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Not Good for My Chronic Acrophobia,
This review is from: Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (DVD)
I gotta admit, after failing to mask my disappointment over the two preceding M:I sequels, I was one reluctant hombre to go see MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE--GHOST PROTOCOL. I mean, how many times can Cruise's Ethan Hunt have such a brooding, endless, pity party? Yet I'm happy to report this latest installment is grand fun, and in my humble opine is the best film in the franchise. Here Cruise ratchets down the gloom and doom and allows his fellow spies (Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, and a stunning Paula Patton) to play off his antics, as the IMF--ostensibly disavowed by the U.S. government--races furiously to prevent a demented terrorist from launching a global nuclear attack. From the Kremlin, to the Burj Khalifa Tower in Dubai, to the streets of Mumbai, GHOST PROTOCOL is as fast and as furious as running across a blazing hot street barefoot. In other words, GHOST PROTOCOL gets up and moves.
Cruise is in stellar physical condition, and that's a good thing, because his Ethan Hunt is a whirlwind of kinetic energy; from jumping out of a third floor hospital room, to scaling the Khalifa Tower (more on that later), to driving a car off the top level of a parking garage, Cruise has to rely on his pecs. And the plot and pacing are just as frantic, making watching this installment a quick view. Director Brad Bird further enhances the action with eye-popping CGI effects and graphic visuals; this is one finely-crafted action thriller. The other major players are solid; Renner matches Cruise's physicality, Pegg provides comedy relief, and Patton packs volumes of eye candy. The rest of the cast is entertaining as well; look for the character actor Tom Wilkinson in a brief, uncredited role.
And with my acute acrophobia, naturally Agent Hunt will be forced to scale the outside of the Khalifa Tower to gain access to the building's nerve center--naturally his high-tech gizmo gloves (with the giant sucking sound) will malfunction while Hunt is more than a 1,000 feet in the desert air. Watching this (through half-closed eyes) I literally become a contortionist in my seat, twisting and squirming to relieve my discomfort. Normally in scenes such as this I fast forward through the mayhem, but not here; MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE--GHOST PROTOCOL is so darn fun I want to watch every blasted second.
--D. Mikels, Esq.