Sunday, December 18, 2011

'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' Movie Review


1. Title :Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
2. Release date : 7 December 2011 (Dubai), 15 December 2011 (Malaysia), 16 December 2011 (United States)
3. Director : Brad Bird
4. Starring :
Tom Cruise
Jeremy Renner
Simon Pegg
Paula Patton
5. Language : English
6. Genre : Action
7. Official Facebook page : Ghost Protocol

This time around our Impossible Mission Force (IMF) super agent, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is back for an even more impossible mission. Not only he walks alone without any support from his secretive agency (as the two most powerful nations are about to war against each other; and the agency does not want to get involved publicly), he gets to have (he is forced to have, actually) a new team. With the only help from agent Jane Carter (Paula Patton), newly-promoted field agent Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) and intelligence analyst William Brandt (Jeremy Renner), Ethan sets out to face a nuclear war threat and of course, stop it from happening.

Well, the first thing that I can say about this movie is, Tom Cruise remains the same. He is now 49, so you can expect his movement and agility are no longer the same as they were in the previous movies, however, his details as Ethan Hunt - his sharp thinking, intelligence and wickedness (in a very good way) are as good as ever. As what I would expect from from a spy movie, 'Ghost Protocol' did not let me down. The movie contains bone-crushing actions, catfights (I could not help but notice that the French assassin Sobine Moreau (Lea Seydoux) was a real babe), hi-tech gadgets and vertical ridiculousness that despite their logicality would make Albert Einstein mad, I can still enjoy them.

Unfortunately, this movie is not perfect. As I have been following the series from the very beginning, I realize that this fourth installment lacks focus in terms of villainy. We are talking about a terrorist whose wisdom is beyond anyone on the globe (in which he says that nuclear has a place in the nature), who is trying to bring peace back to Earth by igniting a nuclear war, yet, I do not hate him. I hated all the villains in the first three movies, especially that Owen Davian (Philip Seymour Hoffman) in 'Mission: Impossible III', but not in this one. There is only one explanation for this, which is; most of the time the agents were chasing a 'ghost'. Even though they knew who the terrorist was, they spent too long trying to get close to him, and the story was mostly portrayed from the good guys' point of view. As a result, the audience did not get enough time to get to know the villain - whether to love or hate him. I found this part unsatisfying.

All in all, I will say that my favourite is still the third one, but I will not say that this movie is far behind. 'Ghost Protocol' may lack a real set of physical actions, but its puzzling complexity and spontaneous adjustments (and accidental jokes) did amuse me in a way.

Rating: 7.5/10


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