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For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol can be found here.

While on a mission to penetrate the Kremlin archives and obtain information about the identity of a terrorist known only as Cobalt, Impossible Missions Force (IMF) agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is implicated as the team leader in a plot to blow up the Kremlin, forcing the IMF to shut down. Invoking ghost protocol, Ethan and three other agents—Jane Carter (Paula Patton), Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg), and William Brandt (Jeremy Renner)—go rogue in an attempt to clear the IMF name and to find Cobalt, who has stolen Russian nuclear launch codes and is planning a strike on the United States.

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol is the fourth movie in the Mission: Impossible series which is based on a TV series also titled Mission: Impossible that ran from 1966 to 1973. Writing credits for Ghost Protocol are attributed to American screenwriters Josh Applebaum and Andr Nemec. Ghost Protocol is preceded by Mission: Impossible (1996), Mission: Impossible II (2000), and Mission: Impossible III (2006), and followed by Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015).

The ghost protocol is a black ops contingency that occurs when the IMF is completely shut down. Any agents still in the field operate at their own risk, without promise of extraction, support, or safehouses. Any work they are doing is unsanctioned and will be disavowed by United States government; the same as if an agent on a special mission is captured or killed.

It's not fully explained. It's implied that at some point between this film and Mission: Impossible III, Ethan's wife was murdered. So, Ethan tracked down the six men responsible and killed them. The result of which had him sent to the Russian prison. However, at the end of the film we learn that Ethan's wife is alive and that her death was faked. So, it's likely the attack and subsequent murders of the six men supposedly responsible was all fabricated in order to get Ethan into the prison, possibly to gain intel from a prisoner. The mission was then aborted at the beginning of the film.

Dubai is a city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) located on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf. A map of the UAE showing Dubai's location can be seen here. Mumbai is the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra.

Having successfully deactivated the missile, sending it harmlessly to the bottom of San Francisco Bay, Ethan is confronted by Russian agent Anatoly Sidorov (Vladimir Mashkov), who realizes now that Ethan and the IMF are innocent of the bombing of the Kremlin. Eight weeks later, as Ethan and Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames) are sharing a beer together at Seattle's Pier 4, Luther gets called away for a mission in Kandahar, and Ethan is joined by Carter, Dunn, and Brandt. Ethan compliments them on a job well done and invites them to become members of his team. Carter and Dunn agree, but Brandt confesses that it was he who got Ethan's wife killed in Croatia. Ethan reveals that Julia is still alive. She survived the attack by the Serbians, and her faked "death" was actually used as a ruse to get Ethan into Rankow Prison where he was assigned to make contact with IMF informant Bogdan (Miraj Grbic). He assures Brandt that he was not responsible for protecting Julia, they shake hands, and Brandt accepts membership on the team. As Ethan gets up to leave, he sees Julia walking along the boardwalk and entering a latte shop. They smile at each other, and Julia gives him a slight wave. In the final scene, as Ethan walks away, he gets a call from the IMF briefing him on his next assignment, should he choose to accept it.

It was previously assumed that Ving Rhames would be reprising his role as IMF operative Luther Stickell in Ghost Protocol. Rhames reportedly stated: "I may be doing something very small in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, but I will just say that the budget changed dramatically and I'll leave it at that." Thus, it can be assumed that the budget wasn't big enough to include Rhames to reprise his role as a major IMF character.

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Yes. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol has select scenes filmed using IMAX cameras. IMAX cameras are the highest-resolution cinematographic cameras currently in existence, shooting at 16K to 18K (lines of resolution vertical), as opposed to the standard 2K to 4K.

From the opening scene to the prison scene: (1) a flashback to the failed IMF operation, (2) opening credits, (3) the destruction of the Kremlin, (4) the tone-setting shots of Dubai, (5) Ethan climbing across the glass, trying to cut a hole in the window and falling but climbing up again, (6) Ethan running across the surface of the building, (7) the sandstorm chase sequence, and (8) the movie's climax.


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