Friday, December 16, 2011

Mission: Impossible 4 - Ghost Protocol [2011]

Director: Brad Bird
Cast: Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton, Jeremy Renner
Genre: Action/Thriller/Espionage
Rating: General
Excerpt: "It feels like it was meant to be seen exclusively on IMAX, and it almost became a flaw... Almost."

After an operation go wrong which resulted the loss of some important files and the death of IMF agent Trevor Hanaway (Josh Holloway), the Agency wastes no time in extracting their best agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) from prison in Russia. From there, Hunt is entrusted with a mission to retrieve the files along with his new-found teammates Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) and Jane Carter (Paula Patton). But before they realise what's actually going on, they are unwittingly aiding an unknown figure initiate a nuclear war between Russia and the United States through the bombing of the Kremlin. The IMF is also dissolved as a result and the team find themselves with a mission while having enemies from every sides.

What to Expect
1. That vintage feel of a Mission: Impossible movie
2. Tom Cruise kicking ass once more
3. Director Brad Bird's eye for over-the-top action
4. Probably best seen on IMAX
5. The ever-so-likable Simon Pegg

What NOT to Expect
1. To rise above the Action genre
2. Jaw-dropping script
3. The Casino Royale [2006] approach
Very entertaining
To be completely honest, there's hardly a thing I could remember from the previous Mission: Impossible movies aside from John Woo's penchant for the slow-motion back in the second one. So I guess you can say I'm not that big a fan of the franchise even though there's nothing I love more than Action films. For the longest time I couldn't figure out why, but now I know that it's because it's not the kind of Suspension of disbelief I enjoy doing. I'll tell you why in a minute.

For now I'll just have you know that the Mission: Impossible movies were well-known for its over-the-top action and its equally over-the-top storytelling. Well, the fourth installment did not seek to reinvent anything.

Depending on where you stand, you will either welcome it or dismiss it as Tom Cruise returning only for the payday. I for one do not believe that every franchise need a "gritty reboot" or some sort, but that also begs the question was there ever a need to bring it back at all, if they're just doing the same old thing?

Frankly I didn't see any harm in it at all, and you can rest easy knowing that they resurrected it because they had an adventure worth showing. Although I have to touch on this, it was almost like they made the movie exclusively to utilise what IMAX has to offer. Not that it's a bad thing, but chances are those who see it in IMAX will love it a lot more than those who do not.

But hey, I didn't see it in IMAX and I still appreciated it because beneath all that special effects, M:I4 fulfilled all the criteria of a decent action flick without really knocking any of them out of the park.

The only reason why I didn't completely fall in love with it is because just like any M:I movie, there was hardly any sense of lives being in danger even though the stakes were at the all-time high. Or maybe I'm just so spoiled by the extensive use of special effects, it's going to take a lot more than cars being flung into the air as well as the frequent use of Deus ex machinas to impress me.

But despite all that, everything worked the way it was supposed to and by the time the movie takes you from the Kremlin to the Burj Khalifa, chances are you'll forget to scrutinise and just take the movie in for what it was supposed to be; An action-packed thrill ride. So enough about the visuals, as far as the entertainment goes, M:I4 is worth that trip to the cinema because there were surprisingly as many laughs as there were thrills.

I don't know just how much of that has to do with Brad Bird being the director, but if you remember, it's the same guy who brought us The Incredibles [2004] and Ratatouille [2007] so I'd say it's a possibility. You can almost tell that every scene was very well thought out, just like how animated films need extensive storyboarding, that's how well-choreographed the action sequences felt.

Equally commendable was the pairing of Tom Cruise and Simon Pegg, their performances worked so well together it's surprising that it has never been done before. Tom Cruise reminded me what an action hero is supposed to be like, and that is to continuously work. And worked his ass off he did. I've always liked the guy because he reminds me that you don't have to be tall to be badass. He's only two centimetres taller than me, I thought I'd just slip that in.

So if you're planning on catching a movie for the weekend, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol is a good choice not only because this is not the season where good movies are released back-to-back, it really was a good popcorn flick with lots of laughs and genuinely suspenseful moments. If you're going to see it in IMAX, that's probably even better. Share the experience with me if you do, okay?

Once again, special thanks to Mikhaela for the movie passes, you're awesome!


Anonymous said...

Actually I was never interested in any of the mission impossible movies, I loved the series but not what Tom Cruise did with it. I am not even a fan of Tom Cruise, but this movie was epic to me. I needed a huge pick me up and I was entertained and loved every moment of it. I only went because I am a Simon Pegg fan. I hope they use the same team if they'll make another one. Mission Impossible is about team effort, and they finally did it right here. This will definitely be in my dvd collection

Mamü Miguel Ellezda Vies said...

That's great to hear. And I agree as well that Simon Pegg brought a new dynamic to the feel of the movie.

Szeto Yan Ming said...


No.5 will be my main reason of all.

Rahul said...

Hi guys i am a big fan of MI series Today i went the movie (first day) i was so happy, the MI-4 is superb movie, in this movie particular scene like (burje, sand wind, car parking ) wow all those scenes really awesome, while he stand on the mirror wow i really shocked how they taken and really tom cruise is awesome, i love his hair style in this movie he did't seen old guy, and of course Paula Patton i seen her movie earlier but in this movie she looks "gorgeous" i love her way of acting and her glamour, Coming to the imp point:- i really happy that they come to India for shooting ( whenever Hollywood come come to India i am so happy i am very eager to see that movie too -b'coz through that way we can see the India in outstanding mode " i cant express the why i getting happy beyond this ", i was so much expected this movie abt the scene in India but they cheated me they show the anil kapoor as some "jollu guy" when i see the movie all audience start saying "hollywood understand how make an india'n to flop with a girl " i was so worry that and the scene too, more on that in mumabi, andrapradesh and some where they taken the shooting, especially they showing " SUN network , SUN TV, KTV etc" i was so surprised, they used india as a rocket launch place through SUN NETWORK SATILITE, atleast they come to Tamilnadu i ll be more more more more happy,, and moreover i like this MI-4, Its is awesome movie my mark is 99/100

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