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Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)

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The IMF is shut down when it's implicated in the bombing of the Kremlin, causing Ethan Hunt and his new team to go rogue to clear their organization's name.



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In the fourth installment of the Mission Impossible series, Ethan Hunt and a new team race against time to track down Hendricks, a dangerous terrorist who has gained access to Russian nuclear launch codes and is planning a strike on the United States. An attempt by the team to stop him at the Kremlin ends in a disaster, with an explosion causing severe damage to the Kremlin and the IMF being implicated in the bombing, forcing the President to invoke Ghost Protocol, under which the IMF is disavowed, and will be offered no help or backup in any form. Undaunted, Ethan and his team chase Hendricks to Dubai, and from there to Mumbai, but several spectacular action sequences later, they might still be too late to stop a disaster. Written by shreesha bhat

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No Plan. No Backup. No Choice.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense action and violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 December 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aries  »

Box Office


$145,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,785,204 (USA) (16 December 2011)


$209,364,921 (USA) (6 April 2012)

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(at around 39 mins) When Ethan asks William Brandt to identify the man Ethan drew on his hand while in the van, Brandt states that the subject has an IQ of 190. This is impossible. Standardized intellectual assessments have an "upper end" of only 160 points and no professional intellectual assessment will result in a finding of "IQ=190." Anything higher than an IQ of 160 could only be suggested as being, "in the 98%ile or higher." See more »


[first lines]
Russian Prisoner: [in Russian, to Burly Russian Prisoner] Hey, how did you open your cell door?
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Crazy Credits

Much like the first 'Mission: Impossible' movie, the opening credits to this film contain major plot points to the film. See more »


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Ain't That a Kick in the Head
Written by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen (as James Van Heusen)
Performed by Dean Martin
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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It is PROTOCOL to watch it!
14 June 2012 | by (India) – See all my reviews

YES! Finally a good no-nonsense Cruise starrer action thriller. No lovey-dovey stuff like the last one, no attempts to show how charismatic Ethan Hunt is neither are there any obvious attempts to portray how cool he is. A good old action movie with Tom Cruise doing what he is known for best: Action!

This one's got everything an action thriller could ask for; guns, flying fists, explosions, cool gadgets, sexy cars, the occasional unanticipated startles, hot chicks, sandstorms, jumping off tall buildings (I think jumping off tall things has always been an MI trademark), also the very much needed occasional comic relief, very occasional (which is good). And this one actually has a decent enough story!

Every single actor in the movie has acted brilliantly. Paula Patton was very natural in her acting, Simon Pegg (the Hot Fuzz guy) was hilarious as usual with his well timed one liners and Jeremy Renner was surprisingly good! (all 3 part of Ethan Hunts team). Not to mention Anil Kapoor!

Oh and Anil Kapoor! Obviously he has been the talk of town for this movie. His character in the movie and his acting (however little its duration) has been spot on and he delivers on the character. His part in the movie will certainly be one of the highlights when you leave the theater. Oh and the portrayal of Mumbai has been quite unique indeed.

I won't spill the beans on the story but I am sure you know the gist of it from the trailers, a certain KABOOM'ing of the Kremlin puts Ethan Hunt in a tough spot and he is being chased down by Russians for something he hasn't done, so he needs to set it right and the only way he can do that is by starring in this awesome movie.

All in all Ghost Protocol is hands down the best one yet from the Mission Impossible series mainly because it is different from its predecessors (thank GOD for that). It is jam packed with action from the very first scene till the last and is filled with insane stunts, gadgets, car chases (sweet ones). It is fast paced and has a good enough story with a script that will keep you in the loop. This movie will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout and not give you a seconds stare away from the screen. The audience actually went "what? Not NOW!" when the interval screen came up! Yes, it was THAT good.

Well done Cruise.

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