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Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 31, 2013
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Bummer! I'd been looking forward to this movie (which was brought to me, happily, by the marriage of Amazon's Prime Instant Video and Roku, which totally rock as a duo), as I'd liked the first three. However, this was a dreadful disappointment. Perhaps I should have been forewarned by the fact that the "Incredibles" director, Brad Bird, was at the helm, but this was infantile. I can't count the number of silly things completely wrong with this film. Tom Cruise runs, as he always does. His co-stars' dialogue seems to be comprised of what you'd hear in a 6th, or maybe 8th-grade, classroom. There's lots of "interpersonal drama," as if we all care. The female costar, who is about Cruise-sized, so, 5'5" or so, kicks a big bad guy's ass, in hand-to-hand combat; utterly unbelievable. The only people who could find that scene believable are those who've never been hit. Simon Pegg is the best thing about the film, and the only remotely natural character. The other male lead, Jeremy Renner, is actually quite good and FAR more believable than Cruise at the tough-guy routine. The plot holes are so large you could drive the BMW prototype car that other reviews rave about through them.

I'm all for great, silly action films. I don't mind a lack of believability, generally, but I have to be able to suspend some level of disbelief. "Humorously" bickering co-agents on a critical mission? Puerile nonsense. 90lb. girl beating up a 220+ lb. guy? More nonsense. The method of breaking into the Kremlin was absurd; Cruise picks a set of handcuff locks with a paperclip (man, is anyone EVER going to get tired of that old cliched device, ever?) and escapes from Russian cops (while being considered a TERRORISM suspect that killed boatloads of people); Russian cops find the "Secretary's" car--now, we're talking about a Cabinet-level US Representative, here--and open fire, killing many of the occupants. Hunh? Does anyone think that would ever really happen? Renner's story as to why he's behind a desk is positively the stuff of silly soap operas, (think, "Twilight" type depth) and his purportedly heartbreaking "I could never work in a life-or-death situation again" should win a Razzie for worst dialogue. I won't even get into the ridiculous magic climbing gloves for the world's tallest building, or the equally magic physics-busting building entrance. OR the blown knee that works fine one scene later. Whoever wrote the "sandstorm" scenes has never been in a sandstorm, either (yes, I have). Overall, as I said, just...silliness personified. A cartoon with live-action figures, about as engrossing and believable for grown-ups as Wiley Coyote and the Roadrunner. All it needed was the ubiquitous falling Anvil, hitting Cruise on the head (I wish), so he could get up, unhurt. It would have been the perfect ending.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 5, 2012
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I love the Mission Impossible franchise! All of the movies, with the exception of the 2nd one, have been fantastic. Before I saw Ghost Protocol, my favorite was the first one (1996). Of course now I've decided that Ghost Protocol is my favorite.
I had heard prior to seeing the movie, that they were wanting to go back to a team-centric story that the original tv series had followed. This film certainly delivered in that area. The team was well-rounded and the writers/directors allowed you to get to know the team a bit better than in the previous films. They also were preparing Jeremy Renner (Brandt) to eventually take over the Mission Impossible for whenever Tom Cruise decides to leave the franchise. While I am partial to Tom Cruise, I have to admit that Jeremy Renner did a good job. He certainly looked as capable as Cruise in the fighting scenes, and I have a feeling that Ethan Hunt will impart some of his confidence and craziness to Brandt before retiring.
All that to say, if you haven't seen this movie yet then go see it. You don't want to miss out on this newest adventure with legendary spy, Ethan Hunt.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format: DVD
To me it has always been the theme song. I could watch just about anything to that sound track and think it was great. Fortunately we had a great film that explodes on the big screen. The gadgets were extremely high tech and I seriously doubt many of them really exist. Face scanner in a contact lens?

The opening scene of Cruise in a Serbian high security prison being broken out, was superb. It becomes a mystery that plays constantly in the back of your mind during the film. Who was the man he took with him when escaped? Where is he now? It engages you and puts your mind into the proper framework. Tom Cruise is later written off along with the IMF and must operate rouge to save the US from terrorist named Hendricks who has the Russian launch codes and plans to use them against the US. Cruise's team are the guys that just happened to be with him at the moment...with no masks! Great Stuff.

This is a good old fashion break out the tub of popcorn and enjoy the feature action-comedy-thriller. I didn't see it in IMAX, but clearly that is the way to go considering how the scenes were shot. After seeing it once, I want to see it again on the really big screen. And of course every "impossible" scene is made more complex, complicated, or twisted. Humorous and heart stopping action all in the same moment. Can you say Oscar?

Good Luck.

No f-bombs, sex, or nudity.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on April 21, 2012
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I'm not a Mission Impossible girl; never watched the other 3 - heard yays and nays about them and I can't tell you why this one got my attention. I don't trust previews as a rule. Sometimes there's no more action than what you've just seen. In Ghost Protocol that's impossible! I watched the video on my laptop but I was in the movie. I kept leaning toward the screen, motioning with my hands, reacting, reacting, reacting so involved my legs didn't have time to turn to jelly as I was running down the side of the tallest building in the world in Dubai with Tom Cruise. He was exhausted, he kept going; I couldn't let exhaustion get the better of me, I had to keep watching. His team weren't supermen, excuse me, superpersons - there was one female but they did incredible things almost leaping tall buildings at a single bound. They dodged bullets, got hit, winged it on their own just like any of us would do faced with a crisis that had to work out. I sat in that chair facing the assassin, staying calm, hoping...

