Many considered Tom Cruise to be a fading movie star, and a fourth Mission Impossible
adventure must've seemed like a risky financial option. But Cruise manages the "impossible" by giving audiences one of the top-5 best reviewed movies of the year. That it's an action movie, and a thrilling one at that, helped propel Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol
to 600 million dollars worldwide and actually become his biggest box office earner of all time surpassing his record set by War Of The Worlds
This new mission is helmed by Brad Bird, the director who has only made animated movies before this. They WERE three of the best-reviewed animated films of all time though (The Iron Giant; Ratatouille and The Incredibles), so his expertise and experience in creating fun-filled "rides" while never losing sight of the actual storyline stood him in good stead here. M.I.4 could actually be viewed as a live-action version of The Incredibles, that's how much fun it is.
Brilliantly-executed set-pieces include a Russian prison breakout (set to the music of Dean Martin's "Ain't That A Kick In The Head"); an ingenious attempt to infiltrate the Kremlin in Moscow using dazzling sleight-of-hand; a sandstorm chase in Dubai (on foot and via vehicle); and the definite highlight is Ethan Hunt's attempt to scale the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai. This scene is equal-parts exciting and scary, with a small dose of unexpected humour as well. Tom Crusie once again does his own stunts, and this is definitely to be commended, although one would question his sanity, especially after the "tower-climbing" scene and the exciting climax (which I won't spoil).
As for the story and the performers, the storyline was good and the IMF team were more involved than in previous installments. Ably supported by the funny Simon Pegg, the absolutely gorgeous Paula Patton, and the mysterious Jeremy Renner, Tom Cruise manages to give everyone enough screen time to make them feel part of the adventure. Only weak point of the movie really was the lack of character development and screen time allotted to the villain. He was criminally underused. Everything else was top-notch though. A few surprise cameos also helps to make us understand Ethan Hunt and his mindset. All in all, this is definitely the best Mission yet! In a word: brilliant! (5 out of 5, by Carlisle Johnson)
Blamed for the terrorist bombing of the Kremlin, IMF operative Ethan Hunt is disavowed along with the rest of the agency when the President initiates "Ghost Protocol".
Left without any resources or backup, Ethan must find a way to clear his agency's name and prevent another attack.
To complicate matters further, Ethan is forced to embark on this mission with a team of fellow IMF fugitives whose personal motives he does not fully know.
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Thu, 22 Aug 2013 | Review by: John L
Great fun, you hear action packed and think "what again"; but it is and unusually, really entertaining. I defy you to be bored! I agree with Carlyle - the best yet, it made me want to see the previous films, something I had never gotten round to; but they didn't match up to this one!
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