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2 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

BY far the best Mission: Impossible film

7/10
Author: rkcrawf-2 from Florida
22 December 2011

I thoroughly enjoyed this film and would rank it somewhere between Casino Royale and the 2nd Bourne film. As much as I enjoyed the movie, I couldn't really rank a film of this genre higher (would kinda like Denzel getting an Oscar for Training Day). However, for it's type of movie, I'd put it close to the top. The movie is really in a different class than the other MI films (i.e., no where near as cheesy). My guess is the film makers kind of figured out that audiences are pretty smart and know what to expect. It took some of the usual crutches from the first films and broke them. The cinematography and locations were beautiful and there is so much eye candy (background, cars, Paula Patton, effects). Of course there are some plot holes and a few of the characters are shallow (it's been so long since MI3, I didn't remember where things left off), yet I actually found myself sucked in and reacting to the action...which is all I can really ask for.

Also, I saw it in IMAX and it was well worth it. I hope they make more.

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2 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Good plot, characters, action and everything else.

8/10
Author: paytonprovo from United States
22 December 2011

Today I went to see Mission Impossible in theaters. I wasn't expecting nothing more than a terrorist threatening the world plot. That's what I got, but the thing is that it is a good plot. Ethan Hunt(Cruise) is back in action with a whole new team(Renner, Pegg, Patton)and a new terrorist with a bomb. I loved the creativity of the weapons and items that were used in the movie. There was technology from the older movies and new technology in this one. There definitely was a lot of good comedy lines and phrases. At times I forgot it was Mission Impossible, it had a different feel from the other ones. I thought it was a good enough add on to the series and hopefully they make more in the future.

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2 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

9/10
Author: kdorsey321 from United States
22 December 2011

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I got a chance to check out the movie "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol," starring Tom Cruise, Paula Patton, and Simon Pegg, and Jeremy Renner. Twenty people told me to watch this movie! They said I was going to love and I would be more than glad to do a review on this movie. Honestly the first thought that came to my mind is; "Simon Pegg is in the movie?" What is he doing in a movie like this? After that it looked like a must see movie! I just want to start off saying that the gadgets and technology in this movie was off the chain! The gadgets that were displayed in this movie were by far the best I have ever seen in a movie. That invisible wall that they put up so the guy couldn't see them break into the room was simply amazing. That was my favorite one! The fight scenes were also done well! When some one got hit the sound effects was on point. You definitely turned your head on some of those hits because the sound effects were eye openers! The Action in this movie was on point too. Sandstorms, crazy stunts, crazy jumps, Tom Cruise is simply the man! When you have movies like these you often say to yourself, what can the mission be now. You have seen so many movies and so many missions in movies that it doesn't even make since by now. The overall mission was a kinda repeated, but what they had to do to stop it was different. They made the mission very good! I always look for the difference in missions with theses kinds of movies. To harp on Simon Pegg's role in the movie, he was great because of course he was the comic relief and he was funny. If your a Simon Pegg fan you are going to love him in this movie. Its a little bit of a different role for him, but he shows some versatility. Overall, I thought this was a great movie! If you haven't scene it yet, go see it! Matter of fact, go see it again so we can talk about the gadgets(smiles). It is definitely movie theater worthy and it is DVD worthy! I give this movie a 9 out of 10!

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2 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

An Exciting Ride

9/10
Author: aharmas from United States
19 December 2011

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Ethan is back with plenty of thrills, and this time the action comes fast, with few distractions and in some pretty exotic locations, from Russia to India, with a little side trip to the tallest building in Dubai.

Just when you thought we couldn't have any more nuclear threats, one crazy fanatic is on way to start the last nuclear war, and it us up to our gang to stop those evil agents from launching the deadly missiles. As usual, there is not much depth to the background and characterization, but that is the not the main point. We're here so we can enjoy the technology, the gadgets, the stunt work, and there are many reasons to rejoice, as we see Cruise, Pegg, Retner, and the rest of the cast, engage in all type of risky actions to save the world. The scenes in Dubai will certainly have the audience catching their breath, as Ethan has to find his way in and out of many suites a few thousand feet above the ground.

It is indeed one of the most entertaining times I had at the movies this year since this film works with a genre that several directors have managed to ruin. In here, the style is simple with the camera following our heroes through some wild car chases, a desert storm, and other unbelievable settings. Overall, there is very little opportunity to rest, and your blood pressure levels will remain high throughout the film.

Get ready for a fun time at the movies again. Unlike the other films out there, this one shows that it's truly elementary, and keeping it simple sometimes does wonders for the magic of the movies.

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3 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

bad writing, no acting, no story, no expert team

3/10
Author: lesdroits from Virginia
28 May 2012

We'd just finished watching MI3, which was entertaining if, of course, wholly improbable--still, fun, so we thought we'd now watch this latest.

Especially compared with previous MIs, what a let down. **Hereafter may be spoilers, in discussing what does and does not happen, so beware *** For starters, and unlike all good MI story lines (movie or TV) -- this movie contained not one single -- I repeat, not one single -- successful, coordinated team effort, you know, where they all do their own parts with incredible (genuinely incredible) agility and precision to culminate in a successful mission. Did I mention, NOT ONE? Instead, apparently to be funny, rather than a good team, it's just a miscellaneous woman plus that computer geek from MI3 (about which more below), and some analyst guy (Jeremy) added in, I guess, just to add him in. NO TEAM --At least, no competently trained team. Instead, these character rarely acted together, rarely followed any plan reliably (but often did other than as planned, out of stupidity or just untimely questioning), etc etc So -- never gave that fantasy jolt of a team of super slick folks doing what they do best together. Never.

To make my point, compare MI3 party scene (where they replace Huffman in the Vatican) with this party scene which you can't even make sense of. Villain there, villain gone, Tom kisses woman, villain back. I think the comparison between these scenes shows it all.

What this film DID have were poorly written attempts at humor. MI3 had some clever lines (like Cruise, when asked how he is on ammo, looks, says he has enough, takes one successful shot, then says, "now I'm out"). This flick had none of that but instead silly, childish banter by that computer geek who has now lost weight and is elevated to being part of what passes for a team in this movie -- but he won't shut up! Banter, banter, banter -- like listening to the conversation of R2D2! Again, I GUESS the writer thought it would be funny, but it's just annoying. He's not, by the way, giving any important info in this banter -- just banter, presumably to be funny.

And lastly, and perhaps as importantly as the total absence of any well-executed team mission is the absence of a meaningful storyline. Oh, sure, there's a necessary bad guy and his side kick, plus a woman assassin thrown in apparently just so they could have a scene with two women fighting because she wasn't otherwise important to any plot. Perhaps they just replaced dialogue with explosions and the storyline got lost on the cutting room floor. Lots of explosions. Yeah, high wire act, but this time, as with this whole movie, NOT done with the sense of precision and inevitability, but just a mess.

Bottom line -- writing was terrible, acting rather non-existent (thought Cruise did some good emoting in MI3 -- really wasn't here this time, just the smirk), and overall a terrible movie. Who on earth ever gave this movie even a 5, much less a 7.5, must have never seen any well done MI or Bourne movies. This was closer to a spoof.

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3 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

Bad

4/10
Author: rianbahadurji from United States
31 March 2012

What a disgraceful way to end such an enterprising action franchise. You cannot fault Tom Cruise, this film was definitely not worthy of what he has achieved. You will enjoy it if you're white and make 30 000 a year.But for people who understand movies, its terrible. Its watchable, but it is also a disgrace that the Mission Impossibles before this got worse IMDb ratings. Its disgusting in my opinion. MI 1 2 and three were great, this is gross.. f**** you franchise whores. At this stage of the game MI was expected to redefine the cliché action movie style. Instead it digressed into a lazy wh**e of a movie. Everyone involved should be ashamed. And by the way I have read some reviews which state that there were some nice aerial shots of Mumbai. Just for the record, the Taj Mahal is in Delhi, not Mumbai. How can a film crew expect to pull that off. They were clearly filming Delhi instead of Mumbai. And the stupid final scene, in what was seemingly a car factory, really are you kidding me? No factory in India is anything like that, and im from India. Secondly, the sand storm in Dubai. I have visited dubai 13 times in the last 7 years and let me tell you no such "sand storm" ever occurs. Whoever enjoyed this movie this year is the same type of person who will enjoy the movie "Think like a man".

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3 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

Impossible stunts, impossible gadgets, but above all, impossible to miss

8/10
Author: Jin Maruhashi
25 February 2012

"Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol" showcases a plethora of state-of-the-art acrobatics that will assuredly keep our hearts also flipping and flying turbulently within our ribcage until the very end of the film. Each action sequence is carefully engineered so that it places itself perfectly to give way to a next, even more exhilarating scene. The highlight being the impossible (now made possible!) display of supernatural flight and gravity-defying sprinting on and across a building comprising well over one hundred floors! "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol" attempts to balance this series of ludicrous stunts with an added tint of brainy humor made primarily possible through the character of Benji (played by SImon Pegg). Additionally, this movie is also ingenious through its presentation of truly mind-boggling gadgetry. Overall,"Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol" brilliantly exhibits impossible stunts, impossible gadgets and makes it impossible not to entertain with its kinetic grandeur.

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3 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

Best MI movie by far!

8/10
Author: Jona1988 from Finland
8 February 2012

Yes! like my title of this review states this is the best movie in the Mission Impossible series so far. So far because by the success of this I can imagine the producers are eager to make a fifth one. And the success this has been at the box office is well deserved. I can't really say I was a big fan of Mission Impossible until recently, I have never seen the TV show and the first movie has a more classic reputation than it actually deserves. Still the first one was an interesting somewhat different kind of thriller. The first two sequels were far weaker, MI2 was complete crap with almost no story and ridiculously over the top action, number three was a step forward and a pretty entertaining mindless action movie. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol is Brad Birds first live action movie and it almost but not quite lives up to his great animated ones. One thing that this movie managed better than any of the previous ones is the story. The plot of the first one has become known for being complicated while the second has a plot so stupid a retard would be insulted, finally the third film had a clearly flawed but worked acceptable for a mindless popcorn flick. With MI4 they have found the right balance, the plot is understandable without going so far as becoming so simple it's silly, it is serious and interesting without going to the incomprehensible. The story is not Oscar worthy material but it's perfectly considered for this kind of film. The actor's performances are great. I might actually go so far as claiming this has the best of the series. It was great that they expanded Simon Pegg's role. According to me he is better that series recurring Ving Rhames. He supplies some humour without just being a simple comical relief. Tom Cruise is at his best here. He might be a weird guy in real life but as an action actor he is great. Ethan Hunt has grown to this hero one actually cares and wants to follow, his own character not just a James Bond wannabe. Jeremy Renner is a rising star and good here as well. Still his role was smaller than I had thought, it is important but doesn't take any focus away from Hunt. OK the character development might not be chokingly deep for an action movie, definitely not but more than necessary. Mikael Nyqvist as the villain is great. Having seen him in many Swedish movies it fun to see him going international. With this villain I feel they went for the more is less approach and it works brilliant. You don't see a lot of him and when you do short clips. Makes him feel mysterious unlike the over the top Dougray Scott in MI2. I enjoyed the bad guy in the third movie but I must say MI4 had the most memorable in a not easily achieved way. But this is an action flick and that is also where MI4 really succeeds and more than one might have expected. Of course you knew the effects would be top notch but they blow you away not just in that way. Not only are they great visually but it is also very well thought out. There are several scenes that are really clever. Again I must praise the director making this the most well made film in the Mission Impossible series. When I saw the trailer featuring Eminem I got somewhat uneasy. But not to worry this always feels like the MI movie that it is. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol is the best in the MI series in as good as every way plot, character and action. An outstanding action blockbuster!

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3 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

The formula as usual.

5/10
Author: onumbersix from Canada
3 February 2012

Having seen most of the films playing that I wanted to see and not being impressed by the new offerings, I decided to go for eye candy and leave my brain at the door. Unfortunately, the latter came to join me anyway and at that point everything unravelled. Critics claimed that this 4th outing in the series was the best, which doesn't bode well for the previous ones which I didn't bother to see. As a teen, I loved this TV series with often well thought out stories. What I liked most of M-I on TV was the way they used every day objects in innovating ways to great effect. But in this film, we are in super effects to fill the eye, especially in Imax, along with doubtful tools. Everything in fact to try to mask an improbable story. Tom Cruise shows us once again his depth by playing Tom Cruise as usual, as he did in so many films before. It gets tiring in the end. He plays this intrepid and invincible American hero who fears nothing, save pretending the fear of heights to pretend to be comical. I could hardly wait for the end of this.

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3 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

Bird Delivers Abrams' Goods

Author: FatMan-QaTFM from United States
1 February 2012

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Brad Bird, oh you masterful animator. You made me cry with Iron Giant, grip the edge of my seat watching The Incredibles, and laugh raucously with the jokes of Rattatouille. Now on to live action, rewarded with the cream of the money crop – the incredibly successful Tom Cruise/Mission Impossible franchise. Bird has the chance to show that animation isn't his only gig.

Mission: Impossible 4 opens up with a mission gone wrong and a fun, brutal prison escape that (re)introduces the cast of characters. Once we get that nonsense out of the way – on to the mission. Using high tech gadgetry, fast thinking, and smooth talking, the crack team manages to take down a man set to destroy they world. Once again, the team makes it look easy… except…

They didn't. Everything went wrong – "Red is Dead" – gadgets broke, team members made mistakes, and nothing went quite as planned. It ended up being a major miracle that anything got done at all. It was sort of strange seeing this sort of plot and character development out of a normally polished action series, but I'll give the credit to Brad Bird. Previous Bird films felt very realistic, even when the subject was talking rats in a French kitchen. He has a knack for bringing real issues and conflicts in to otherwise insanely outlandish stories. Maybe I'm giving him too much credit, but Ep. 4 was different enough from most action movies to make me thing J.J. Abrams gave Bird a good bit of leeway in film making.

Beyond the nice bits of conflict, it was very nice film making. I could actually tell who was who and what was going where during action scenes. Smooth camera movement took precedence over shaky cam and "gritty" shooting styles. Just how I like it. Top it off with some gutwrenching sound effects and you've got a complete film.

Ghost Protocol wasn't perfect by any means. It had a lot of product placement, some goofy dialog, could have used a trim here and there but it was probably one of the more enjoyable films I saw in 2011. I don't often see movies twice, but when I do, it would be this one.

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3 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

Proving that Mission Impossible is still the best action franchise out there

9/10
Author: Robert W. (Robert_duder@hotmail.com) from Ontario, Canada
24 January 2012

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I think, in my opinion, Mission Impossible simply keeps getting better and better with each instalment. I am relieved and excited this film did so well because regardless of anything Tom Cruise does in his personal life he is still a stone cold movie star and fantastic at what he does. And Mission Impossible is fantastic as what it does. They managed to come back after a five year hiatus as if they didn't miss a beat and bring us absolutely everything that makes this series fantastic. Exotic locales, crazy gadgets, break neck action, edge of your seat thrills, a terrific new team, and continuity to the rest of the series. As always, the series starts right from square one with incredible action, a daring escape and an update on our favourite agent Ethan Hunt. I thought that Mission Impossible 4 had a bit less edge and dark to it especially with the addition of Simon Pegg on the team. But they didn't tone down the action for a moment and Cruise looks as smooth as he ever did doing the stunts and crazy scenes.

I hope that this is a comeback of sorts for star and producer Tom Cruise. This made me see the star quality that made Cruise who he is. He is simply bad-ass as Hunt and there has been a general progression to his character through these films since 1996 and Ethan is a little darker, a little more jaded, but still ready for anything. As much as they'd like co-star Jeremy Renner to take over this series I don't think it could survive without Cruise in some capacity. Jeremy Renner is, however, very good in his role as newcomer to the team Brandt. He has a dark side to him, and a mysterious background that adds to the plot. He has good chemistry with Cruise and doesn't take away from the star of the series. I was a little wary with having Simon Pegg as part of the main team. He was okay as a very small gadgets guy in Mission Impossible 3 and as it turns out he actually fit in pretty well in this one too. He was obviously the comic relief but it was used mostly carefully although I think still just a tad too much. Paula Patton is the newest lady on the team and she does well but I don't think she has quite the same amount of on screen charisma as previous Mission Impossible girls. Michael Nyqvist (of the original The Girl With Dragon Tattoo fame) is decent as the main villain. He certainly looks the part and does his job well enough although much like Patton I'm not sure he was the best villain in the series.

One of the most amazing scenes of the entire series and in action film history is the explosion of the Kremlin which was absolutely mind blowing special effects. As with previous instalments of the franchise there are just a few key scenes that are absolutely riveting and stunning to watch and as action fans you will want to cry out loud at how cool they really are. There is also some great cameos at the end for fans of the franchise that hold together that ever important continuity to the whole series. This is one action flick you can't let pass you by and if you have yet to see the entire series, then you're truly missing out, with the exception of Mission Impossible 2 which was a bit of a mis-step I think. This was one of the greats in 2011 as late in the year as it came. Keep them coming!! 9/10

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3 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

A Great Action Movie

8/10
Author: hamaadshehzad from Nova Scotia, Canada
16 January 2012

Now, I honestly thought 2011 wasn't the best year for movies. I only went to the theatres and handful of times. I mostly wanted to watch Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2. Now, to the movie I'm reviewing. Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol came out near the end of 2011 and when I heard about I thought about waiting for it to come out on DVD and then a couple of my friends told me to watch it so I took a look at the trailer and thought "Man, I have to watch this movie!" And boy am I glad I did. Great action throughout the movie and it is very impressive that Tom Cruise did some of his own stunts in the movie!! Mixed in with the jokes Simon Pegg throws in this is a great movie if you like action movies that aren't too serious at times

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The Most Thrilling Movie I've Seen All Year

9/10
Author: Orochimaru88 from Canada
15 January 2012

This is one of the most, if not THE most fast-paced movies that I've ever seen. It's one of the main reasons why I thoroughly enjoyed this film.

Now, I've got to be honest, I haven't really seen the previous Mission Impossible films (I remember seeing some of Mission Impossible III), and I was worried I wouldn't be able to understand this movie, but I did. Brad Bird's live-action directorial debut just worked for me. The action sequences were thrilling and Benji's (Simon Pegg) witty remarks kept me laughing throughout. However, the highlight of my experience has to be the scene involving the Burj Khalifa. For the first time watching any action movie, I was actually scared for a character (Ethan), which surprised me. I was on the edge of my seat, not just for this scene, but for pretty much the rest of the movie.

Overall, the film's fast-paced and thrilling action scenes were a big win for me, making this one of my favourite films that I've seen this year.

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What you expected... and then some

7/10
Author: surajsingh90 from Manchester, United Kingdom
15 January 2012

Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and the rest of the IMF (Impossible Mission Force - duh!) are implicated in the recent bombing of the Kremlin, tensions between Russia and The States are rising at a Cuban Missile Crisis level and Tom Cruise looks 25 years younger. Only Hunt and the rest of the four-man (per se) group can reveal the truth about the bombing and bring the true terrorists to justice. Sound like a Mission Impossible movie yet? Keep reading.

This movie consists of four main elements: action, comedy, cheese- filled-drama and more action. Those of you who have seen the previous movies know what I'm on about and having just seen The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (the unnecessary Hollywood version) two days ago - I welcomed this mindlessly entertaining roller-coaster ride.

The two hour movie begins with a chiselled IMF agent (Sawyer from LOST) fending off and escaping the clutches of his attackers only to be exterminated by a deliciously cute little assassin who steals his briefcase. Later we find out that the case contains nuclear missile codes that eventually fall in the hands of a terrorist who plans to obliterate the United States. Hunt, in prison for killing his wife's murderers, escapes with the help of the new crew - Jane, William and Benji (Paula Patton, Jeremy Renner and Simon Pegg) - who have been assigned to deal with the terrorist situation and save everyone. Sound like a Mission Impossible movie now?

The story isn't brilliant. Perhaps just a little bit more narrative than an Austin Powers movie, but that's not what you're after. Brad Bird's directing abilities shine via the on-screen action and effects as well as a mixture of subtle and corny comedy. You feel every punch, even the ones thrown by the almost fifty-year-old Cruise. The sound is spot on with the theme tune creeping in at awesomely cool espionage moments.

In addition, Bird blends comedy into a lot of the action. Sometimes in a sort of cheesy one-liner way (think Rush Hour) and sometimes in a more illustrative way (think Ratatoullie - also directed by Bird). The movie doesn't shy from looking into itself as a cheesy action flick and poking fun at it, nor does it exaggerate its silliness. Having Hunt acrobatically swing around a skyscraper in Dubai from a hose pipe to try and reach a lower floor only to have him misjudge the landing and crash into the glass as the backing soundtrack impersonates a record scratch is brilliant.

Dubai isn't the only destination for this entertaining and (partly) meta-tastic action/comedy. The mission also takes the crew to Russia (obviously) and India, both of which become playgrounds for fun action, cool spy-stuff, stylish cars and badass gadgets.

Despite the lack of inspiration in the story, the characters are given the opportunity to develop. Jane eventually portrays a strong beautiful Bond-girl-esque woman, particularly in the hilarious scenes with Brij Nath (Anil Kapoor - major Bollywood actor) who's overwhelmingly sleazy swagger is slapped down and put to rest...literally. In addition, William and Benji are also more than just pieces of the slightly simple puzzle. William is troubled by his performance on a past assignment and Benji is the kid whose dreams of spy field work are eventually coming true.

Ultimately, this fourth addition to the Mission Impossible series is able to stand alone as a fun and exciting action packed movie that doesn't require much brain power. This is not a bad thing and so your mission is to enjoy it without too much effort...should you chose to accept it.

7/10

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Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (4.5 Stars)

9/10
Author: Austin Takahashi from Philippines
14 January 2012

I cut to the chase when I say that "Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol" is the best action movie of 2011. Not much of a statement, you might think, since trash like "Battle: Los Angeles" and "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" were released in the same year. But whatever. I felt a shy satisfaction while viewing it. I thought that my growing cynicism, thanks to the two movies above, had deemed it impossible for me to cherish another explosion, but all is not lost. There is sophistication in its silliness and spectacle in its set pieces. I urge every fun-seeking movie- lover to see it in front of the big screen. (I heard the IMAX version is wonderful.)

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MI 4, when is 5 coming out ?

9/10
Author: spamobile from Chile, on the way to the Falklands
13 January 2012

Havign loved the first 3 was full of hope on the number 4 to not be disappointed at all. Yes, it's very much a similar story line, the good, the bad, the mysterious, the impossible. But it's so different nevertheless. New tricks, new locations, new characters actually too. There is besides a lot of excitement also a lot of humor in the movie. Not everything goes perfect, things are sometimes pretty f...d up but that is done with a lot of humor. Of course the whole story line is, ,,,,,,, impossible? But that is the whole point ot the MI series. No, it's mostly not realistic but that is the trade mark of MI. I can highly recommend it, if you liked the first 3, watch this as well. Did not like the first 3? Don't watch it, you won't like this new one either.

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It's all in the details

7/10
Author: Patrick Hunter from United States
12 January 2012

Let me start off my stating that this movie is not in the same kind of league as MI:3, which was a drastic departure in tone and quality from the first two MI movies.

This movie, though, is an absolute blast to watch. The action is perpetual, and it is for the most part well-done. That does not make a movie good by itself, and what sinks this movie home for me is that the director/writers/etc paid attention to the details that would otherwise make every gadget-stunt absurd to a thinking person. Most of them were still pushing the absurdity boundary, but if you have a bit of tech familiarity you won't be shaking your head the whole way through like you would for many, many other movies in this genre.

And as others have said, Tom Cruise still brings it even though his aging is apparent. There is more comic relief than MI:3, that's for sure, thanks to the promotion from part-time to full-time of Simon Pegg. I saw it in IMAX and was not disappointed.

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2 hours of mad fun!

10/10
Author: boatsfra from United States
11 January 2012

Just got back from watching MI..GP...and it was a great 2 hours and some change watching a great action flick! Tom C is great as usual as Ethan, but the movie doesn't work without his team especially Benji (Simon Pegg.) The plot is pretty easy to follow and the action starts from the get go. Director Bird did a great job leaving his mark on the film with several small comedic details. The Dubai part of the movie was amazing...I have no idea why Tom would want to hang around the outside of the Burj Khalifa, but I appreciate him taking us with him, making for something I have never seen on film before. Well done on all fronts...there isn't an "action movie" award at the Oscars, but if there were? Hands down, MI/GP is the clear winner.

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Mission: Unbeatable

7/10
Author: Jack_Skelly from Ottawa, Canada
10 January 2012

Coming from a guy that hasn't seen any of the previous MIs, "Ghost Protocol" was nothing short of an awesome movie. From start to finish, it offers heart-pounding action and jaw-dropping special effects that will leave you in awe.

One thing that bothers me about these kinds of movies is the way that you can never give the actor any credit for being so badass; there is usually (with exception of a few actors) a stuntman who creates what people watch action movies for: the action. I really appreciated this movie because Cruise actually IS that badass. Most of his stunts are actually done himself. Being able to both watch him fight, jump, and free-fall AND see his face at the same time was somewhat special. I really enjoy the little things.

The rest of the actors did an admirable job as well. Pegg assumed his usually goofy character, and as tiring as he was, it was funny. Renner was definitely a great asset to the cast; he also knows his action. As long as you can tolerate a minimal amount of cheesy dialogue (most of which is provided by Pegg) you will enjoy it.

Another recommendation would be to see this one in IMAX if you get the chance. The sound effects in this one are fantastic, and can only be appreciated to the fullest in such an environment. Plus, they will most likely show the prologue for "The Dark Knight Rises". Not to take anything away from "Ghost Protocol," but that prologue was the highlight of my night.

In a nutshell, Tom Cruise delivered, and it was much better than expected. If you're an action-lover, you won't want to miss this one.

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Mission Rebooted.

7/10
Author: morrison-dylan-fan from United Kingdom
8 January 2012

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Shortly after having watched David Fincher's gripping take on The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,me and a friend started to discuss that with the cinema offering "25%" off all cinema tickets for the day,and also with New Years Day only two days away,it seemed like the perfect opportunity for us to go for a double bill,of what would hopefully be a fun second feature.Rushing to the box office,I was thrilled to find that tickets were still being sold for the new Mission Impossible film,which was set to start in 10 minutes!.And since being very entertained by the action- packed trailer I had seen for the film a few weeks ago,this looked like the perfect film to send 2011 out with a bang.

The plot:

Attempting to get hold of secret documents,IMF agent Trevor Hanaway is left bleeding on the pavement,after being killed by an assassin called Sabine Moreau.Realiseing that someone has stumbled onto their plans,agents Jane Carter and Benji Dunn quickly gather themselves up,and help fellow agent Ethan Hunt and his mole escape from a Russian prison.Hoping to get hold of the files again that Hanaway had intercepted,(which are thought to have details about nuclear weapons)the team decide to invade The Kremlin.Sadly for the team,someone else is about two steps ahead of their plans,and before Hunt and Benji have any time to think,a section of The Kremlin is suddenly blown up.Being left confused by all of the chaos around them,the agents woes are not helped when the head of the IMF, (not, the International Monetary Fund one!)tells them all that due to Russia blaming the IMF for what is views as a terrorist attack by the US,the IMF has no choice but to mark the team as "Ghost Protocol",and "unofficial" rouge agents for any of their activates connected with this ever increasingly dangerous mission.

View on the film:

Looking at the timeliness of the Mission Impossible film adaptations,and the career path of lead star/producer Tom Cruise,it is interesting to see the films act as a very sturdy foothold for him,with the third and fourth film in the series both helping to reestablish Cruise as a "main event",either after his personal (the Oprah show) or professional (Knight And Day) choices had threatened his career to go "over the edge".For his performance in this strong entry to the series,Cruise introduces a well placed "imperfect" side to the character,which help to make the breathtaking stunts and the enjoyable screenplay a lot more engrossing due to each of Ethan Hunts missed-timed punches and miscommunication giving the film a gripping "rough" feel.Whilst Jeremy Renner gives a fine performance as new mega-spy in waiting lead character William Brandt,his introduction to the series has a bit less impact then expected,due to the wonderful scene-stealing performance of Paula Patton as Jane Carter.Almost from her first scene,Carter gives a dynamite-exploding excitement to the film,thanks to her showing that whilst the character can dress with style, (the scene with her in THAT green dress being a particular highlight)she also has the wits and intelligent to be the perfect agent for Hunt's team.With how much Patton puts into the character,she ends up leaving audience members hoping that she will follow in the footsteps of Angelina Jolie and get an action film all for herself...Despite working with a script the lacks the twist and turns that made Brian De Palma's take so thrilling,first time (live action) director Brad Bird (who directed the sadly over looked,stunning adaptation of Ted Hughes The Iron Giant)shows an eye for action and excitement which will have you on the edge of the seat.For the centre-piece scenes in the film of Ethan Hunt climbing the tallest building (as of 2011) in the world,Bird delivers brilliant camera moves which pull the audience straight into the action,with his 365 degree camera move showing Cruise performing the stunt being one that looks almost impossible to shoot!,which along with some well measured visual gags, (a fight scene involving an assassin and a "missing" window being

an especially good gag) make this a stunning "first" effort,for what should be a very promising live-action career.

Final view on the film:

A strong,action-packed instalment for the re-booted franchise,filled with charismatic performances,well executed directing and stunts which will leave you breathless.

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great IMAX great PG13

10/10
Author: jaemiewaters from United States
7 January 2012

it is a great IMAX movie and a great PG13 you will like it so much it is the best movie i ever saw it is a wonderful movie you will say lets go see that aging that is how good mission impossible ghost protocol is it is the best IMAX movie i ever saw it is one of the best PG13 movies you will like it a lot you will stand up and clap it is a masterpiece i never saw anything like this before you will like it so much it is one of the best movies in the world sorry i am not my self at this minuet i feel kind of sick but i can still do this it is one of the best movies ever you will like it a lot tom cruise is a great actor for this movie i never saw a movie this great before and so will you i think this should be the number 1 movie in the whole world you will like this movie so much i can feel it it is the best movie ever i like it so much when it comes out on DVD i am going to buy it i like this movie a lot and so will you you have to go see this movie but only see it in IMAX

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Long live MI franchise

8/10
Author: artalmarcelo from Switzerland
7 January 2012

Hat off to Tom Cruise, who bought the rights to keep this franchise going on the big screen 15 years ago, and did nothing but make it better and better since then. MI 3 was already a blast to me, but it's really amazing that a franchise keeps it so fresh in the 4th installment. Seriously, how many franchises in the history of movies got to deliver so well in their 4th attempt? Well, MI 4 does. There's no easy money here. There's no use of the brand to fill the arcs and give a damn about the product. There's hard work from producers, actors, directors, scriptwriters, screen players, a whole orchestra trying their best to deliver fresh and top notch entertainment. New characters, new gadgets, subtle twists and a whole lot of unbeatable action makes MI one of the best action franchises ever in the history of movies. Ghost protocol is what every action movies fan is expecting and more. It's a long movie that seems like half an hour, it's fun, smart and highly rewarding. Tom Cruise knows what movies are about. As an Indiana Jones and Steven Spielberg's fan, I gotta say I would have loved to have a 4th chapter that was what Ghost Protocol is to the MI franchise, instead of the crap we got. It really does not get better than this. 2012 action movies have a hard benchmark to compare with. Keep it coming, Ethan Hunt.

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wonderful entertainment

8/10
Author: pepe4u22 from Canada
7 January 2012

truly a popcorn movie with a kinetic energy that starts fast and goes faster as the movie goes on..the acting is good but not special but this is a movie of action and stunts and it delivers on these points..tom cruise plays tom cruise a role he excels at and the movie is his showcase with able assistance from his co stars and at the same time there is continuity from mission impossible three but the ride is fast and furious so sit back and enjoy as this is worth the popcorn..though if i had any problem with the movie was the at times awkward attempts at humor which took a bit of the movie away from the action but if that is what i found wanting then it is not that bad at all

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Mission Impossible 4 = possibly the best

9/10
Author: Twodude Review from South Jersey
7 January 2012

It's been five years since Tom Cruise had starred in a Mission: Impossible film. In those five years Cruise has made Lions for Lambs, Tropic Thunder, Valkyrie, and Knight and Day; each film successful in its own right. Cruise also made headlines with a couch-hopping declaration of love for his much younger girlfriend, Katie Holmes, on the Oprah Winfrey show. Although Mission: Impossible was a successful franchise, expectations for Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol weren't high.

Brad Bird, known for Pixar's Ratatouille and The Incredibles, was Director on Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, his first live-action film. Surprisingly, the transition from animation to live-action was an easy one; Ghost Protocol was an extremely well made film. Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec, both writers with a proved record of producing quality scripts for television, wrote a fantastic screenplay for the film. The storyline isn't necessarily original; I mean how many different ways can you expect terrorist to do what they do? However, its how the story is delivered that makes it work so well. There's nothing difficult for a viewer to follow or understand. The film is paced by the many high octane action sequences, as well as the elevated level of energy displayed by the characters. Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt, performs most, if not all, of his own stunts, and is at the top of his game. One scene takes place in the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, which is located in Dubai, and is intense; but when you realize that Cruise did not use a stunt double for the sequence, it gives you an all new appreciation for the man and his abilities. Simon Pegg returns as Benji, and adds light humor without turning the movie into a mockery. Jeremy Renner, who was rumored to be taking over the franchise from Cruise, is a welcome addition to the IMF team as William Brandt. Renner continues a run of brilliant performances, which began with his Oscar nominated performance in The Hurt Locker, followed by another Oscar nomination for The Town. I think Renner is extremely talented, however I wonder about his being involved in too many franchises as he's been cast as Hawkeye in the upcoming The Avengers, as well as appearing in the forthcoming The Bourne Legacy currently filming. Paula Patton makes her Mission: Impossible debut as Jane Carter. Patton does a fine job, and holds her own alongside such experienced actors. The only disappointment for me, was that Ving Rhames, who appeared as Luther Stickell in the prior three films, only makes a short cameo.

Tom Cruise has re-established himself as an action hero and shown he is capable of moving the franchise forward; no passing of the baton is necessary. Brad Bird has put himself in position to be a well sought out Director, and deservingly so. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol is not only a welcome addition to the series, but may just be the best of them. If you like well constructed action sequences, stunt work impressively choreographed, and an all around fun film to enjoy; then make seeing Ghost Protocol, mission possible.

Grade: A

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It's a Mission Impossible... they did what they do

8/10
Author: nabeel1127 from United States
6 January 2012

I want to start off with my usual disclaimer on action flicks: This is not a movie with a whole lot of story, character development and super believable anything. That being said, the movie did have a fairly typical story line "Terrorist trying to steal bombs to start a war." That's not a spoiler, you find that out 10 minutes into the movie.

This movie is action packed! I really don't think more than 5 minutes pass without at least a 10 minute action sequence. Every sequence is filled with over the top stunts and technology and it is awesome! Tom Cruise looks pretty aged in this movie, but that's forgivable given his age. Paula Patton looks absolutely gorgeous and Jeremy Renner and Simon Pegg are great supports... and the BMW i8 is a beauty all in its own.

There are a few twists in the movie when you're look "oohhh." But they're not necessarily earth shattering. There are quite a few laughs though and the movie is fairly well made. My only beef with this movie is with Tom Cruise's pants... he knew he was gonna be running and completing impossible missions but still wore Size 0 skinny jeans the entire movie! Because of that, he looks very funny when running.

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Those who choose to accept the next MISSION: ...ACCOMPLISHED (& a must-see in IMAX!!)

