Breaking all Protocol: MI — Ghost Protocol

I must admit that I always felt that the Mission Impossible franchise needed to move out of its standard I, II, III titles and move into a part by part naming process for its movies. Because two movies in this series do not normally follow each other, or even have any kind of story progression from past to present to future.

And therefore, I was pleasantly surprised when the fourth installment of the franchise was not called Mission Impossible IV, but Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. It now made a lot more sense, and it allowed the audience to prepare itself for a Ghost Protocol premise. And yet, this is the one where references are made — past to present!

Does that bother me? Not one bit. After all, this served two principles at once. I got a movie which I knew was going to be a single story, and I also got some kind of a background check. And yes, I feel a little evil right now and I want to burst your bubble right now, but Ving Rhames is not there in this installment. Luther Stickell makes a small little out-of-plot cameo at the very end — that part did upset me a little, why to tell lies.

But that point taken care of, I must admit that Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol is clearly perhaps my favorite choice of the entire Mission Impossible series. The first part was literally good, but it lacked most of the hair raising actions sequences that this franchise is known to bring to the table, part two was mind numbing with some kick ass moments strewn all over, and the third part was Zzzzz. But then Ghost Protocol does bring in quite a punch.

For starters, it was glad to see the Russians back in on the scene. No longer where we dealing with traitors and iconic bad guys, we were now talking governments and ideologies. And the villain in this film, Kurt Hendricks (played by a cool as ice Michael Nyqvist) brings a lot more to the table than just villainy. Its a vision gone wrong in its very inception, and this time we get to deal with a more real crisis that a remote one, of which we at least give some thought to the principal antagonist’s motives. It’s not an open and shut case (if you think real hard about it) and there is a sense of doom. Its not one where you know what’s going to happen. That does not mean to say that Ghost Protocol is all about the intellectual stuff… heck no, its all popcorn and entertainment.

Tom Cruise has literally grown up essaying the character of Ethan Hunt, and even with age completely on his side (face too), he still walks through the role, showing signs of maturity and even physical shortfalls. He is cool, he is classy and yet he brings a certain vulnerability to the role this time. Sure, he also takes it to the other extreme (yes, we all know what we are talking about. The Burj Khalifa hanging stunts were all performed by Cruise himself, and that is quite literally something). And while we are on that topic, the action pieces in this particular film is completely awe-inspiring. Oh the action, the action, the action. Sure, its no Jason Bourne, but one thing is true — that it is quite something all by itself.

And like also every other film, this movie too has some shortfalls. First and foremost, while I am certain that we all love Simon Pegg, he can’t do a Luther. No sir, that role should never have been taken away from Ving Rhames. He too had grown with that role like Tom Cruise and there was no need to replace him. If there were date issues, it should have been sorted by production, but there was no call in this entire movie to replace Rhames. Not cool, not cool at all.

And the Paula Patton character was nearly killed by Jane Carter. No, not acceptable. Not to mention Indian actor, Anil Kapoor. What a ham! Seriously, there are a million more Indian actors who could have played Brij Nath, and Anil Kapoor was a hopeless mess. Shame! And one more word for the film makers — when showing scenes in Mumbai, please show the city and not Canada. It’s not that hard to make out which is what today anymore.

Jeremy Renner, playing William Brandt was a bonus though, and Renner did not disappoint. He lived up to his standards and he brought in quite a punch — particularly in the scene where his past is brought to light. Renner excels, and how!

Overall, this was one heck of a joy ride and I’d put in all your money to go and see this movie movie. It’s worth every bit of it.

Directed by: Brad Bird

Produced by: Tom Cruise, J J Abrams and Bryan Burk

Screenplay by: Andre Nemec and Josh Applebaum

Starring: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist, Vladimir Mashkov, Anil Kapoor and Lea Seydoux

Music by: Michael Giacchino

Cinematography by: Robert Elswit

Editing by: Paul Hirsch

Running Time: 135 minutes (approx)

Budget: $145 million (approx)

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