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5.0 out of 5 stars Wait Until You See the Car, December 17, 2011
This review is from: Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (DVD)
I won't be cliche and tell you that your mission, should you choose to accept it... You know the rest.

Without a doubt, this is the best of all the Mission Impossible movies, including the original. Over the years, the MI franchise had become something of a cartoon of itself. So, it seemed appropriate that Brad Bird should be chosen to helm MI4 Ghost Protocol. As the Oscar winning director of the Incredibles, he made animated cartoons seem very real. Now, he's made Mission Impossible real again. He's injected a fresh breathe of confidence, humor and camaraderie into a series that sorely needed it. He's not only re-invigorated the franchise, he's re-invigorated Tom Cruise's career as an action star. With this movie, Tom is back on top.

You'll notice that there is a lot of the Incredibles in MI4 Ghost Protocol. That's not only because of Brad Bird's influence, but because the Incredibles was a humorous homage to action films. You could say it's the IMF meets the Incredibles. That is not a deterrent. It's a tribute to a director who can think outside the proverbial action box. This isn't the same old, same old. The movie is much more upbeat and doesn't take itself too seriously. Which works to its advantage.

Tom Cruise has never been better. This isn't the brooding Ethan Hunt of previous movies. He's a man on a mission. pardon the pun. To make a complicated story short, the IMF has been shut down and disavowed after a massive explosion at the Kremlin. That explosion is blamed on the IMF. But, it was nothing more than a diversion to steal a nuclear detonator by a terrorist hell bent on ensuring peace on Earth by starting a nuclear war between the super powers. It's up to Ethan, and his cobbled together disavowed team, to hunt down the nuclear terrorist and save the world. simple.

Once you have suspended disbelief, sit back and enjoy. The cast is uniformly excellent. Jeremy Renner plays an IMF analyst suit (with more than desk skills at his disposal) reluctantly recruited into the field. Paula Patton is the former team leader of a mission gone bad sent to rescue Hunt. Simon Pegg is back as Benji, the computer/technology genius. While it may seem like he's there just for comic relief, he is an integral part of the team. There are no dull moments. The movie has a quick pace, fun one liners and mind blowing special effects filmed in glorious IMAX. Paula Patton and Jeremy Renner both have sensational action sequences. Tom Cruise isn't the only actor who gets to jump off buildings. And if this movie is any indication, Jeremy Renner is going to make a fantastic Jason Bourne. This wasn't a vehicle for just Tom. Everyone gets a piece of the action. It's a true throw back to the original TV series.

and wait until you see the car. James Bond would trade in his Aston Martin for it.
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Initial post: Feb 16, 2012 11:00:27 AM PST
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Posted on Feb 17, 2012 7:51:44 AM PST
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Posted on Feb 17, 2012 6:47:40 PM PST
What would really be awesome was if you waited until you actually saw the BD and reviewed things like the PQ, etc.. You posted a movie review, not a review of the actual product.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 21, 2012 3:03:56 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 21, 2012 3:04:59 PM PST
Trevor says:
"Nice review, but I disagree. MI3 was the best of all for of the films to date. the third seemed to move slow in parts."

I agree with you on that... MI3 the best one... this is a very, very close second though... 3 was better because it was personal... It was about his wife who he's trying to protect. Not the world like the rest, and don't get me wrong the stories are fun and entertaining, but when Owen Davian gets lifted into the plane, and looks Ethan Hunt in the eye and says, "What I'm selling and who I'm selling it to should be the last thing you're concerned about... Ethan." Sends chills down my spine for sure. That's a true villain. Causing panic and worry with a single look, and never needing to raise a single finger to do it. (On a side note, very good film review, as a blu-ray review not so much... you should send your stuff in to highdefdigest.com, bluray.com, metacritic etc.)

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 21, 2012 3:04:07 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 1, 2012 11:04:44 AM PST
People do it all the time. He is not the only person whom has ever done it. Several people review the basic product and not how it was delivered. They want more people to buy the product and want everyone to know that once it comes out it will be on their shelf at home. While it would be preferable for people only put the reviews on condition of the product on here, it is not going to happen, so to get irritated, annoyed, or any other variation of disgruntment is a waste of your own energy.

Posted on Mar 25, 2012 3:12:00 PM PDT
James says:
W. R., visit a site called High-Def Digest. They have great reviews for blu-ray that cover the areas you want. It's fairly typical for Amazon blu-ray reviewers to address the film itself instead of the disc. Amazon's a bit behind in getting this worked out for us.

Posted on Mar 27, 2012 3:12:35 PM PDT
Dave Mac says:
This movie comes out on DVD in April 2012. Unless he got a REALLY early screener, the reviewer has no business posting a review of something he hasn't seen in the indicated medium.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 4, 2012 7:07:50 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 4, 2012 7:11:52 PM PDT
"no business posting a review" A lot of Amazon's business is pre-orders, he has every right to post a review on the movie for others as they decide whether or not to pre-order.

Posted on Apr 8, 2012 12:18:49 PM PDT
B. Fowler says:
Does anyone know if this is a true digital copy? or just that ultravoilet junk?
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