9/10
Author: george.schmidt (gpschmidt67@gmail.com) from fairview, nj
5 January 2012

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MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL (2011) *** ½ Tom Cruise, Paula Patton, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Michael Nyquist, Vladmir Mashkov, Anil Kapoor, Lea Seyoux, Josh Holloway, (CAMEOS: Tom Wilkinson, Ving Rhames, Bridget Moynahan) Totally awesome and breathtaking shot of adrenaline to the superspy franchise with Cruise in control (what else is new? ) as Ethan Hunt whose mission he's chosen to take is to clear his partners' names in a terrorist attack on the Kremlin which begins a globe-trotting-trek to stop Russian madman (Mashkov, the weakest link for the otherwise sharp actioner)hellbent on unleashing global thermal nuclear war (!) Kudos to animator genius director Brad Bird making a skillful translation to live-action format (and then some in this Herculean undertaking!) particularly the heart-stopping, hair-raising, gooseflesh inducing set piece with Cruise atop Dubai's tallest skyscraper in the world with little else but his cool-as-a-cucumber demeanor (a MUST SEE IN IMAX for the vertigo crowd too!) Mission: Accomplished! BONUS IMAX KUDOS to an 80 foot Paula Patton's lovely décolletage! :D

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Worthy Mission

8/10
Author: MC1-Bjornson from A rural location in Wisconsin USA
4 January 2012

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"Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol" Rated "PG-13" for Adult Situations, Adult Language, Adult Scenes, Violence & Mild Gore. Running Time: 2hrs&13mn. Three Stars (Out of ****)

This summer (as of this writing it is 2012) Tom Cruise will turn 50 years old. Seems unbelievable, doesn't it? Has it really been 29 years since he first made a name for himself by dancing around in his underwear singing along to Bob Seger? As a box office marquee headliner for nearly three decades, he shows no sign of slowing down at all. In fact, Cruise's latest movie would have you believe the man has discovered the fountain of youth. After all, he's rumored to have done a majority of his own stunts in his latest action picture including a brilliant sequence where he actually scales the world's tallest building in Dubai (albeit in multiple safety harnesses, digitally erased).

"Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol," the fourth entry in the "M:I" series, is an extraordinarily well-made high octane action picture. There is international intrigue, a sleek sexy J-Crew looking assassin, multi-layered political agendas, action, suspense and the fate of global dominance hanging in the balance.

Tom Cruise reprises his role as Impossible Missions Force (IMF) super agent Ethan Hunt. His team is tracking the elusive Hendricks in the Kremlin archives, who is believed to have Russian nuclear launch-codes with ambitions to launch a missile strike against the U.S. With Hunt's team on the scene, a bomb destroys most of the Kremlin and Hunt's group is framed as the terrorist masterminds behind it. Formally, the U.S. government will hunt (pun?) them down to bring them to justice. Before this can happen, the President initiates "Ghost Protocol," the covert black operation of the IMF. Under the "Ghost Protocol," Ethan Hunt's team is cut off from all resources and the U.S. government has disavowed the entire IMF.

Hunt has only his wit, team and allies to help him save the U.S. and subsequently the world from disaster. He is joined in his quest by the lovely, yet hard as nails Jane (Paula Patton, "Precious") and his globe trotting I.T. expert Benji (Simon Pegg, "Shawn of the Dead"). IMF analyst William Brandt (Jeremy Renner, "The Hurt Locker") joins their quest after the head of IMF (Tom Wilkinson, "Batman Begins") is assassinated.

"Ghost Protocol" boasts two of the most memorable action sequences in multiplex cinema in recent years. The first remarkable action sequence is by itself the crown jewel of the entire "Mission: Impossible" film franchise in terms of conception and presentation. I understand this sequence is presented in the 1:44 aspect ratio during the IMAX showings. No doubt in IMAX, this scene will trigger virtual vertigo in some audience members. The other sequence involves a futuristic-looking multi-level parking garage. My compliments on the originality of that scene. Finally, something audiences haven't seen before or, at the very least, haven't seen with this level (pun?) of sheen.

This is an amazing live action feature film debut for director Brad Bird. He is best known as the director of animated fare like "The Iron Giant" (1999), "The Incredibles" (2004) and "Ratatouille" (2007). All of those animated movies are planned and storyboarded to perfection before being set to film. It is apparent Bird's initial concept planning of "Ghost Protocol" was conducted in a similar fashion to his animated works. No doubt every action scene was storyboarded with exceptional care and on the big screen it clearly shows.

Interestingly, the "Mission: Impossible" film series has had an quite an array of film directors: Brian De Palma ("The Untouchables" 1987), John Woo ("Face Off" 1997), J.J. Abrams ("Star Trek" 2009) and now Brad Bird. Each director has painted their distinctive style on their individual film canvasses. All four films are a little different: the first movie was suspense driven, the second was over-the-top action, the third a crowd pleaser and the latest venture is a live-action cartoon crossed with James Bond.

Though I recommend this picture, I feel it necessary to point something out. This movie is very high gloss on craftsmanship, style and execution. However, like its predecessors, it is deficient in the character department. It is also a little dry. Not by much, but enough to notice. Maybe that doesn't matter. The "Mission: Impossible" series exists to entertain us in the here and now. You may enjoy these films while watching them, but once they're over you tend to forget about them. Ethan Hunt does not stick with you the same way Jason Bourne, John McClane or Indiana Jones do. Yet the "M:I" films are fun movies to watch "in the moment." That is where they reign best.

Tom Cruise and Paramount Pictures seem pleased with the current box-office returns on "Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol." A fifth film in the series is currently planned. Though for Cruise to continue his role in future "M:I" entries is in question. The introduction of Renner's Brandt character is part of a deliberate failsafe plan from the studio behind the picture: should Cruise opt out of future "M:I" films, Brandt would become the central protagonist to carry the torch of this series. However, that would really surprise me. Tom Cruise is currently in the early talks to appear in the proposed "Top Gun II." I'm sure that film won't be light on action. Also, he hasn't shown me any signs of slowing down yet. I think he has a few more years in action pictures. Time will tell.

Speculation aside, "Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol" is a great example of how a meticulously well-thought-out thriller should be. The style, pacing and elaborate action sequences are expertly pieced together. It's easily the best film in this series to date. Just sit back, let the movie do its thing and enjoy it "in the now."

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Chix Chat on Film review: Mission Possible: Great Action

9/10
Author: Emma Dinkins (emmadinkins@chixchatonfilm.com) from Texas, United States
3 January 2012

After having experienced all the previous Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) chronicles, I knew this would be an action adventure treat and I was not in the least bit disappointed. This was the best film of the year for action, not once did I lose interest in what was taking place on screen. The journey to Dubai with the scaling of the skyscraper was still very intense even after having seen bits of it numerous times in the trailers. Mr. Cruise is amazingly brave or just plain retarded to do his own stunts, either way the action scenes have a credibility that exceeds pretty much everything else that's comparable when extreme stunts are featured. Jane Carter (Paula Patton) was an awesome new addition to the Mission Impossible team. The name is very generic but there was nothing generic about Ms. Patton holding her own as an action star. This was a very good look for her, she was very convincing kicking butt. Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) the newly added tech wiz was exactly what I expected, great comic relief and finally the enigmatic William Brandt (Jeremy Renner) completed the team that put a smile on my face as I exited the theater. I only had two issues with this film, first the opening credits with the fuse was cheesy and secondly the Ethan and Jane kiss was totally unnecessary, but I just figured that Mr. Cruise could not resist capitalizing on his star power to get a lip lock with Mr. Thicke's wife, she is very beautiful after all. I was very pleased with the story and how it bridged the time since the last mission so that we quickly get caught up with what had been taking place in Ethan's life. The shock and awe sequence that put Ethan and William together and the pretty bow that tied everything up in the end was superb. I know that the whole car flipping scene from the trailer is computer generated imagery, but it looked really good. I know that Dubai is in the middle of the desert and sand storms occur, and the sand storm most likely was CGI too, but it was some kind of awesome. It looked so real I had to keep sipping on my drink, I started to feel parched. This is a movie that I would actually pay to see in the theater again, it was worth the price of the admission. It gets a bright green light.

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Decent Action Flick. Fun, yet Predictable Story

8/10
Author: Adriel Shank from Carlisle, PA
3 January 2012

I have been a fan of the Mission Impossible movies since the first one and I have enjoyed them all. I must say that I liked the third Mission Impossible much better. Ghost Protocol was simply an action film with some cool stunts and scenes and zero story. There was not a point in the movie which I didn't see coming around the next corner. Most of the best scenes were in the trailer and I kept waiting for a twist that never came.

I did not see this movie in IMAX, although I'm sure it would have made the movie visually more entertaining, though it still would be lacking in story. It was your basic fun action flick. Tom Cruse did well as usual as well as the rest of the cast. Everyone did a great job and made the movie a lot of fun to watch. But again, story was lacking in my opinion. There was a thing with his wife, which never really materialized into a good twist or story. It was just confusing and we really didn't figure out what really happened until the very very end. Jeremy Renner (Hurt Locker) did a great job as well as Paula Patton (Déjà vu) and Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead). Michael Nyqvist (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Swedish version) was a nice surprise role, as I didn't know he was in this.

I must say that the locations and scenes were well thought out and take us out of the usual locations in many movies. That was one of the most interesting aspects of the film; the locations. Another fun aspect of the film was the team's gadgets and gizmos. There are many times in the film where their gadgets don't work as well as planned and greatly add tension and a bit of thrill to the situation.

Over-all it is a very good action flick with a little less of a story than one would have hoped. Yes I love action, however action mixed in with twists and character development is always more fun. In the theater there were times when everyone laughed and other times where everyone cringed as they watched Tom Cruse climb the exterior of at glass building or drive around in a sand storm. It is a fun movie and I do recommend a watch, however don't expect to be blown away by the average nearsighted story or the silly sweet ending. Watch it for the action and suspense and leave your thinking caps at home.

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Formulaic fun

7/10
Author: marcus259387608 from Manchester, United Kingdom
3 January 2012

So we get another Mission Impossible film and by this point I have pretty neutral expectations. The series has been on a see saw trend with a brilliant first film, a dire second film and a decent third. By that logic this one would return to the dire or dire like nature of the second. It doesn't. 'Ghost Protocol' certainly makes for a fast paced film that knows by now that too much exposition outside of 'your mission if you choose to accept it' is not going to down too well with an audience hungry for action and already familiar with the concept. It starts at a decent pace making for interesting viewing as we see Ethan in prison. From there on in action en sews and you don't need me to tell you too much about it.

If you have seen any of these films before you'll get the gist straight away. It does make for a decent introduction and gives us our lead character Ethan once again well played by Tom Cruise. Of course it is not where the main plot takes place but rather kicks in at the Kremlin where it really starts to go down and Ethan and his team must clear the IMF's name after a bombing. When I say formulaic it kicks in at the beginning but nonetheless it is very fun. From here on in the action is well shot and to be fair there is plenty of tension. Performances wise they do a decent job, this time with four leads only really Paula Patton who was weak in some areas but to be fair made up for it in others. Jeremy Renner being a good newcomer to the series and Simon Pegg of course providing the comic relief. He was very annoying in parts, probably due to the fact he has a much bigger role this time round. You can more or less guess what is going to happen at various points but it is still a good action film. It is some of the best in the series and didn't feel too over the top. It certainly looked like they had learnt their lesson after the second film. To summarise it is decent, although by now it knows what sort of film goer will see it and provides a good enough ride for those who already know what they're getting into.

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Great Innovative Action Sequel, Good Characters. MUST see in IMAX. Superb Visuals!

Author: ChetXBuck from Saint Louis, MO
2 January 2012

MI:4 Exceeded my high expectations for a powerhouse action sequel. The story was complex, but still clear enough for most to follow. The high-wire building sequence is heart-pounding and the new members of the cast Jeremy Renner and Paula Patton add some unique angles to the story, with Simon Pegg adding excellent comic relief. Much of the film was recorded on IMAX cameras--so IMAX theaters are the best way to see this visual spectacle. The fast and smart pace of the film keeps you fully engaged thanks to director Brad Bird. Many of the action heroics push the envelope on believability, but they are so well executed that you can suspend disbelief enough to thoroughly enjoy this dynamic popcorn action film. As much as the pop culture world like to rough up Tom Cruise--he's at his best in this film. He's a solid performer as an action hero, does his own stunts and co-produced the film. He's got a mega hit on his hands here and we worked hard to make this film a great one.

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Dear Mr Cruise, See? You Can Act!

8/10
Author: carla1308
2 January 2012

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I walked into this movie a) not having seen any of the previous Mission: Impossible films, b) not being a fan of Tom Cruise, and c) bracing myself for the worst. Surprisingly (incredibly so), this film rose way above all my expectations and offered a thrilling and entertaining afternoon. First of all, Tom Cruise was great. Seriously, this is the first time that I actually thought "Hey, this guy can act!" He was very convincing in his role as Ethan Hunt, and the fact that he performed all of his stunts by himself left me speechless. If nothing else, throwing himself off the highest building in the world earns Cruise a few brownie points. The supporting cast was very good, especially the always superb Michael Nyqvist playing the crazy evil dude who wants to blow up the whole world. I have nothing but praise for all the actors.

The plot...well, it's not original, it's been done countless times before, and yet it works. Evil genius wants to start a nuclear war, only one who can stop him is our protagonist, no-one is on his side except his small team, all the while he's dealing with the loss of his beloved wife, etc. It's cliché, but it's fun. The action sequences are brilliant and the stunts are simply breathtaking. A large number of scenes left me leaning forward in my seat anxiously and rooting for Cruise. And the gadgets are amazing.

The film accomplishes everything that it set out to do. It's one of the best action flicks that I've seen in a long time, and it kindled hope that maybe Tom Cruise is finally becoming worthy of his celebrity status. Girls, this is not strictly a "guy" movie: I promise you'll enjoy it. Go watch!

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Do your own stunts for the win

8/10
Author: ed-421 from United States
2 January 2012

Sherlock Jr, The General, Modern Times -- lots of the great films feature actors like Jackie Chan, doing their own stunts. Nothing works better for getting me there with the actor. Also, it's become vital for the audiences to never know for certain when a special effect is being used.

Except for an exploding parking lot early on, everything in this movie seemed real enough for me to get into the action. The Burj Khalifa tower, in particular, was awe-inspiring. Now, they could have stayed safely in Los Angeles and done everything with special effects, and it would likely have looked pretty good. Spiderman movies have similar scenes, but there is no comparison. Tom Cruise here or Harold Lloyd there (Safety Last!) really brings out the tension.

On missiles -- under a treaty, Russia and the US inform each other ahead of time on all launches. Also, all missile launches are easily detectable. The missile would have taken much longer to reach the target. NORAD would have been just one agency aware of the rogue missile launch.

I loved the acting, the set-ups, and the solid grounding in reality. The sandstorm gave a great follow-up to the tower. Wonderful stuff. About the only scene I didn't like was a non-eventful one involving the main characters sitting around a table talking.

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Fantastic film

9/10
Author: (Ricostar19@yahoo.com) from United States
1 January 2012

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Do you remember when we were little, and we went to see a superhero movie, and the minute we get up, we feel like we have lived that adventure? That's how me, a 17 year old guy felt when I went to see Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. I went into the movie theaters excited; for the fact being that I am a huge fan of Tom Cruise's films. But I was also expecting the worse. Time and time again we have slapped in the face with the fact that sequels are just not good. This is one of those rare times, were the films just get better and better. Ghost Protocol, from start to finish made me laugh and jump out of my seat. The intense action sequences and death-defying stunts were incredible. The technology used was so unreal, yet..real! And it's hard to believe it came from such a cartoon crazed director. To create a spy film and make it good, is a task alone. But to push the extremities and make one of the best movies of the year, and on top of that, a sequel to a franchise? It just proves that there is still hope left in Hollywood. There's hardly any films that when you leave, you feel fully satisfied. Well, this movie, definitely should be enlisted in that group! And out of all the Mission Impossible films, this one actually gives impossible feats and makes it seem effortless. At one point in the film when Ethan and the other agent stop the car and realize that they are too late, I actually felt like they really have taken an impossible task. Every time that the group failed at doing something in the movie, they find another way to save the world. With the incredible acting and superior script, this makes the best sequel in the series.

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Excellent Instalment - with welcome new comic dimension

7/10
Author: gary-444 from United Kingdom
1 January 2012

This is the fourth in the Mission Impossible series and it reboots the concept, rivalling the first instalment, and is far better than Missions Two and Three. The choice of Brad Bird as Director was risky, inspired, and has paid off. Bird's credits are with TV series, and animation on television and the big screen, but he is best known for his work with the Simpsons. That he handles the action so well is a pleasant surprise, the delight is the humour he brings to the film with Simon Pegg as Benji Dunn being given a full supporting role, and injecting a comic element which freshens the story considerably. In several scenes he steals the glory from Tom Cruise, and this enhanced role will surely be an essential ingredient in the next film. He plays Dunn as a youthful Q in the James Bond series but more dynamically than simply as a techno-geek.

Hollywood's desire to penetrate emerging markets is much in evidence here. A substantial chunk of the film is set in Moscow, Russia is not the bad guy (nor is the United States the good guy per se)and there are enough Russian sub-titles to facilitate a Russian language version with English subtitles. Almost as much screen time is devoted to Mumbai too where the film reaches its climax in a shameless attempt to woo Russian and Indian audiences.

Particular credit should also be given to the role of women in this film. Paula Patton, as Jane Carter proved playing opposite Denzil Washington in "Deja Vu" that she was a very accomplished actress. Here she has a wonderful role as kick-ass agent resolved to avenge the death of a colleague and honey trap. She looks absolutely gorgeous in a powder blue shift dress and jacket, but is deadly too when she kicks off her heels to get down to business. Lea Seydoux, fresh from her success in Robin Hood, has an equally satisfying role as Sabine Moreau, an icy cold assassin on the bad guys team.

The set pieces are uniformly excellent, the opening break out from a Russian prison is particularly well choreographed and staged. Mid film Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt takes stunts to new heights literally, with a human fly scene at the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai and the film ends with two action sequences in India. The latter, although well played cannot trump the Dubai stunt, but then again there are a lot more people in India to watch the film than Dubai! A justified criticism is that the plot is pure James Bond, the bad guys steal Russian weapons codes to start a nuclear war with America putting America in the frame by setting up Hunt and his team as fall guys. Furthermore Michael Nyqvist's role as chief villain Kurt Hendricks is utilitarian rather than character driven so we don't get a convincing good v evil showdown, but the story itself works satisfyingly enough. Curiously Ving Rhames briefly reprises his role Luther Stickell for a couple of odd minutes at the end which add little to the story, perhaps more was left on the cutting room floor? In summary a faithful, action-packed and buoyant return to form with a very welcome new comedic dimension to it. Cruise's maturity in giving Simon Pegg more space in the story, and a willingness to be prepared to act his age, rather than a screen twenty five, does him much credit. I also applaud the fact that the iconic theme tune remains unchanged and the message , should they choose to accept it, still self-destructs in five seconds. The standard for the next instalment has been set high!

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The Review

6/10
Author: mvedprakasha from India
30 December 2011

The entertainment and the action is in pure form to all the audience. The Technological advances represented are at its best. Story though fictional in its approach, hope to see such technological research in reality. The opening of the movie where we see the silent killing, is reasoned in the mid of Ghost Protocol, which is something special unlike any other movies. Technical issues are also handled at its best. But I guess story line up could have been more critical than shown. Story does not even reason why is it India not any other country, as it is no way consent with either USSR or America. Just bringing up Burj or countries like India without reasoning, makes the movie down to that level. The eminent and experienced actors Tom cruise and Jeremy Renner have given their best for the success of the movie

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Move over JAMES BOND - Ethan HUNT is in town!

10/10
Author: DJAkin (Donjakin1988@gmail.com) from AZ
27 December 2011

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First of all, this was the best Mission Impossible out of the franchise. The other ones were too complicated to understand. This was was simpler. Basically it was Tom Cruise trying to stop a nuclear war. I really loved how this movie embraced a beginning, middle and the end. There was a protagonist and an antagonist. I loved how Tom Cruise kept his cool no matter what. He was in that Russian Prison yet didn't fall victim to pressure or dogmen. I was impressed how Mr. Hurt Locker was in the movie. From the second I saw him I was certain he would be a "bad guy". However, he turned out to be pretty cool. That once scene where he reminded Tom Cruise that his line was too short and Tom responded by saying "no sh*t" was funny. As Jake mentioned, Hurt Locker should have told Tom Cruise that he was just trying to help. I also liked that sand storm. It was neat when Tom was chasing the bad guy through the storm and was unable to catch up to him. I also loved how the Secretary was shot in the back of the head right in front of Tom. The one thing about the movie that bothered me was how quickly Tom drew a picture of a man on the palm of his hand. He drew a pretty good image of a face in about 4 seconds. That was kind of weird. Also I was not sure why Hurt Locker fell 25 feet just to hover across a spike shaped fan. Was he doing something while down there? I was not sure what it was. As for the guy who owned the satellite, he had quite the Pompadour haircut. It was around three inches high. The best part of the movie was the appearance of Ving Rhames. I was expecting him to reply "ugly" when asked how the retrieval of the satellite out of the San Francisco bay went. LOL. Tom Cruise continues to be the "perfect actor". His hair was perfect the entire movie.

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Mission "convincing story with lots of stunt" possible

7/10
Author: adonai2014 from India
26 December 2011

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So, here we are. Ethan Hunt is back again after 5 years. And yes, he's back on screen with a bang. This part of mission impossible series has got every thing-> convincing story, superb stunts and good direction. Story starts with Ethan Hunt who is in prison in Moscow. He broke out of that prison with the help of his teammates, Benji Dunn and pretty lady Jane Carter. The mission goes with bang boom after the death of Ethan's boss. The mission is all about the codes and nuclear war between Russia and one of the supreme power of the world. This flick or say this mission is a fun and entertaining ride with Mr. Cruse and his teammates in the flick. Jeremy Renner also done pretty well in this part of the famous franchise. All I can say that this is the best part of the MI series. >>>>>AWESOME is the word.....

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Great action film on the whole; fast-paced, fun and an action-packed frenzy.

9/10
Author: theindustry from United States
25 December 2011

One might argue that the whole nuclear war theme has been used a bit too often, but Brad Birds latest film is well worth the exception.

Tom Cruise returns as Ethan Hunt in another action-packed suspense film. Together with Simon Pegg, Paula Patton, and Jeremy Renner, he travels to Moscow, Dubai, and Mumbai in order to prevent nuclear destruction. Each act in each country gets better and better, and the suspense never ceases to thrill. Great gadgets, gizmos, stunts, action sequences, CGI, and acting make this a must for anyone craving a high-octane, yet still family friendly adventure.

I found it to be the most interesting of the 'Mission: Impossible' films. Others might disagree. It has a thick plot, but director Bird communicates it very well from start to finish. I appreciated the score of the film as well, which includes a nice title sequence with the theme we all know. It wasn't without its flaws, but most will pass unnoticed.

Overall a 9/10. Get a ticket as soon as possible because this flick is one 'Mission: Possible.'

Enjoy.

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Almost at Great Action Thriller

8/10
Author: tabuno from utah
25 December 2011

The high octane, tension-wire, electrified action bursts into an almost great action thriller this fourth time out. The use of two predictable twists, one in the very beginning action sequence with the lady and then with the male assistant were more lazy than well written, executed sequences, then humor especially in the beginning portion of the movie bordered on inappropriate overly done mood distracting tonality of the movie, and at least one sequence was overly complicated and difficult to understand narrative that threatened to slow the pace of the movie. Nevertheless, the riveting action sets were among the hottest this year and may have set a new level of finesse when editing and pacing hot action scenes. With not as crisp Bourne elements, the shocking surprise reminiscent to the Bourne Supremacy (2004) or Harrison Ford's scene in Clear and Present Danger (1994) really hit the action thrills button perfectly. The female vs. female scene missed an opportunity for some nice emotive conflict slo mo action. Very entertaining, overall well executed especially in keeping a dizzying web of James Bond storyline plot points together, except for one scene noted above.

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It surprised me in a good way (:

9/10
Author: GodzillaFanx from Netherlands
25 December 2011

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Me and my dad just went to MI:4. It's Christmas day and I want to tell what I thought of it.

First I'm going to list the things I didn't like:

-The explosions in my opinion were a bit fake. And the desert by Dubai looked really CGI. And some buildings looked like they were not there.

-The Gadgets they had where super sci-fi like. Like floating suits, floating touch screens and such. They felt a bit out of place.

These are minor issues and I'm just nitpicking with these flaws. They didn't ruin the experience or the movie.

Now the things I really liked:

-Tom Cruise was perfect in the roll. Of course he was in Mission Impossible 1-3 but he did his job really well.

-Simon Pegg was great as the 'Comedic' part. He was funny but not that it took the atmosphere out of the movie. And he is a Bad ass when he needs to be (:

-The actions scenes were amazing. The speed and filming of these scenes were exciting and sucked you into the action. Great chase scenes.

-The Dubai Tower scene was one of the most spectacular action scenes of the year. Just that he's on the highest building in the world makes the scene ten times more awesome.

-The sound of this movie was mind blowing. You must see this movie in IMAX and in the cinema. When this comes out on Blue-ray/DVD it will not feel the same.

This is an excellent Spy movie. Must see in cinemas. Not a perfect movie but a fun kick-ass action flick. I would give the movie a solid 8.5/10. But because I'm nice I will give it a 9/10. Peace Off.

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Cruise is back in control

Author: rogerdarlington from United Kingdom
23 December 2011

It was 1996 when Tom Cruise first took Ethan Hunt and the Impossible Mission Force from the small screen to the big screen and 15 years later this is his fourth outing, but he still looks good at 49. For this operation, he is accompanied by Jeremy Renner ("The Hurt Locker") as Brandt, Paula Patton as (a fair from plain) Jane, and British actor Simon Pegg as IT specialist Benji. Locations jump from Budapest to Moscow (although the Kremlin scenes were actually shot in Prague Castle) to Dubai and finally Mumbai, so neatly maximising the global appeal of the movie.

The villainy is on an epic scale. I thought that "Sherlock Holmes 2" - which I saw shortly before - posed a big enough danger: a first world war. But "Ghost Protocol" tops that by threatening the last world war. The evil Hendricks - played by Michael Nyqvist (the three Swedish Millennium films) - wants to provoke a nuclear conflagration that will wipe out all of humankind and give evolution a chance to start all over again which would indeed be homicide of a special order and render the inevitable "M:I 5" literally impossible.

The pacing of "Ghost Protocol" is furious and the whole thing is a real adrenalin rush. The scaling of the Burj Klaifa skyscraper is the highlight (sorry for the pun) and I saw the movie - before its general release - in IMAX on the biggest screen in Britain (London.s BFI) which made this scene truly awesome. More than the previous three episodes, there is some humour, but the best lines go not to Cruise but to Pegg who delivers them in characteristically wry fashion. As with all the other films in the franchise, what is missing is an intelligible plot and an intelligent script and, as with the last one, the ending is weak. But, heh, Cruise is back in control.

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Tom Cruise is back, and it's good to be back.......

10/10
Author: Henry Yan from Singapore
23 December 2011

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If ever there was a film for an actor to resurrect his flagging career, this would be IT. This film has action written all over, and the tension never lets up from the first moment. The viewer will first be transported from cold Eastern Europe, to the magnificent Middle East, and then exotic South Asia, all within the space of just over 2 hours. I would compare this film to be like a roller coaster ride, where you are slowly ascending up the ramp (building the plot) which is then followed by a dramatic breath-taking drop (the supremely spine chilling climb scene outside Dubai's Burj Khalifa...mind blowing), then a couple of twists and turns (the policy wonk who knows more than writing papers), all of which climaxes in a double overhead loop (the end scene at a high tech car park) and finally, the relief at the end of everything. The wonderful thing about rollercoasters is that after the ride, you'll want another round to feel the adrenaline again. This is how it feels like when you finish watching it. You want to see it again. After a summer of fighting robots, talking cars, it is great that 2011 ends the film going year with what I consider a classic thriller.

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Skillfully Made, Not Just a Bunch of Mindless Action

9/10
Author: MRavenwood from United States
22 December 2011

It's not an intricate plot like a thriller, but it's also not a tedious chase film with no substance. Yet, it has the most brilliantly conceived and choreographed action gags, very much in line with what you would expect an animation writer to be exceptional at.

The production values are high, but it's not just a bunch of mindless action and karate chopping thugs that bore you to tears; it has a story involving launch codes. It's a fun ride, wonderfully edited. Very hard to tell the real shots from the fake, except in one obvious visual effect scene, where I personally would have chosen to combine miniatures or models and combine it with CGI, instead of just going all-digital. Enagaging, without being unfamiliar or taxing. NOT a Cruise fan, but he does a nice job.

Great cast including Anil Kapoor for you "24" fans, and Slumdog admirers. "The girl" is played by the beautiful Paula Patton and what modern movie is made these days without Tom Wilkinson, who gets a day and a half's worth of work in as a D.C. poltical operator.

I saw it in IMAX. Worth it!

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Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

8/10
Author: lasttimeisaw from China
21 December 2011

A career comeback for an over-the-pinnacle mega-star is always gladly received (haters excluded) as it contains somewhat palatable subtext that the precious second chance will eventually arrive (good luck Eddie Murphy! Or maybe Meg Ryan?).

This latest Mission: Impossible vehicle is an utter treat for the eyes, especially for the IMAX screen audience, I watched it in front of a regular-sized one, still it is as diverting as any action/adventure film could ever proffer! All the locales are prudently chosen, Moscow with the part of a concealingly disguised Prague, Dubai and Mumbai are the three main settings, with all the action sequences come visually gratifying and sometimes eyes-opening (the Burj Khalifa Tower scenes in the trailer alone is tempting enough and the actual outcome is more stunning and breathtaking), prompt quips and one-liners in-between are effectual and measuredly conjured (Simon Pegg is the capital scene-stealer, and the new protagonist of a fourth Bourne feature, Jeremy Renner, also register quite amusing deadpan rib-tickling moments here, the new female agent Paula Patton is a delight too).

The nucleus of Mission: Impossible brand could be recapitulated as one sentence: everything is possible as long as one's imagination can reach, which has been steadfastly proved again by the plot of a last-second foiled nuclear missile. But generally speaking, the storyline is yet willfully implausible, which is a hot potato thornier than any special effects hiccups for the overall action genre. A more sensible remark should be that it is the film itself rescues Tom Cruise's descending career, and apart from the stunt-free acrobatics outside the highest building in the world, Cruise hardly renders anything new in his veteran character, Ethan Hunt.

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Propaganda Placement

Author: eldogbbhed from United States
20 December 2011

The entire premise of this film is that the IMF is falsely implicated in a bombing and the US condemns their alleged actions while Tom Cruise' character tries to catch the true culprit who is planning to nuke the US. The acting is OK and the action is good but the story is not credible and is pure programming.

In reality the IMF is infamously known for steering global politics, much like the US funds terrorism indirectly and sometimes directly to achieve political goals.

They motivate "rebel" leaders to seize power. Then they are given the ability to request massive financial aid, pay it out to themselves and their cronies, and pass the bill on to the country's citizens as 'taxes'. In the end everybody wins, except the citizens.

This entire movie is all about painting the IMF as an innocent and upstanding, benevolent organization when it's actually one of the causes of the global depression and world war we are seeing unfold.

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Crazy Cruise does it again!!

8/10
Author: Ian Wood (kal_el808@hotmail.com) from Alberta, Canada
26 January 2012

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..and I mean it as a compliment Tom!! ;-)

I am a huge fan of the previous 3 M.I. movies and this latest installation did not disappoint. The action is phenomenal and never seems to let up. Tom's stunts around THAT building had me teetering on the edge of my seat, as did so much of the other action. The effects of the Kremlin incident were really cool and the lead woman is Super Hot!! My only issue with the movie was the inclusion of Simon Pegg. (I can't stand the guy). His character, the usual geeky smart, socially awkward comic relief type guy, in the hands of someone else could have possibly worked but......no!!

This was the only 'blip' in a genuinely excellent action flick and Cruise just oozes cool from minute one!!

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A bad movie with a lot of advertising hype

4/10
Author: rishijai from Trinidad
9 January 2012

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I saw mission impossible 4 on Imax and I must say this movie is crap. I was duped by all the hype and high ratings given. Rotten tomatoes which is usually good at reviews gave this movie a 93% rating??? I don't even check IMDb anymore since it generates more false positive reviews than anything else.

This movie is really bad and a waste of 2 hours. The CGI effects although elaborate did not impress and seemed irrelevant at some times. The acting was average, the plot seemed hard to follow and baseless. Why would a spy use an Ipad with a periscope? A spy supposed to have gadgets which are inconspicuous not lugging around a big ipad. Contact lenses or eyeglasses with screens would be more practical than carrying iphones and ipads.

The stunts look terrible. Tom cruise hanging at over 100 stories outside of a building and is hair is neatly in place. The wind would be blowing at you as if you were riding a motorcycle. The fighting scenes are even more ridiculous, Tom Cruise and all the spies beats everybody mercilessly without much effort or any skill. The best acting was actually done by Anil Kapoor at the end of the movie.

This movie is a waste of money to make and to go and see. Tom Cruise did not make a convincing mission impossible spy. I could not even follow the storyline: something about the Kremlin and stopping a nuclear war. The Russians did not look authentic or how their accents sounded. The mission impossible TV series was more entertaining and realistic than this movie. There was not a good piece of theme music so you could at least enjoy this 'piece of crap' movie. I gave this movie a 4/10 rating. I actually enjoyed Tower Heist better than MI4.

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Wholly Forgettable

4/10
Author: jpearc01-99-847264 from United States
8 January 2012

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I am flabbergasted at how this movie got such positive reviews and somehow managed to get a 7.3 on IMDb.

First of all the acting was horrendous. Simon Pegg was meant to be the "goofy" character who's jokes seemed fit for an 8 year old. I was disappointed by this as I liked his other movies and felt this movie was beneath him. Jeremy Renner made the best attempt to act in this movie but frankly it just seemed faked and shallow. Sadly, Tom Cruise probably issued the best acting in the film but it was nothing to get excited about. All the actors never made me feel a connection to them and honestly I couldn't care less about what happened to them.

The plot of the movie was a boring ripoff of the Call Of Duty video games (terrorist attempts to incite nuclear war between the US and Russia). The whole thing left me feeling like I've seen this same plot a thousand times before.

Basically don't pay money to see this movie. If you must see it wait till it comes out on netflix or something because financing this terrible movie is just embarrassing. Instead watch the other Mission Impossible because they are at least somewhat engaging.

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Mission: Inexcusable

6/10
Author: centralbeerangi from Saskatoon
19 December 2011

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Suspension of disbelief is a key requirement to enjoy an action thriller. So consider this:

Death defying stunts? YES!

Heroic leading man who saves the world just in time? YES!

Beautiful leading lady, smart, sassy and kick-ass? YES!

Really bad guys? YES!

Story? NOPE!!

Plot? LAZY!!

Conclusion? DON'T THINK!! ENJOY!!!

Err, wait just 5 secs. The MI team has a mission because Americans don't have first launch detection capability; Americans don't have armoured SUVs to transport key government officials (the MI team has really cool gadgets!!!); Indians don't care to have security protecting vital communication networks; anyone can seemingly infiltrate the Kremlin; Russians are ready to assassinate US Cabinet Officials without corroborating evidence and risk an all out open war when no country has the appetite to act decisively in the middle east. Indian media and industry tycoon is a buffoon who has to be slapped around to reveal information which he is just as likely to have given if somebody asked him reasonably.

Lazy writing on the grounds that its all meant to be over the top and only entertainment is inexcusable for all the resources that was spent in making this film.

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Try to enjoy what's happening, and don't try to make sense of it.

6/10
Author: Diptoman Mukherjee from Kolkata, India
18 December 2011

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In a nutshell: Random Russian dude wants to start a nuclear war (because as we all know it, the most common pastime in Russia is planning to nuke the US), and like always, it's up to our friendly neighborhood Americans to stop them; only this time, they have to go to a variety of places (Dubai and Mumbai for example) for who-knows-what- reason to stop a nuke (apparently to try to appeal to global audiences). Overlooking the clichéd and linear plot, and discarding any logic whatsoever, if you're looking for some nice action sequences and Tom Cruise doing a Spiderman on the Burj Khalifa, this is the film for you.

