Friday, December 16, 2011

Review: Mission Impossible 4 - Ghost Protocol [2011]

Release Date: 15 December 2011 (Malaysia), 21 December 2011 (USA)
Directed By: Brad Bird
Written By: Josh Applebaum, Andre Nemec
Starring: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, Simon Pegg
In A Nutshell:
The IMF is implicated in a global terrorist bombing which results in massive international tension. The US President has initiated Ghost Protocol which means the IMF is shut down and disowned. With no help and no contact, Ethan Hunt (played by Tom Cruise) along with his team members, Jane (played by Paula Patton) and Benji (played by Simon Pegg) must go rogue in order to clear the organisation's name. They are joined by analyst, Brandt (played by Jeremy Renner).
Thumbs Up:
+ Breathtaking action sequences and smart espionage plots/vignettes
+ Plenty of humour for an espionage film
+ Awesome gadgets and one ultra-mega-super cool car (see next photo below). Yup, its that cool that it needed 3 prefixes.
Thumbs Down:
- In the very first scene, two assassins (yes, TWO) fail to hit an agent despite shooting from close distance and the agent seemingly running in a straight line. Doh!
- Lacks the presence of a menacing villain
The Verdict Is In:
Despite how people feel about Tom Cruise in real life nowadays, I have always admired him and have always loved the Mission Impossible franchise. In fact that is why I positioned Ethan Hunt 2nd on my 7 Favourite Movie Secret Agents list in front of more established characters such as James Bond. When you throw in animation legend Brad Bird (director of the astounding Pixar movies, The Incredibles [2004] and Ratatouille [2007], as well as under-rated but magnificent flick, The Iron Giant [1999]) into the mix, this easily became one of my most anticipated movies of the year.

Despite all this anticipation the movie doesn't disappoint. The action sequences here effortlessly generates more adrenaline rush than all 3 Transformers movies combined. Heck, I'll even say they generate more adrenaline rush than all 9 Michael Bay movies put together! The highlight of the bunch would definitely be the scene at the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The 007-style gadgets are impressively cool which sets up nicely some espionage plots/vignettes in particularly a break-in scene at the Kremlin. Also must be mentioned is how awesome the BMW car in this film (see photo above) is. Hands down the most seductive automobile in a movie alongside Batman's Tumbler. This fourth instalment to me is the best one yet to come out of the Mission Impossible franchise.

Brad Bird has proven that animation directors can do a great job at live-action features and is quickly turning into one of the directing greats. Its now turn for fellow Pixar colleague, Andrew Stanton to prove his worth in next year's John Carter.
7.5 out of 10


  1. I'm loving the humour in this movie gotta love Simon Peg...also agreeing that the villain was pretty meh, was about to like that assassin but yesh she actually didn't do much...

    oh..this is not my fav MI ..still good though

  2. Yup, that female assassin was kinda good, but lacked screen time.


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