It was the combination of absolutely shocking scenes, the Kremlin blown to bits erupting under Ethan Hunt's feet - I didn't expect that, the Secretary getting shot - who's left on their side now - that can't be fixed, together with "you bet your ass captain" Simon Pegg, not to mention the female of the team who is alluring yet as tough as her male counterparts, and the late addition analyst as the 4th member - the boy next door and full of surprises. I hear Tom Cruise is 50. That's just a number, let me tell you. I can't remember the last time I felt exhilarated after watching a film. Don't worry, I didn't go downtown and try to run down the side of a building - in the mid-west they're lower to the ground - but I knew I could if I tried.

I just bought a copy. Why are you sitting there reading?
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Tom Cruise is a great movie star. There. I said it. After some thirty years in this business and about twenty-five of those years spent as a bona-fide star, he can still make it work. No matter what you may think of him personally, there is an effortless charm that he brings to almost all of his films. Lately, though, it's been a bit of a slog. With films like KNIGHT AND DAY, VALKYRIE and LIONS FOR LAMBS (Remember that film? Yeah, me neither), he hasn't been packing them in like he used to. Even M-I:3 was considered something of a failure, despite doing over $350 million worldwide. But that's Hollywood for ya: You jump on Oprah's couch and you claim that psychology is a scam, and people look at you differently, even when you're acting. I've loved Cruise's work for decades (except when he's in REALLY lousy films, like COCKTAIL or THE FIRM or VANILLA SKY), and I've admired him when he took risks (like MAGNOLIA and COLLATERAL, even if I don't care for those films). When I heard that he had gotten Brad Bird, the director of Pixar classics THE INCREDIBLES and RATATOUILLE and my favorite hand-drawn English animated film of all time, THE IRON GIANT, I was VERY excited. This is obviously someone who knows extremely creative storytelling, and really knows how to construct a scene. But it was also his first live-action film. But with Simon Pegg returning, and new additions like Jeremy Renner, Tom Wilkinson, and Josh Holloway (despite the latter two had nothing more than cameos, really), and with working again with J.J. Abrams who helped revitalize the series with the third film, I still had high hopes.

Then the reviews started pouring in.

WOW. People were LOVING this film. And by all accounts, they were exactly right to. The film is ear-to-ear grinning and wall-to-wall action. Not the pensive De Palma action of the first film, and not John Woo M:I-2 mega-ultra gunplay action, and not uncomfortably realistic J.J. Abrams action; but like a snowball rolling down a hill, once it starts, it just gets bigger and bigger and then you find yourself at the bottom of that hill and you await the bliss of the impact. Bird lays the hyper-dynamic (and dare I say cartoonish) set pieces piled one on top of another like the most delicious action-adventure cake you've tasted in years. The haters can keep hating on Cruise, but he really makes this film pop just as much as Bird does. His breezy wit and afore-mentioned effortless charm flow during some of the film, but he gets down to business in a big way. One complaint I keep seeing of this film is how unrealistic it is. Guess what? IT'S MISSION &#*%^@& IMPOSSIBLE!! If it were MISSION: POSSIBLE, then I could accept that criticism. This is not HILL STREET BLUES; It's MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE. It's not supposed to be realistic at all times.

This is by far the best of the M:I series, and I hope that Bird and Cruise team up again soon, because that would be another mission I would absolutely choose to accept.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 29, 2014
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Everything in one film...action/humor/mystery/fabulous scenery...world class action stunts...
What a GREAT ESCAPE MOVIE...guys or gals...you will LOVE IT! We have watched it
countless times and will watch it again and again in future!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 6, 2014
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It's an action movie just like the other Mission Impossible movies but of course it has Tom Cruise in it and we all know how crazy he is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Every entry in the Mission Impossible series has been unique and different from each other. In the fourth film they've dropped the number and added a cool subtitle. The way I see it Ethan Hunt has been created to be an American version of a James Bond with the gadgets (particularly in this one) mixed with a little Jason Bourne (even though the first MI came out before the first Bourne). I feel like I'm one of the last people out there who really likes Tom Cruise. I mean, how could you not like the guy? He's a fantastic actor, does his own stunts and never backs down from a challenge. The biggest problem I found in this film was the simplicity in the plot. I personally liked the 3rd film better, a few more twists and intense sequences, this one relied mostly on stunts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 20, 2013
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This movie is full of suspense, funny moments, action, and great story and great acting. Love the series, and Tom Cruise and the rest of the cast do a great job of pulling off another good movie in the series. Love watching this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 15, 2013
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As much as I've grown to dislike Tom Cruise, Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol is the best of the franchise. In no part of the movie does the pacing sag (M:I2), nor do we have a ridiculous number of fake-outs (M:I3 and all those masks), nor do we have plot problems (M:I 1, 2, & 3).

This movie is perfectly paced, with a sharp script. There are none of the problems that marred the previous M:I films. Simon Pegg is perfect as the comic relief. Paula Patton is equal parts kick-butt agent and gorgeous spy. Even Josh Holloway (Lost) is entirely credible as an IM agent. The stand out is the addition of Jeremy Renner. Renner's William Brandt appears to be just another a suit with the State Department but soon becomes a mysterious add-on to Tom's team.

I saw the movie at the theater, rented it from a kiosk, and now streamed it to my tablet. I think I just need to buy a copy.
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