To expand on that, let's start with the plot. Our hero, Ethan Hunt is being held in a high security Russian prison, and of course, American agents manage to break into it and free him just like that. Hunt with his allies then get a mission to intercept some codes in the Kremlin, and find out random Russian bad guy wants to get his hands on that too because, well, he wants to blow up the world. So predictably, nothing goes right for them and random Russian dude manages to blow a part of the Kremlin up, while pinning the blame on the US because, well, blowing up the Kremlin is that easy. Tensions rise among US and Russia, and the IMF is dissolved, leaving only 4 American agents between random Russian bad guy and a global nuclear war. So thus is the movie's plot, and it follows pretty linearly after that, with our heroes traveling across the world (mainly Dubai and Mumbai) to get hold of the launch key for the nuclear missile. (Yes, somehow USA's security depends on a code in a server room in the Burj Khalifa, and Russians can launch nukes against the US from India with the codes being presumably safe in the hands of a random Indian.) A few stealth sequences later, everyone screws up and the missile is launched, but our heroes still manage to salvage the situation, after a few more action sequences. Not like we didn't know that, gah.

THIS obviously fails to impress as a story at any level, and being linear and predictable, fails to hold our (at least mine) attention to it. But let's not forget this is a spy/action flick, and as much as I would've wanted a good story, that's not all it should be about.

To look at the pros, the action was intense, the gadgets were jaw dropping, and the stunts were (most of the time) mind blowing. Of course that's what most people look for in a spy/action flick anyway, and this being a crowd pleasing film, will definitely do that. The film is very fast paced, and doesn't give you much room to breathe, which is in my opinion, a good thing for such films. The character's roles were given justice, with nothing to complain about acting quality; and in my opinion, Simon Pegg as Benji Dunn and of course Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt, stood out.

Overall, if you overlook a good amount of the plot and don't try to apply any sense to what's happening whatsoever, then you might find this movie very enjoyable. To me, it wasn't anything special (because unfortunately, I rate mainly based on story lines), but it wasn't bad either.

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Scaling New Heights...

7/10
Author: Zabi Khan from India
18 December 2011

In this installment of Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol Ethan Hunt is joined by fellow agents Jane Carte (Paula Patton) and Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg), who previously appeared in the third film, and analyst William Brandt (Jeremy Renner). Forced to operate without any official support as IMF is shut down, the team have to stop the codes for a nuclear device falling into the wrong hands while on the run after being falsely accused of committing an act of terrorism.The characters are better built up in ways better than the previous installments, and a real sense of mutual trust emerges amongst the members, having to emphasize on the importance of the teamwork rather than the individual.

Brad Bird (Director) successfully inhabits the film with such technology with the right amount of tech speak to make the audience accept what is being seen. It also helps that most of the devices do have some grounding in the real world.Also there is a strong theme of unreliability of technology throughout the film allowing the action sequences to be inventive and surprising. This extends to the human characters who all have moments of hesitation and nervousness, and occasionally allow emotions to get in the way of their work.This results in improvisation by the characters throughout the film.The Stunts are brilliant and the best is the scaling of Burj Al Khalifa in Dubai, which takes stunting to a whole new level.

Mission: Impossible 4 stands as one of the big-studio highlights of the year—it's smart, sharp and stylish fun just in time for the holiday and a Definite watch!

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Mission: Impossible - L(Gh)ost Protocol

2/10
Author: saish746 from India
11 March 2012

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Ethan Hunt is not James Bond. Ghost protocol is directed by Brad Bird, his first real action venture after Pixar animated movies, and here he failed. The story had flaws but which MI movies didn't, but they were saved by superb action sequences and gadgets. This movie has lots of gadgets but they don't serve the purpose of just being too kinky but overdone. The stunts are nothing new and will not hold your nerves. The thrill is missing and you hear murmurs inside theater on very first show. Tom cruise was also the star and producer of the movie and film is really working on his shoulders. The movie started lacking its grip the moment Tom cruise rescued another lunatic Drug dealer from the unnecessary jailbreak scene. The whole story was plotted against a nuclear submarine launch based in Russian waters which was triggered from India to hit USA. The motive behind this and why IMF got their Intel was never clear.

The movie moved from Budapest to Russia to Dubai and to India, with all the baggage and gadgets required for a complete mission. Knowing that the countries are hostile in some or the other aspects. Dubai city had no weather department to forecast a sand storm and no rescue work. and you hit a car in the middle of sand storm was a way too much. The best carved action sequence of towering Burj Khalifa was a joke as it didn't serve any purpose other that eye candy. Ethan Hunt could have used the elevator instead. Coming to movie's part shot in Mumbai,India:- The cars were shown all left handed wheel and with wrong number plates all over. A shame on the research team . The Mumbai road signs and other boards were in Kannada, which should have been in Marathi or Hindi or just plain English. The characters in movie had nothing much to do other than some cool one- liners and stunts. The movie just looks like another Jason Bourne or Hit-man or another Another.

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Mission Impossible 4:A must-watch for action lovers!

Author: GaneshKSalian from Bahrain
10 February 2012

Mission Impossible 4:Ghost Protocol is one of the best action movies I have ever seen recently.Although I have not seen any of the three installments Of Mission Impossible,but after watching MI 4 I am surely going to watch the three installments.

I must say,Mission Impossible 4:Ghost Protocol is worth a watch!

Story Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise)as well as the entire IMF are placed with the blame of the bombing of the Kremlin. He and three others must stop a man bent on a global nuclear war.

The direction is mind-blowing.

The background score is nice.

The action scenes are superb.

Tom Cruise is superb.Simon Pegg is funny.Jeremy Renner is good too.Paula Patton is subtle.Anil Kapoor is bad.

Mission Impossible 4 is a must watch!

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A Good Movie to Watch,

8/10
Author: Meysam Tabrizi (meysam_tabrizi@yahoo.com) from Erzurum Turkey
16 February 2012

Mission Impossible 4 Ghost Protocol: By just having a look to the trailer, one might thought that if this movie would be in 3D then it might be very attractive but I think it was an example of a perfect action movie ever seen. first of all it insulted the Russian Government - second it advertised Dubai and India for those who interested in traveling. but the most interesting part is Tom Cruise himself, because he was the same Tom Cruise as 10 years ago was Tom Cruise. He hasn't changed he is very experienced in playing such roles and he is very successful I think. the movie had many breathtaking scenes I have ever seen especially those explosion scenes. In my view the weak point of the movie related to the last part of the film where Tom Cruise attempted to counteract and neutralize the bomb and fought with the person who hold the suitcase because he fell almost many times from top to bottom but he was fine no injury or no problem it was far to logic :) . but it was fascinating movie and it has worth to watch.

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very unrealistic should be considered as fairytale

5/10
Author: darima from Ulan-Ude, Russia
19 December 2011

I agree with some previous critics - MI4 is praised much above reasonable. I have noticed that immediately after release almost any high budget movie on IMDb is overrated. Later on the rate decreases slowly. I suppose it happens, when amount of real votes increases. So I believe that there are really some kind of unhealthy promotion of the title using IMDb's resources.

MI4 - is a typical Hollywood movie with it's strong and weak sides. Strong side means a lot of money in budget - so effects and possibilities of shooting is behind imagination.

And the main weakness of many Hollywood movies is presented in MI4 as well. That is a special craft of Hollywood in making almost any non-English speaking nation around the world aggravated, when Hollywood makes a movie about that specific nation. As a terrific example of that you can take "Anna and the King" which was prohibited for showing in movie theaters in Thailand for an assault of Royal Rama's dynasty. I have never been in Emirates, but I believe that such kind of sand storms in one of their main cities is impossible.

The movie is full of clichés - such as technically demented Russians, very dull and dark Moscow, Indian party with Indian dancers, unkempt main Russian investigator (for sure it is because every Russian is unkempt, untidy and always drunk). I am already tired of such kind of Hollywood movie. I hoped this one would be better. I was wrong.

So my vote is 5 out of 10. Only because the movie gives some adrenaline rush. But it is nothing if to compare with such 10 vote blockbuster as first "Die Hard" for example.

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Starts off strong, but quickly loses its appeal

5/10
Author: chrismsawin from United States
16 December 2011

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Mentioning Tom Cruise or the Mission: Impossible movies during a movie conversation with me would be very similar to picking up dirt or sand and throwing it in my face during a fight; even though it's smart and will result in you getting the upper hand it's still dirty and nobody really likes it. Mission: Impossible II is the only part of the franchise I've seen and despite being directed by John Woo is just all kinds of awful. I tend to not like most of Tom Cruise's work though outside of The Last Samurai and Collateral. Ghost Protocol at least had a few redeeming factors; Simon Pegg is usually pretty awesome and Jeremy Renner has been solid in his last few efforts. Not many people can claim they aren't huge fans of the animated films Brad Bird has directed over the years, so they'd have to be interested in seeing his first live-action film. The final result is a very loud movie that only manages to be lukewarm at best.

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol starts off really strong. The skyscraper sequences and extravagant action scenes look really amazing on an IMAX screen and the movie is practically all action the first half; you barely have time to breathe. The opening is also probably one of the best executed of the year, as well. Something as simple as the combination of a very long fuse being used in a unique way, that familiar theme music, and an elaborate title sequence somehow make all the difference in the world. The storyline is fairly intricate in its details, but everything seems to add up in an impressive way and the gadgets Ethan and his team use are spectacular. Those moments when they use this amazing technology pretty much make the movie. But somewhere around the time Jeremy Renner's character gets introduced is where things go downhill.

In an Entertainment Weekly article a few weeks back, they went into pretty good length about Mission: Impossible 4. A fairly big deal was placed on Renner's character. "There's more to his character than he first lets on," is what the main point was. But once Agent Brandt (Renner) goes into detail about his past, it's fairly underwhelming and everything remotely connecting him to Ethan Hunt's team is completely contradicted in the ending. So the Agent Brandt character mostly just feels like filler and a waste of time. While the movie does go to great lengths to inject as much action and excitement as humanly possible into its 133 minute running time, there's this part in the middle that's fairly slow in comparison. There's a segment with a suitcase that goes on far longer than it should, Brandt tells his story, Ethan briefly goes solo, and a Russian agent named Sidirov (Vladimir Mashkov) begins tailing Ethan. Then there are the few attempts at humor that just aren't very funny at all and one-liners that are kind of obnoxious.

One of the things that bothered me the most about Mission: Impossible II was the amount of unrealistic stunts that were pulled off and the way action seemed to defy logic. The problem is that same issue is still there two movies later. After seeing Ghost Protocol, I was almost convinced that Tom Cruise couldn't die. Maybe after seventeen years, Cruise decided to show the world he really is Lestat de Lioncourt. In the span of this film, Ethan Hunt is hit by a car, is inside of a car as it is riddled with ongoing gunfire before flipping over and landing in a lake, dives out of a car, barely dodges a car that flips into the air and lands beside him, and survives a 100-meter vertical drop among other things. Most of these don't even faze him other than being out of breath as he tends to just get back up and chase after his suspect again. I know "Impossible" is in the title, but does it have to be the guideline in every action sequence, as well? Lastly, the "blue/glue red/dead" scene is filmed superbly. If you're afraid of heights, I could see this scene possibly getting to you especially in IMAX. But it just seemed like an excuse for Tom Cruise to play Spider-Man. "Oh, nobody's even going to consider me for a superhero film? Well let's just develop some new technology in the next Mission: Impossible to make me feel better!" Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol showed quite a bit of potential early on, drops the ball somewhere in the middle, tries to regain the momentum it lost during its second act, but is never really able to. There is a ridiculous amount of action at the beginning and ending of the film with a rather large segment sandwiched in between that drags quite a bit. The attempts at humor were mostly very groan-worthy. The formula is basically action, action, action, explosions, long boring streak, stupid jokes, lots more action, and a very expected ending. The gadgets and storyline are a lot cleverer than you may anticipate, but then slowly unravel into pretty much what you expect a Tom Cruise movie to be like. While it is very disappointing on one hand, it at least deserves some credit for breaking the mold of cliché action movies. It's as if Brad Bird started writing a letter to Michael Bay that started off like, "You see, Mike? THIS is how you make an action movie both intelligent and fun for audiences," but then realized halfway through that he was basically following in Bay's footsteps, crumpled the letter up, threw it away, and breathed an exasperated sigh before saying to himself, "Oh, nevermind."

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A Letdown for its franchise

5/10
Author: jignesh kamdar from India
15 December 2011

i am a big fan of MI franchise.big fan of tom cruise himself.loved both MI 1 and MI 2.MI 3 was kinda OK for me.after watching ghost protocol's promo i was expecting the same magic of first two parts.there are lots of people here liking it,loving it.the ratings are above eight but i am here to share my honest view.so here it is.if u think that MI-3 was a letdown for its franchise,here comes the 4th.its a B grade spy movie with very few A grade stunts/gimmicks.MI-1 had the substance,MI-2 had the woo-style,MI-3 didn't have much and this one is confused between them all.to show the heroism right,to show the mission's importance,to actually involve the audience...all you need is a strong villain,the real bad guy.this is what missing here.very average stuff.Disappointing.

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MI4 - Don't expect too much!

6/10
Author: silver-dom-scofield from Hong Kong
15 December 2011

Few months ago when I noticed that MI4 is launching out this December, I was ecstatic and really looking forward to this movie. Then,when the trailer came out, my expectation of this movie boosted. Beautifully made.

From deep down of my heart, unfortunately it was not as good as I expected. Frankly speaking, it was much worse than I expected. If you ask me or question why do I have such a bad impression? This may sounds ironic but I really can't tell! I can't suggest any concrete evidence. Every actors and actresses did a really good job. Especially, Simon Pegg and Jeremy Renner. They played extraordinarily well. Hilarious and cool. So, how about the plot? Although, its a bit predictable, its exhilarating and lots of small surprises.

I was thinking over and over again with this paradoxical feelings for the past few hours and I finally found a quite suitable explanation for my disenchantment with this movie. MI4 INTENDS to make and create a very tense atmosphere, but it failed. Conversely, it created a dull atmosphere. Both people sitting beside me keep on yawning and watching their watch all over the movie.

Well, thats all my opinion towards MI4, don't take my words for granted, read some more good critics before you decide watching this movie. Probably, I had a really high expectation. But yeah, I would not recommend watching this movie in a cinema. My overall rating for this movie is a 6 out of 10

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Best of the lot!! Must watch on IMAX!!

9/10
Author: sasikanth20 from Hyderabad, India
14 December 2011

Its not a great film, period. But thanks to its adrenaline pumping action sequences, a decent story, direction, and acting, it delivers to its expectations. The awesome cinematography just helps the case. I would have loved to hear better use of the MI theme though. It's a lil boring in parts, but you're too engaged to notice these flaws. Its without doubt the best film of the series so far. Watch it for sure, and if you do, watch it on IMAX. I've never seen the audience clap without any particular reason, but they did today for the spectacular sequences shot using the IMAX camera. They left me spellbound.

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Mission Accomplished For Brad Bird's Live Action Film Debut

9/10
Author: moviemattb from United States
2 September 2015

After making three great animated feature films such as "The Iron Giant," The Incredibles," and "Ratatouille," Brad Bird now makes his directorial debut on making a live action movie and what you know it he accomplished it. So the movie is about that the bomb when off by blowing up the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia as the IMF is shut down which now makes Ethan Hunt and his team to go after the bad guys that caused the Kremlin for being bombed. This was my first film to see a Brad Bird movie in theaters, because I never saw his other three movies as I mentioned them in the beginning of this review. I know Bird's first film "The Iron Giant" is coming back this year on September 30th and October 4th, so that might be the perfect time to see one of his earlier films. With that said, I thought the premise of the movie is well told and I thought the movie does have a good mixture for balancing the action and spy genre aside what the other three movies did. Even though, I enjoyed them but this one balances both, and it succeeds it really well. The cinematography is wonderfully well shot, and really loved how it was filmed. The stunts in the movie are fantastic, especially where Tom Cruise is climbing onto a building. Again, the stunts are fantastic. The cast all did great, particularly for Cruise who is still giving a great performance, and doing most of his own stunts. Always being awesome. Jeremy Renner is in this movie, and I thought he was really good too. The rest all did well. The other actors from the first three movies are in this, but only there for a cameo. Ving Rhames as Luther Stickell from the first three movies only appears at the end, and so does Michelle Monaghan as Ethan's wife Julie. At first, I thought they either broke up or Julie dies, but Ethan tells Brandt that he had to fake his wife death in order to keep her safe and does not want to loose her like what happen in the third movie. Also, I was anxious if both Ethan and Julie would see each other, and they actually have until Ethan continues on with the next mission. Thank goodness that these two did not break up, because I actually love those two for being together and it never got me mad like what I had with the third "Transformers" movie where they make both Shia Labeouf's and Megan Fox's character break up. Hated that! So I am glad that they did not break up in this movie. Michael Giacchino's music is also good too, and I may like his arrangement of the theme song more than I had with the third one. Now to the problems that I had with this movie. My only issues with the movie is that I did not see this movie in IMAX. Why is it a big deal? Well, seeing it in a regular theater is okay but I thought it would've been something to see in IMAX as the movie did feature some scenes that were filmed with IMAX cameras. Also, I was disappointed that the Blu Ray didn't have those scenes that were filmed in IMAX. I would have love to see to scenes in IMAX. Maybe this movie might be reissue in theaters or on Blu Ray so I can see the way how they were actually filmed. Heck, I would've love it to see the movie again on the big screen so that I can enjoy those scenes in IMAX. Same thing with Christopher Nolan's Interstellar. My other complaint is the villains. I don't think they were as interesting, nor as entertaining as I had with the other villains in the first three movies. Whether they're three dimensional or not, I still enjoy them. These villains don't have that much of a presence for the movie, nor they add anything new to the table; they're just there and you really don't care about them at all. So those are my only issues with the movie. Overall, I enjoy "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" and I give kudos to Brad Bird on making his first live action movie. Mission accomplished on making a great "Mission: Impossible" movie. I give this movie a 9 out of 10.

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Cruise Should Continue Being Ethan Hunt As Long As His Knees Hold Up

9/10
Author: Desertman84 from United States
28 August 2015

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Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol is a spy film, and the fourth installment in the Mission: Impossible series. It stars Tom Cruise, who reprises his role of IMF Agent Ethan Hunt,together with Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Paula Patton.It is director Brad Bird's first live-action film.It is the first Mission: Impossible movie to be partially filmed using IMAX cameras.

This is not just another mission. The IMF is shut down when it's implicated in a global terrorist bombing plot. Ghost Protocol is initiated and Ethan Hunt and his rogue new team must go undercover to clear their organization's name. No help, no contact, off the grid. You have never seen a mission grittier and more intense than this Mission Impossible film franchise,better known as "The Ethan Hunt Show" of Cruise.

Stylish, fast-paced, and loaded with gripping set pieces, this big- budget popcorn entertainment really works for Tom Cruise fans.Brad Bird passes his audition for a career as a live-action director. Aside from that, this also more than makes its bones as an argument for why Tom Cruise should continue in this role as long as his knees, and his nerves, hold up especially for very young fans of the new generation of Mission Impossible who unfortunately never had the chance to witness the classic series back in the 1960's and the excellent remake TV series during the 80's.

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Really, what were you expecting?

7/10
Author: carbuff
12 May 2015

I think it kind of made sense. This is a new phenomena for Mission Impossible movies.

Tom Cruise is no doubt insane, which is a good thing because otherwise we probably couldn't have gotten him on the outside of the world's tallest skyscraper. Regardless of what you think of him (he is insane by the way), it was a pretty nervy move.

As expected, numerous laws of physics are broken and the mission turns out not to be impossible after all.

You know what you are supposed to be getting from this film and it delivers. I truly hate this saying, but in this case, it is just so right--it is what it is.

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How many more 'Impossible' missions are actually possible?

8/10
Author: bowmanblue from United Kingdom
16 November 2014

Yes, Tom is back for a forth outing and saving the world from an assortment of baddies in the process. MI4 definitely follows on from parts 2-3, as it's more action orientated and has a plot that you can actually follow (I've seen the first one three times and I'm still confused at who was double-crossing who!).

Plus, Tom takes Brit actor Simon 'Shaun of the Dead' Pegg along for the ride, which adds an acceptable dose of humour into the mix. There are stunts, shootouts, car chases - everything you'd expect from a MI film (or Bond movie) and it's all held together nicely.

It's a solid action film with enough gadgets to keep old-school Bond fans happy. If you liked parts 2 and 3, give it a go - it's good silly fun.

It looks like there will be plenty more 'Impossible' missions for Tom to prove otherwise. No bad thing if they all end up like this one.

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More fun than your average summer blockbuster

7/10
Author: runamokprods from US
28 August 2014

Quite fun, with some very impressive, if improbable action sequences. It's been a while since I saw a climatic fight sequence go on so long and yet never get boring.

It's a popcorn movie to be sure. The few brief attempts at emotional depth and back-story are probably the least successful element. The over-all plot feels like a leftover from a 1980's James Bond film. And it's not a film I can imagine the need to go back to and re-see. I don't think there are extra layers to be uncovered, and the very nifty stunt and CGI work can't have the same rush of adrenaline the second time around.

But the action is deftly handled, the tension level high, the images are cool, and I got caught up in spite of myself. At least in a moment to moment way. As long as I didn't start up my bad habit of thinking about the 'big picture'.

And I'll be honest, I'm not a 'summer blockbuster action movie' kinda guy. I'm old compared to the key audience this is aimed at. I'm more at home with the new Woody Allen movie or some dark drama from Russia. So take this review with the appropriate grain of salt. But that said, I can't deny I had a good time, and smiled lot.

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Best One in the Series So Far Without a Doubt,

9/10
Author: Dillon Harris from Ireland
30 June 2014

Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol is a brilliant movie with a very well developed storyline and an outstanding cast.The movie is,in my opinion,without a doubt the best movie in the Mission: Impossible series so far.I think what really helped improve this one from the previous three was that Ethan Hunt had a team,as much as I love Tom Cruise,I think it was better seeing him working with other great actors such as Jeremy Renner,Paula Patton and Simon Pegg,there was great chemistry between the four actors.The movie is of course action packed from start to finish and also very thrilling,the scene were Ethan is climbing up the Burj Khalifa tower is so intense and hard to watch, impressively directed by the great Brad Bird.Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol is a great movie that I would recommend to anyone looking for a great action or thriller.

When their organisation is presumed to have bombed the Kremlin,Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his new team must work together to clear their name.

Best Performance: Tom Cruise

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Entertaining but not without flaw

7/10
Author: jedo_team from Netherlands
22 June 2014

You know, as ridiculous as the first Misison Impossible was, it maintained one foot in seriousness at all times. Ghost Protocol on the other hand sometimes acts like a parody of itself, of spy movies in general. The first 10 Minutes in particular gave a wrong impression of the rest of the film.

As I was watching the first scene, I thought that it was going to be revealed that this is all a movie set and the guy running is an actor and then the scene will segue its way to the real action and the real main character. I was especially convinced of this when at the end of the scene there was a smart phone with a full-screen picture of a woman with the word "ASSASSIN" typed over it in huge font, all caps. I thought someone will now say "Cut!" and later the real characters will drive through the set because they are in a high speed chase through the city or something. But NO! The first scene was part of the movie! These were actual characters we are supposed to believe in! .........Hahahahaha! The movie does this a number of times, but thankfully most of the humour is intentional, though there may be just a little too much of it. One of the main characters is played by Simon Pegg who is a comedy actor and he acts as a comedy relief character in this, but he is also very much in the foreground taking up just as much time as Tom Cruise's main character. It doesn't hurt the movie, it's just a different tone than the one I expect from these films.

The main premise is a most cliché and unimaginative ever. Something nuclear weapons, crazy bad guy. In fact, anytime any subplots or background story raised their heads, any time the film tried to be emotional, it was a letdown. But who cares? It's not important. Everything plot related is just an excuse for a particular scene and those scenes are well worth it.

The movie looks really impressive. The technology used by the spies looked very cool, as it usually does in Mission Impossible movies. The action and the locations where the action takes place are diverse, from Russian basements to Middle Eastern skyscrapers. Acrobatics are great and Tom Cruise looks in good shape performing them.

Tom Cruise gives it their best as usual. A cool addition to the cast is the Russian actor Andrei Mashkov, who I am really glad is still active in movies, but the movie did not give him much to do and he could have just as easily been cut out altogether. The bad guy is a real disappointment though. There is no strong villain involved, just a guy who appears on screen every now and then, doing his villain stuff, only saying a word or two.

MI Ghost Protocol is a technically very effective action movie, but shallowness of story, a weak villain and a few corny scenes prevent it from reaching higher. If you are in it for good action and nothing else though then it comes highly recommended.

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ehhhhhhhh

6/10
Author: reviewer135 from United States
15 July 2012

Tom Cruise should either produce or act, not both. To me the movie came across very self-serving to Tom Cruise and all the other actors were meaningless sidekicks just to frame the next scene with Tom Cruise. The movie did have Simon Pegg who is one of the funniest actors ever and one time Simon was able to break the scene away from the "Tom Cruise" show to create a funny exchange with one of the other sidekicks and the phrase "and I will catch you" :)

The movie does have decent action and nail biting tension scenes for those afraid of heights. It has good pacing and gadgets just not the good chemistry between the actors because I believe Tom is so overbearing. It is time for him to move to directing and stay out of the movies. It is not a bad movie and for a big budget film, $0.80 on the dollar is not a bad return for the film's enjoyment.

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Mission Impossible : Entertains and then, falters !

7/10
Author: Akash Dutt Dubey from Varanasi, India
19 December 2011

Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol: The movie starts off rather slowly than the other installments of the series. Nevertheless the movie proceeds well and with the attention shifting to Dubai, the movie takes a new high. Brilliantly executed stunts at Al Burj Hotel.

But then soon after the first hour is over, the movie tends to get repetitive with old formula taking hold of the movie, the audience will start getting bored as soon as the movie shifts to Mumbai, India. The action scenes and the climax are the weakest point of the movie. After witnessing the hair raising scenes at Al Burj, the audience will feel let down at the climax which was expected to be more engaging than it is.

Tom Cruise is brilliant at the stunt scenes. Paula Patton acts good but I expected a more gorgeous face ;). Jeremy Renner acts ably while Simon Pegg steals the show with his comic timing. There was a lot of ho-hallo over Anil Kapoor's role which only turns out to be of merely 5 minutes. He is just bout okay, nothing special.

The directions is good while the cinematography work is brilliant. The movie is a visual treat. The action scenes are of top notch.

All in all, a time pass movie which works brilliantly in the first hour and then lets u down in the second. Definitely not better than MI:2 which sailed smoothly till the end. But worth giving it a try. Rating : *** the one extra star is for the Dubai sequence, Man, it was the best thing of the movie :)

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Enjoyable Action Flick

7/10
Author: duanedeen from United States
18 December 2011

I went into this movie with really low expectations after Mission II and III. But I thought maybe seeing the action sequences in Imax would make up for a predictable plot, poor scripting, and the actor's grossly unbelievable capabilities.

I actually was pleasantly surprised that action did exceed my expectations and I could at least follow the plot in this one, maybe because it has been done in so many other movies before, so don't go in expecting a plot with any originality, depth, or character development.

I would really recommend you see this in Imax as it makes you feel as if you are right in the action with the huge screen and super sound, and for that I give this movie a 7 rating and that is only for the action as the rest of the movie would rate about a 3, thoroughly watchable and enjoyable movie, just leave your common sense at the door as usual.

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A Herd of Camels!

1/10
Author: Pete Huntley
13 September 2015

Driving on a totally flat, totally straight road in the middle of a desert with miles and miles of visibility, empty of all other traffic, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) has to swerve his car violently to avoid driving in to a herd of camels walking alone the road in a neat formation that he hadn't been able to see for the past five minutes until he was literally tailgating them.

One can draw one of several conclusions from this: a: Ethan Hunt is registered blind. This would normally be a disadvantage for a super spy, but we live in an age of equality, so hey, who needs 20/20 vision? b: Logic doesn't exist in the Mission Impossible Universe. In MI1, they flew a helicopter into the Channel Tunnel. In MI2, Ethan Hunt kept a pair of nesting doves in both of his shoes. In MI3 something happened that involved Philip Seymour Hoffman being a douche and a McGuffin called the Rabbit's Foot that was so McGuffin that they never even made an attempt to explain it on screen. In MI4 they turned Simon Pegg into an IMF field agent. Alright, James Bond has lapses in logic too, but at least they haven't cast Simon Pegg yet. c: The MI series doesn't care about your intelligence. It just wants to take your money, wham bam, thank you mam and get rid of you, you might have a smile on your face for two minutes, but ultimately you'll be left unfulfilled, depressed and addicted to narcotics as your life slowly gurgles down the drain of the plughole of life as you return again and again to these crappy movies, hoping against hope to even get that two minute smile back, but knowing that each visit just makes you unhappier, lonelier and more abused by cinematic franchises that don't love you and only care about your wallet. While you lose your capability for social interaction and sit there, slack jawed, dribbling to yourself.

Go back to the sixties with Jim, Rollin, Cinnamon, Barney and Willie. Not only will it make you a better, happier, more productive person, but it will also improve your sex life, make the sun shine and boil the kettle for you when you get home from work.

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Terrible Comback

3/10
Author: Krush_Burner from Hungary
28 January 2015

Well, for the most of the film it looks like everything is fine. Agent Hunt back in action, his new team helps him to battle against another villain, lots of beautiful and imaginative action sequences, and... And then comes it - the most epic fail in MI franchise. What makes it even more epic, is that until that very moment all other plot holes and unanswered questions looks not so bad, especially for a huge Hollywood blockbuster. But let me cut a long story short. At the final battle we see a nuclear missile launched from Russian submarine somewhere in South Pacific. So now Hunt must to deactivate it until the Big Boom. OK, let's see what happens then. We see how this single rocket flies up into the sky and aims for San Francisco. Rocket continue its deadly flight until Hunt deactivate it right before explosion. OK? No, guys, it's absolutely NOT OK. Why? Because at least of two reasons: a) USA have a great anti-missile system - one of the best in the world. b) USA have a great radar system - undoubtedly one of the best in the world. So, WTF? US anti-missile system disabled? Pentagon destroyed? President killed and White House is on fire? No. Just lazy screenwriters forgot to figure this thing out. I'll give it a 3/10 only because of the cast and some well-made action before this ridiculous moment. And my advice to "Paramount": you need to fire these two guys who wrote this. They should make cartoons for ten-year old kids, not action movies.

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The best Mission Impossible yet

8/10
Author: William Samuel from United States
7 January 2015

Ghost Protocol is not the kind of movie that spends much time on set up. Nor does it go to any great lengths to develop the characters, or the plot, which is really just an excuse for the action scenes. And the heroes of this movie regularly take actions so dangerous, so risky, so insane as to make James Bond look like a realistic treatment of intelligence work. And that's what makes it so much fun.

Barely has the film started when the first of many punches is thrown. And from there it's a practically nonstop series of shoot-outs, chases, explosions, and narrow escapes. Because the whole point of a movie like this is to get the adrenaline pumping and keep the action coming. You know you you're not coming to see mind bending storytelling, Oscar worthy dramatic performances, or deep meditations on the state of international politics or the morality of espionage. You've come to see the big dumb action movie at its very finest, with lots of high tech gadgets and exotic locales thrown in.

And Ghost Protocol delivers. Not only is the action nearly constant, but it's as perfectly choreographed and photographed as anything coming out of Hollywood these days. The scene in which Cruise climbs the Burg Kalif in Dubai is absolutely stunning, and even more impressive for the fact that it was done on location, with no green screen. And speaking of impressive, the sandstorm sequence is incredible. I don't know how they created such conditions, or how they could possibly shoot under them. The action is also varied enough to keep things fresh, alternating heart pounding shootouts and chases with tense rendezvous and infiltrations.

Of course this can be said for a lot of action movies of late. What separates Ghost Protocol from the works of certain other directors *coughMichelBaycough* is that even though the plot is secondary, there's still enough of one that we usually know and care why this building is blowing up or this person is impersonating that one. And even though no real spy would ever do the things that Ethan and his companions do, their actions make sense within the context of the film. If real world spies had the kind of tech and combat training that Impossible Missions did, and if they'd been disavowed and cut off from all support, who knows, maybe they'd act this way to.

Plus there's real acting. Tom Cruise may not be the most versatile actor, but he knows this role, and he makes one hell of a spy. Jeremy Renner also gives an interesting and fairly complex performance as Agent Brant, an analyst who may know more than he's letting on. And Simon Pegg (best known for his independent comedies) adds some excellent comic relief as Benji, the team's techie. This leads to another strong point, which is that Ghost Protocol never takes itself too seriously. It finds ways to slip humor into even the most serious scenes, whether by playing up the characters' idiosyncrasies or adding a little bit of slapstick to the fight. And then there are scenes like the seduction of the Indian telecom mogul, which are outright hilarious.

Bottom line, Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol is a fun movie. It's got action, adventure, suspense, and a fair amount of laughs. The acting is good, the scenery gorgeous, and the thrills nonstop. If you want excitement and entertainment, look no further.

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a fantastic film that really did surprise me

9/10
Author: alindsay-al from United Kingdom
27 November 2014

I really did like mi 3 and thought it was the best of the franchise, however, I was worried that any future films wouldn't be as good but boy was I surprised as this is even better and easily the best of the franchise. The film sees the IMF blamed for the bombing of the Kremlin which sees agent Ethan hunt and the rest of his team trying to stop a nuclear war. Now tom cruise is back as Ethan hunt and I think he does a fantastic job in the role with this performance being a bit more funny then the others but also keeping up with the action he is so good at. The rest of the team are also really good, jeremy Renner is in the film as an analyst and he us fantastic with some really good humour but also his character had more layers to him then what I expected. The female member of the team Jane was really good too and probably the best woman in the franchise. Simon pegg returns to his role and he is really good, his comedic timing is really good and helps give a slightly lighter tone, I really liked all these characters because they were all important unlike some previous team members. The only character that was a bit of a throwaway was that of the villain I mean he is okay but his performance is nowhere near as good as Philip Seymour Hoffman in the previous film. The story has never been the strongest point of these films and that theme continues here with the overall plot not being very strong at all. But as I said I really liked the story of the team and how each of them had a special plot piece. This is probably the best mi script with the dialogue being fresh and funny, also the chemistry between the characters is really good. The style is fantastic especially the Dubai tower as the effects wow and help sell the epicness of the film. Overall this is a fantastic action film that should be seen.

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Nonsensical action flick

3/10
Author: coljam21 from United States
19 July 2014

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This movie was filled with nothing but impossible stunts and action sequences. But I guess they had to add a ton of car chases and explosions to distract viewers from the lack of chemistry between the wrongly cast actors. Tom cruise is getting too old to play these roles. Climbing cliffs and scaling buildings with no safety equipment? And we're supposed to buy that bull?

Paula Patton has zero charisma and is not a skilled actor. Rennes on the other hand is a skilled actor but somehow did not fit in. The casting was just off, even bizarre. We all know that the sand storms featured in the film were grossly exaggerated like everything else. The only thing missing from this movie was a good script.

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MI continues to devolve

5/10
Author: jschatzle-1 from United States
28 July 2012

I once heard someone say the American presidency peaked at Washington and devolved from there, considerably and steadily. The same could be said of the MI films. The writing is lousy, the direction sophomoric, and the screenplay contrived and cheesy. The DePalma directed 1st film was so far superior to this anything that has emerged since. And as I recall, the decision to depart from DePalma and head in the direction the films have gone is all Cruise's. The Tomato Meter gave MI4 a high rating; for what reason I do not know. They must have seen another film. There are so many better quality action films out there. Save yourself the 3 buck rental or Netflix spot on the queue; get the new Sherlock Holmes or Knight and Day, a far better Cruise movie; or I don't know, randomly select one; anything but MI4. In the words of Adrian Monk, the famous detective; "you'll thank me later."

