IMDB Score: 7.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
Directed by: Brad Bird
By Ben Dauber
Stylish, sexy, and frantically paced Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol has what it takes to keep butts in the seats.
The makeover of the franchise was successful as director Brad Bird was able to keep all of the action while updating, among other things, the cast and the overall feel of the film.
As always in Mission Impossible films the plot is laid out very simply, and if you choose to accept it and allow the gadgets and hand to hand combat to do their job is always worth a watch.
The gadgets are present in full effect and the exotic locales certainly lend an element of novelty and nuance to the film that was present in its successors.
Despite its PG-13 rating (which to me is a death sentence o most action films) the movie has its fair share of ass kicking, it lacks a love scene but hey you can’t have everything.
Tom Cruise delivers a predictably badass performance as one of his namesake characters Ethan Hunt, but the actors cast around him are what make the film a successful reinvention.
Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, and Simon Pegg each add an element necessary to make the film a successful update on the 90’s hit.
Renner has become an action movie must have and lends a certain sarcastic edge that is his trademark.
Paula Patton is the heartthrob without doubt. Tan, mysterious, and able to kick your ass she makes the film worth watching even if it’s on mute.
Simon Pegg (AKA Shaun of the Dead) lends a plucky sense of humor that helps ensure that the film doesn’t take itself too seriously. This was one of Bird’s major successes in the film, keeping the action but ensuring the movie still had some comedic perspective and some self-deprecating jabs.
Definitely worth a watch, holiday ass-kicking helps people like me stay sane.