Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (12A)

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Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible---Ghost Protocol

Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible---Ghost Protocol

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Time Out says

Tue Dec 13 2011

When it was announced that Brad Bird, director of ‘The Iron Giant’, ‘The Incredibles’ and ‘Ratatouille’, would make his live action debut with this fourth instalment in the blockbusting spy caper franchise, expectations were high. Could Bird build on the solid foundations laid by previous ‘M:I’ instalments to create the series’s first all-round triumph, a film which offered not just the spectacular gadget-fuelled action audiences expect, but a real sense of character and heart?

The answer is a disappointing no, but that doesn’t mean ‘Ghost Protocol’ is a flop. It’s just another enjoyable, unambitious action movie, sure to satisfy fans of the first three, but unlikely to convert those for whom the prospect of Tom Cruise climbing things and shooting people is of scant interest.

We find rogue American spy and rhyming-slang victim Ethan Hunt (Cruise) languishing in a Moscow jail. The reasons for his incarceration remain obscure but irrelevant, as it’s not long before he’s busted out by his IMF cohorts, who include a peppy Simon Pegg, a surly Jeremy Renner and a rather inconsequential Paula Patton, and tears off on on the trail of yet another madman bent on nuclear war (Michael Nyqvist).

‘Ghost Protocol’ plays it strictly by the book: the characters are bland, the plot is over-familiar and the action sequences are resolutely old school. But animator Bird relishes the chance to play with real people – the central suspense sequence, in which Hunt scales Dubai’s Burj Khalifa one-handed, is dizzyingly effective, particularly in IMAX – and the pace rarely slows.
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12A

UK release:

Mon Dec 26, 2011

Duration:

133 mins

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Gee

I went to see this because I was bored one day and I quite enjoyed the last one. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time and I am going to take my teenage son to see it. It is action packed Simon Pegg is an excellent addition it out Bonds James Bond best film I have seen this year and I see at least 2 a week

Gee

I went to see this because I was bored one day and I quite enjoyed the last one. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time and I am going to take my teenage son to see it. It is action packed Simon Pegg is an excellent addition it out Bonds James Bond best film I have seen this year and I see at least 2 a week

Ando S

It was ok. Fun at the time but silly and Simon Pegg is a wasteful comic-refief...it feels like he's crashed the movie, wondered on set in its prequel and stuck around when no-one else wanted to work with Big Tom. Still, some awesome effects and stunts, but mostly it was forgettable. Worth an Orange 241 or a rent on Blu-Ray with a pizza.

Mike

I’m tempted to say this film is more of the same, but it’s not really. Okay, so you know Ethan’s going to pick up his next mission at some obscure location, and the instructions will self-destruct in 5 seconds. That said, this MI film is gadget obsessed to the point ridiculousness - the original aims of the mission are constantly overlooked for the sake of more gadget keywords. Simon Pegg must have thought he’d struck it big time with this movie, as he plays the equivalent of the Bond films’ “Q� and with an IT budget that would make Bill Gates envious. Sadly, Pegg plays his “Q� character with an equal degree of toe-curling just-for-laughs cheeseyness as John Cleese did. . Other miscastings include Jeremy Renner, looking very out of place in such a lightweight film (hard to imagine he was Oscar nominated for “The Hurst Locker�), and Michael Nyqvist from the original “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo�. Both these two are exceptional actors, but are completely wasted on this nonsensical story that’s full of loopholes, cheesey dialogue, mediocre acting, and continuity flaws. So what’s the link between last week’s rubbish film (Fincher’s remark of “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo�) and this MI film? No, not Michael Nyqvist who played Mikael Blomkvist in the original TGWTDT. The link is that these two films are plain rubbish. Beware, if you choose to see this movie your brain will self-destruct in 5 seconds. 1 star. Not recommended.

victoria

I loved the movie. Thought Tom was great. Audience offered outloud gasp on some of the action packed stunts.

victoria

I loved the movie. Thought Tom was great. Audience offered outloud gasp on some of the action packed stunts.

scrumpyjack

Watched again at local (medium screen) holds up well but happy not to see it for 2 or 3 years now so on reflection 7/10

flora

Not the best MI movie in my opinion. Plot is very thin and movie is overlong .... sto ry drags!

kirreos

Excellent film! Watching Tom Cruise dangling off Burj Khalifa made my jaw drop- I have been to Dubai and that building is amazing. Watched it at the Vue cinema in Westfield. Fantastic! Only thing is I would have liked more of that classic Mission Impossible music. Anil Kapoor's appearance was hilarious. It's a film that is definately worth watching!

Ian

I really quite enjoyed it. Lots of excellent action sequences and a new level of feeling in the characters. I would strongly recommend it.

Evie

It's the best of the MI films in terms of excitement, directing and funny script. Crammed with death defying stunts, Tom Cruise is undeniably impressive. Don't miss the chance to see it in the IMAX 9/10

scrumpyjack

This is a very good instalment, a shift in tone being most welcome. Excellent in IMAX but four star in any legal format, the bigger screen the better. 7+/10