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Snooze Protocol

Author: krycek19 from Denmark
24 May 2012

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Why people loove this pile of garbage so much is beyond me. It tells a lot about the fact that the audience that likes this don't have a clue about judging bad movies from good movies.

Mission Impossible 1 was bad but still 100 times better than this one.

MI:2 was bad but still 100 times better than this one.

MI:3 was a master piece.

And because the third movie was so excellent, Ghost Protocol seems even more like ameteur hour.

The movie is very very long and has almost no action. And the few actionscenes that there are, are badly made. Shot in a weird way with no continuity and members of Hunts team asking moronic questionsd instead of killing the badguys. The only scene that worked was of course the one where Hunt hangs outside the tallest buliding in the world. That having been said, I've seen Olsen Banden (danish comedies about a trio of robbers from the 1970'ies) that had more action that Snooze Protocol.FAIL!! The attempt at being funny, also fails. And so does the annoying stuff about malfunctioning gear and the fact that this group of morons could'nt work together if their very lifes depended on it. And their lifes does depend on them working together, because the villain wants to start world war 3. But the lousy director Brad Bird, can't make it the least bit exciting. Instead he tries to make every scene funny.

FAIL AGAIN!! The villain is badly played by Swedish actor Michael Nyquist. He does'nt appear dangerous at all and he looks like he is about to fall asleep in the very short time he is actually in the movie.

FAIL AGAIN!!

I also hate Agent Brandt, who could have been a rouge agent but instead have this stupid secret that he thinks he killed Hunts wife, from the third movie, which he did'nt and Hunt appaerently knows this through the entire film, which leaves the hole mysterious stuff about Brandt as a giant plot hole.

FAIL AGAIN!! When the hell are Hollywood ever gonna stop using directors to direct action movies, who does'nt have a clue how to make action movies?? In Brad Birds case it's his first time ever, directing actors. And he can't even get that right.

FAIL! FAIL! FAIL! FAIL!

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Mission rebooted?

8/10
Author: kosmasp
24 March 2012

Of course this is a continuation (with a touch of Abrams still left in, see opening sequence/actor for that), but it feels like a fresh new injection into the franchise. No matter what you think of Tom Cruise, you can't deny the appeal of this movie in its action scenes. The biggest winner for this movie are those set pieces that do involve the area they are taking place in.

And it's great scenes (you may have seen a few stills or some glimpses of Dubai in the trailer) that probably look even better in IMAX (unfortunately I didn't have the opportunity to watch it there). Simon Pegg is great for comedy relief and you kinda hope this team will make another movie together. Seeing "survivors" of previous entries return is great too.

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Entertaining enough addition to the franchise.

6/10
Author: geodrake-71-627198 from United Kingdom
14 January 2012

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The fourth M.I.. movie sees Cruise locking himself in a closet and the rest of the cast shouting at him to come out. Hats off to South Park. Whilst 'Ghost Protocol' has a well endowed budget , but it is let down by a number of factors. Plotwise, it revolves around the tired cliché of I.M.F. being framed and the agents having to work 'rogue' to save the world and their reputation. How many films have come out of Hollywood involving agents/agencies being betrayed or framed? Its been done to death and will continue to be rehashed for as long as movies are made. In fact, Hunt's team was double crossed and targeted by the authorities in the first big screen outing of M.I. Dialogue is mundane, only existing to hang the action from. You can guess lines before the characters say them. The lead villain is too weak a character and his motive for trying to trigger a nuclear holocaust is decidedly silly. Quite a come down from having Philip Seymour-Hoffman as the adversary in M.I.3. Simon Pegg's character Benji goes from being incongruous to downright irritating and I would have enjoyed the movie a lot more without him. Samuli Edelmann is a weak link, her acting is pretty dire and she only seems to have two facial expressions. Ving Rhames' Luther manages to be the coolest person in the film in spite of only appearing for less than five minutes. The action is handled well, as you'd expect. My favourite part was the final showdown in the automated car park, one of the best action sequences I've seen for a long time. But action needs to be backed up by the other elements of a movie or else the overall product will falter. This film is also showing on I-Max but I choked at paying the £4.30 supplement (or 'Uplift' as Cineworld call it).

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Review

6/10
Author: Peter Goh from United Kingdom
14 January 2012

I think this is what you'd expect to see out of a Mission Impossible film. I have to say I thought it was probably better than the other 2. I seem to remember the first one being overly complicated, and the second one not really having much substance. Not that this one carries a whole lot more substance, but Simon Pegg was good in it. He did pretty much what he was supposed to do. As I am a fan of his, my expectations of him are high, and he didn't disappoint. I believe he managed to satirise some of the action film clichés, and thus elevate this otherwise fairly ordinary outing. Of course, I don't want to appear stupid, he didn't write the stuff, so full credit has to go to the writers as well. His character is pretty much the reason why this film gets a 6 not a 5 for me. Other aspects of the film are as expected. The action sequences are slick, the bit where the Kremlin blows up is excellent, and the technology is cool. The story line is a little over complicated obviously to exacerbate the drama. To begin with there are few of these obvious contrivances, but as the film goes on there are more and more. I don't know whether it is Tom Cruise, but whenever he is explaining those complex 'mission briefs' I tend to get confused? Like I need the pause button for him to run through it one more time. And in my defense, I don't think that it's me being slow. I think I probably have a 'just above average' ability to pick up narrative, which leaves me one question - what does Cruise or the directors of these films want to achieve by baffling their audiences. Are they covering for nasty contrivances in their plots? Do they want to appear clever? Or do they simply not have the chops to express themselves clearly? Which ever it is, it goes down as a negative in my book. Overall, I enjoyed myself. Everything flowed along, I could ignore some of the 'why didn't they just do that' moments, the humour was well placed (not just by Pegg also from a supporting cast member called Jeremy Renner (I have just looked up). This guy actually manages to produce a mysterious character which was cool. Again, not all his doing), I felt like I got my moneys worth. I think you will get what you expect, and I wouldn't expect you would expect to remember this film in a month. FYI, thought this was the MI3, not MI4, obviously blanked 3 from my mind. That is probably a fair indication of this ones longevity as well.

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A true "classic" action film that grips you the whole way through

10/10
Author: tridry from Ireland
6 January 2012

I love a good action film. But over the years, action films have tried to be overly complicated with a heavy reliance on CGI for fear they will be too old-fashioned or not entertaining enough. I liken it to the way modern-day chefs take a classic recipe and jazz it up with unnecessary ingredients and impeccable but superfluous presentation. MI:4 seems to go back to grass-roots level. It's like they've taken an original recipe written by Julia Child and stuck to it religiously, and the results are delightful. The opening sequence immediately connects you to the main characters and the action sequence is very well executed and thoroughly entertaining. Furthermore, the addition of Simon Pegg proves to be a sound investment straight away, providing well balanced humor. The title sequence should be applauded for it's retro feel, injecting snippets of the film throughout like the title credits from the A Team TV show. The plot is simple and easy to follow, which is coming from a guy who has never been able to follow the plot of any James Bond movies! The use of smart-phones and tablets as gadgets made us connect with the film even further, and where wacky gadgets had been employed, they were done so with a light-hearted splash of tongue-in-cheek. The film is not all about Tom Cruise, which is a wise move as the 'team- effort' makes us appreciate the action much more. There are some truly gripping action sequences involving heights and I loved how they opted to use live-action stunts over CGI shots. In fact, it's difficult to notice where any CGI is used at all. Whatever opinion people have of Mr Cruise, you gotta agree he has some balls to do all his own stunts. Although there is the generic hot and feisty female member, her role is not as the atypical love interest. That's not to say they have left out such an 'important' ingredient, but rather they opted to have it 'on the side'. When I discovered Brad Bird had directed, I could immediately see the connection with The Incredibles movie as the film flows and is structured in quite a similar way. Overall, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol serves as a fine example of how a failing franchise can be brought back to life by simply sticking to the formula, and not relying on that 21st Century buzz word, 'reboot'.

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Refreshing screen play but poor script

7/10
Author: xyzthedude from United States
29 December 2011

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Let me start of with what I liked-

This version of MI does not take itself too seriously. There are many instances of tongue in cheek humor.. for eg:- The one where the public telephone fails to self destruct. The other being Simon Pegg being able to pass the field test (finally) to get recruited in the team (Tom Cruise is not too excited about it), and the incident where everybody shy away from the getting directly involved in scaling Burj Khalifa!

Also, the chase scene in the sandstorm and breaking into Kremlin or the fight sequence in the automated car parking seemed new and nice.

The things that I didn't like-

The script was blotchy at best. Its not clear how, once they get disowned by their group, they had finances to secure such expensive cars and crash an elite Indian party? The plot about the Indian billionaire having access to a satellite that was acquired illegally so that they could have a fake and not so funny(hardly believable) seduction sequence just to get access keys was not well thought out! Also, the line that "Indian men are desired by all women" or something along those lines were over the top and probably patronizing in some way is what I think!

They glossed over many small details and it was evident that the shooting was done in a different place than what was purportedly claimed.

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It's the best best action film of the year because of its clean, smooth, and intense action, cast of likable and memorable characters, and excellent direction

9/10
Author: bigcalkenobi from United States
23 December 2011

Mission Impossible returns yet again with another intense and action packed adventure for Ethan Hunt(Tom Cruise) with his new team made up of the returning Benji(Simon Pegg) and newcomers Jane(Paula Patton) and Brandt(Jeremy Renner). With Tom Cruise beginning to show his age and Brad Bird(The Incredibles, Ratatouille) stepping in to direct his first live action film; it is a somewhat relevant question to ask if this series really has any juice left in it with this latest installment. Can Ghost Protocol deliver the same intricate story lines and intense action scenes as its predecessors or is Tom Cruise effectively running his career as an action star into the ground?

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Ooops!

Author: wschmitz-245-671454 from United States
21 December 2011

Stodgy. Attempting to put deep feelings into the mouths of action puppets is always a doomed move. Tom runs funny and his pectorals are abandoning him.

Tom is outshone by the male members of the supporting cast. The female eye candies are on target. The "Lost" fellow gets cut out early--the joke they are attempting is that he's "Not Tom" by a long-shot.

Apparently I have to "bla-bla-bla" a bit more to create an acceptably long review. There are a couple of imaginative sequences and the scene on the world's tallest building is riveting. Ends with a whimpering line, though. Not the usual hero bravado.

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MI4 ... best in the series. waiting for more

10/10
Author: murlimohanrao
16 December 2011

Saw the movie recently. Had lots of expectations, as usual from a MI movie and believe me, I was not disappointed. I went home entertained. That is what I am anyway paying for.

The plot to start with is not new. But, it more than makes up for it with brisk pace, excellent special effects and mind blowing stunts. Importantly, the way all these have been meshed into the story make an average story into a fantastic movie.

The movie starts off in Budapest with a prison break scene. This scene has some nice hand to hand fights but frankly this portion was slightly overdone. This sequence could have done with some chopping.

After that, its a roller coaster ride... you do not even get time to catch your breath. The story moves to Kremlin wherein the IMF gets accused of an attempt to bomb the Kremlin. Situations are such that all the evidence points towards the role of the IMF in the situation.

In the Kremlin, there is one sequence that caught my attention in terms of gadgetry. The optical illusion thing when Tom and Simon are checking the records room is funny and interesting.

The IMF is disavowed and the mentor murdered. Tom and his team are racing against time to nail the megalomaniac villain who believes that end of mankind is necessary for a new world to start. The villain needed a bit of strengthening ... his character has not been fully etched. Frankly speaking, I liked the female assassin better as she was strong, cold blooded and vicious to the core. I would not like to say anything more ... it is for others to watch and judge.

Now coming to the highlights ... there are many actually. Have already mentioned the optical illusion bit. Then there is the action scene at Burj Khalifa. It just sends your adrenalin rushing. The climax sequence at the automated car park in Mumbai is a fitting finale to the movie.

The hero of the movie is actually not Tom Cruise but the director Brad Bird. He is the real star and its simply amazing the way he has made a transition from animation to a live action movie.

I am definitely going to watch it again. Normally, sequels are not that good, but MI3 was better than MI1 which itself was a classic. MI4 has exceeded all of them. I am extremely eager to watch the next movie whenever it is made.

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Good action but not much interest

5/10
Author: Anders Rapp from Sweden
24 June 2012

Here's another Mission impossible movie. Tom Cruise is trying SO hard to please the audience. And every time he seems to come up a little short. MI2 was just pathetic and MI3 suffers the same problem as Ghost protocol. See below! :)

The action and the production in this movie is great. You can tell they put in a lot of time creating good action scenes that doesn't seem to stop. They just keep going and going and sometimes that's enough to make you say "Jeeeeeesus Christ"! And there's plenty of good humor. Sometimes in one liners - mostly coming from Simon Peggs character Benji. But there's also some humor in the action scenes.

But why bother? Most of the actors are good but not even Tom Cruise himself seems to be very inspired even though this is his pet project! The characters are just vehicles for the action and I don't really care about any of them. Even though they try to add a little depth with some story it never takes off.

The action scenes are intense but they're always over the top. Sure this is mission impossible. But when everything is REALLY hard all the time, when EVERYTHING goes wrong, and the movie is REALLY exciting all the time but they somehow win anyway...you stop caring. There's very little holding this movie together. In fact, the action scenes are a bit like separate movies in themselves. They move from from one part of the world to the next where new action scenes takes place. And since the plot IS the action…the movie becomes shattered!! It's a bit like James Bond. Or rather…tries to be like James Bond. And even though I'm quite entertained for the moment it just doesn't add up. It's all a bit too polished. Ethan Hunt will never be James Bond who is truly a psychopath! A killer! A womanizer! A man with a dark mind and a sordid past. In comparison Ethan Hunt is nothing but a smiling do gooder who wants to save the world like the true boy scout he is.

Also Mikael Nyqvist disappoints as the villain. I know him from Swedish movies and he talks!! He says his lines but he never acts... which is a pity! He's almost not in the picture anyway and you have to wonder about the motives of his character. His actions are incongruent and ultimately...completely pointless!

I was entertained and I might watch Ghost Protocol again just for the hell of it. But it's no classic! With this kind of production I expect much more. 5/10 stars.

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Sorry, but this mission isn't impossible, it's a failure.

4/10
Author: Mvh Swede from Sweden
4 April 2012

Lately I've been having a habit of always checking the IMDb scores before watching a movie - not wanting to waste my time. Most of the times my own opinion about a movie corresponds to the actual IMDb score. When it deviates, it's usually only slightly, and I can understand the reasons why (e.g. a good movie, but not in my taste).

However, the score and the reviews of this movie are big mysteries to me. The movie has way too many flaws and after 1 hour or so I had to struggle to retain any interest at all. It's nowhere near the 1 & 2 in the series.

I don't know how IMDb protects itself from people/companies trying to manipulate the scores and reviews, but in this case I have strong feeling the system has failed.

There is no way this movie should be rated anywhere above 6.0. Tom Cruise's objective with this movie was indeed impossible and it's clearly a failure.

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And just as we thought Tom Cruise was past his prime.

9/10
Author: theantifox
11 March 2012

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In 1996, Paramount Pictures released the Brian De Palma flick "Mission: Impossible", starring Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt. The film was a huge success, and was followed by an even more successful 2000 sequel directed by John Woo, and a third movie directed by J.J. Abrams, released in 2006, which was somewhat of a flop.

And after that, we thought Tom Cruise would never make another comeback. And then, there came this movie. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.

Let me just tell you, as a fan of Brad Bird's movies, and the fact that this movie was in IMAX, I knew I just had to see this movie, and I haven't even seen the first three movies yet. So, when this movie opened in select theaters, I went to the theater to see this movie. And it was the best 133 minutes I have ever spent watching a movie, thanks to heart-pounding action, amazing cinematography and a sometimes comedic performance by Simon Pegg.

This movie has about a half and hour worth of scenes shot in IMAX, particularly, the scene where Ethan scales the Burj Kalifa as a sandstorm approaches. Whenever it switched to the giant, 70mm view, I was blown away, both by how amazingly it filled the screen, and by how crystal clear it sounded.

Speaking of sound, I almost had a heart attack while watching once scene in the movie, the scene where Ethan's in the car with the IMF secretary, and the secretary says "I've always considered you a friend", and, suddenly, there's this huge explosion. It really startled everyone in the theater, including me.

Finally, at the end of the movie, they left an opening for a fifth movie. And let me just tell you, I can't wait to see it, if they ever get to making it. Because now, because of this movie, I bet Tom Cruise is now back to his former A-list status.

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One the year's best movies

9/10
Author: ry-bier
10 March 2012

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I had not seen any of the previous mission impossible movies when I went to see this one. I was expecting it to alright, but after I saw it I loved it. MI GP is an instant classic. Its opening sets the tone for a seemingly endless thrill ride. The plot was great. The story was wonderfully structured. I really liked the building climbing scene. The whole movie was very suspenseful. The characters were easy to understand and the main character seemed very driven. The acting was very good. Performances by Tom Cruise and Jeremy Renner were very convincing and great. The special effects were very good. They were a bit over the top but still terrific. All in all, I recommend seeing this movie when you get the chance, as it is an extremely enjoyable movie and one of 2011's best.

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Pretty Good Film

8/10
Author: elliotb888 from United Arab Emirates
21 February 2012

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Mission Impossible : Ghost Protocol is my first MI film I have seen in the series and I very much enjoyed it. Living in Dubai, I wanted to see it mainly to see Dubai in it and I was pretty much glued to it the entire time.

I found Tom Cruise performed a very solid role and although I thought some of the stunts were far too unrealistic, I found it to capture my attention and I felt a personal bond with the characters.

One complaint is the Sandstorm scene which has put a bad name on Dubai, with it being totally unrealistic. I do understand it was for effect, I have received questions from friends in the Uk to about whether Dubai is like that.

Apart from that slight issue, I found the film very enjoyable. 8/10. I do now have the rest to watch.

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Great movie - well worth it!

7/10
Author: Brendon Basiga
20 February 2012

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I have a man-crush on Tom Cruise, and after watching Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (i.e. M:I4), I am not ashamed to admit it. That being said, I dare say that there are more of us out there, that share this infatuation, than we dare admit. After all, M:I4 did gross over $197 Million (as of January 22nd, 2012, according to IMDb.com's numbers). For my part, Cruise-mania aside, this bankable action star still knows how to put out a good product. Is there much of a storyline? No. Is the predictable? Of course. But, is the action well worth the money spent on the ticket, popcorn, over-sized-pop, and sticky floors? Hell, yes!

In a nutshell, M:I4 does not veer too far from the standard Hollywood action flick formula: bad guy blows-up the Kremlin and is threatening the world with nuclear warfare; good guy and his team are setup to take the fall for everything; bad guy gets within inches of accomplishing his evil plans, but good guy and his team save the day at the very (very) last second. The world-wide locales throughout the movie range from Budapest to Russia, and from Dubai to Mumbai, with panoramic screen shots that rival most modern-day James Bond movies. All the while having its main focus on an all-American team, counter-balanced with a group of Russian villains, and it even included one upper-level US Politician (played by the brilliant British actor, Tom Wilkinson, no less).

The movie's political machinations were a thinly veiled mirror for those in reality. In fact, the overall plot of the movie, itself, was somewhat gaunt. However, the action sequences, stunts, and graphics do not disappoint in the least. Yes, at least according to IMDb.com, that is Tom Cruise himself, hanging from the tallest building in the world (the Burj Khalifa). And yes, Tom Cruise, at 50 years old, still looks better with his shirt-off than I ever will!

In addition to Cruise reprising his role as Ethan Hunt, Simon Pegg returns as Benji Dunn. But in this latest installment, Jeremy Renner is brought on as William Brandt and Paula Patton signs on as Jane Carter. With the exception of Pegg's character, the other three members of the team are given a backstory to infuse their characters with a level of depth. Hunt is supposedly haunted by the memory of a loved one; Renner is guilt-ridden over the failure of a critical mission that is coincidentally related to Hunt; and Carter is driven by revenge. Admittedly, these character stories would be interesting in a novel adaptation of this movie. But in a movie that unabashedly promotes itself as an ear-drum rattling action flick, this psycho-analytical character development is far better suited for a much slower screenplay.

Pegg does an excellent job of bringing back the comedic relief that made me a big fan of his Shaun of the Dead cult classic. Although retrospectively, I felt remiss that Pegg's character did not have some level of angst to deal with, his comedic timing is flawless, as usual. Patton's sex appeal leaves no question as to where her real-life husband (Grammy Award Winner musician, Robin Thicke) finds his inspiration. Her butt-kicking abilities give an entirely new meaning to the phrase "badass". She is as stunning as she is perfect for the role of Agent Jane Carter.

The real question comes with the introduction of Renner's character, William Brandt. The denouement raises very subtle questions about whether or not Ethan Hunt will, in fact, continue to be part of the IMF. Could Brandt be his replacement? Is Renner being introduced to the audience as the new leading man of the M:I franchise? If that is truly the case, Renner is well-equipped to handle the part. After having seen Renner in The Hurt Locker, he definitely has the action "chops" needed for the role. Beyond being a fan or Renner's work, I respect his famous (or infamous) independent streak. So, here's hoping that Renner's Brandt is the replacement for Cruise's Hunt.

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Best action movie of 2011

9/10
Author: Samandreas66 from United States
19 February 2012

Mission impossible:ghost protocol is a great action film which I think is the best action film of 2011.What I loved about mission impossible four the action made sense and it wasn't all about tom cruise.Also this movie proves that tom cruise is an action star.This film is a clear example of how an action film should be made not in 3-d but in IMAX.The sound in this film is so pitch perfect I really got into this movie because of that.Mission impossible 4 is a movie theater movie unless you have movie theater at your house which is a big exception.The cast includes Jeremy renner who I really liked from hurt locker and the town.Simno pegg who plays the goofy tech guy which made me more engaged in the movie.The action in this film is mesmerizing and intense.Some of the scenes in this film are actually suspenseful.Brad bird who directed animation classics incredibles,ratatouille and the iron giant adds this sense of b-movie excitement to the mix.Mission impossible 4 returned tom cruise's career back to form and revived the action film genre.

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Bird shines in first live action outing!

9/10
Author: Hellmant from United States
8 February 2012

'MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL': Four and a Half Stars (Out of Five)

The fourth 'Ethan Hunt' adventure is both the most financially successful of the 'MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE' series as well as the most critically acclaimed. It was directed by Brad Bird (former Corvallis High School graduate and Oscar winning Pixar director), in his first live action outing, and written by Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec (two TV writer vets). 'MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III' director J.J. Abrams produced the film along with star Tom Cruise and Bryan Burk and up and coming actors Jeremy Renner and Paula Patton joined returning cast members Cruise and Simon Pegg. The result is an exhilarating action thrill ride. Not quite as classic as the original but perhaps the best of any of the sequels.

This time around Ethan Hunt (Cruise) is on a deadly mission to stop a terrorist known as Kurt Hendricks (Michael Nyqvist) from attacking the U.S. with stolen Russian nuclear launch codes. He and his team, Benji Dunn (Pegg) and Jane Carter (Patton), first attempt to stop the madman at the Kremlin when a bomb goes off and the IMF team is blamed for it. The president cuts off Hunt and his team, issuing 'Ghost Protocol' against them. They do find aid from a intelligence analyst named William Brandt (Renner) though, that seems to know more about Hunt and his team than he lets on.

The movie is filled with spectacular edge of your seat action scenes and visuals. Cruise and the rest of the cast are adequate but there's definitely nothing too memorable in the form of acting. It's Bird that shines in the director seat as well as a smart and fun script and excellent work from an awesome technical team. The movie is not nearly as nostalgic or engaging as the original but, like I said, it offers a little more fun than the last two installments. If you're a fan of the series you're sure to enjoy.

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Not quite on par with what was expected!

5/10
Author: troy-manatunga from United Arab Emirates
30 January 2012

I could not score tickets to the premier; hence I waited out the rush and finally against many negative reviews on MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL I am watching it. When news broke out that Tom Cruise and J.J Abrahams were on the lookout for a director never did I for a moment expect Brad Bird to land himself on the project. It is no secret that the MI franchise is indeed the Tom Cruise mobile. However will it continue to be so is only a question Tom Cruise can answer?

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL is Director Brad Birds' first full length action production behind the camera. Bird who is a wizard with animations somehow seems to have impressed the producers and Paramount pictures in order to gain the main seat behind the camera. Did he fair well? I think he did. Did the movie work as a revamp for Tom Cruises' career? It would be acceptable to say 'yes'. However did the movie as a whole create that experience we would expect out of this overrated franchise? I think not. It is in fact an average production which I found more to have been tipped onto the funny side with Simon Pegg than onto some thrilling action.

When the Kremlin explodes in the background and Ethan Hunt is covered by the debris all I was thinking was why they could not have done a better job with the cinematography? INDEPENDENCE DAY which was shot back in 1996 was awarded for its effects and almost 2 decades down Cruise, Abrahams and Bird messes it up! The scaling of Burj Khalifa from the outside, the futuristic BWM and Simon Pegg saves MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL from being rated any lower than at midpoint! The action sequences apart from the Burj are the types that could have been done or seen in any movie. MISSION IMPOSSIBLE is a name that on its own sets a certain standard. Although personally I believe it is overrated, it does set the benchmark on many levels for its gadgets and stunts since 1996. Apart from the gloves and the car, nothing else seemed Ethan Hunt to me. The MI franchise is always known to move from director to director since it does not want to be like the one before. However I sense the flaw isn't in the direction or the cast. It's in the screenplay. It is too basic. In Fact its basic enough that I can skip a synopsis if not I may have to spoil it for the lucky few who have not watched it yet. It is not a bad script at all however it indeed isn't espionage material enough for a MI revamp. Ethan is assigned a mission, should he wish to accept it the message self-destructs (that line is way too old for 2012!) Ethan locates the villain, hunts him down and saves the day. This is exactly the concept since 1996. It is evident that MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL is indeed a very hard fought battle by both the cast and the crew. It saddens me as a fan to see the movie fall short of what I expected.

A humble request to Tom Cruise , if you chose to accept MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 5 please reconsider the entire concept of the franchise; if not your fan base will self-destruct without a doubt!

Title: MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL Directed: Brad Bird Starring: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvst and Tom Wilkinson Rated: PG13 Rating: 05/10 133 Minutes

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My favorite so Far , but...(Spoiler)

8/10
Author: tshodan from United States
18 January 2012

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OK this is the first time I've seen an MI movie without feeling like something was lacking. The plot was good, the little expressions of comedy and the overall feel, all good. It did not present a great remember-able villain, but at least it gave it time to focus more on the hero cast. Now for the but... There is a plot hole here so huge i could park a DC10 in it, there is a major part of the plot revolving around launch codes. The MI agents have a device which scrambles the numbers, they make fake copies and give them to the bad guy, they can trace the copies since they have an isotope on them. So the bad guys get away with the Fake copies, they never know or see the real launch codes but are being chased by the heroes as if they do, and then use the fake codes to launch a missile. How do they do this????

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It's NOT All About Tom Cruise

9/10
Author: Movielover from United States
16 January 2012

The original Mission Impossible is back. I loved how they balance all the action scenes amongst all the characters instead of just Tom Cruise doing all those superhuman feats.

If you loved the first MI then you will love this one too. Somehow in the second MI it seemed to be all about Ethan Hunt and Tom Cruise showing off. This sequel has more of a flow to it, as improbable as it may be, but all the characters were involved, Tom Cruise was Ethan Hunt, not Tom Cruise. ALL The cast members were truly working together to complete a mission.

It's nice to see some good action movies again.

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One of the year's best!

10/10
Author: Christian_Dimartino from United States
7 January 2012

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Remember the good old days of action movies? When Bruce Willis would let gas spill from an airplane, light a match, and the plane exploded? Or when Mel Gibson tied a rope to a stilted house and knocked it down? Or lines like "Yipee ki yay, mother fu**er" ? Or when action movies had a lead that we grew to love, and a plot that we could follow? I do, and that was brought back to me yesterday when I saw Mission:Impossible- Ghost Protocol, an action thriller with action sequences to look forward to, action sequences that are bubblegum for the eyes, a fun plot, and a lovable hero who is played by Tom Cruise. It's a thriller that really puts you in the movie.

Cruise reprises his role as Ethan Hunt again. A lot of people take Cruise for granted, and it's a real shame because he really is a marvelous actor, and here he gives one of his best performances. Cruise is an actor who can really do anything. He will climb up the tallest building in the world without a stunt double. Go figure. He will completely transform himself to where he is a bald movie producer who constantly shouts at people. He's a terrific actor who hit a rough patch, but I think he's back.

This time, Hunt and his IMF(Impossible Mission Force) team are forced to go rogue after they are sent on a mission into the Kremlin and it's bombed. So they are forced to stick together and prove their innocence.

The team includes Benji(Simon Pegg), the brains, Jane(sexy Paula Patton), the beautiful one who can also kick a lot of ass, and Brandt(Jeremy Renner), an analyst who may be hiding something about his past.

First time live action director Brad Bird(who directed such animated marvels as The Incredibles and Ratatouille) works wonders with the action sequences and special effects, while gifted cinematographer Robert Elswitt brings them to life. I mean, the scene where Cruise has to climb the Burji Kalhifa, the tallest building in the world, is stunning. As is the final showdown in the parking lot.

M:I-GP is the best action movie in years. Maybe since Casino Royale(I would say The Dark Knight but I don't count that as an action movie). It's an action film that really got to me(especially in the skyscraper scene because, well, i'm afraid of heights), and Cruise is just one of those actors that you should really invest in. It's one of the year's best. And it's a shame that action movies and comedies are overlooked during awards season, because this one would take home the gold.

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The Countdown isn't helping....

9/10
Author: FlashCallahan from Leicester, United Kingdom
31 December 2011

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Ethan Hunt and his team are racing against time to track down a dangerous terrorist named Hendricks, 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 destruction to the Kremlin and the IMF being implicated in the bombing.

This incident forces 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, they might still be too late to stop a disaster....

No matter what people think about Tom Cruise, he is still one of the biggest movie stars on the planet, and the majority of the time, when he releases a movie, it's often something special.

And this movie is just that, a big slice of special. Taking all the difficult elements from the first three movies (Chimera, the rabbits foot etc) This has no macguffin, just a psycho who believes that nuclear war will bring peace on earth.

So we are threw straight into the action, and the majority of characters in this film have something to do, or are bought in a lot later to help Hunt.

The narrative is lean and easy to digest, and Renner could really do a good job as Cruises replacement, if that ever happens.

Pegg fills in the gap for some very amusing moments, which release the tension a little from the set pieces.

And what set pieces they are! From the prison break, to the sandstorm car chase, to the fight in some strange robotic car park, they excite and make the film what it is.

But nothing prepares you for the scene where Hunt has to access the server in Dubai. It's intense and something that has to be seen on the big screen. What Cruise did in the second movie on that mountain was special, but this is something more, showing a dedication to a franchise like no one else.

It's easily one of the more fun entries in the series, and easier to understand, but most of all it delivers thrills and delivers them in droves.

It has nice nods to the film series and two great cameos at the end.

Well worth watching.

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Cruise Delivers Again

8/10
Author: dreamflix from United States
30 December 2011

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Tom Cruise really delivers in this action sequel. He's 47 and is as fit as a fiddle. He can continue to make more MI's as long as he wants as far as I'm concerned. We need to see more actors who aren't in their twenties or thirties doing action (like Liam Neeson) and can still deliver. Charles Bronson and Clint Eastwood held on for a long time, and drew in audiences of varying ages. When we want to see action, let's see the actors we like to see doing it and not age them out because they hit a certain age. By then, they've evolved as actors. Cruise really hit it hard with the action. To see him running as he did in the previous movie says this guy knows how to stay in shape. The story line was okay. The previous editions had better character development. This one didn't have the "feel" of the previous ones. Yet, I do have to say that I didn't go in there expecting an awarding winning script. I went to see action. Paula Patton held her own, as she was fun to see in "Jumping the Broom". This may open doors for her into another venue. Jeremy Renner has the quality of being a good or bad guy and we weren't sure until about the end where he stood. And, yes, thanks for bringing Ving Rhames in again, and letting us know he is still in action. The locales were beautiful and the cinematography was good. This is a good movie to see, and Cruise can keep making then as long as he can continue to deliver, as he usually does.

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Great Entertainment. The First True Modern IMF

8/10
Author: Mikeboy0001 from Portugal
30 December 2011

I loved the 60's series, and I always thought the movies adaptations where either dull (MI1), ridiculous (MI2) or OK as a movie but poor as an MI adaptation (MI3). When I heard a 4th MI was coming up, I thought, "Why do they even bother?". Then I found Brad Bird was the Director, and it was "Hmmm, that could be good. He's great in animation, but can he do it in real motion?". The good reviews started coming up, and when it was mentioned that the action was bit old school, I thought I would give it a go I'm glad I did, because the result was fantastic. For a long time have I not been in the Theaters watching a more than 2 hours action flick without having felt the time go by. It's engaging from the first minute, it has a great rhythm of action and tense scenes, and it's the best Blockbuster action flick I've seen in the Theaters for several years (in terms of pure entertainment, that is). The action is kinetic, in the sense you feel it's real, and not a bunch o CGI thrown in making it a video game. It also feels authentic, original, never a bad copy of Bond or the Bourne movies. Although it isn't a thriller like the series, as it could never be, it has right amount of tense moments that are as good as them, not letting you even blink an eye when they're on. Tom Cruise finally seems to have born to be in MI, and the rest of cast, specially Jeremy Renner, are great too. In the end, I think it's the first well made modern Mission Impossible adaptation, with a right balance of action, story and tension, good acting and a great direction. Well done!!!

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Cruise lights up the screen once again aided by a hugely likable supporting cast. Thrills, laughs and action aplenty make for solid popcorn entertainment.

8/10
Author: Marc Payne from United Kingdom
30 December 2011

Not one of the Mission Impossible films since the very first in the series back in 1996 have managed to compete or even really get close to having what most people would call a plot. But where 'Ghost Protocol' rises above the previous two sequels is in its inventiveness and sense of fun. Cruise has always been a likable and charismatic lead and really breathes life into the character of Ethan Hunt but it's mainly thanks to Brad Bird (that's right! – the man behind 'Ratatouille' and 'The Incredibles') that the series has really found its feet again. Word is that Cruise has now decided to break the mould of choosing a brand new director for each movie due to the unique visual panache that Bird has brought to his brilliantly executed set pieces and has already signed Bird on for the fifth movie. Deservedly so methinks.

15 years after the first movie and Cruise is still very much the star of the show, having barely aged since the series began he's certainly showing no signs of slowing down – quite the opposite in fact. Here, we see him in peak physical fitness doing more death defying stunts than the first and third movies combined – sprinting, leaping over cars and off staircases, side kicking bad guys at head height, zip-wiring onto the roof of a moving van and even finding time for a brief kiss with Paula Patton's seductively capable Agent Carter, Maggie Q's equally attractive replacement to the IMF team. But most impressive of all is of course what some would argue to be the movie's climax – Cruise scaling the tallest skyscraper in the world, Dubai's Burj Khalifa. For real. Yep. – Filmed entirely in IMAX this one sequence alone is worth the price of admission and is so thrillingly effective that you'll have dropped all your popcorn down you in disbelief of how much vertigo you'll be feeling if not for yourself then at least on behalf of Cruise. However, before and after scenes involving a rather comic but tense infiltration into the Kremlin and a car chase taking place in a blinding sandstorm are certainly worth no less in the entertainment department.

'Ratatouille' composer Michael Giacchino re-collaborates with Bird and continues the scoring from the previous movie, his unique style being instantly recognisable and in contrast to Hans Zimmer's more reflective but no lesser take on M:I-2's set pieces, provides us with a greater sense of urgency adding to the shock of the sudden bursts of action which are aplenty.

