Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
protocol is tight and adrenaline is forcing
Agent Ethan Hunt accepts a mission that has no plan, no backup and no choice. Itís my review of Mission Impossible 4: Ghost protocol.
With no path breaking dialogues, except some funny dialogues which involves seriousness in it, Mission Impossible 4 is directed by Brad Bird (famous for The Incredibles and Ratatouille), an animation director. I always had one question in mind, whether he can direct an action movie? My answer after the movie is yes. Written by Andre nemec (famous for Alias series) and Josh Appelbaum, the movie is crafted into an acceptable action movie, which had its thrilling moments and also some fast paced and breathtaking sequences. When the credits came, I thought that movie may be again like follow up of final destination, but it had its uniqueness, where the viewers were shown the upcoming scenes in the movie and so that they can be well prepared, before the real mission begins.
The plot is all simple, as it takes place in a car with certain IMF agents giving Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) a choice, a bad news and also certain hope. Ethan rescues agent Brandt (Jeremy Renner), from the car accident. Now Ethan with his three other members, decide to take on the mission. Ethan was actually rescued from a prison, by Agents Jane Carter (Paula Patton) and Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg). In Russia, Kremlin is destroyed, by an unknown device or a nuclear threat. Ethan goes to Kremlin to secure some files that may relate to, Cobalt a secret code which was actually undone by agent Trevor Hanaway (Josh Holloway), after being murdered by Sabine (Lea Seydoux). After Kremlin attack, president of U.S.A has declared Ghost protocol. The entire IMF is shut down and there is no choice to find who bombed Kremlin. Now Ethan and his new team are forced to accept the mission, or if caught they are branded as terrorists. Now will Ethan and his team do the job without getting caught is all about?
Plot development in the movie was actually slow. I thought that movie took a long time to set the plot up. Once the plot is known, the mission begins. The mission begins in Dubai and ends in India. Even if the plot took its time to settle up, the movie had interesting sequences to engage the audiences forgetting the time running. Once everything is ready, we go to Dubai. What else we can get ¨in Dubai when the tallest building is present the Burj Khalifa. Now the plot development goes in a thrilling fashion especially when Tom cruise climbs the tallest building in the world. I was looking at my watch regularly and seeing when this scene would come. When Ethan says Dubai, I sat upright and kept my hands on popcorn readily. While climbing, it is so thrilling and also accompanied with it, is the failure device and also a sandstorm towards the city. Can we get anything more than this? No weapons, no help from government and just three people struggling hard to accomplish the mission. It is to be watched only on IMAX.
Characters are quite good. Ethan hunt is a well known character for the Mission impossible fans. For rest ones, we get to know him slowly and also we have a total idea on his activities, place he works and also some information regarding his wife. Nicely sketched character. Agent Brandt is a new character who joins Ethan for a purpose and his characterization, I thought was slightly weak during first half, but later on his character got some improvement and finally his character ended brilliantly. Agent Jane, also being a new character is nicely introduced and has a small back story and we get to know her. Agent Benji is good with his techniques in hacking, and we see him as a funny guy, but finally he has something to do to make the mission accomplish. Micheal Nygvist played as Hendricks, a Swedish born Russian who is looking different in his role and ends up as the good one. The cop chasing Ethan is also quite good. But I canít expect character development for them. A small cameo played by Indian Star Anil Kapoor (famous for Slumdog Millionaire) is not quite so important and he looks like a nerd in the movie.
Performances are quite good. Tom cruise has his moments in the movie, where he does the impossible stunts and proves the best in terms of carrying the movie on his shoulders. I saw typical Hunt acting in the movie. Paula Patton and Jeremy Renner are also good in acting supporting Tom cruise. Simon Pegg is cool with his comic timing and generates laughs with his way of acting. Micheal Nygvist looked a serious guy with his looks and body language. I thought the direction was great. Really from a person who has no much experience, from taking action movies, quite great. Rest others did perform to suit the movie.
Presentation in the movie is brilliant. The Cinematography, camera work especially the Dubai shot and also the scene where sandstorm strikes the city, it is quite the best I ever saw in IMAX, after The dark knightís Hong Kong sequence. Visual effects were terrific and the action choreography was thrilling and giving some interest. Editing was good at the crucial areas. Music by Micheal Giacchino is good. The original theme shared its part at certain times. Totally it was a visual spectacle, for me.
Bottom line: The mission may not be engaging, but the presentation, the action scenes and some fine performances with a thrilling and breathtaking screenplay will surely attract the MI fans. For others, it is another well crafted 120 minutes entertaining movie.
What it lacked? It slightly missed to make a plot setting it to be impossible. I give A-