Saturday, 7 January 2012

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

A review by PreTitlesSequence

The fourth film in the Mission: Impossible series starring Tom Cruise, Paula Patton, Simon Pegg and Jeremy Renner was released in December, and today I saw it at the cinema.

In Ghost Protocol: Ethan Hunt's (Cruise) IMF are blamed for a bombing on the Kremlin in Russia, and must stop a nuclear extremist from setting off a missile and starting global nuclear war.

I hadn't seen the first three films, but Ghost Protocol was a standalone story; with hardly any reference to the events of the first three films. From a crunchy pre-titles sequence (I know!) in Moscow to a race to find the nuclear codes for the missile in Dubai, to a party in Mumbai, the film didn't let up. There are some seriously good action sequences (too many to name, but a chase in a sandstorm in Dubai was my favourite), one mind-boggling stunt (Tom Cruise climbs round the Burj Khalifa, tallest building in the world, with a rope tied to his waist) and great acting: Simon Pegg as computer-whiz Benji was the stand-out performance, stealing most of the best lines (or maybe just because I like Simon Pegg's films) but the rest of the performances were all solid.

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol is an exciting, tense edge-of-your-seat thriller, that you really should see. Highly recommended!

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