Like the first movie, all the characters are well rounded meaning we actually care about newcomers Paula Patton and Jeremy Renner - welcome replacements to the IMF team. Simon Pegg is back and as likable as ever providing much of the light relief to Cruise's daring exploits and it's good to see his character has evolved from the last film, now having become a competent field agent who can shoot straight without flinching.

In fact, the supporting cast all ooze talent with the likes of Anil Kapoor (24), Michael Nyqvist (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Vladimir Mashkov (Behind Enemy Lines) and Léa Seydoux (Robin Hood) making for a highly talented bunch for Cruise, Pegg, Patton and Renner to play off. Even brief cameos by Tom Wilkinson's IMF secretary, Josh Holloway's field agent and Ving Rhames' return as Ethan Hunt's long term sidekick are made memorable and really elevate the profile of this fourth entry in the franchise. The happy endings are also still here but with an additional plot twist that's hard to see coming, even for an IMF agent.

Verdict: Cruise, his fellow leads and supporting cast alike are all on top form complemented by Bird's competent and flamboyant direction. A hugely enjoyable spy thriller which has softened the blow in waiting for the release of 'Sky fall' and is without a doubt the best Mission Impossible since the first in the franchise. See it.

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Bird Brings Visual Zing and Cruise Again Delivers in the Exciting Fourth Installment

8/10
Author: Ed Uyeshima from San Francisco, CA, USA
29 December 2011

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I honestly didn't know which number sequel this was before watching the 2011 entry into the franchise. In fact, I had only seen the original 1996 "Mission: Impossible" prior to this viewing and heard rumors that the two previous sequels in 2000 and 2006 were simply retreads of the first movie, which was in itself a reimagining of the popular 1960's TV series, granted an extravagant, multi-million-dollar reimagining directed by Brian DePalma. This one showcases an older yet still agile Tom Cruise returning to the role of intrepid IMF agent Ethan Hunt, and even as he closes in on fifty, he demonstrates the same unparalleled commitment to dangerous, high-flying derring-do he displayed in the first one fifteen years ago. This time, the reins have been handed over to Brad Bird who makes his live-action directorial debut after scoring with a couple of Pixar's megahits, "The Incredibles" and "Ratatouille". The results are fortuitous because Bird brings great visual flair to a film that demands gasp-worthy action sequences.

In fact, the action is so propulsive that the convoluted plot takes a decided backseat. Written by André Nemec and Josh Appelbaum, the story feels like a throwback to the days of Soviet spy-versus-spy intrigue and A-bomb secrets. This time, it all revolves around a briefcase with Russian launch codes that are prized by a brilliant Russian madman named Kurt Hendricks, code name Cobalt, who wants nothing less than using them to destroy the world. He is so feared that Hunt has to be sprung from a Russian prison where it is unclear why he is incarcerated until the very end of the film. A small IMF team has been assigned the duty, consisting of sultry but tough Jane Carter, tech wizard Benji Dunn, and unexpectedly, the IMF Secretary's chief analyst William Brandt. They need to track down a French assassin for hire who has already killed one of their own in cold blood for the briefcase. The team ends up in the Kremlin where their plans go fatally awry. The CIA points the finger at the IMF team for the disaster and invokes the dreaded Ghost Protocol.

The now-rogue agents make their way to the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, where Hunt has to scale the outside of the building to manipulate the building's computer system. A botched transaction with the assassin leads to mayhem and then a final stop in Mumbai where there is the inevitable race against the clock to save the world. The movie is really all about the set pieces – the Russian prison escape, the Kremlin break-in and explosion (an excellent special effect), Hunt's gravity-defying climb in Dubai and an overwhelming sandstorm, and the movable multi-level parking lot in Mumbai which sets that stage for the final showdown. Performance are secondary in this kind of movie, but they are mostly workmanlike. Cruise is inarguably in his element as an action hero, and he appears to perform most of his death-defying stunts. Jeremy Renner ("The Hurt Locker") also shows the necessary chops as the initially mysterious Brandt, and it is clear he will be playing a larger role in the next installment.

Paula Patton, a long way from the inspirational teacher she played in "Precious", brings the requisite sexy strength to Carter, in particular, in a no-holds-barred fight scene with the assassin played by Léa Seydoux (whom I was surprised to discover is the same actress who played the shy antiques dealer in "Midnight in Paris"). Simon Pegg ("Hot Fuzz") initially tries too hard for laughs as Dunn until he finally settles into the film's more tongue-in-cheek tone. Michael Nyqvist only has to convey relentless menace as Hendricks, which he does just fine. Anil Kapoor ("Slumdog Millionaire") shows up as a wealthy Indian tycoon, as does Tom Wilkinson quite briefly as the IMF Secretary. The actor who plays the Russian intelligence operative, Vladimir Mashkov, bears such a striking resemblance to SNL's Fred Armisen that for the longest time, I thought it was Armisen in an impressive change-of-pace. Veteran cinematographer Robert Elswit ("There Will Be Blood") does excellent camera-work in the various locales – Budapest, Moscow, Dubai and Mumbai. Fans of the franchise shouldn't be disappointed.

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MI- 4 : A greatly balanced, action- entertainer.

8/10
Author: kannan_fifa from Singapore
28 December 2011

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol is undoubtedly the best instalment in the franchise with gripping action loaded scenes which will never let you relax at any point of the movie.

Brad Bird's animated style of physical humour is instilled in this and it works big time with comical moments coming in even at the edgiest instants.

From the opening credits segment onwards, he stamps his authority over the genre intently. With dazzling action and matured performance by Tom Cruise, it easily becomes our favourite MI movie when the film hits the end of the first house mark with a hot-headed Dubai sequence which will make everyone shout at the cinema. The mission tactics are also ingenious and the comedy acts as a breather for them.

Verdict: In overall, a greatly balanced, action- entertainer.

Rating: 8.5/10

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Great film. Good entertainment. MI Series redeems itself after a bad third part.

8/10
Author: brainstew89
27 December 2011

This film is pure entertainment. That's what you expect, and that's absolutely what you get. The story is not exactly unique. But who cares? This movie is about the action, the stunts, the gadgets and even the humor. A brilliant blend of all of that!

There was probably ten short minutes towards the end of the film where the movie seems to drag a bit. But other than for that brief spell, there is hardly a minute in the movie when you're not feeling delighted that you decided to watch this movie. There's plenty of funny scenes too, thanks to a great job in that light by Simon Pegg, who plays Benji.

All-in-all, a great action movie and a must watch.

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The IMF has been disavowed, it's up to Ethan and what's left of the IMF to save the world against a crazed terrorist.

9/10
Author: Ricoo Aventura Wavee
27 December 2011

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Do you remember when we were little, and we went to see a superhero movie, and the minute we get up, we feel like we have lived that adventure? That's how me, a 17 year old guy felt when I went to see Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. I went into the movies excited; for the fact being that I am a huge fan of Tom Cruise's films. But I was also expecting the worse. Time and time again we have slapped in the face with the fact that sequels are just not good. This is one of those rare times, were the films just get better and better. Ghost Protocol, from start to finish made me laugh and jump out of my seat. The intense action sequences and death-defying stunts were incredible. The technology used was so unreal, yet..real! And it's hard to believe it came from such a cartoon crazed director. To create a spy film and make it good, is a task alone. But to push the extremities and make one of the best movies of the year, and on top of that, a sequel to a franchise? It just proves that there is still hope left in Hollywood. There's hardly any films that when you leave, you feel fully satisfied. Well, this movie, definitely should be enlisted in that group!

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Mission Impossible back on track+++++++++

9/10
Author: premium90 from United Kingdom
26 December 2011

I'm not going to make a big statement about this film as it was actually very enjoyable. I would recommend that people watch this in the cinema as we did just now.

I was rather disappointed with the last 2 mission impossible and this film is back on track as the best. The film has a feel of the '007' franchise with a twist.

With the amount of designation and the bad guy to chase. This is old fashion action film which is back on track of the franchise.

Ethan Hunt is back and doing crazy stunts like never before. The funny Simon Pegg is brilliant in the film.

It is difficult to go straight into describing the film without giving out too much. The action scenes are great but one thing I would say is that the film keeps up the tempo! Not one scene is boring. The film keeps going and going without stopping about some boring love scene or a like.

This film is definitely the best Christmas 2012 film of the day. I was surprised how unpacked the cinema was. Maybe because it is boxing day, people are spent up or just going out for the night out. Maybe next time, these blockbuster films should actually come out a week or two earlier to attract the audience.

Anyway, watch the film. Brilliant. If you don't watch in the cinema (you are crazy - don't forget IMAX), definitely get the blu-ray version when it eventually comes out.

Good film. Back on track.

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Everyone hold up and listen to me

9/10
Author: jpiggy50 from United States
26 December 2011

I'm blunt so I'll just get right to it. Yeah, the plot was very overused. I'm part Russian and I laugh at almost every action movie because the bad guys are Russian. The plot is weak, but while watching the movie you shove the plot aside and say, "Shut the f*** up plot, I'm trying to focus on the ACTION!" The action was amazing to say the least. It had my heart beating, I was on the edge of my seat, and when Ethan Hunt was dangling from the freakishly tall tower in Dubai, I just about fainted. I'm just going to do y'all a favor and say GO WATCH THIS MOVIE. I loved it, my friends loved it, my family loved it- it's actually on my top ten movies list. You probably have no life anyway, so you have nothing to lose.

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The best among all MIs.... Thumbs up for Tom... Great!!!!

9/10
Author: vaishvik93 from India
25 December 2011

Everything was perfect for what an MI movie should be. You wont be able to notice when you started sipping your drink and when you finished it :). The stunts were just amazing. Thumbs up for Tom,His work totally reflected in the movie. Technology used in MIs are, as always, mind blowing. Direction was really great. Mixing of action and comedy was awesome,loved it a lot. Locations were really eye-catching. Music direction was perfect. Everything was perfect,no complaints. Yeah storyline was also good. Finally, yes this is a worth watching movie. Don't think too much, just buy a ticket and see it now. Don't miss it. Never miss it...

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fast paced , thrilling, fun but not intelligent

7/10
Author: kamran from United Arab Emirates
23 December 2011

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the movie has its moments , its a thrill ride but not smart enough .... especially the climax ..... the action is different and engaging ..the comics are good ...the sand storm part is weird (we never have so huge sand storms in dubai ) but on the whole the movie is a roller coaster ride leave the clichés and u will have hell lot of fun :)........ acting ..tom cruise is amazing .. rest are good too .... the burj khalifa part is the highlight and the prison break is just amazing !

the plus points : the thrills , comics , action and the fast screenplay that never lets u feel bored ...best film in the series .

the negative points : the average plot ... and not so smart at times .

verdict : on the whole its worth an experience and just amazing movie

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Short review with minor spoiler

9/10
Author: scarletaka from United States
22 December 2011

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I actually liked this movie. I haven't cared for Tom Cruise's work for a long time too much smiling instead of real acting. This time he has some grit to this role. At his age he is still in fantastic shape and the character Ethan Hunt spends a bit at the first of the movie silent and his acting was really good at that with face, body and hand gestures. Simon Pegg to me is always great. But Ving Rhames as Luther was missing it would have been great for the two Ving and Simon to play off each other.

So, not much to say but I enjoyed it and will definitely pick it up on DVD/BRay.

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Long and drawn out movie

6/10
Author: andrew-982-470423 from South Africa
22 December 2011

Feels like some serious fake reviews here..

Was really looking forward to this movie as the trailer looked awesome. Seems as though the trailer contained all the best parts, by watching the movie you have to sit through a long dragged out show. The action scenes that did finally arrive were short but entertaining, except for the one in the sandstorm.. what were they thinking? You cant see anything that's going on.

Its an OK movie, nothing spectacular about it and I probably would not watch it a second time. If you reading this then go watch it with little expectation.. you might enjoy it then :-)

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Your average, typical okay action film

7/10
Author: Michael Neichl from Austria
20 December 2011

Before I give a piece of my mind about Phantom Protocoll, a quick sum up of my thoughts of the other Mission Impossible movies: Part 1: nice and good Part 2: forgettable Part 3: really cool, due to Philip Seymour Hoffman so all in all, I wouldn't go as far as to call the trilogy great or fantastic but it definitely has its moments and overall is pretty entertaining. And the same can be said about Part 4.

First lets talk about the things that work: the story, its your typical agents go on a secret mission story, its no inception but it works fine for the film. Then the cast (for the most part): even though i'm not a huge fan of Tom Cruise (still loved him in minority report though) here he is okay, plays his role pretty subtle and the same can be said about Jeremy Renner and Simon Pegg. The only minor problem I have is that Peggs role is a bit too over the top since he is the typical comedic flick who has to be in every movie nowadays. Not bad, but not necessary ether. The last thing that works really good is the action. There is a good use of CGI, the scenes in Dubai are amazing and the movie is never too overblown with effects so you can't take a break from it (go and tell Michael Bay that).

Now the things that don't work for me are as I said the role of Simon Pegg, the length of the movie because i think it could have been cut a bit but most of all the quote unquote drama back story of Jeremy Renner. Even though I really love this guy and the fact that i wanted to see this movie because of him I think he was the weakest link in the chain. His back story is beyond clichéd, there are some mayor plot holes in it and he was absolutely unnecessary for the main plot.

But still if people ask me should I see Phantom protocol I'd say yes, as long as you just expect some nice action with maybe a bit too much forced humor, you're in for a ride, even though it doesn't revolutionize the genre of action films.

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worth to watch..tom cruise is back

8/10
Author: sandy-thegunner from India
19 December 2011

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full of action with tom cruise on big screen is lovely and full of entertain movie .........with real and lovely action done by tom cruise. this MI-4 is better then last three and good direction by brad bird.the only thing i miss in this movie are team of Ethan hunt and very short but cute acting did by Indian hero . this movies story is running fast so no time to bore in theater with action and little bit comedy dialogue are making full to watch in big screen . tom cruise role is excellent , Jeremy, Paula and Simon are good in there role . Dubai and India shorts are lovely done . length of this movie is enough. but the villein is not to watch according to any action and mission movie and very short role if villein is much more to watch then good but quite OK....and finally this movie is doing good job .

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Entertaining enough.

6/10
Author: athena24 from Israel
17 December 2011

It seems that all the franchises in Hollywood have become mixed up in the past ten years. Die Hard IV and and MI2 have disguised themselves as Bond movies, while the Bond series have shifted to a new role model, the Bourne franchise. I would actually feel more comfortable, if this movie would be sold for Bond (from Pierce Brosnan Era), then being MI4.

MI4 is too exaggerated, much things left to chance, and it's unnecessarily funny.

MI movies were always walking on the brink of reality. Having "maybe existing", "probably existing" or "could be existing" gadgets. And same goes about the personal skill. MI4 has taken the clearly unbelievable path, having gadgets designed for Bond, and agents with Batman skills.

When a man hits his head from a 1 story fall, he would probably end up in a hospital, skull fractures. With such logic chain, Ethan Hunt should have died several times during this film. This fact alone will give away the credibility for this movie.

The chance factor has too much weight. There was actually no mission that was executed as planned. Too many faults occurring. One of them is actually accepting Benji as a field operative. Though he's funny, that's not what I've expected from MI4.

Another, unusual detail in this movie, is that Tom Cruise character doesn't get angry. Showing his anger is one of Tom Cruises characters' trademarks, and appears in most of his movies (and all of the previous MIs). Most of these were because he took issues personally, which doesn't seem to exist in MI: Ghost Protocol. It also looks as if despite Ethans age, the action takes less effort from him, so he doesn't look so tense. On the other hand, maybe it's because he knows that the stunts are so unreal, and he's not trying to be too serious about it.

Beyond the said above, it's entertaining and never boring. The Dubai scene is amazing. Both the mission plan and the action looks cool. And though the light, funny mood doesn't suit, based on previous installments, my expectation from MI, it is funny. So compensated fairly.

MI3 was my favorite, having interesting missions, amazing action and a superb villain. MI2 had nothing beyond it's relatively good action. MI1 had great missions, an OK action but was too complicated. Considering, that the MI movies don't have a certain standard, MI4 is fine and worth it's cinema ticket.

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Cruise is back on form and reinvigorates the franchise

8/10
Author: julian-mumford from New Zealand
17 December 2011

The Mission Impossible (MI) series has had a chequered history, from an impressive opening salvo, the series had meandered it's way through two further films with mixed results.

Think of this film as similar to the "Casino Royale" or "Goldeneye" of the Bond Franchise, a real re-invention.

Cruise returns as Ethan Hunt, more focused, committed and believable than before. He has along for the ride a different accidental crew in the form of the unlikely Simon Pegg as "Benji", computer technician, brand new field operative and comic relief. Pegg must wonder each morning when he will wake up from the sudden dizzy heights he now occupies, now starring in two mega franchises including the new Star Trek.

Jane (Paula Patto) adds some glamour to the proceedings but can beat up bad guys with the best of them and Brandt (Jeremy Renner) provides an increasing amount of support as the film progresses. Tom Wilkinson adds yet another high profile film credit to his resume as the IMF director.

We start in Russia with an exciting jailbreak, progressing to a very neat extraction in the Kremlin albeit book-ended with some slightly dodgy FX.

Nuclear launch codes are missing and the usual rogue Russian elements, in the form Hendricks (Michael Nyqvist), are behind an insane plot to launch a nuclear missile, thus cleansing the world of it's sins and allowing it to be reborn.

Following the Kremlin event, which the US naturally gets blamed for, the whole IMF corp are disavowed, leaving Hunt and his team to go it alone and save the world. Luckily they still have plenty of cool gadgets and toys to play with.

In Bondesque fashion, we then globe-trot through Budapest, Dubai and Mumbai as the hunt for the codes and the means of delivery through a spare satellite, hots up.

The action sequences are fast and furious, notable set pieces in Dubai are exciting and with plenty of real stunt work, albeit undoubtedly enhanced with FX work. Is that really Cruise hanging 120 floors up on the Bhurj Khalifa building, we are told it most certainly is. The car chases are expertly done within a simulated sandstorm, clearly with BMW's exclusive assistance, many cars are destroyed but all in spectacular fashion. Another scene in an automated car park in Mumbai is expertly choreographed and leads to an exciting and unexpected climax.

Pegg actually works really well here, providing some reality and grounding to all the high tech, displaying a suitably audience friendly look of awe, to all that goes on around him, possibly with little acting required. The film is smart enough to make fun of the whole premise without erring into supposed parody error, see Cruise's own weak "Knight and Day" effort for details. We particularly liked the "message will destruct in five seconds" failure and the obvious impracticality of a retinal scan on a moving goods train.

Like any modern futuristic movie, what is shown as high tech becomes common place within five years or even exists now. If so, security guards will need to be more aware of their surroundings and study that CCTV real hard in the future.

Director Brad Bird of Pixar "The Incredibles" fame, makes a highly successful leap into live action and this provides a late entry as the undoubted best action movie of the year. The story is a bit dodgy and fanciful, the ending taking the peril too far beyond what would make any difference as to the intended result. No matter, the MI series has always been about the action, that music and the visuals, none of which disappoint here.

Summary

A globe trotting thriller that truly thrills, mixing the best elements of Bond, Bourne and MI in barnstorming fashion.

Cruise is back on form and reinvigorates the franchise, providing excellent movie escapist fun.

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Mission Impossible-Ghost Protocol

8/10
Author: vijay-798-693509 from India
16 December 2011

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Mission Impossible-Ghost Protocol is a Full fledged action packed film.The Plot starts with Budapest moving to Kremlin in Moscow where the heart of the movie's incidents are made.In a bid to unearth the identity of "Cobalt",Ethan and his team move to Dubai and then to Mumbai.Most notable action sequence is Tom Cruise attempting to make stunts from Burj Khalifa in Dubai.All the Action sequences have been filmed very well(Despite few Clichés)and Simon Pegg's humor in between the scenes deserves a big applause.Director has managed to keep the audience interested throughout the movie with a Gripping Plot.A perfect 'Popcorn' Movie.

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Brad Bird Puts Other Action Directors to Shame

9/10
Author: IllusionOfLife from United States
16 December 2011

I'll admit it, I've never been hugely passionate about the Mission: Impossible series (in fact, until I re-watched the movies this week I hardly remembered them), and when I first heard that a fourth Mission: Impossible was in the works I couldn't have been less interested. That is until I read the words "Brad Bird has signed to direct." Those six words instantly rocketed this film up to the top of my most anticipated list, and his live action debut does not disappoint. Not one single bit.

The Mission: Impossible series has had a bit of a rocky past. The first film is a decent spy thriller with a clever twist, the second movie is borderline self-parody with it's over-the-top antics, and the third movie was the previous high point of the series with exciting action blended with strong characterization. With each new installment a new director has brought a new element to the series, and the element that Brad Bird brings to M:I-GP is scope. Massive, exciting, jaw-dropping scope. This is easily the biggest, boldest, and most ambitious Mission: Impossible film to date, and as far as I can recall at the moment, the biggest, boldest, most ambitious action film in general since Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.

Brad Bird handles his first live action film like an old pro and puts many other "veteran" action directors to shame. The pacing is impeccable, moving seamlessly from massive action spectacles to more downplayed character moments without ever losing momentum; the action is big without being silly; and the action sequences are breathtakingly shot and choreographed and constantly leave you picking your jaw up off the ground. The marketing has really played up the scene in Dubai in which Ethan Hunt scales the Burj Khalifa (the tallest building in the world) from the outside, and I began to worry that the scene wouldn't live up to all the hype. It does. Especially in the expanded IMAX aspect ratio, this scene is an absolute masterwork in tension, and while this may be the high point of the action in the film, the other sequences stand nearly as tall. From a chase scene during a sandstorm, to a fist fight dodging loading and unloading cars in a parking garage the action is fast-paced, hard- hitting, and fun.

This is Brad Bird we're talking about, though, and so he's not content with putting contemporary action directors to shame, he also makes sure that the story and characters get their proper focus and time to shine. The story of this movie never reaches the emotional heights of Bird's previous works like Ratatouille or The Iron Giant, but this type of movie really doesn't call for that. The story hearkens back to Cold War tensions and old-school spy scenarios while still feeling modern and fresh. It's the perfect pairing of classic storytelling with modern polish and style. As for the cast of characters, everyone in this movie is great. The previous movies have all focused the attention on Ethan Hunt, and while Hunt is definitely still the "lead" in this movie, the ensemble cast is much more important than they've ever been before with each member of the team getting almost equal screen time and a strong sense of purpose propelling the story. Simon Pegg steals the show with his brilliant comedic timing, but Paula Patton and Jeremy Renner both give strong, multi-faceted performances, and their characters are invaluable to the film. The villain this time around is not quite as memorable as Philip Seymour Hoffman's character from M:i:III, but the story is much more focused on the IMF team this time around and having a major heavy like that probably would have made the focus of the film uneven.

Brad Bird has already proved himself to be a brilliant filmmaker with three of the best films of the last decade, but for anyone foolish enough to think he couldn't handle live action just as well Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol should drive the point home. Bird handles the movie with the grace and assuredness of someone who has been making films like this for years. This is one of the year's best films and one of the best action movies I've seen in quite a while. I definitely recommend this movie, and also encourage you to see it in IMAX. While nothing I have seen in the format so far has quite matched the level of awesome that was The Dark Knight in IMAX, M:I-GP uses the format very well and the action scenes that take advantage of the full aspect ratio are incredible to behold.

Now, let's just hope the execs at Warner Bros. take note of this and give Brad Bird the budget he needs to make 1906. That's a movie that I cannot wait to see green lit.

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Massively enjoyable.

8/10
Author: Troy_Campbell from Sydney, Australia
15 December 2011

Like a fine wine, Tom Cruise's spy franchise is getting better with age. After the return-to-form with M:I3, the Cruiser is back better than ever as Ethan Hunt, this time teaming up with Jeremy Renner's enigmatic analyst Brandt, Paula Patton's revenge-driven Jane and Simon Pegg's comedy relief Benji to stop terrorist and all-round crazy man Hendricks (Michael Nyqvist) from sparking a nuclear war. The plot – although featuring a handful of twists and turns – is fairly standard, but it's the action that elevates this to 'awesome' status. Impeccably shot and employing some inventive special effects, Ghost Protocol boasts some of the best set-pieces put to celluloid this year. The Burj Khalifa sequence – which sees Cruise execute all of his own mind-boggling stunts on the outside of the world's tallest building – is the single finest example of pure, unadulterated cinematic joy 2011 has offered up. With a stereotypical villain, unexplored subplots and an underused Josh Holloway, this fourth instalment into the Impossible series may not be perfect, but it's massively enjoyable.

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Mission: Accomplished

9/10
Author: Austin in Wonderland from United States
15 December 2011

Sooooo long story short, go see this movie. Pretty much as soon as it comes out.

As for the unabridged review: it's the best Mission Impossible yet (Tom Cruise versions, of course). More of the cool gadgets, super awesome fight scenes and secret spy stuff we love. Plus some spectacular locations. We've got Dubai, Mumbai, Moscow. I mean, the movie is just visually stunning, though I saw it at an IMAX theater, so the highest quality of visual and sounds is to be expected. Did I mention it's a funny movie? We can mostly thank Simon Pegg for this, though Cruise, also one of the movie's producers, is pretty snarky, himself. The plot is a standard Mission: Impossible plot but it keeps you engaged from start to stop. Nevermind all the details and technical-speak you may get lost in. Just go with it. It's a great ride.

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Lobotomized Action: Mailed In

3/10
Author: Sword Of The Protector from United States
27 July 2015

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Look, I understand everyone thought DePalma's original was too esoteric and difficult to follow but is this what you were looking for? This reminded me of the awful Woo second one but that is an insult to number two. As another reviewer said, why is Pegg blathering in English when they are infiltrating the Kremlin? Is this a comedy? I am sorry if I were Ethan, I would have said the next word and I shoot you dead. See, I don't care how great action scenes are if the acting that goes with them is flippant or ironic it drains all the gravitas out of the scene. Show of hands: who thought Ethan would not reach that briefcase and save the world? It is so action by the numbers with Ethan posing for the camera. Hey, Ethan did that down the pipe before let's have Renner this time. The Dubai scene could have been intense instead it is played for laughs. We do not need to see the discarded glove sticking to the other window going on and off; hello? it kills the intensity of the scene. What a dreadful director! The Dubai scene and the final chase for the briefcase are treated completely devoid of dialog that goes with the putative intensity of the scene.

I don't know about you, if I told her not to kill that assassin we need her info and she kicks her out the window, I would not have a touching moment. Oh, that's OK, billions of people may die but she killed somebody you loved; hey, no big deal. See, what I mean. If you have a script where the world is at stake try to have dialog and acting that mirror the intensity. After Ethan gets back in the window, there is a brief comedy scene. It is impossible to feel any sense of suspense because the actors are so carefree and laughing throughout the movie. The villain is sketched so poorly, barely adumbrated. We have no idea who he is, another mail in villain for the series. I am sorry but Tom needs to keep his shirt on, please! Does he look like he could perform those physical tasks, it is getting embarrassing. He looks like Rodger Moore in Moonraker.

See, when we know the outcome, in advance, it would be helpful if the dialog and writing injected less humor and more intensity. Pegg swings the wrecking ball on many parts of the film with his ham bone humor at the worst, most intense moments. Pick a tone: Comedy or Drama. As much as I disliked number two, Woo's retarded action bird fest, this is pretty close. Terrible Film.

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Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol - A movie viewers Review

9/10
Author: lilmandecicco from United States
2 March 2012

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Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol is SUSPENSEFUL. I capitalize suspenseful because it is NOT an all out action adrenaline rush movie. It has action sequences in it but it is more of a suspense thriller.

The visual effects are amazing, especially when he's hanging on one of the tallest buildings in the world, and that's because they didn't use ANY special backgrounds or anything. Tom Cruise performed his own stunts and he only used bungee cords and other special equipment, but NO green screens.

Like I mentioned earlier, this is a THRILLER. Do not get this mixed up with an action movie. It is a movie that is meant to tease your mind until the end.

I did enjoy this movie, HOWEVER, they could've put a little more action in it. For a movie, though, it does enlighten future movies towards more of having story than nonstop action.

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Action in its purest

9/10
Author: a-ozornin
17 January 2012

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I do not consider myself as the great fan of Mission Impossible franchise. The first part, released in 1996 (!) was action at its purest, with the small intrigue set up by the question "Who betrayed the group?" and the soundtrack which pretty soon was installed on 95% of mobile phones as the alarm clock signal. Since then Ethan Hunt became iconic spy, even though the franchise overall was going downhill. The second part was an absolute failure, already too surreal for a serious action movie but still not surreal enough for Matrix-style movie. The third part improved a little bit but generally it was still laughable.

Little surprise, I expected the 4th installment to be at approximately the same boring level. My low expectations were even reinforced by the fact that Tom Cruise was getting older and, as evident in Knight and Day, where the stunts were repetitive and boring. However, I was walking out of the cinema with the smile; Mr. Cruise managed to beat the expectations.

No doubt, the plot is silly and, from time to time, even stupid. Seriously, terrorist acting alone is trying to launch the nuclear attack? Why not mammoths waking up after the Ice Age and trying to crush all the world capitals? Do not expect the depth of the plot out of this movie. Even the jokes that were included to keep the plot together will entertain only those who have not seen the other parts of the franchise. But this movie was created to amuse us by the dynamic action, wasn't it? And the action part is something that is done well in this movie. I was watching it in IMAX, and the adventure outside the Burj Khalifa is breathtaking when shown on the huge screen. Faster heart rate and round eyes are guaranteed when the screen is large enough or when one is too afraid of the height. But even if we do not consider the episode, there are quite a few stunning scenes, chases and fights to keep the viewer busy holding on their chairs tight.

It would be pretty weird to expect some outstanding performance out of the cast. Tom Cruise is simply doing his job, and doing it pretty well – it requires little acting talent but a lot of effort in performing the stunts. Simon Pegg is always good, he is very convincing yet again as the computer geek (Paul was the movie where he trained the role, I believe). Paula Patton as "the Hunt's girl" needed only good figure, which she has, just watch out the party in Mumbai. Jeremy Renner who played William Brandt requires a line as well. He was absolutely up to speed with Tom Cruise, perfect action figure, I was surprised (in a good sense) with his performance. There are rumors that he is going to replace Tom Cruise in future installments of the Mission Impossible, and I can stay reassured – he will be a good spy.

VERDICT: Much better than the previous ones, breathtaking action featuring forever young Tom Cruise WATCH: if you want to give your brains a rest and simply want some dynamic stupid action.

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Mission Impossible- Getting my money's worth...

4/10
Author: mscherlen from austin, tx
3 January 2012

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Wow, this is one of the boring films of the cold war era... even though it was made 25 years after.

Really, "the Russians?" Secret launch codes on paper? Thank God they haven't invented thumb drives, email, or computers, or this movie would be ridiculous. 1980 called, and it wants it's script back.

OK, let me get this right... Tom can jump off a building onto a moving car, but he can't climb down a wall to get the suitcase with "THE BIG RED BUTTON"? He has to risk his life by crashing a car to the ground instead? Oh, Kay...

And let me get this straight... he is like James Bond, but his gadgets don't work? Seeems like those super secret spies would check the batteries on their magic gloves, but I guess not. And let me see, Tom Cruise as James Bond drives a BMW-made Prius with neon lights, but it doesn't do anything (except maybe cement Tom's super macho image as a Prius driver). And Simon Pegg uses a magnetic levitating skateboard... but it doesn't work well either. Oh yeah, but at least they had a Magic screen to break into the Kremlin with... oh wait, it went on the fritz, too.

But oh, the cinematography was amazing. I mean after all they were in Dubai at one of the World's grandest buildings. Wow, what a great time for close-ups and small shots to help discard the grandeur of the location.

THis movie works best as a tribute to all real action movies, lazily borrowing ideas from the Bourne Series, the Bond Series, Looney Tunes, and every lame cop type show from Jag to CSI-wherever, to NCIS, and every action movie from when Tom Cruise was a Star. With a cavalcade of unimportant characters (Simon Peggg I get, he just likes to have fun even though he is great in things he controls, but I guess Jeremy Renner must have lost a best or blown all his cash from the good movies he has been in... because he wasn't necessary here. Oh and the ladies in the film were like the scattered decorations in a Michael Jackson video... cute but not believable.

Tommy, you owe me 8 bucks...

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Hold onto your seats

Author: dtucker86 from Germany
26 December 2011

With his Scientology preaching and couch jumping antics, its hard to take Tom Cruise seriously isn't it? He has just coasted so long on his pretty boy looks. As far as I'm concerned he hasn't really earned his paycheck since A Few Good Men, thats the last time he really "acted" as far as I'm concerned. However, who am I to quibble. Fans of Mission Impossible don't pay to see Ethan Hunt and his agents do Shakespeare or Tennessee Williams, they pay to see lots of action and we get it in spades here! This movie would have been a lot more effective if they had made it during the Cold War since it involves an attack on the Kremlin. There is a lot of action to keep you on the edge of your seat especially the one where Hunt Spidermans down the side of the world's tallest building. People with fear of heights should not watch this movie. Jane Patton does a wonderful job as a ballsy female agent with a score to settle.

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Nice, but no match for MI-2

7/10
Author: Abhisek Kumar from India
25 December 2011

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As I summarized, it has nice kick-ass action sequences, extra-cool gadgets, but this film is no match for the MI legacy, which I believe, started from MI-2.

To start with, there are many inconsistencies in the film, especially in the India sequences. e.g. Brij Nath was located in Mumbai, which has Marathi as regional language. But there is no mention how agent Hunt and his team land in a place where Billboards are in Kannada language, which happens to be the language of Mumbai's (read Maharastara's) neighboring state Karnataka, immediately after kicking Brij Nath's ass!!! As for the Indian connection in this film, Mr. Anil Kapoor, he was a real disappointment. You deserve better than this Mr. Kapoor.

But if we leave these "minor" inconsistencies aside, this film is a good watch. It has really cool gadgets, sexy concept cars from BMW, some really nice action sequences, the best and the star of the movie being the Burj-Khalifa action sequences, and nice one-liners (especially from Benji) which make you laugh.

All in all, do watch this movie, in theater, but don't take your brains with you. :)

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178 users should be booted out !

10/10
Author: chrishayes737 from New Zealand
21 December 2011

178 users gave MI:4 1/10....this is ridiculous to say the least these users must have never seen the movie !!! MI:4 is the best MI movie & has the most mind blowing stunts & action almost ever seen on film & is the best action film of 2011 if not the best film of 2011 period . Tom Cruise is back & better than ever is personal life has some calm to it & now he will see the rewards of that , Simon Pegg is awesome as a comic relief...to the users who gave MI:4 1/10 you need to give away movies & don't watch them anymore they are not you cup of tea...you have absolutely no idea what a good movie is & you have absolutely no idea period .

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Mission Accomplished

8/10
Author: ankit-gindoria-62-875856 from Mumbai
19 December 2011

It was Brilliant idea to hire Brad bird for MI 4 ....the animated guy brought the fun which we are luxury to watch in animation. The MI 4 was smart and very funny. Simon Pegg was jewel for me in the movie. His comic timing and personality made the movie lot of fun to watch. Of course it will be of obviously Tom Cruise movie with most of the actions involved around him. The fast space action was the 2nd reason i loved the movie. The Khailfa scene was beautifully directed and acted by all the team. Though special mention for Tom cruice here for his bravery act the Khalifa scene on its own. I gave very little importance to story as such, since story lets say in MI and other action movies too much fictitious for my taste. The gadgets and cars were Awesome. Though Anil Kapoor role was very cheap and he should have considered taking that role, but Hollywood limelight is hard to ignore. All in the end a very good movie and a must watch for many.

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What an outstanding Movie!!!!!!!! This 'Mission' is 'Impossible' to resist!!!!

