, the only issue i had with this movie is that it peaks early. The biggest set-piece and the best action sequence of the movie takes place on the Burj Khalifa and the following sandstorm. This entire 30 minute sequence looks great, is well choreographed and is just well put together. In comparison the final fight in Mumbai comes off as lacking in spectacle (also considering that the movie kicks off with a Russian prison breakout and the Kremlin COLLAPSING)

Performance-wise, Tom Cruise holds the movie together and definitely makes me believe that a Mission:Impossible movie without him should not be attempted for a long time. Jeremy Renner and Simon Pegg are good in both their comic relief and serious bits and Paula Patton has done well as well. Anil Kapoor appears in this movie almost and hour and 45 minutes in and long after i had forgotten that he was in it; and 10 minutes 23 seconds later he disappears from the movie being bid farewell in the form of the dialogue “So Jaa!!!”

Brad Bird, the director of some of my favorite movies (The Iron Giant, The Incredibles and Ratatouille) is in fine form and shows that animation experience works well in non-animated movies as well.

The special effects are amazing and the stunts and action are brilliantly choreographed and executed.

This one is a must-watch for action movie fans: 4/5



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