The newest installment in the Mission Impossible franchise hit theaters this Holiday and this time around it is directed by none other than Brad Bird (Yupp, the Incredibles guy). In my opinion with the James Bond franchise swinging towards more realistic scenarios, I’m seeing this franchise taking over in the high impact action movie scene. Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is back a few years after the events of MI:III and his team this time around consists of Brandt (Jeremy Renner), Benji (Simon Pegg) and Jane (Paula Patton).
Ghost Protocol is by far the funniest Mission Impossible, large thanks to Simon Pegg’s character who frequently comes into the action sequences and steals the scene with his comments. By no means does this take place of the action, because this movie has tons of it.
Find out more of my thoughts after the jump.
Like I said, this movie has some insane action scenes and they feel even more realistic because of how they are filmed. Everyone knows Tom Cruise is insane, fact of life at this point, but in that insanity comes an incredible actor. If he can do it, he will. To film one of the more intense, “Holy Shit” moments in this movie he is literally hanging on the side of the largest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Check out the image below, he is really doing it.
The rest of the cast truly hold their own weight throughout the film. I’ve already mentioned Simon Pegg’s character is really funny, but Paula Patton is as gorgeous as she is deadly in this movie. No wonder Tom Cruise is dangling over the Burj Khalifa if it allows him to work with her. Also, Jeremy Renner is no slouch in this film with plenty of action scenes as well as some good humor to boot.
The mission, should they choose to accept it, is to stop the character Cobalt from receiving a list of nuclear trigger codes from an assassin, to top it off they have no support. Tensions are high throughout the whole film, they visit some gorgeous locales such as Dubai and India, and the action flows from start to finish.
Truly MI:I set the stage for a new action franchise, MI:II strayed a bit while MI:III knocked it out of the park. Ghost Protocol comes back, delivers and then some. This movie is a solid choice this holiday season, it delivers thrilling action, great comedy, and the usual Mission Impossible twists and turns! Go see it today!