9/10
Author: cooljalz from India
19 December 2011

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Believe me action or stunts in any form can't get any better than this. Ghost Protocol takes us to witness the zenith of human physical potential. This is the best movie in action genre I have ever seen and it might remain at the top of my list for my life. It is a relentless thrill packed ride which kept me on the edge of my seat and finally when it ended I seriously wanted Tom Cruise to pull out one last stunt in the closing credits.

The plot is seemingly straight throughout the movie but Brian Bird has kept some mind boggling twists which makes it one hell of a movie!! Every aspect of this movie is simply awesome, be it bird's direction, use of globally important locations as proving grounds for 'nothing is impossible', acting, dialogues,cutting edge technology and what not. Bird has brought in his imagination enriched by his experience in animation to give some everlasting scenes. Be it the opening sequence, the prison scene ,the burj al arab daredevilry, the missile scene or the climax which is a masterclass.

It will be a sin to reveal any detail of the plot because watching it on screen is once in a lifetime experience which I don't want any of you guys to get spoiled. Everyone involved in this movie has given their 100%. But to leave it without mentioning the super cool cast will be silly. Paula Patton has essayed her role of the tough yet loving agent wonderfully. Simon Pegg, just brilliant in bringing comic reliefs in the serious missions. Jeremy Renner, as the mysterious and complicated analyst is just superb, in fact his character is the best written one. Michael Nyquist as the bad guy has that cool menace around him and he proves himself as the unbeatable, smart, savvy villain with ease. But I thought he was given less screen space. There should have been more one on one scenes with the hero. Anil Kapoor has a very small role but has performed it well.

But the real star is Tom. He has given everything in his body for this role. He has really cheated death in this one. I feel pity on those guys who compare Shah Rukh Khan with him. Its Nonsense!!! Tom Cruise has comeback with a bang after the failure of Knight and Day and has shown that when it comes to versatility he is the best. He has portrayed a fragile, vulnerable, more human but relentless, master strategist and having never say die attitude Ethan Hunt which is why it makes this character more believable and more likable. Brian Bird also deserves some credit for that.

So to summarize, I am giving it 9/10 just because of some minor flaws and also because I thought some human and weapon action should have replaced some technical scenes when it comes to the mission. The action takes the cake for being the show-stealer. But Tom Cruise, I bow several times to you for the amazing for doing this impossible mission because after all difficult is just a walk in the park for you!!!!!!!

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Mission definitely accomplished!

10/10
Author: lavinadaryanani from Bangkok
18 December 2011

Excellent movie that will keep u on the edge of your seat! Tom Cruise is brilliant as Ethan Hunt, while the rest of the cast were terrific too. The incredible action sequences and high-end gadgets were awesome!

Hats off to director Brad Bird for directing a great action movie and Tom Cruise for his amazing death defying stunts, considering he's almost 50 (not that he looks even close to it)! Definitely worth a watch, especially on IMAX!

This is easily the best action movie of the year and probably the best in the franchise. It has everything from incredible fast-paced action to a stellar ensemble cast, great locations, interesting plot and even humor.

The best Mission Impossible sequel, absolutely loved it!:)I can't wait for MI5!

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A roller coaster thrill ride !!!!

9/10
Author: mokhatib from Lebanon, Qatar
16 December 2011

Power, adrenaline, thrill, rush, are many of the pure ingredients of Tom Cruise's formula for Mission-Impossible-Ghost Protocol. Well I can assure you MIGP will take you for the roller coaster ride of your life and you will just wish the movie never ended.

Tom Cruise returns as Agent Ethan Hunt thrown into a plot not related to the third installment. I am not going to spoil the movie since not a lot of people have watched it yet but it is more than safe to say that the acting performances are superb, a solid script, Cruise is 'the' super action star, Jeremy Renner is a magnificent action addition to this cast, the female touch in this story is both sexy and lethal as portrayed by Paula Patton, Simon Pegg does a wonderful job with his subtle comedy without overdoing or exaggerating it and yet being serious and responsible when need be.

It is clearly evident that the writers this time relied heavily on lesser action scenes, or lesser action in the suspenseful scenes especially lesser fight scenes, in comparison with the previous three parts, in favor of more wit, suspense, and gut-wrenching challenging twists and turns in the plot that persistently and truly make this mission for Ethan and his team impossible to accomplish and this is obvious in the final scene when Ethan says:" the only thing that functioned in this mission is this team".

Two things did not really sit right with me about this movie, one, I found that the first scene in this movie, the prison scene, action and suspense wise was not up to par in comparison with the commencing scenes of the first three parts, I guess the writers introduced the new "less action, more wit and suspense" formula from the beginning of the movie and carried it along, I think they should have begun with the old formula and then kicked in the new mode after the credits. Two, the first thing that comes to my mind and I am assure to a lot of people's minds when the name Dubai is mentioned, is images of beautiful and spacious landscapes full of extravagant buildings, constructions, and towers yet the writers decided to introduce Dubai in the movie with desert and camels ?!!!!!???!?!?!? As an Arab and a Lebanese I found that to be insulting, especially when Ethan swerves off in his car to avoid hitting a group of camels walking in the middle of the road; two elements here caught my attention the camels and the road, reflecting to me the idea of regression and primitiveness that some Arab people are still using camels to get to their destinations, and again the Western's and especially the American's image and idea about the Arab people associated with camels and desert is repeated here and I feel the color of the sand of these deserts was exaggerated or increased to give it more an oriental desert look and not the usual color you would see in other non-Arab countries, I lived in Dubai for one whole year and never in those days, as far as I can remember, have I seen so much camels, if any at all, like I saw in this movie, and this is not the right color of sand found in the UAE, it is much lighter in tone. Still in general I enjoyed this movie a whole lot, I had a childish smile on my face throughout and got the occasional goose bumps from time to time.

MIGP is an intensifying, action-thriller, watch it or miss out on the ride of your life.

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Excellent Movie

10/10
Author: ghotter from New Zealand
15 December 2011

I think Ghost Protocol is the best Mission Impossible of the lot. It grips you from beginning to end with high octane fuel filled action. The acting was great and is really quite funny at times especially with 'Sean of the Dead' Star Simon Pegg. The Scenes on the side of the tallest building in the world are breath taking and keep you on the edge of your seat. Put your reservations of Tom Cruise aside, he did really well in this action packed movie. The only flaw I noticed was, where were the people as Ethan Hunt scaled the side of the glass walled building, surely someone would have noticed? This is one movie in a series that has got better as they progress and not worse.

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4 out of 10 people found the following review useful:

Mission Accomplished

7/10
Author: David Ferguson (fergusontx@gmail.com) from Dallas, Texas
15 December 2011

Greetings again from the darkness. You should know that as serious as I am about movies, I am perfectly comfortable accepting the Mission Impossible franchise for what it is ... a thrilling roller coaster ride of breathtaking stunts, outlandish missions, stunning visuals, bone-jarring fights, and above all else, Tom Cruise. Mr. Cruise is back in his element as Agent Ethan Hunt ... equal parts sleuth, cage fighter and super hero.

This is the fourth installment of the re-boot which began in 1996. Cruise was in his mid-30's then, and is pushing 50 now. In remarkable physical condition, he seems to take great pride in his ability to pull off these fantastic stunts. However, he tops them all here as he hangs from the world's tallest building - Burj Khalifa in Dubai. This is one of the most impressive action stunt sequences ever seen, with multiple camera angles that will definitely jar your senses if you are the least bit sensitive to heights. This alone is worth the price of admission.

No need to go into much detail as the plot/mission is as ridiculous as the others in the franchise. Ethan's team is made up of computer geek and walking one-liner Simon Pegg as Benji; Paula Patton (Precious) as Jane (must have a pretty woman); and Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker) as Brandt, the world's most dangerous "analyst". This team is chasing after Michael Nyqvist (Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), who plays Hendricks ... a European loony trying to nuke the world for no apparent reason. To get to Hendricks, the team must go through a filthy rich playboy played by Amil Kapoor (Slumdog Millionaire) and a trained assassin played by Lea Seydoux (Midnight in Paris).

This latest installment is directed by Brad Bird, straight from Pixar via Ratatouille and The Incredibles, both of which prepared him for this first live action thriller. With an eye for action sequences and a feel for lapses in dialogue, Mr. Bird's first live action outing is quite impressive. Plus, he included an endless stream of gadgets, technology, fight scenes and crazy stunts. My only real complaint is that the iconic Lalo Schifrin theme song never really cuts loose like it should. Still, if you liked the first three, you will like this one.

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The greatest mistake is the villain.

6/10
Author: GoneWithTheTwins from www.GoneWithTheTwins.com
15 December 2011

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol is entertaining enough, with its globe trotting adventures, high-stakes tactical espionage, life-or-death extraction methods, white-knuckle infiltration and creative interrogation channels; but for all its nonstop action, it's indiscernible from every other Mission: Impossible movie or contemporary James Bond flick. The same obligatory catfights, amplified sound effects, hand-to-hand combat sequences, car chases, and literal suspensions from various vertiginous buildings make their way into this stunt-stuffed visual extravaganza. The light-hearted mindlessness of it all is a pleasant break from darker competition this holiday season, but there is still absolutely nothing new about Ethan's latest assignment, despite being in the capable hands of director Brad Bird (one might have guessed at a live-action version of The Incredibles, but it's much less imaginative).

Journeying from Budapest rooftops to a Moscow prison to the patriotic Kremlin to divine Dubai to a palace in Mumbai, Agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) of the IMF (Impossible Missions Force), along with agents Jane Carter (the pleasantly badass Paula Patton) and Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg, contributing just the right amount of comic relief), must thwart the schemes of an ex-Swedish Special Forces soldier and nuclear extremist, code-named Cobalt (Michael Nyqvist). Cobalt's plan is to obtain stolen, classified missile launch codes to use in a strike against the United States, which should initiate nuclear war. After Hunt and his crew are framed for the spontaneous bombing of the Kremlin, the IMF Secretary (Tom Wilkinson) delivers some unfortunate news: the IMF is disbanded and disavowed, and it's up to the remaining three active agents, along with chief analyst Brandt (Jeremy Renner), to apprehend Cobalt and stop his chaotic intentions.

The greatest mistake is the villain. It's not surprising that Michael Nyqvist would be cast in a big-budget Hollywood picture (a Tom Cruise production), especially with his The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo co-star Noomi Rapace ending up in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. It seems to be a trend with successful foreign actors (see the filmography of Christoph Waltz) to be transplanted into the Hollywood system, as if their award-worthy past performances generate enough bankability to warrant inserting them into more and more films - even if they don't specifically fit upcoming roles. Nyqvist's forgettable baddie has nothing unique or memorable about him – no scars, metal appendages, accessories, idiosyncrasies, or weaponry to allow him to stand out from the crowd of generic antagonists. He isn't even given a nifty henchman, save for a bit part by Lea Seydoux as an assassin who is much too young and blonde to be taken seriously. The real main villain is essentially just a nuclear missile.

With or without a memorable madman behind the nefarious plot, the stunts are still quite thrilling and the hi-tech gadgetry undeniably amusing. The stunt choreography once again includes dangling from towering structures, clinging to the outsides of immense buildings, or hanging by a thread, inches from some sharp blade. The timing is what makes these moments extraordinarily suspenseful - while an inescapable humor lines each scene with complimentary glee. The technological apparatuses that are in apparent never-ending supply (who funds these people?) also provide a great deal of wit and intensity, most being utilized for a single activity and then quickly abandoned in a hasty getaway. Anything is conceivable with these outlandish inventions, making their impossible missions considerably more achievable. It is nice, however, to see some of their contraptions occasionally fail. But it's generally the prolonged fight scenes, car demolitions and long-distance jumping that stretch the boundaries of believability. Contesting physics, wind resistance and gravity during far-fetched feats always appears completely absurd.

- The Massie Twins (GoneWithTheTwins.com)

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Deceiving Reviews

5/10
Author: iwuvhapa from United States
18 December 2011

I found many of these reviews to be much overrated. I cannot believe this is getting 8 out of 10 stars. For God sakes, the Bourne Identity is much better than this movie and it has a 7.8 rating. I almost suspect that these reviews are fake, but I would not be able to prove that. I saw the movie expecting it to be awesome, but it was just more ridiculous stunts and dumb jokes inserted into the movie. The first Mission Impossible was the best. Tom Cruise was nothing special in the movie, and with the invention of CGI and special effects stunts don't impress me anymore. Sorry, I'm jaded. Maybe I just am sick of big action blockbusters in general, but seriously make something more realistic and intriguing. I didn't care about any of the characters in the story, and I certainly didn't care about Tom Cruise. This movie is sh*t. Sorry, but I had to counterbalance the overrated reviews. Stop giving this movie so much praise! It does not deserve it! There *Sigh*.

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The most amazing on-location sights; the most incomprehensible plot.

5/10
Author: Greg Smith from Richmond, VA
17 December 2011

WEEKLY MOVIE REVIEW : MISSION IMPOSSIBLE (4) : GHOST PROTOCOL

MINI-REVIEW : The most amazing on-location sights; the most incomprehensible plot.

RATING : Don't waste your time – unless you love IMAX (Rating System: "See it in theaters," "Wait for the instant download," "Don't waste your time")

Ethan Hawke (Tom Cruise) is back and he's in big trouble. His mission went badly and evil enemy Cobalt/Hendriks (Michael Nyqvist) has the codes to fire the Russian missiles. Cobalt wants to start World War Three because… well, he's crazy like that. Hawke and the entire IMF have been disavowed because they were framed for blowing up the Kremlin. Now it's up to Hawke and his renegade team (Beautiful femme fatale Jane (Paula Patton), techno geek Benji (Simon Pegg), and rugged analyst Brandt (Jeremy Renner)) to set things right. And we're off . . .

There is so much wrong with this film it is hard to pick a starting point. Let me start by saying that I don't understand why this is a Christmas film. This is an action adventure that is great popcorn fare and appeals to the Transformers crowd. Usually such films come out in the summer and are gone with the first whiffs of the fall.

The plot is completely incomprehensible. Suffice it to say, Hawke and his team flail from one blunder to the next. However, this is a plot device that allows the movie to travel to exotic locations and exploit the IMAX camera (see below). And everywhere they go, there are chase scenes. Because, well, Tom Cruise looks good running.

And for the special effects and plot devices, I feel as though we've seen all of them in other Mission Impossible films. There's Tom Cruise blown across the screen by explosions. Tom Cruise barely escaping flying automobiles, and (this time) Jeremy Renner hovering above the floor of a computer facility while he manages tricky computer magic. There was even a "Red light, Blue light" moment reminiscent of the first film.

The film weighs in at 2 hours and 15 minutes – a bit long by Hollywood standards. I saw plenty of places where scenes could have been trimmed and a few that could have been completely eliminated as they didn't further the plot – but were cute bits of special effects.

And while we're talking about cute – a lot of the dialog was just adorable. That is to say, there were jokes interspersed that were supposed to lighten the tension and humanize the characters (especially with comedian Pegg). But they fell flat as they were largely forced humor and not well-placed in the film.

I get the feeling this was supposed to be some sort of "reboot" for the Mission Impossible franchise. Tom Cruise and JJ Abrams were producers. You may recall that JJ Abrams is the head of "Bad Robot" productions and he directed the reboot of the Star Trek franchise in 2009.

The one saving grace of this film is the on-location filming. I saw MI4 in IMAX and it was spectacular. We start off in Russia with wonderful shots of the Kremlin. Then we are whisked away to Dubai where Tom Cruise does amazing feats of wall crawling in front of IMAX cameras. If you have ever been to IMAX and seen the panoramic views that take your breath away, you can appreciate how impressive Tom Cruise hanging from a thread at the top of the tallest building in the world can be. It successfully engaged my vertigo. Then we are off to India for more adventure and wonderful sights.

I paid $16.50 in my theater to see this film and I balked. To be sure, it was not worth the price. The 30 minutes of IMAX views, while wonderful, are not enough to warrant a recommendation. If you want to get the full IMAX experience go see "IMAX: To Fly!" or some other IMAX offering. But there is absolutely no way you should spend even $5 to rent the instant download. So, for a meandering, incomprehensible plot and rehashed devices, I suggest you "don't waste your time."

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Even my wife could see through the awful writing...

5/10
Author: Melvin Coleman from Atlanta, GA
27 December 2011

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

I never write reviews, but I had to with this one. This movie was a joke on so many levels. If you have a brain and actually want to know why things are happening and what's going on, please don't watch this. The writers of this movie should have their Screen Writers Guild Memberships revoked permanently.

First I'll start with the Pros: 1.Cinematography and Screenplay: Breathtaking and beautifully done. 2.Nope, that's it! Only one pro!

Now the Cons: 1.Cruise: Was his old self, good as usual but not great. His role was bad because the writing was elementary at best. He was the old Ethan Hunt minus being intelligent, smart, quick on his feet, calculated…etc. He just hit people and jumped off stuff. 2.Female Agent: Horrible casting. She doesn't work, she's not believable. 3.Tech Specialist Agent: Was apparently supposed to be comic relief. He was a joke. 4.Ving Rhames: Not in the movie except for an ending cameo! Unforgivable! 5.Analyst/Other Male Agent: Good actor, bad writing. The story of why he was no longer in the field was weak! You failed a mission and a woman you don't know died so you quit the field? Weak writing! 6.Russian Cops: Ethan evades them like 5 times. Really? Weak writing! 7.Plot: Never developed. We never know who the crazy guy that wants to blow up the World really is, why he wants to do it, and why does he want to make it look like the IMF team was behind it. He wants to start a nuclear war to "start the World over". Really? Very weak writing! And why the age old Soviet vs. USA plot? 8.Disavowed IMF team: So we fire all our intelligence, counter- intelligence, espionage and special ops people because a building blew up? We've done a lot worst for a lot less and given people medals for it! Weak writing! 9.Prison Escape: It was too easy and elementary. Especially since we later learn that Ethan didn't know they were coming for him. It looked rehearsed; he knew how to perfectly get through every door. How did he know to wait in that room when the ground opened up? 10.Kremlin: His disguise as the general was weak. The gadget to render the hallway image was cool. He got in and out the Kremlin WAY too easy! Then they blew it up! Come on! Is it that easy to blow up government maximally secured buildings these days? 11.Burj Khalifa Scene: No comment. Just No Comment. 12.Billionaire: Coughs up the codes pretty easy huh? Not to mention he's comical and unrealistic. The female agent is pathetic in this scene as well. She's supposed to be seducing him, but she doesn't, but he's still interested. He's a billionaire at his own party with a whole bunch of rich people and can have any chick he wants, but this bumbling woman catches his eyes? Right! 13.Escaping Death: Ethan AKA Evel Knievel escapes death dozens of times. I mean Mission Impossible, yes, but this stuff was literally unrealistic. Freestyle climbing a skyscraper! Escaping maximum security prison! Surviving a sandstorm! Falling to a steep hundred foot crash head on in a vehicle! All kinds of other jumps! All pretty much unscathed! Give me a break. Did I mention the female agent takes a bullet dead on, but is strong enough to fight on for another 20 min! What! 14.Fight Choreography: A joke! Ethan beats on 2 dozen hardened inmates during his escape, but gets smacked around by a senior citizen with a briefcase in the final fight scene? Why did he have such a hard time getting that briefcase from the guy that looked 20 years older than him! Why did the other male agent have such a hard time with the guy in the electrical room when the tech specialist agent had to come in and shoot him. And the cherry, the chick fight was horrible. It's supposed to be super agent vs. super assassin, but the assassin gets handled pretty swiftly? That sucked! 15.The Launch Code Exchange: The tech specialist agent pulls the old fake arm trick? Really? Really? She conveniently finds the contact lens camera? Really? Horrible writing! 16.Sandstorm: What? First of all, why? What are the odds of this happening precisely when this mission is happening? Then, he runs, fights, and tactically pursues in at 120 miles an hour? What? He just happens to have the goggles? What? The dude gets away? What? 17.The Nuke: This was the most unrealistic of them all. First, you can't just buy warheads, buy launch codes and buy a satellite and poof! It doesn't work that way. If a missile is even aimed at a country, every government in the entire world knows it, it's called counter intelligence and satellites of our own! Even pointing a warhead, much less initializing or launching one is an act of war. This would have never even gotten this far, it's called the Cold War. You're telling me they pointed, initialized, launched and stopped a warhead inches from detonating in a major US city? In reality, it would have never reached the Western hemisphere before being shot down by counter missiles. Who wrote this?

Horrible movie. Just bad.

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Tom Cruise is a uneducated man.

1/10
Author: beanshell081299 from Jersey Shore
27 January 2012

Tom is a man who has no grasp on human nature and the inherent genetical mistakes that happen in human beings. I have never forgiven him for his statements on how we as a people do not need prescriptions for ANY malady of the mind. i.e.. Bipolar, which I am, and yes without my meds I would be a dangerous unstable person.

But I guess this piece of garbage actor is without human compassion and his acting is below sub par.

If I didn't believe in God I would wish some horrible mental issues on him or his children but I'll let God and Karma slap this man in the face.

I did see the movie for the effects and maybe because I can't get past who Tom is in his personal life I hated it. He is a self-righteous, disappointing real piece of work. And since his Matt Lauer interview where he attacks Brooke Shields for having depression and hence taking medication to help her deal with that unfortunate state I will never be able to enjoy his movies, past or future I am guessing.

Yes, this movie is interesting in it's storyline, cutting edge effects and stunts but I cannot get passed the man who headlines this movie.

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Tom Cruise is brilliant

8/10
Author: jpfloydster from Canada
21 December 2013

It is amazing how the director managed to change the style of the franchise, leaving the film much funnier and violent while changing the plot into something more interesting complex, and of course still starring the brilliant Tom Cruise.

I've got my complaints, of course. Mysterious analyst Brandt's, played by Jeremy Renner, dramatic side story is never fully realized, the plot feels half-baked at times, and Paula Patton's acting is lackluster. Also, one can't help but wonder how an aging physicist can keep up with a young special agent physically. Still though, this being an action movie, it fails or succeeds based on the merit of said action sequences and they deliver in spades. From a chase scene in the middle of a sandstorm to a fight in an automotive production facility, the viewer gets the sense that the filmmakers made a serious effort to innovate.

Rather than seeking to impress the viewer based on the quantity of explosions on the screen at any given moment, they instead do so by building tension and maintaining a bizarre sense of plausibility. There are other good things about this movie, like the colorful locales and effective comic relief, but those elements live to serve the effective action sequences. If you'd like to shut your brain off for an hour and a half and enjoy some of the best original action sequences produced in years, then this film would be a solid investment. If you take yourself too seriously, maybe watch something else

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High octane thrills make for a thoroughly decent blockbuster

8/10
Author: Leofwine_draca from United Kingdom
22 November 2013

I absolutely loved MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 3, so I knew the newest and fourth entry in the series, GHOST PROTOCOL, would have its work cut out to enter the same territory. It turns out I needn't have worried; this is spellbinding film-making indeed, a techno-thriller that sets out to thrill and does it very well.

GHOST PROTOCOL is fast, furious and entirely engaging. It kicks off with an intense set-piece and doesn't let up from there, feeling very much like a recent James Bond movie in its globetrotting scenarios and action-packed set-pieces. The extended sequence in Dubai is the highlight, of course, but the rest of the movie doesn't disappoint either.

Cruise is starting to look his age now but he still cuts it as a leading man and there's no faulting his enthusiasm for his craft. The rest of the cast is more mixed, with Michael Nyqvist struggling and visibly out of his comfort zone and Paula Patton unforgivably reduced to mere window dressing, but the reliable Jeremy Renner is on hand to restore order. I still don't get the fuss over Simon Pegg but I suppose he's not too irritating here.

Anyway, the emphasis is on intrigue and bombastic action and who would have thought that animation man Brad Bird would do such a fine job as director? The explosions are loud, the fight scenes are brutal and if there are occasional missteps that veer into silliness, the film always bounces back. Bring on number five!

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Hits all the spots for its genre. Best Tom Cruise blockbuster since Minority Report.

7/10
Author: Sergeant_Tibbs from Suffolk, England
10 July 2013

It's a shame that the Pixar alumni that are branching out to live action aren't flexing the unique and grabbing ideas they explored in animation, as Andrew Stanton releases John Carter and Brad Bird directs here, the fourth instalment of the series, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocal. While I can't speak for the quality of the former besides judging from consensus, Bird's MI4 is a good enough effort. While a director-for-hire could have competently translated the mostly sharp script, Bird adds a little something extra that make it more watchable, but not necessarily special. Granted, I've never enjoyed the series. I only remember watching the third in the cinema and I also remember not liking it at all. Otherwise, I know the iconic scene in which Cruise hangs in the air by a rope and then another with some explosive gum. I can't speak for how this film fits into the series' general tone, but I can compare it to contemporary blockbusters, and it can gladly stand on top of the post-The Dark Knight/Inception pile.

Like every actioner we've had the past 25 years, there are thrills and exposition behind every corner. MI4 delivers them thick and fast at a pretty satisfying rate with great big action set pieces. Naturally, it's pretty predictable beat-by-beat and our troupe of heroes spend the entire film trying to evade world destruction and only actually stop it at the very last second. I don't understand why people still go to see films like that as all tension is removed. Unfortunately, my least favourite part of the film were the "spectacle" moments, when Tom Cruise is in front of a green screen. Just really flat. Movie science aside (in a world where inserting a memory stick is all you have to do and everything is just a couple of taps away from being hacked), there are some really creative and impressive use of gadgets that were really fun to watch, even if they were used in almost unnecessarily convoluted schemes.

While the last film's style was inspired by the Bourne series' shaky-cam, MI4 is perhaps inspired by Inception's slick look and sense of scale. Bird utilizes the full frame at all times and it's wonderfully colourful and dynamic - the only times that sense of scale isn't achieved is when there's obvious special effects flooding the frame. While it does make it compelling to look at, it does lack a lot of intimacy that would make it more involving. But of course, it isn't trying for that. It could've also benefited from more emotional depth from the protagonist, Ethan Hunt but instead, he was just a character that braved everything (besides one thing for a few seconds). He spent the whole film recovering from the wounds of the previous film which was something only developed during the epilogue and for his relationship with a side character, something I found I couldn't connect to. It was the side characters that made the film, particularly as this film has a genuine sense of humour with great funny quips from Simon Pegg's timing and Jeremy Renner's charm.

On a sidenote, it's awesome to see Josh Holloway on the big screen, if just briefly. He even brought a little Lost with him as some mysteries are delivered the same way as in the show by characters or the camera withholding information but it wasn't as drastic as the show. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocal is an action thriller that hits all the typical marks correctly, which is refreshing after a lot of unsatisfying blockbusters from the past year or two.

7/10

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7.5 My Derriere!!!

5/10
Author: Glock_Boy from South Dakota
14 May 2012

There is no way this movie rates a 7.5. If boring and rehashed MI sequences with moderately acceptable CGI is all you want out of a movie, then OK. Admit it. Not I. I was hoping for a couple of laughs. I did. It was laughably boorish. Tom Cruise sleepwalked through his scenes. You could just sense that he was only in it for the money. What happened to you Tom? Honestly, if this is the best Hollywood can produce, seriously sad times are awaiting these companies. I'm glad I only dropped $1.50 at a RedBox for this. Can't imagine taking the family to the theater and spending $45 on this garbage. And IMDb? 7.5? I think your rating system is broken.

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An epic fail

Author: Patrick Maas from Breda, The Netherlands
12 May 2012

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

I'm very very disappointed after watching this movie. I didn't have the chance to see this movie @ the cinema. And so pre-ordered the BR. If i had to describe the movie i have to say it's a movie without soul. In the beginning of the movie when breaks out and goes back for a meaningless character is one thing. Then he get's his new mission...oh and your team happen to be the people standing behind you.Really.....Ooh very good joke when the phone didn't "selfdestruct" the first time.The climbing a tall building with gloves they happened to have...awful. No chemistry between the main characters. The timing of humor was awful. No build up to a climax and the ooh the wife isn 't dead so we're fine part pppfff. Maybe that mission should have been the start of the movie. That would've set a tension field between ethan and hawkeye.What they tried to accomplish i think,but failed. What i'm trying to say is that i didn't like the story line, the chemistry between the characters and the attempt for humor.Offcource everything looked very nice, but when will they learn that that doesn't make a good movie.If this is the level for the next m:i movies they should stop making them. I can't understand that people really enjoyed this movie. Compared to the other m:i movies this one was a disgrace imo.

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Good movie but not a MI standard

6/10
Author: shakir-1311 from Islamabad
26 April 2012

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

If you have never heard of Tom Cruise and have never watched Mission Impossible or Jame Bond movies then you can say it is a great movie. But come on it does not stand close to any of such blockbusters. The movie in fact looked more like an advertising campaign than a MI sequel. Feels like Hollywood is relying a lot on Asian funds and sponsorships.

It is not a waste of time to see this movie but don't get your expectations too high. The plot has many flaws. The various scenes are not world class. The story itself is a bit lousy.

- Hero's wife is dead - but wait she is alive - Ghost protocol is there - but wait they still have some stuff on a train - This message will be self -destructed in 5 seconds - but wait Tom Cruise has to punch it - There is a sandstorm and there is a broken window - but wait no sand in the room - The agents seem traveling towards Burj-Khalifa - but wait they are on a totally wrong road.

It is a piece of crap. But that good dark yellow colored crap. Not the ugly green colored one.

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Mission Impossible: Impossible Gadgets? and Bloopers

Author: gauthamnekk
7 February 2012

Many gadgets used in this movie seem so unreal, like the hallway projection, mask maker, c'mon the movie wasn't plot in future timeline, How is it?

1. We do not have the sophisticated Live 3d projection 2. The automatic mask maker wasn't invented yet. 3. The mainframe is left unprotected?

Watch the movie at http://www.movies-today.com 4. Mainframe allows external drives?

I accept it's an awesome movie with spectacular and explosive action The ending isn't promising. The background music score failed when compared to the others in th series

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Impossible not to enjoy.

Author: jdesando from United States
20 December 2011

"You guys don't exist, we don't exist and actually, if you're caught, we'll call you terrorists." Secretary (Tom Wilkinson)

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol is about as exciting as a franchise thriller could be, and with Tom Cruise and crew, it's guaranteed to be fun and glamorous. And it is.

Because he is held responsible for a Kremlin bombing, Ethan Hunt's (Cruise) team must go it on their own to clear their name by stopping a missile from landing on earth. It's going to be launched by a world-class crackpot, so it isn't going to be easy although traveling to Dubai and Mumbai has a certain charm if your life isn't constantly in danger.

The thrilling part of this best MI adventure yet is the technology and stunts, as it has always been. Add to that potent mix the total immersion of IMAX, and you will feel a part of the team while your scan some of the world's best looking cities appearing bigger than life.

Computers, eye scanning devices, an ingenious cloaking device (wait till you see them use this outrageously creative screen), and disguises are only part of the paraphernalia used to get them inside The Kremlin. Watching Hunt scale the tallest building in the world in Dubai is just as delicious, especially because Cruise is reputed to do his own stunts. By the way, he keeps from becoming too self impressed at almost every turn with his ironic grin and recurring playfulness.

Along to do the heavy emotional lifting is Jeremy Renner as Brandt, a team member with a questionable past that gives Renner a chance to show off his Oscar-nominated acting chops (from Hurt Locker). Cruise has moments of admirable acting as he emotes about his wife (Michele Monaghan). But the locations like Budapest and Moscow along with the techno treasures are the real stars.

Mission Impossible shows itself to be more durable than ever: Impossible to fail with its winning formula.

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Cruise and Abrams should give Bender a Mission to accept.

9/10
Author: SydneyAlias1306
18 December 2011

I've watched first three for another viewing before I went to see fourth entry of the franchise. I went to see fourth entry because I liked what J.J. Abrams did with third entry especially the action and pacing was very insane and hectic that got me invested and interested that John Woo lacked in the second. John Woo did his action scenes pretty well in second but I didn't like the storyline.

It's difficult to judge which one is better than the others because:

Brian DePalma did the first. John Woo did the second. J.J. Abrams did the third...and

now Brad Bird did the fourth.

Brian DePalma did what he was well-known for making it a good suspenseful film with his signatures of camera work. (86/100)

John Woo showed his chops for action but failed on the story.(71/100)

J.J. Abrams revived the franchise in his own way because of his touch with Alias even most of people would claim that this one is too much like a TV Movie of Alias but he did his THING by making impeccable pacing with non-stop action and frantic camera work. (93/100)

Brad Bird came in for his first live-action debut and he did the film so well but in part of me feels that there is something missing here. So, I feel in a way Brad Bird did so well with his execution but the overall film couldn't match the insane pacing that J.J. Abrams did with the third entry, even the third had good character relationships invested into the storyline. I actually fell asleep at some parts during the third act of the film, it's because the pacing felt like it's falling apart that Brad Bird couldn't match to what he did with first two act with well-staged action. (89/100)

Overall, for the execution, J.J. Abrams and Brad Bird made John Woo's entry look like a whimper on action sequences and pacing.

For Mission: Impossible 5, I have a pretty good idea of who will be a good choice to take on the director's chair to take all good parts from previous four to whole new level with more ferocious pacing and well-use of camera work.

The director for Mission 5 should be Jack Bender even he has a long history on directing television but he has the expertise to do it due to his work on Alias and Lost. He has a Jack Ryan film with Chris Pine in the can after Chris Pine completes Star Trek 2. Tom Cruise and J.J. Abrams should give Jack Bender a mission to accept.

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Its smooth, fast and furious..!!

8/10
Author: vickykolari-222-154170 from India
16 December 2011

Its a prison in Moscow, USSR. Benji Dunn succeeds to hack prison server system and opens lock of a cell gate, a big fat criminal comes out and a guard go to him to get him back to his cell, now Benji opens another gate and prisoners come out and start attacking guard. Many gates get opened and there will be chaos everywhere, there is presence of a person in a dark cell, he knows whats happening, he knows what he has to do, he gets out of his cell and smoothly jumps down one floor. Yes, he is Ethan Hunt of IMF. Ethan goes into the chaos and gets a prison friend of him and manages to fight guards and higher security to get to a room, the floor starts to break and an IMF team member waiting for Ethan down, they jump down and start walking and the Mission Impossible Theme Music starts...........

Its just a start, Mission Impossible's new installment to the franchise offers more action, more adventure and more technology than expected. Its smooth, its fast and its furious..!! One more fine spy movie adds to the Mission Impossible franchise..!! Even though there are some loopholes in the screenplay, especially in the part shot in India, movie goes mind-blowing. The technology, action, stunning performances, locations, cinematography and the MI Theme are enough to say its a MUST- WATCH. Its must watch for action lovers, but those who interested to see just Anil Kapoor or India in this Hollywood flick, i can assure you that you will be disappointing. The concept is not so strong but the gadgets and actions hide the loopholes and wont leave a single dull moment. The technology used in the movie are tremendous. Brian De Palma's MI-1 was standard and brilliant. John Woo's MI-2 was stylish and futuristic. J J Abrams's MI-3 was thrilling and edgy. Now Brad Bird is speed, thrilling, stunts and full of gadgets.

Tom Cruise with his Double Agent attitude, stunts and performance, simply superb. You will fall in love with him when he do the Burj Khalifa stunt. Its a must watch for all, his fans and non-fans. He makes a lot of jumps in movie, almost all the time his finishing of that jump won't be perfect, which makes the movie perfect..!! I loved it.. Newly promoted Simon Pegg who is new addition to the team, is hilarious and your eyes will searching for his appearance all the time. Perfect witty dialog delivery in the very serious moments is specialty of Simon. Jeremy Renner the IMF desk analyst turned IMF team member impresses with his performance.He did wonderful job in The Town and The Hurt Locker. Acclaimed filmmaker of animated films like The Iron Giant, The Incredibles and Ratatouille, Brad Bird succeeds to add another perfect spy action to MI franchise. He succeeds to keep up the fast pace, action and thrills, and the main attraction to bring new technologies which will be used by IMF team. The visionary ideas, imaginations of futuristic gadgets and technology used by IMF team members are brilliant and main highlight of the movie. Some of them will shock you and you will be hungover when you finish the movie. The virtual screen, contact lens printer, glass climber, magnetic jacket and list goes on.. Its a treat for gadget freaks, one step more to Bond movies i can say. Cinematography by Robert Elswit is tremendous. The way he shot from copters or whatever when a new city is introduced or a major building like Burj Khalifa is brilliant. Action scenes will be real-like, and the credit goes to Robert Elswit and IMAX cameras. Concept and story by André Nemec, Josh Appelbaum is good but it fails to impress everybody, movie gets highlighted for the technology used and action scenes, but the concept is not so great, but dialogs are hilarious and its more comic than any other MI movies, but i like this one better. There are plenty of action sequences and its a total treat for action lovers, i thought its one of the best action after Die Hard 4.0. The main action attraction is the stunt by Tom Cruise in Burj Khalifa. It will remain in your mind for long time. Action lovers will definitely won't be disappointed. Right amount of MI theme music in right time make you love this fast paced movie for sure.

For Indians : Brad Bird's team ignored screenplay of the movie in Indian parts. They say that its Mumbai, Maharashtra where Hendricks facilitated the sale of a defunct Soviet military satellite to Indian telecommunications entrepreneur Brij Nath (Anil Kapoor), and that satellite could be used to transmit missile-firing instructions, Tom Cruise and Paula Patton succeed to gather satellite override code. Then they show them driving to television broadcasting tower of Brij Nath, they show streets in Mumbai (In front of Chatrapathi Shivaji terminals, Marine Drive). Then they reach to television broadcasting tower where the signs say its "Sun Network", also written in Kannada Language, which is definitely in Bangalore. Also some other indoor shots show some signs in Kannada which is language of Bangalore. If it was Mumbai they had to show it in Hindi or Marathi. Also sun network is a South Indian TV network. Its a loophole which Indians will find out. They know that even Indians watch this movie, so they had to be a little careful in it. We did not expect this kind of silly mistakes from such a huge filmmakers from Hollywood. From last few months Indians heard a lot of hype over Anil Kapoor's role in this movie, for which we have to think that Anil kapoor is there all over movie, but he is there just for 5-10 minutes..!! It was a cheap promotional technique. Visit bangnext for more reviews..

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Entertaining movie

7/10
Author: pranav_2001 from India
16 December 2011

Mission Impossible 4 - The Ghost Protocol 07/10

MI 4, like its prequels would be a treat to your senses, that is, if you are not too bothered about the story. MI 4 has good picturization, cool gadgets, awesome action scenes and our ever-young Tom Cruise with his good sense of humour. What is not right about the movie is the Story. Don't get me wrong... I actually enjoyed watching the movie. But that alone cannot be used for rating a movie.

I would (carefully) put my words to say that MI 4's story is "not-bad". It is a very entertaining movie, but not a very realistic script. You would assume that being a secret agent you would have lots of skills and gadgets but that doesn't turn you into God. Tom Cruise and team have performed some stunts that left me stunned. But there is something about Tom Cruise that he almost makes you believe that he could actually do all those things which might be hard for a normal Human Being to do. I guess that is what makes the movie so damn cool to watch.

My suggestion: If you decide to just stay home this weekend and do nothing-much, go and enjoy this movie! :-)

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Good action movie right from the start

8/10
Author: Rajesh Narayanan from India
16 December 2011

Good action movie right from the start. Most of the action sequences are out of the world. Brad Bird has a great directorial outing with his first action movie.

Kremlin getting hit, amazing gadgets that probably would never see light of the day outside of Hollywood, hot cars getting roughed up, ammunition being fired like crazy and of course fist fights - you got it all.

Tom Cruise has aged only in flesh. He is as astounding as one would expect the lead of a high-caliber action movie. Jeremy Renner somehow reminds me of Daniel Craig a lot. Simon Pegg plays up a pseudo-comical role to cool down the tension. To sum it up, good plot and a LOT of action.

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Good but not quite Carling

6/10
Author: gshortland from United Kingdom
23 December 2014

Although I didn't go into this film with high expectations, I was impressed with the non stop action sequences in which Tom Cruise manages to outwit his opponents and get himself out of any situations. They help the narrative to flow and add some much needed punch to this film.

However, this film also lacked the acting and character development of the secondary characters that were present in the first Mission Impossible's and at times, was difficult to follow unless you are really concentrating on what is being said. So if you do plan to watch this film, be sure to closely follow the plot.

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Wrong movie - wrong Hunt!!!

Author: vintkd from Russia
3 June 2012

I don't know how about you, but I'm disappointed this film because Ethan Hunt become like James Bond by Pierce Brosnan, absolutely not emotional and boring. If in the previous parts Hunt had very important and personal reasons for his impossible mission like salvation his girl or revenge for betrayal, here I'm absolutely have not worried for him and this is why I have bored in watching time. Ethan Hunt have become too invulnerable, even Bond by Daniel Craig is more human than Hunt here. In this film perfect everything, special effects, stunts, excellent actors, except characters whose stereotypical and lifeless. In my opinion, creators of "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" have done too big emphasis on action, forgotten about their realistic characters, unfortunately.

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Plenty of action, but doesn't live up to all the hype

7/10
Author: estebangonzalez10 from Ecuador
3 January 2012

¨Mission accomplished¨

The fourth installment of the Mission Impossible franchise has finally arrived after five long years. It's been so long that I really don't remember much of what happened in the latest mission, but it isn't that important because these movies stand on their own. The first Mission Impossible film came out way back in 1996 and now fifteen years later the mission continues with Tom Cruise as the lead character once again, although this time they brought in a new director: Brad Bird. Bird is known mostly for his direction in animated films such as The Incredibles and Ratatouille, but he proves with Ghost Protocol that he can make an entertaining action film as well. There are some really great choreographed action scenes in this film with good visual effects. The story is entertaining, although cartoonish at times. One thing is for sure, you won't be bored with this latest installment because there is plenty of action going around. I still don't think the film is as brilliant as many people are saying it is. It works as a summer popcorn movie, but it isn't much more than that. It definitely won't be memorable or even rank among my favorite films of the year, but I still enjoyed this action film. One of the problems I had with this movie was the pace of the film; the story is really long and at some points I felt it was dragging a bit. The final action scene was a little over the top as well and it felt like it would never end. There were also some corny moments in the dialogue from the screenplay which was written by Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec, but the film worked thanks to some entertaining actions scenes, and Tom Cruise proves he's an action star as well.

Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is back in action once again with yet another mission that seems impossible, but this time he will have to work with a different team and without the help of the IMF division because it has been disavowed by the American President after a mission goes wrong in Russia and relations between both countries seem to hang by a very thin thread. At the beginning of the movie Ethan is in a prison in Moscow and has to be rescued by other IMF field agents, Benji (Simon Pegg) and Jane (Paula Patton). Once they free Ethan, the three team up for an important mission in Russia where they are ordered to infiltrate the Kremlin archives, but something goes wrong when someone else steals the files they're looking for and alerts the Russian police that Ethan is inside the building. Ethan manages to escape, but right after he does the entire building blows up and Ethan is the prime suspect, although in order to not stir up the public the Russian government claims the explosion was due to a gas leak accident. This is where the relations between the US and Russia government reaches its boiling point and Ethan must find the person behind the betrayal before a nuclear war begins. The search takes them from one location to the next so we get to see Ethan and his team climbing the world's tallest building in Dubai first and later ending up in Bombay. IMF intelligence analyst, William Brandt (Jeremy Renner), joins the team and embarks in this mission impossible.

There are plenty of thrills and emotional moments during the movie, but despite the fact that it's entertaining I still felt like there were some dull moments that could've been cut out from this over two hour long film. Tom Cruise is back doing what he does best; it's always good to see him in these action roles (despite the fact that he has a peculiar form of running) and he was great in the Dubai scene. Jeremy Renner was also a great addition; he's been on a real role ever since the Hurt Locker. Simon Pegg provides the comedy needed in these action films to break down the tension, and Paula Patton was much more than just eye candy; she could kick some butt. I also liked to see Michael Nyqvist in the villain role after his work in the Swedish Millennium trilogy. Mission Impossible had everything it needed to succeed: action stars, great action scenes, and some comedic relief, but I still felt like something was missing. I don't think this is the best film of the franchise, but it's still worth the watch. You will be entertained, just don't expect it to be one of best action films of the year. I had a lot more fun with Fast Five than I did with Ghost Protocol. I'm glad however that Tom Cruise is back making some entertaining movies and doing what he does best.

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Overall a good movie, BUT...

6/10
Author: mambx from United Kingdom, Brighton
1 January 2012

I'm not amazing with writing massive reviews so I'm going to summarise how I felt about this film.

The good parts:

- Great action, as always - Comedy was well played out and in the right parts, and not too cheesy - Visuals were brilliant! - Acting was superb

The bad parts:

- Story line was boring. Sorry but it's just a normal plot about a nuclear bomb being sent to explode America, and the ending was EXTREMELY clichéd. - Nothing new, there was no twist at all, compared to the older films. - Although the action did keep you on edge, the plot didn't because you knew what was going to happen (no twist once more)

In summary: It is worth a watch, but you won't be blown away by it or the storyline. Still a great film and I recommend it if you're into solid action.

6/10

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great start, sappy ending

6/10
Author: david parkes from United Kingdom
1 January 2012

I will always try to make sure no spoilers.

this movie is a great popcorn movie, nothing more nothing less. it starts with a great set piece which sets up the rest of the movie, but you don't find out why the start happened until about 20mins towards the end. The acting is okay with Tom Cruise stealing the show. It seems like he has his energy back but you cant watch him on screen without the baggage he brings from his private life clouding your belief in his character. Simon Pegg does Simon Pegg the same character he plays in all his movies. Paula patton is a pretty filler with a part to play which you just cant believe in. Jeremy Renner just doesn't seem right, it's like he did this part as an audition for the new bourne movie. The biggest issue with the cast is Anil Kapoor he was fantastic in 24, brilliant in slumdog but in this he's just sleazy and not in a comic way, just lucky his part is only 5 mins or so. The locations are fantastic some of which you remember long before you forgot what the movie was about. and i think thats the problem, the locations steal the show. It also has a little to much product placement BMW's all over the place including the new electric sports car the Vision, considering one of the locations it just doesn't feel right. You'll realise what I mean when you watch the movie, not a Italian sports car in site.

A good entry, a fun movie. just what you would expect.

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Picks up where Bond lost the trail

7/10
Author: imdb2-556-923983 from Australia
28 December 2011

I'm not a fan of mindless action flicks, which this is. Characters portrayed as though they were made of steel and rubber make me cringe. Art-major-physics I find annoying. I went to see this movie because of Simon Pegg, and he delivers 100%.

I also had a good time.

The movie is not going to become a classic, but it's well made. All boxes are ticked: 4 exotic locations, including ample opportunity for some pretty high drops. One immediately-recognizable landmark destroyed graphically. Cruise to star, Patton as eye candy, Pegg for the British humor. Nods to previous installments in the series. High-tech gadgets that seem ultra-futuristic but still plausible. etc..

The simple fact is that the old-guard of action-movie makers has gotten tired over the years, and these are the people who stepped up to replace them and are currently holding the fort: Brad Bird directed this movie as though The Incredibles was a dress-rehearsal for it; J.J. Abrams gave it that Star Trek feel and brought in the writers of "Alias" and "Life on Mars" for the extra shine.

It's not going to be a favorite of mine. I will likely forget all about it a week from now. But during the movie's 2 1/4 hours, it felt like watching a James Bond movie for the first time. And I don't mean a new Daniel Craig movie. I mean, that feeling I got when Connery was Connery, Moore was Moore and Bond was Bond.

Oh, and super-cool gadgets were super-cool gadgets.

If you're keen on checking your brains out at the door and having an escapist 2+ hours of good time, this one is a good choice for you.

If, on the other hand, you like an original story, believable three-dimensional characters with some development arc, a back-story, emotional integrity, or anything that remotely resembles any of the above: do yourself a favor and choose curtain #2, instead.

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Where was the MI twist?

7/10
Author: pranavgoyal from India
21 December 2011

The movie was incredible, a little over the top with the sandstorm and everything but still mind blowing action with lots of chasing,things blowing up, swanky technology and all of that. I hear Tom Cruise has done most of the stunts himself,which is commendable especially the ones hanging from the Burj Khalifa. I personally don't like Paula Patton, neither acting nor look wise. Simon Pegg and Jeremy Renner are cool material people in the movie. BUT, the one thing that makes Mission Impossible movie so Mission Impossible are the crazy twists it has through the movie and one big twist. There was nothing like that in this one. So I did kind of miss that. Other than that its a kick ass movie. Oooh and the MI soundtrack Tiesto's remix edit is a banger of a soundtrack.

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A 2 Hour BMW Commercial

7/10
Author: Vaughn Fry (Legendary_Badass) from United States
18 December 2011

Operative Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is back in action in Brad Bird's live action directorial debut. The Pixar famed director joins the superstar on this jaunt across the Eastern hemisphere. The Impossible Mission Force is dissolved after taking blame for a bombing. Ethan and his remaining colleagues must attempt to prove their innocence while also averting world war.

Their first stop takes them to Dubai. The team has a brilliant plan ready, but a change put Ethan outside of the Burj Kalifa, the world's tallest building. Not only is it amazing to see a person climbing and swinging across this building—screw computers— but that Tom Cruise does his own work makes for heightened suspense. This is even followed by a foot and car chase under the cloak of a sand storm. Either of these make for a memorable signature event.

Beneath the thrilling daredevil action lies a critical problem. The screenplay for Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol works to set up chases, gunfights, and stunts. Some of the characters have backstories that stretch back as far as the last installment, which is acceptable, but the villain of the film is nothing but a haphazardly written necessity. Do you need a bad guy for Ethan and co to take down? Yes. Does Michael Nyqvist play this part? Yes, but only to the most minimal of requirements. In Hendricks, a man who made some speech about how nuclear war would bring world peace, there is no gusto. He's a shell with no fire inside. Hendricks lacks a believable motive, has no emotions, memorable lines, etc. One of the first things anyone writing an action thriller should know is to make a quality villain. Without effort in this area, others suffer. Our simple villain has an uninspiring plan.

Product placement is nothing new, but BMW's involvement in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol deserves scrutiny. There have been BMW sponsored Bond films, but that didn't mean that nearly everything he touched became a BMW. In Ghost Protocol Ethan his struck by a BMW, then hops into one to pursue. He even gets access to a prototype concept car (despite his team being supposedly cutoff) and is able to make use of a new Bimmer inside a jukebox- style automated parking garage. Every car serves to show off a safety feature, it's like a 2 hour commercial.

There have been three consistencies with the Mission: Impossible film franchise. One of those is Tom Cruise. Another is the transformative power of masks used throughout the series, allowing spies to take on identities with perfect accuracy. This has always been achieved by having an actor play double, but the process of constructing masks changes with each installment. Here the fun is in not getting around to using them. The last consistency has been Luther, Ethan's right-hand man played by Ving Rhames. Initially I was upset that someone who had survived three of these movies couldn't make it into round four as his name doesn't appear among the cast, but rest assured Luther makes a proper appearance.

Ethan's support staff has the usual stock of characters. Paula Patton is the hot tough chick Jane. Simon Pegg returns to lend comic relief and work gadgets. Meanwhile Jeremy Renner is Brandt, an analyst who falls in with the team but of course has a secret.

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol works to establish spectacle. The stunts and effects are awe-inspiring. Seeing Tom Cruise scale the Burj Khalifa is worth the IMAX enhanced admission price alone. As a narrative, it falls flat. The execution of the plot is amiss. The silly logic of the foe lacks credulity. Even the comedic efforts are underwhelming, particularly from womanizer Brij Nath (Anil Kapoor). Shame there isn't more under the dust storm.

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Great Mission Impossible Installment

9/10
Author: chicagopoetry from United States
17 December 2011

Tom Cruise is a bit old and weathered but if you can believe Harrison Ford is still Indiana Jones surviving a nuclear blast by hiding in a refrigerator, you can certainly believe Cruise is still Ethan Hunt, climbing up the sides of buildings, driving a convertible through a sandstorm and saving the world from nuclear destruction. There isn't much plot here but that's okay because it's all about the missions, involving wild and inventive technology and crazy action from beginning to end. And the settings are fantastic, from Russia to Saudi Arabia to India, this is James Bond and Spiderman all wrapped up into one. I really enjoyed it. Great sequel!

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Spot on

9/10
Author: nindo_h
17 December 2011

I had been waiting for this movie for a while now, finally today i saw it, not in IMAX(wondering how that must feel), but in a normal theater and man was i surprised.

The past 3 MI:* movies i've watched have been super dependent on Tom cruise as lead. Somehow that did pay off and i do wonder why. One of the changes that i saw was that the movie doesn't revolve around Ethan Hunt or any character for that matter(not going into details). It's completely a new movie, casting couldn't have been better neither could have the story line. Action sequences are too good, and i really mean that, keeps the movie always going just at the right pace.

The best thing that could have happened to the movie was Jeremy Renner, in my opinion at least, for some reason that guy looks like he's born to do such roles; slight disappoint that i didn't get to see more of him in the movie; but the movie does promise a sequel coming up with the same characters continuing from this one, that'll be something to look forward to. All in all, Awesome stunt direction, pretty good story line, commendable acting by all the actors involved(except Anil Kapoor, why was he even there in the movie?).

For those who Love action movies, Go watch it.

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Quite enjoyable. Best spy movie of the year.

9/10
Author: dinhhaidang91 from Vietnam
17 December 2011

MI: Ghost Protocol is a fun, action-oriented, with acceptable plot. Some of the technologies in the movies are just mind-blowing.

The acting of all the characters is great. Tom Cruise, as usual, delivered an amazing performance as Ethan Hunt. He showed the audience the nothing- is-impossible spirit as the leader of his team. The other character, like Simon Pegg or Jeremy Renner also portrait their characters very well.

Overall, MI: Ghost Protocol is a must-see movie for all the fan of spy movie. You will find lots of action, cool technology, wise plot, and great acting... all packed in this movie.

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Excellent Action. Made for IMAX

8/10
Author: TeamGadar from New York, NY
17 December 2011

Another great action movie...as always the locales, especially the Burj Al-Arab in Dubai scenes, were simply wow.

The action scenes are well done, the action is continuous, no "down time", the acting is decent. I just did not like Paula Patton in her role, I think they were trying to compensate for replacing Ving Rhames with a white guy as the techie, so they brought in a colored girl instead - very pretty and great figure, I just did not think she gelled in the role - her sequence with Anil Kapoor was lacking both the sexual or the comic relief that was being sought. Another reviewer pointed out that there is no personal connection with the villain like in MI:3 - good point, in order to keep the action moving, not enough time was devoted to building that character.

Great franchise and I love the Ethan Hunt character, just like Jason Broune/Bond in their own right.

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Etertaining action from start to finish.

10/10
Author: Thekeybaldemasterrises from United States
16 December 2011

I'am not a Tom Cruise fan, the cool thing is, you don't have to be. This whole movie was well done. The story was entertaining, the acting was good, visuals were breathtaking, and the actors were a ton of fun. just about all the things you want from any movie in Hollywood nowadays. I also recommend that you see this in IMAX, also because at certain locations you can go see the first six minutes of Christopher Nolans third Batman installment. The main reason though, is Brad Bird puts some good use to the IMAX cameras, by filming explosions in Russia, or sandstorms in India, and even Cruise climbing the tallest building in the world. This is one of the best movies of 2011, and you will not be disappointed!

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Just a sequel

5/10
Author: Harriet Downey from United Kingdom
13 January 2012

I had a bad feeling from the beginning of this film, that our very own Simon Pegg was going to be the best thing about it (he is hilarious), but it wasn't too bad considering it was the fourth in the series of Mission: Impossible films and generally, I feel that sequels deteriorate the further they get away from the original flick (apart from Toy Story 3).

Expect what you got from the other Mission: Impossible films; new gadgets to awe at, maybe a bit of girl on girl (fighting mind you). Just a heads up, the end sequence is ridiculous, fantasy gadgets is one thing, defying death is another. If you want to leave the cinema mildly satisfied, leave before the end.

I've said before that I like a film that teaches me something. What did this film teach me? It taught me that everyone needs Apple products and BMWs.

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Shallow sfx movie.

6/10
Author: PWNYCNY from United States
30 December 2011

This movie is not junk. It even has some engaging moments. The problem is the story - it has about as much substance as mush. This story is so simplistic and cartoon-like that it can't be taken seriously and since the movie is not a comedy, that is a problem. An action-thriller does not need to be shallow. Also, the story lacks plausibility. Now, the acting is good and Tom Cruise gives a credible performance, but he doesn't carry the movie. The other actors have to pitch in and they dominate the movie. When Tom Cruise is dangling 2,000 feet in the air and the audience is snickering, that means the movie has a problem because that scene is not meant to instill laughter, and besides the audience already knows that his character will live, so what's the point? Also, the story's plot is ridiculous, especially how it vilifies the Russians, which is really ridiculous, especially given the current international political environment. The movie has a lot of action scenes and moves at a brisk pace, but that's all the is, and that just isn't enough to make the movie worth watching.

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Disappointed

6/10
Author: drew_atreides from Ontario, Canada
27 December 2011

I have to admit that when I heard Brad Bird was doing a Mission Impossible film, i got excited. I have loved all of Bird's animated efforts, especially 'THE INCREDIBLES', which was a tremendous action flick in it's own right that obviously owed a lot to James Bond.

The idea of him getting to do a spy movie like MI seemed like a match made in heaven.

It pains me to have to say, after the fact, that i was a bit disappointed in this effort. It suffers from the same issues that MI: III had, mainly too many cheesy, forced and hokey elements.

There are some decent action sequences, to be sure, but there is so much wasted potential here for something that truly could have been great.

As it stands, it's another forgettable blockbuster.

Very surprised by all of the positive reviews. This is very middle of the road.

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Nice movie but lacks something

7/10
Author: ashutoshsethi from India
18 December 2011

Okay, I watched this today! Overall a nice action flick! The movie was stylish, but a little slow.

The plot, not as intricate and detailed as the other MI movies, was pretty simple and laid out in advance. You get to know the motive of Ethan, way early in the movie, no twists there!

The best part, as many might have expected was the action, the one thing MI movies sell for. Destruction of Kremlin, killing of the secretary, and the Burj Dubai scenes; death defying stunts with incredible sound effects make this a complete success!Tom Cruise, AKA Ethan Hunt, is the definite catch of the movie (man, he can surely run at nearly 50!) A good investment.

The bad inclusion was Anil Kapoor, who was put in the movie to garner Indian viewers; a short and forcible inclusion there!The overall aura diminishes a little here!

Overall a good movie, but something was missing in the movie! hard to pinpoint; but thats just a personal opinion!

Looking forward to more action packed movies from the director (well done Bird)

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Mission Accomplished with Honors

8/10
Author: Achyuta Ghosh from Gurgaon, India
17 December 2011

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The first scene of Mission Impossible 4 features the niftiest spy gadget ever- a pellet sized object, which, when it hits the ground becomes a full size mattress to cushion the impact of a 50 feet fall, also allowing the opportunity to the agent to take down assailants during the fall. You know from that scene on that you are in for a very special "cruise".

Apologies for the pun, but Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol is an impossibly fast film, so much so that the first time you get to time to think is around the halfway mark, when Tom Cruise successfully scales up and down the world's tallest building, manages to switch diamonds and nuclear codes, takes on a sandstorm of epic proportions only to let his nemesis slip out of his hand. While we all saw this coming as there were more minutes to the movie, what is special here is the relentless, adrenalin charged pace.

The plot's wafer-thin and incredulous itself- a demented Hendricks (played by Michael Nyqvist), wants to annihilate the world so that it can start all over again, and hence is in earnest need of some nukes. And all that stands between his quest and world obliteration is Ethan Hunt and his cronies. And what a fun gang is this one- Tom Cruise might have been stereotyped earlier in his career as a chocolate hero, but this series has infused fresh life in him, making him a stupendous action star despite his diminutive proportions. Even at 50, he proves he can give the young upstarts a run for their money with his kicks, punches, and manic chases. Paula Patton's Agent Jane is chameleon-esque- deadly one moment, and sexy vixen the other. Simon Pegg's Benji keeps all of us smiling, while brooding Jeremy Renner maybe an Academy Award nominated star, but here he does let down his hair a bit in the second half to go with the unbelievable flow.

The world is the playground for our heroes as the movie, which starts at Budapest, involves a jailbreak somewhere in Russia, an explosion in Kremlin, a lengthy chase sequence on top of the 830 mts Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, climaxes somewhere unnamed that the director wants us to believe is India, and ends quietly in the US.

"Blue is glue and red is dead", says Benji as he hands over a pair of spiderman gloves to Cruise for a gravity defying, heart in the mouth stunt sequence in the movie, which perhaps bests all in 2011. In fact the entire movie is a showcase for technology- cool gadgets, prototype BMWs, and adds a heady concoction of action in the form of death-defying stunts, fisticuffs, martial arts displays, gunfights, car and foot chases.

Which brings us to the weaknesses- as in most Hollywood action thrillers, everything is sacrificed at the altar of entertainment, with plans and super-plans executed to perfection with impeccable timing, and things going wrong only when the director decides to make life slightly difficult for our intrepid heroes. Anil Kapoor's "Hollywood" purported career defining role is perhaps the worst role he has taken up in his stellar resume, its worse than his turn in Tashan ;) And why the need of the India angle is any of the scenes were not going to be shot here? But the biggest flaw would be casting a dramatic actor of Nyqvist's stature in a pure action villain role. Check his intensity out in the Millennium trilogy and you will see what I mean.

Director Brad Bird has incredible credentials indeed, for afterall he directed the Pixar superhit The Incredibles, in addition to the charmingly funny Ratatouille, and what his animation background brings to the table is vivid imagination, so useful in filming the spellbinding action sequences.

To round off, Mission Impossible 4 is not only perfect weekend fare, by shaking and stirring some Bond and Bourne, it raises the bar for big budget action thrillers...Don't fiddle away your time this weekend, go watch,MI-4 and thank me for it later :)

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Worth it....Or Not ?

7/10
Author: bk_connection from Copenhagen, Denmark
16 December 2011

This movie is definitely worth a watch. Tom Cruise did it again and delivered an action pack movie once more.

The Moscow scene was good, the Dubai scene was brilliant BUT the whole India scene in my opinion dragged the movie. And it didn't do much better to see Anil Kapoor make a clown out of himself in the 5 min. role he got.

I would have rated the movie 9 but the India scene dragged the movie and killed the High Pase that the movie had built up.

But still definitely worth a watch.

Go For it Guys...Tom Cruise still have it.

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Completely overrated

4/10
Author: moonvine27 from United States
28 January 2012

Seriously, this movie is rating 7 right now? The plot is ludicrous, the acting is not compelling, and the writing is just blah. I mean, the stunts are nice and all, special effects are all dialed out, and we get some pretty travel shots but the plot is so over the top that we found ourselves giggling in parts that were clearly intended not to be funny. I did not expect verisimilitude and was prepared for a certain amount of suspension of belief (this, after all, is a "popcorn cruncher" sort of movie and that's what we expected) but let's not strangle Credulity and leave it corpse to cool out in a dumpster, OK?

I didn't find the acting too engaging, either, much as I usually like Simon Pegg. Certainly, this sort of movie does not require the entire gamut of emotions, just A to B, to paraphrase Dorothy Parker. Even so, I would have hoped for a little more chemistry, though I suppose considering the dialogue available to the actors they did what they could.

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Best movie ever

10/10
Author: sasaiscoming from India
18 January 2012

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The best action movie of all time. period .There are so many things that are great about this movie, it has everything : solid action set pieces , comedic element, dramatic interlude. In short a complete family entertainer with enough to satisfy any action buff . Now we are eagerly awaiting for mission impossible 5, hope it comes soon. By the way great cast and obviously tom cruise's never ending zeal is carrying the movie . The stunts are awesome. i really hope people appreciate the movie as much as me and my family did , it was a great IMAX experience overall and i would highly recommend this movie to anyone who wants to know what a solid action entertainer means .

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This one takes the cake

9/10
Author: DarkVulcan29 (DarkVulcan29@aol.com) from United States
30 December 2011

I Llked mission Impossible 1 and 2, but 3 not as much has 1 and 2. But this one I think out does them all. The action has never more intense, the characters all shine, and it has a great sense of humor.

Ethan Hunt and IMF team(Paula Patton and Simon Pegg) are framed for blowing up the Kremlin. They all go on the run, with Analyst Brett(Jeremy Renner) coming along for the ride. They all must go undercover, and prove there innocents, and hopes of preventing another disaster. Before it all comes crashing down on them all.

Brad Bird who is known for directing such animated films like The Iron Giant(1999), and The Incredibles(2004), really does well, when it comes to directing the action. Tom Cruise is good here too, but I like the way it never becomes like a Tom Cruise vehicle, cause everybody gets there chance to shine, Cruise never hogs the spotlight too much. Paula Patton and Smon Pegg shine quite perfectly in there roles, so does Jeremy Renner. And the action is far more intense than ever. you'll get your moneys worth.

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Dazzling (and not just Tom Cruise's teeth!)

8/10
Author: davidgee from United Kingdom
30 December 2011

Trying to stop a renegade plutocrat from launching World War Three is quite a hoary old plot, used in more than one James Bond movie and many rip-offs. But the sheer pace of this MISSION IMPOSSIBLE outing and its thrilling 'set-piece' action scenes give it the illusion of originality. The stunts on the outside of the Burj Khalifa skyscraper in Dubai are dizzying, and there's a splendidly choreographed fight scene in a state-of-the-art electronic car park. Fights, car-chases, a nail-biting climax: with all this - and Tom Cruise's dazzling smile - what's not to like? The lad seems to be enjoying himself hugely, and so did I!

The last 007 enterprise, QUANTUM OF SOLACE was woeful. GHOST PROTOCOL seriously raises the bar on this kind of movie. Daniel Craig must look to his laurels next year in the new Bond caper.

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The Roger Moore years

6/10
Author: goodsela from United Kingdom
27 December 2011

An enjoyable ride? Certainly. But MI4 has lost a bit of edge that was already eroding in MI3. The franchise has pumped everything up again so that the set pieces require not just suspension of disbelief but downright expulsion. The action crosses the line and plants a foot firmly in cartoonville.

It reminds me of the Bond franchise in the Roger Moore years. The stunts became more ludicrous, the flippant one-liners more corny, and any tension that might have been there evaporated as a result.

Recently Bond has rebooted with more realism and more tension and still manages a couple of funny moments.

MI will lose its way if it goes any further down its current path.

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Should you choose to read this review, heads up that it's no slam dunk

6/10
Author: secondtake from United States
26 December 2011

Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011)

There's no question this is a well edited, dynamically filmed movie. And the personalities are important--the characters, and the actors, too, for fans (for example) of Tom Cruise.

It's a great ride, a great thrill ride, but I don't think it's a great movie by any measure--unless relentless chasing and twisting from the enemy is the goal. The special effects are good--some of the scenes with Cruise climbing the tallest building in the world with some magic sticky gloves are flawless--and the normal scenes in gritty places ground these and give it all context.

The plot, for what it's worth, is sort of predictable, over the top stuff--the bad guy (and girl) is going to blow up the world, more or less, unless the good guys (and girls) can stop it in time. And in good classic fashion, the clock is clicking from the get go--something like 36 hours to doomsday.

What does the movie lack? Well, originality is one. That's not something to brush off--a movie like Iron Man or even (going back in time here) Raiders of the Lost Ark have an element of the fantastic that makes them unique. Among the supposedly grounded movies that still play games with reality, like the recent James Bond or Jason Bourne films, you still feel like "Mission Impossible" is stuck in some kind of re-tread rut.

The other drawback is characters. Alright, they are buddies, and they have a camaraderie that's great, and some good come-backs. Nothing is terrible. Still, the good guys are formulaic types--the one thing that keeps you interested in them, as characters, is the one addition who is unknown and a wild card. The bad guys are pretty boring, unfortunately, and this might be the killer problem overall. The bad guy has to be someone you really hate, someone you think is distinctive in their evilness, someone that makes you perk up and watch. Think of the evil-doers in "Die Hard" or "Spider Man" or "Batman" (take your pick).

Director Brad Bird pulled off some kind of magical coup with "The Incredibles" and you can actually feel the lingering effects here--the great small talk as the world is going to pieces, the believable normal people facing huge odds. And that's good. Tom Cruise is up to his usual form, or actually he's more buff than ever, but he acts in the usual way, which I find a little plain but it isn't bad. See the first, second, or third version of this series (yes, this is the fourth with Cruise), or see "Minority Report" from the same era, and you'll know what I mean.

Anyway, I enjoyed the movie, saw it on the big screen with good sound, and was taken in by the wow of it all. I just wish I was also made to care a little, to identify with someone, to take it further than a joy ride.

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Mission accomplished

7/10
Author: cliffromain from United States
24 December 2011

I thought this was MI 3 (laugh). At the end of the movie, I said to my girlfriend "get ready for MI 4". I'm happy she didn't catch that. Could Tom Cruise fail us? I don't think so. From the beginning of the movie the action was right on point. Keep in mind this movie is over 2 hours, I wanted more when the movie ended. What really got me about some of these stunts, was that Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) never got hurt. Whoa! Please make the super hero human. The title "Ghost protocol" - isn't he always chasing a phantom? The plot was magnetized, until we knew why he was chasing the Ghost. What's great about this MI is that you don't have to see the other sequels in order to understand MI4. Great movie for couples.

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Fine, if you're able to take it as a sort of silly James Bond flick.

7/10
Author: Boba_Fett1138 from Groningen, The Netherlands
18 December 2011

The way I have always looked at it; the Mission: Impossible movie-series is the American answer to the popular James Bond franchise. That means that it's also featuring plenty of gadgets, exotic or far off locations and a typical spy-thriller plot but only all done bigger, though not necessarily better as well.

You can't exactly call the series the most consistent. Every movie so far has been quite different in style and tone. I thought that this movie did a pretty good job at combining all of the best elements out of the first three movies, into this one. It has the sort of spy and thriller elements of the first movie, the action of the second one and the more realistic approach of the third movie.

Then why isn't it the best movie out of the series you might wonder. Because it's still suffering from the same problems as the previous two movies did; It has a far too simplistic story in it. Yes, I wasn't that big on "Mission: Impossible III", while the rest of the world seemed to absolutely love it at the time and lots of people called it one of the best action movies ever made. But as things turned out later, more and more people start to see and realize "Mission: Impossible III" wasn't all that perfect at all and most already seem to have already forgotten about that movie now days. Why is that relevant for this movie? Because I think "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" will suffer the same fate. People are praising it and all loving it now because it's all good and spectacular looking on the big screen but I just don't think this is a movie that remains fun and good to watch, over and over again, or in couple of years from now, when multiple other similar genre movies will have been made. The movie, as it is, just doesn't have enough to offer for that.

I said that the story was simple but what I perhaps meant more was that it was totally secondary for the movie, it seemed. The story itself was actually quite hard to follow because you simply often have no idea what is going and the movie forces you to take a lot of things for granted. You'll just have to accept Ethan has to climb up a building, they have to disguise themselves at times and people HAVE to jump down an air vent to get the job done. Why was this all needed for the movie? No reason, other than making this a spectacular movie to watch.

And yes, this is simply a good and spectacular movie to watch. Director Brad Bird obviously has a talent for action, big and small. Yes, the movie is featuring plenty of explosions and other CGI action sequences but it's being just as great and spectacular with its little moments, such as all of its hand to hand combats. In that regard this simply is a great popcorn flick and a movie to enjoy.

What could had definitely improved the movie was a better villain. Seriously, there hardly is any focus on any villain at all. After having seen this movie, I still have no idea who was supposed to be the main villain. A good, more visible and present villain would had possibly improved the story as well but it appears that the movie deliberately tried to put all of its emphasis on Ethan Hunt and his team members. And they do have some good chemistry together and are all a joy to watch in their own way. Lets hope that will all be back for more Mission: Impossible movies. Fore if there is one thing that this movie made apparent, it is that there is still plenty of potential- and a bright future for the series, with Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Paula Patton all involved.

It appears to me that you can really enjoy this movie for what it is, when you choose to do so but when you look more beneath its surface, it's a far from perfect movie.

7/10

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The franchise is badly in need of a 'Dark Knight' overhaul...

4/10
Author: extcontact from United States
27 December 2011

Turning the franchise over to a TV comedy / action crew had the predictable result - a bad movie that fails even the most basic 'Lethal Weapon' test. Tom isn't Mel or Jackie and shoehorning the otherwise wonderful Simon Pegg into the mix spoiled the whole lot. And the 'Team' never had a ghost of a chance when the actors were all so obviously conflicted between their action and comedic timing. Overall, the Transformer treatment left the whole affair feeling like a wobbly and robotic mess.

The direction also lacked subtlety, grace and the continuity necessary to sustain pace which is admittedly hard to do when you are constantly dropping out of warp drive to do one-off skits. The editing wasn't the best either, but it's hard to say just what they were given to work with so I won't be too harsh on them.

I'd say the franchise due for some serious reinvention and should dump the comedy and head deep into a darker and edgier landscape capable of better supporting the theme and premise. Maybe get someone with an edge like Cormac McCarthy help with the next screenplay.

But if they're unwilling to take a serious turn with the franchise, then they should give Jon Favreau a shot at the next one; at least he understands what he's being tasked to deliver and does so with the eye of a movie goer.

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worst movie for sensible people.

4/10
Author: rohan_xy from India
15 December 2011

this is worst movie i have ever seen after cowboys vs aliens.never seen such boring and mindless movie just made to create hype and make money.if you want to see 5 seconds Kremlin collapse and Dubai desert and tallest building on Imax, then its really waste of money.this movie is 2hr 13mins advertisement for BMW cars,KODAK,DUBAI tourism,dell servers. don't waste your time for such silly and stupid movie,come on tom cruise pay back my Imax ticket money.the whole movie is about building a story that doesn't make sense and market it with innovative strategy to make money.this is a low budget flick which is sold on tom' name.

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Quiet an enjoyable must see spy action film

7/10
Author: Aditya Iyer from Mumbai, India
5 December 2011

I had the opportunity to attend a special fan screening in my city's (Mumbai, India) IMAX theater where stars Tom Cruise, Paula Pattan and Anil Kapoor had come to promote the film. To put it down simply, the plot was almost linear and slightly above average. Well done script, but nothing ground breaking, much better than the 2nd and 3rd installments and I must say almost equal to the 1st. Visual appearance and sound were great, since being the IMAX format a decent job done. Sound was average and not much appealing. Action sequences were overall good, certain key scenes were absolutely well made, realistic, brutal and good fighting, and in between good humour being the icing in the cake. The film was fast and continuous, and less likely one might get bored over some 'filler' on screen, so that is a plus one. So concluding, a must watch which maybe enjoyed watched a couple of times due to the amazing IMAX shots.

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The Best Mission Impossible Film to Date

7/10
Author: Joshua Mitchell from Here
8 July 2014

Let's address the elephant in the room, shall we? Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol is Brad Bird's weakest film to date by a very wide margin. However, considering Bird's impressive body of work (The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, and Ratatouille), this is more inevitable than disappointing. And considering this is Bird's first foray into live action, Mission Impossible 4 is all the more impressive. It's leagues ahead of the first two installments, and it barely edges out J.J. Abram's Mission Impossible 3, thus making Ghost Protocol (arguably) the strongest of the four currently existing Mission Impossible films.

After breaking Ethan Hunt out of jail, the makeshift spy team consisting of just four individuals, must stop a mad man from receiving the launch codes to nuclear Russian missiles that threaten the lives of millions. And that is my one sentence synopsis.

While Brad Bird loses a bit of his distinct visual style in the move from animation to live-action, one can still see Bird's fingerprints all over the film. Mission Impossible 4 might just be the most stylish of the four Mission Impossible films. Bird even gets a chance to embrace his animation roots in a snazzy titles sequence, and surprisingly, two "A113" references (I only spotted one during my viewing).

As is generally the case in the Mission Impossible universe, the highlights of the film belong exclusively to the action sequences. And in the case of Ghost Protocol, they have never been better. The opening sequence is absolutely marvelous, and while one could argue that the film never does reach the grand heights of the first 5 minutes, it comes tantalizingly close. The suspense is played up in a charmingly old- fashioned way. Everything that CAN go wrong during the team's missions, WILL go wrong. This results in several "edge-of-your-seat" moments that makes you feel like a little child (I mean that in the best way possible).

Conversely, there does seem to be a bit of action-overload, and the film gets a bit exhausting by the end. The 132 minute run time is extreme, and honestly, at least 15 or 20 minutes could have been shaved off to make for a tighter picture. Certainly some of the "talky" scenes could have been snipped away. Several of these are reasonably funny thanks to likable characters, but just as many of them consist of needless exposition. The last five minutes in particular, suffer from this (as well as a completely unnecessary, and uninteresting twist).

The cast is in fine form. Tom Cruise still sells the role of Ethan Hunt, even though he is given far less to chew on than any of his previous performances as this character. He has no emotional arc this time around, but the character itself is likable enough to make amends for such. Simon Pegg is the primary stand-out, getting the funniest lines and most comedic opportunities. Franchise newcomer Jeremy Renner is solid in a supporting role, and while Paula Patton is fine as Jane Carter, the character itself doesn't have any kind of personality. This is something of a disappointment considering Bird's impressive line-up for strong female characters (Helen Parr from The Incredibles, Collette from Ratatouille, etc.).

But perhaps the most disappointing part of this movie, is the lack of a central villain. While we're teased with a promising antagonist early on, we are instead given an identity-less Russian man, who seems horribly tacked on, and is given no memorable scenes, dialogue, or traits. Ghost Protocol's predecessor, Mission Impossible 3 was significantly better in the villain department, and even the first two films had villains that were nasty enough to suffice.

Michael Giacchino's score is noticeably weaker than his work in Mission Impossible 3, but he still does a notable job of expanding and playing with Lalo Schifrin's iconic theme. The opening titles are great, and Giacchino gets to use some very prominent choir early on - a rarity from the composer.

Despite it's problems, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol is a lot of fun, and remains the best film in the series so far. The suspenseful action scenes, witty dialogue, and stylish direction add up to a picture that's both smart and entertaining. It's a long ways off from The Incredibles, but Brad Bird has still managed to produce a satisfying action film that doesn't dumb things down - and that alone is worth celebrating.

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Fun, flawed but the best of the four.

6/10
Author: TheSquiss
16 June 2012

This should have happened yesterday but the cinema failed to update its website despite the screen being closed for two days! Black marks to Cineworld, Hengrove Park.

We shared the cinema with four other people, which might concern some but delighted me. Give me an empty cinema over excited morons with phones and popcorn any day of the week. I don't need 'atmosphere' to experience a film; I save that for the football & tennis.

The short version is: Fun, flawed and the best of the four.

It's certainly a 'sit back and go with the ride' kind of film and doesn't stand up to a great deal of scrutiny. It's good (in a dark kind of way) to watch the Kremlin go boom instead of yet another rehashed White House wipe out and the scenes on the Burj Khalifa are certainly entertaining as long as you don't look too closely at the sandstorm and the background artistes failing to react to it. I enjoyed the ingenuity with which they did the deed inside the Kremlin (I'm trying not to give too much away here) and, as you'd expect with a Mission: Impossible flick, there are plenty of stunts, lots of action and sufficient noise to drown out most of the cheesy dialogue. Most, not all.

Unless you have bucket, it may be advisable to leave five minutes before the credits to avoid the wave of nausea caused by the schmaltzy metaphorical group hug celebrating the true friendship that carried the IMF team through the dark times. On second thoughts, stay, vomit and send it to Mr. Cruise in protest.

There are low points within the excitement, not least of all Paula Patton's periodic impression of a plank of wood. You won't be seeing her at the Oscars any time soon, methinks. The greatest annoyance for me is Simon Pegg. It's not that he's bad; he's not. He plays Simon Pegg better than anyone else I know. It's what he's required to be, as Benji, that raises the blood pressure.

Why, in an action film, does Hollywood think we are too shallow to cope for two hours without a half-assed smile or a childish comment? Does anyone look back at the Roger Moore Bond years with admiration for his unique brand of spy-humour? Pegg's turn in this is almost as painfully, embarrassingly humourless as (the usually fine) Alan Cumming's Boris in Goldeneye. We do not need another computer nerd/inept agent making stupid, childish, groan-inducing comments polluting our films. He isn't funny, he isn't clever and he's completely out of place. Don't do it again, Tom! But, yes, it's fun. Just watch it selectively.

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Mission not fully accomplished

6/10
Author: Rajesh Akavaram from United States
30 January 2012

After a long awaited time for watching another flick from TOM Cruise, the movie didn't leave up to the expectations.

The screenplay is lacking the essence in between, as it kept on dragging, got a bored feeling. Tom cruise is at his best with his natural performance, mainly the scenes at the tallest sky scrapper is the best one i can say....

Some of the scenes were not at all believable, as

Nuclear missiles being fired from India on America by Russians. Missile codes are safe with Indians having access to the satellite. Lot of scenes turn out to be unrealistic, one being having access to the server without any protection in the Dubai sky scrapper...

Got a feeling that its been watching same kind of scenes with not much of interesting twists and turns which we usually expect. Overall, the movie is OK, and once can watch for some fun.

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Good action, predictable plot.

6/10
Author: garethok from United Kingdom
17 January 2012

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Same vein as the previous mission impossible films, Ethan Hunt is Tom Cruise is Ethan Hunt so nothing new there, stunts are cool though. Simon pegg is tolerable for the first time in a non-comedy role, which is an achievement in and of itself.

Jeremy Renner absolutely steals the show, this guy would have made a far more convincing bond than Daniel Craig, much more repressed emotion, an impressive performance that overshadowed Cruises step for step, he even steals the lime light at the end.

Paula Patton is... forgettable? as unimportant as her French female assassin adversary.

Michael Nyqvist puts in a rather reasonable villainous performance, proving Cruises match in a horrendously drawn out car showroom fight scene, and unfortunately, uttering no dying angry words :( The scene where the Kremlin is blown up is rather impressive, as is Cruises seeming ability to run faster than Usain Bolt and then forget that he can run fast at all....

Two things that really stuck out as just plain silly, were the 'goggles left on head, then in pocket, then oooh that was lucky for the sandstorm! run. And, 'Mission Accomplished' - that wasn't just a corny nod, it was damnably awful scripting, I died a little inside at that.

Final notes would be - stunts, action, fight scenes, prison scene at the beginning, Kremlin explosion, scaling the sky scraper of doom... all awesome. However, poor choice of actors, acting, scripting, lousy transparent plot etc. - not a stretch for the brain, not even a tiny one.

Hopefully.... thats an end to it, but it won't be...

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A competent, but not very memorable, action film

7/10
Author: Argemaluco from Argentina
5 January 2012

The film Mission: Impossible 3 had faced two difficult problems...bringing a new life to a franchise which seemed extinct, and making the audience to forget about Tom Cruise's notorious TV outburst (not to mention his controversial religion and supposedly arranged marriage). Personally, I liked Mission: Impossible 3 pretty much, even though many people considered it was nothing more than a long (and very expensive) episode of the TV series Alias; however, it earned enough money in order to guarantee the making of another sequel which, on some way, feels like the preamble of a future reboot with a new group of secret agents. In that aspect, Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol works reasonably well at combining fresh faces with old acquaintances and reducing the emphasis on Cruise in order to focus on the whole team. However, on the narrative level, Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol did not leave me completely satisfied because of the various weaknesses from its screenplay.

In other occasions, I complained about the spy movies with too many explosions and very few espionage, but I think that the Mission: Impossible saga occupies a unique niche, simultaneously defined by the modern action cinema and the "hi-tech" intrigue from the original TV series. That is the exact combination employed by Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, and the result is competent...even though it never reaches the necessary levels of exuberance or ingenuity in order to make it genuinely memorable. In other words, the screenplay is built by classic pieces from the franchise: the tense infiltration into an impregnable fortress...the disguises...the gadgets with an incredible technology...and the elaborated stunts accompanied by the iconic theme song by Lalo Schiffrin (re-interpreted once more by Michael Giacchino). Unfortunately, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol did not make too much effort in order to distinguish itself from what we saw in the past.

Besides, the screenplay has that modular and disjointed structure which has become almost obligatory in the action genre, with a lot of movement, constant sensation of urgency, but few or none narrative sense. The screenplay takes us from Budapest to Moscow, then to Dubai and then to India in pursuit of the "mcguffin" in turn, but the order of the scenes could be exchanged with each other without affecting the story. The shape drives the substance, when it should be the opposite. And then we have the villain, poorly interpreted by Michael Nyqvist, exacerbating the fact that his character is a bit artificially written (you don't know how much I missed the bombastic villain interpreted by the always brilliant Philip Seymour Hoffman in Mission: Impossible 3).

After all those complaints, you might be thinking I hated Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, but the truth is that it kept me entertained the whole time. Besides, I liked the establishment of the new team of agents. Cruise feels enthusiastic and credible in his role. Paula Patton also makes a competent work (even though I found the typical scene in which her character must seduce a villain incredibly forced and unnecessary -in my humble opinion, that scene is the lowest point in the whole movie-), while Simon Pegg is appropriate as the comic relief. And finally, Jeremy Renner brings another one of his intense performances. As a group, the four actors have a good chemistry with each other.

Another important player from Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol is Brad Bird, a talented director of animated films (The Iron Giant, The Incredibles and Ratatouille -Wow!-) who made his live-action debut in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol with a solid result, because he employed the dynamic and methodic cadence from the classic action cinema, accelerating the rhythm whenever it is necessary, but without overwhelming us with closed takes or confusing us with excessive edition. In conclusion, I liked Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, and I can give it a moderate recommendation, despite the fact of not being a particularly memorable experience.

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very good movie to end up the year 2011

8/10
Author: Erwin Walesa from Indonesia
18 December 2011

this is could be the best Mission Impossible movie, compare to the previous three. Show better team work, and the now the movie add some additional scene of joke. For me its worthy to watch, even there's some annoying scene which is to much chasing.however, this movie is so thrill, especially when the scene at burj dubai.

the improvement of the gadgets also good even though the team effort is the coolest thing in this movie.

For the overall story, for me this movie shows very very impossible mission indeed. we can not guess what happen next, so much surprise.

Very good movie to closing the year. This movie has its own style..simple story,

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You Should Choose to Accept It

8/10
Author: Chris_Pandolfi from Los Angeles, CA
16 December 2011

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I've seen all the previous "Mission: Impossible" films, and while I do recall liking them to varying degrees, I'm hard pressed to say that I remember anything about their plots, characters, stunts, special effects, or even their casts. What I do remember, obviously, is that they all starred Tom Cruise. With "Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol," Pixar veteran Brad Bird not only makes his live-action directorial debut, he's also eager to have you forget the first three entries in the series entirely. He succeeds. This is a fun, thoroughly entertaining, immensely satisfying spy/action thriller. It actually makes an effort with an engaging plot, clever dialogue, pulse-pounding stunts, great special effects, and well-developed characters. It even has just the right amount of humor. If there's anything a movie like this shouldn't do, it's take itself too seriously.

But it also shouldn't be so silly that it becomes a self-congratulatory form of parody. "Ghost Protocol" shows a clear awareness of the spy-movie formula, utilizing such clichés as frequent travel, exotic locations, high-tech gadgets and gizmos, impossible stunt work, foreign madmen, nuclear codes, and a scheme to create chaos and war on a global scale. It also makes no apologies for being preposterous, as evidenced by the outlandish displays of technology and numerous scenes of destruction and death-defying escapes. And yet, never once does anyone stop to wink at us slyly. Bird gives audiences what they want without insulting their intelligence. For the first time in what seems like ages, I didn't ask any questions; I just sat back and let the story happen.

Cruise returns as Ethan Hunt, an agent for the aptly named Impossible Missions Force (IMF). After being sprung from a Moscow prison, he joins fellow agents Jane Carter (Paula Patton) and Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) on a mission to infiltrate the Kremlin and gather files on a person of interest codenamed Cobalt, a name somehow tied to the death of another IMF agent in Budapest. But wait a minute. Did I say infiltrate the Kremlin? To describe this feat would only spoil the fun. Let's just say that this kick starts a chain reaction that leads Hunt and his team around the world. The first stop is Dubai, where Hunt is forced to scale the Burj Khalifa using nothing but specialized sticky gloves. In case you don't know, the Burj Khalifa is the world's tallest building, standing at just over 2,700 feet tall. I've never been acrophobic, although I'd be lying if I said that seeing Hunt hundreds of stories high clinging to glass panes didn't make my heart race.

On two floors of the tower, two separate meetings will simultaneously take place. Both are in regards to making an exchange. They each involve people who are either pretending to be someone else or are not wise to the fact that they're being deceived. Here's an example of timing so precise, performances so nuanced, and editing so skillful that the scenes never fail to generate suspense. But mere descriptions can hardly do them justice. The same applies to a surprisingly spectacular car chase, which happens in the middle of a sandstorm. Perhaps we're too accustomed to always seeing the cars in movies like this. And speaking of cars, there's a superbly choreographed showdown in an automated parking garage in Mumbai, where vehicles are lifted and lowered into place via a concrete elevator. There's a lot of jumping, falling, punching, and precarious dangling.

Upping the stakes for these agents is the fact that they're being shadowed by an unknown operative, who successfully got them blamed for a catastrophic explosion in Moscow – which, consequently, has the Russians believing the Americans have initiated an act of war. This calculated move results in the IMF being dismantled from the inside out under a covert operation known as Ghost Protocol. If Hunt and his team are to track down Cobalt and prevent nuclear war, they will have to do it completely on their own. Their actions will not be officially sanctioned by the American government, but then again, even those in power know that a few rules need to be bent in desperate situations.

Along for the ride is William Brandt (Jeremy Renner), an IMF analyst with remarkably good fighting skills. How he came to be a part of Hunt's team, I leave for you to discover. The same goes for the secrets he's keeping from Hunt. What I liked about this character is that he addresses many of the questions audiences are likely to ask themselves. Exactly how does one think of using a dead body and a lit flare to dodge underwater gunfire? Or of wearing a metal suit under your clothes so that you can jump twenty-five feet into a concrete cylinder, be caught mid fall by a magnetized rover vehicle before being shredded by a giant fan, and be dragged floating through a massive computer core? Or of wearing a special contact lens that can take pictures when you blink twice? You've got to love this. "Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol" is a mission you should choose to accept.

-- Chris Pandolfi (www.atatheaternearyou.net)

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Getting Better.

7/10
Author: Python Hyena from Canada
4 March 2016

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Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011): Dir: Brad Bird / Cast: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist: An exciting and entertaining action film that is as good as the third film in the series and certainly better than the first two disappointing entries. The film opens with agent Ethan Hunt breaking out of a Russian prison. His wife is reported dead and another agent is killed in the opening when he miscalculates a target who turns out to be female. Hunt assembles a team in order to prevent a terrorist from encoding a nuclear bomb. This is surprisingly well plotted and written with tremendous and creative action scenes including a skyscraper like scene where Hunt is wearing gloves that allow him to suction to the glass. This is a grand and tense scene that ranks among the best of action scenes. Director Brad Bird has had huge success with animations such as The Incredibles and Ratatouille. Here he proves that action is in the cards and he backs it with visual awe that is sometimes too implausible when one factors how headquarters seem to emerge without question. Tom Cruise is in top form as Hunt. Jeremy Renner enters the picture as an analysis who is thrusts into a plot that will have him emerged in mid air above a ventilation fan. Simon Pegg is comic relief as a computer expert. Paula Patton is connected to the opening sequence tragedy but scores at seducing an enemy without crossing the lines. Michael Nyqvist is effective as the villain who is out to start a nuclear war. Pointless entertainment that is creative, visually inspiring and impossible. Score: 7 / 10

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Should You Decide to Accept...

7/10
Author: jadepietro from United States
1 January 2012

This film is recommended.

Brad Bird ( The Incredibles, Ratatouille ) was the perfect choice to rejuvenate this languishing series. With his skills in animation and his visual panache, he expertly directs the film as if it is a live action cartoon, using his actors as props to his lavish backdrops. Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol, ( a terrible title, I might add ), is the best installment of the series, which is faint praise for a series that has been lackluster and absurd in its previous re-enactments. Is four the charm? Yes. Does it entertain? Absolutely? Does it make sense? Absolutely not.

This movie franchise is merely one hair-raising stunt after the next hair-raising stunt with very little plot or logic in between the chases, disguises, and gadgetry that hide the gaping holes in the story. In MI4, Ethan Hunt ( Tom Cruise, looking fit and a bit older ) is back with a new team of agents on call ( Jeremy Renner as Brandt, Simon Pegg as Benji, and Paula Patton as Jane Carter ). All are undercover and underwritten as before, and again, the action is fast- paced and the exotic settings slightly more interesting this time around.

It's still patently formulaic: The mission is planned to the nth detail, something goes wrong with the plan, quick thinking and agile maneuvering saves the day. In MI4, the team has decided to accept the mission to track down a terrorist named Hendricks ( Michael Nyqvist ). Only this time, they are disavowed due to an initial failed attempt to stop this madman in Russia, thus giving them the Ghost Protocol status. The IMF team goes on an endless search for justice and to reinstate their standing in the espionage market. This leads our determined and unstoppable agents to Dubai, Mumbai, and other global cities to bring down Hendricks at all costs.

Bird keeps the scenes moving quickly from one highly-charged moment to the next. The film's rapid-fire action sequences are skillfully choreographed and thoroughly suspenseful. Yet this time, they bristle with more intensity and sly humor than any of the other movie installments.

The major set piece of the film takes place outside the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai as Hunt plays Spiderman and climbs the tall exteriors with special gloves that allow him to stick to the windows. That is until...well, that's part of the formula, remember? ( By the way, this specific film sequence is classic and will long be regarded as one of the most breathtaking moments in modern filmmaking. The stunt-work, photography, editing, and use of CGI are remarkable in their staging and execution. ) There are also other spectacular action sequences involving a blinding sandstorm chase and another exciting section at a multi-level parking garage that moves swiftly on many levels.

The new cast has a wonderful chemistry and their individual quirks add to the tension and thrilling results. Also on hand in a small but humorous role is Anil Kapoor as Brij Nath, a rich and pampered playboy who is another target in the team's strategy of foiling the villain.

As always, the Mission Impossible intricate plotting continues to defy common sense and ask its audience to blindly believe in their schemes and goals. So much of the story depends on Hunt's plan to go a certain rational way, never taking into account human foibles and random coincidences. This template becomes troubling and absurd as it always makes the IMF team's best laid plans go astray, making the moviegoer question their professional killer instincts.

The real aim of this film series and Mr. Cruise and Co. is: Reality, be damned! Let the good times roll! Come on and take a wild ride with us! Enjoy the adrenaline rush! Any moviegoer is expected to set aside their disbelief in order to enjoy the film even more.

So, with all that said, Mission Impossible 4 is really Mission Improbable. This is a crowd- pleasing action-packed thriller with strong production values and some of the most extreme stunts ever filmed. Your enjoyment level will vary depending on your acceptance, or lack thereof, with its ludicrous plotting and preposterous logic. Of course, it's not Shakespeare, you knew that going in, but then Shakespeare never hung 130 stories above the ground either like Tommy Boy. GRADE: B

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Brilliant, but not mind blowing

8/10
Author: whataskilltohave from Yorkshire, England
30 December 2011

This is a fantastic installment to the series, combining action with some great dark comedic lines. The opening sequence is pretty epic, and it plays a part in the story, which is unusual for a large franchise. Tom Cruise does his job flawlessly as always (well, almost always) but the main comedy comes from the work of Simon Pegg. He plays a great role in this movie and with his tech savvy mind delivers some great lines. I am keeping the story talk to a minimum as to not reveal any spoilers but the story was well-rounded and flowed smoothly throughout. The ending was slightly disappointing though, as it felt very stock footage-like with a pretty bad smoke effect. Otherwise a great film, definitely worth seeing if you have enjoyed previous Mission Impossible movies.

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I got what I came to see

9/10
Author: takatora from South Korea
29 December 2011

I saw the first one when I was child. At that time it wouldn't have taken much to impress me. I just wanted to see some explosions. I saw the second one when I was in middle school. Still...I just wanted to see some explosions and cool fight scenes. I am a fan of Tom Cruise. I don't bring his personal life into whether it makes him a good actor. I saw three during college. I really liked it because the villain was pretty cool. His lines were great too. Number 4 delivered for me as well. The action sequences were great. I didn't see it in IMAX but I don't have to. People who are not a fan of the series shouldn't watch it. They might expect too much. Someone mentioned the acting in another review. I agree with what that person said. It's not a movie that is supposed to have Shakespeare like lines. It's an action movie! Anyway I really enjoyed it! Tom Cruise is getting old though!! He should be careful when performing stunts!

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Stunt ensemble Oscar Here We Come

9/10
Author: jpc8024 from Tinley Park, Il
28 December 2011

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MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 4: GHOST PROTOCOL Mission: Accomplished. Tom Cruise as Ethan hunt, Simon Pegg as Benjie, Jeremy Renner as the helper, Paula Patton as the girl. The first film in the series opened in 96' with the NOC List operation throughout the Globe, spanning from Prague to Berlin to CIA intelligence to Paris to London. The second film was the operation Khimera. Global nuclear war was starting to spread. The third installment got more hypothetical, more challenging and interesting. The fourth film in the franchise is a stunt spectacular and the most complex spy game scenario ever. There's a lot of extremely well played "pull it off" stunts that will have action audience fans and geek squad fans talking for months about the new gadgets, the new earpiece technology to play a real good spy game for fans of Bruce Geller's famous Mission: Impossible series. But the one big stunt-scale that people will be talking about is the high jump wired stunt that is 130 stories tall at the largest building in the world in the city of Dubai, the BeLerg Tower. This sequence had some serious aerial dares. It's something to speculate on. Another big stunt which opens the film is lighting the fuse and breaking out of a Russian prison. Another big hit with this movie is foreign language humor. Speaking to a person in a different language so you can crack the codes. You speak Russian especially to get inside the Kremlin, if you are a assassin. If your IMF your in disguise. You have to wear that Russian uniform because your under protection of United States Law Enforcement. The Russian bombing on the Kremlin is a big news deal in this movie. Who do they blame the IMF but IMF doesn't realize this. IMF-Impossible Mission Force thinks there the good guys and the bad guys who are terrorists framing themselves and setting IMF up as the bad guys when then they really coming up with good plans to get after the bad guys. complex protocol and procedure in Spy Commando stuff. Tom Cruise is on his best, most planned mission best behaved mission, yet. Tom Cruise had big hits with Magnolia, Eyes Wide Shut, Minority Report and War of the Worlds but he's been making a decline lately ever since his little mishap with doing the jump and down kiddie stunt in his chair on the Oprah Winfrey show. Cruise as Ethan Hunt is a powerhouse in this film. He has a billionaire dollars and accessories to go along with his mission and so does Simon Pegg who seems to be a better technician in the field of robotics. Paula Patton is pretty good as the girl. The girl in this one is a hot tie. Simon Pegg like I said is the geek squad guy. Jeremy Renner is interesting coming straight off the Town and Oscar winning drama The Hurt Locker and other roles he's appeared in.

Mission: Impossible 4 is very awesome, very action packed. Those Oscars should have a stunt performance category after this film is finished with the BOX OFFICE run.

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A Big Dose of Eye Candy, Adrenaline and Fun

9/10
Author: Ben Ochart from Los Angeles
28 December 2011

It's been a long time since I've experienced a movie that kept me engaged the entire hundred plus minutes. I tend to drift and sometimes even, I'll admit it, catnap during a so called "action flick." Well, I'm happy to report that not only was I fully engaged and awake during MI-GP but I was also thoroughly entertained.

Entertained visually with the stunning cinematography, intellectually with a well constructed plot and even at an auditory level with an excellent sound track and correctly micro-phoned actors that could be heard and understood even during those scenes when there was a lot of background noise (explosions, cars crashing, the usual stuff).

Unlike the prior installments, I found the MI-GP plot easier to follow and the sequences more logical and sensible.

I saw it in the IMAX format (it was worth the extra few bucks) along with around fifteen friends and family. The decision was unanimous: IT'S THE BEST MI TO DATE.

I enjoyed it thoroughly and highly recommend it.

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Mission Ridiculous - SPOILERS

6/10
Author: bigbillyt from United States
28 December 2011

Fortunately, there were a lot of things to like in this installment of the M.I. franchise. Tom Cruise, as usual, did a great job in the lead role, the chemistry among the team members was decent, if not great, and the overall look and feel of the film was good.

The negatives for me were few, but nearly overwhelming. The Simon Pegg character's comic relief moments were too many and over the top. The chemistry among the team was decent but not great. The female leads character, when she tried to do the seduction thing, was weak. And, the really big problem, for me anyway, was the fact that any and every thing that could go wrong did. A few mishaps in their strategy, or a few gadgets not working as planned is one thing, but just about every single angle they tried to play went badly wrong in one way or another. I don't know about anybody else, but for me, I have a much harder time suspending my disbelief when the Mission Impossible team is constantly screwing up and having equipment failures and nearly blowing the whole thing repeatedly. Of course, this results in another problem, that every scenario goes down to the absolute last second to barely succeed, really? Plus, the villain was weak and not developed as a character at all. Also, the ending was way long and overly schmaltzy.

Anyway, it was all saved for me by Tom Cruise and Jeremy Renner doing a great job with the action, even if it was over-directed. Otherwise, I would have given this a much lower score.

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A bright spot in a year that sucked for movies

7/10
Author: ymsyctai from United States
27 December 2011

Just to give you a baseline I loved the first MI, wasn't crazy about the second and thought the third was above average. So going off that I'm marking MI4 the second best in the series and easily the best action movie of 2011. What I loved about this movie is that it was almost like a James Bond movie as far the 'feel' of it goes. Great action, great spy team chemistry, cool effects and storyline. The bad guy really didn't dominate the movie and that gave us more time to focus on the team and the mission. I have nothing bad to say about this one other than the fact it was somewhat of a BMW commercial at times but whatever, at least it was upfront about selling out. Looks great in IMAX.

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One time Watch

7/10
Author: Amit from India
24 December 2011

I went to this movie with lots of expectations and I would say I was kind of disappointed. For me this is the weakest of MI series. Story is Okaish but nothing great. Action sequence are OK but not something which I may want to watch again. In earlier MI there were few sequences which gets imprinted on your mind. There is more comic touch to the movie compared to other MIs. Tom is defiantly is in his mozo and has given another wonderful performance. Overall I enjoyed the movies and didn't get bore at all. I would give it 7 and defiantly one time watch. I would say don't go with too much of expectations just go for Tim Cruiz.

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Don't believe the Hype! MI1 & 3 are a lot better!

6/10
Author: gritchie7 from Canada
21 December 2011

I was so excited to go see this as I am a big fan of the franchise. I can even watch MI2 without cringing too much. The latest addition is terrible but by no means does it have the engrossing effect of the first and third movies from the franchise.

For me it's biggest flaws were it's villain (Hendricks character is not developed and not played by Phillip Seymour Hoffman), it's supporting cast (Not a patch on previous teams and characters) and the lack of emotional involvement (romance or family storyline, something that you can relate to or care about). I was so excited to see Jeremy Renner after really enjoying The Hurt Locker but his role wasn't developed enough. A lot of the character development felt forced. I thought if Jeremy Renner was the bad guy it might have been better.

It's not all bad though. The action sequences were pretty good and there was some good comic relief from Simon Pegg, albeit not quite fitting in with the franchise and genre.

I guess in summary, all I can say is I was sadly disappointed. Might still be worth a watch though. A lot of people seem to like it. I just don't know why.

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More Bond than Bourne

6/10
Author: kgprophet from Minneapolis
16 December 2011

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Although I have this mild complaint, I give this film a rousing positive review. Brad Bird turned what was a more gritty MI:3, where Ethan's wife was being threatened, and there was a fair amount of violence, into a more light-weight roller coaster ride. This film suffers a bit from the older James Bond films, where a lot gadgetry that could not possibly really work brought down the realism of the film. The newer Bond films wisely disposed of all the gimmickry adding more gravitas to the peril our heroes are facing, such as the 'Bourne' franchise. Throughout most of this film, despite being shot and slammed against hard objects, everyone jumps back up and dusts themselves off. There is also the situation where someone could rappel down a wall with a simple rope, instead wears some magnetic suit and needs a remote rover to be driven around. I felt the film featured these electronic toys too much as a crutch for propelling the action scenes. Another mild criticism is Jeremy Renner's character. I think he deserves the accolades given to him and the film benefits from his involvement. However, knowing him as a far more tougher guy from "Hurt Locker" and "The Town", it is little hard to believe him as being a little skittish in this film. The third act gets a little over-the-top and Jeremy Renner's big secret turns out to be a little underwhelming. The handling of other character's personal lives is virtually nonexistent. One other piece of criticism that was hard to shake was the very core of the central plot….Slight Spoiler ahead:

The IM team is trying to stop someone from using stolen Russian launch codes to launch a nuclear missile. Can't the Russians just change the codes?

Spoiler finished.

Now the good news. There is a great surge of energy throughout this film. It is a "blink and you miss something" type of pacing. I think the co-producer J.J. Abrams can be thanked for creating just about the right tone for a summer popcorn movie (even though it's being released in December). I enjoyed the big screen set pieces and especially enjoyed the incidental bits of setbacks and humour. For instance, there is moment where Ethan forgets to take off his goggles that has a payoff later. The action set pieces are still over-the-top, but designed in such a way as to provide maximum thrills. Normally I would go into greater depth about this film, but the truth is that there is not any award-winning observations to make. The wall-to-wall music is punchy in the right places, the cinematography is nice looking, the sound effects are well done, the acting is fine, etc. I place this as perhaps 2nd best of the franchise next to MI3, only because we get some better character development out of that one.

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A sequel up to par with the others in the franchise (and genre)

7/10
Author: WydeOpen from United States
16 December 2011

In 1966 there was a hit television show called Mission: Impossible about an elite covert unit which carried out their assignments with high-tech equipment and elaborate deceptions. Some may argue that this show may have drawn the blueprint for most spy TV shows and movies to follow. 

30 years later, Paramount Pictures brought the Mission: Impossible to the big screen with Tom Cruise as the major star headlining the action which had been cranked up several notches. The gear the unit used was now ultra-high-tech and the deceptions were mind blowing. Almost all spy/action movies that followed, including the two Mission: Impossible sequels were built based on the design of the 1996 blockbuster. 

But the times, they are a'changin'...well, sort of. 

In recent years the James Bond franchise was rebooted, making it more "contemporary" by casting Daniel Craig as the latest actor to play Bond in a long line of 007's. For the better part of the last decade, Jason Bourne, played by Matt Damon has pretty much dominated the spy movie genre with Hollywood's rendition of The Bourne Trilogy, a series of novels by Robert Ludlum. Damon has gone on record as stating he will not return for another turn as the amnesiac assassin.

I bring up these two points because Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol, the fourth installment in the Mission Impossible saga that has spanned 15 years, was rumored to be a reboot due to the feeling from critics that the "franchise is played out and its star over- exposed" after the Mission Impossible III was released. Well, Tom Cruise is back as not only the star but also a producer along with J.J. Abrams who also directed the the last installment. With that being said, not much is different about "Ghost Protocol" (which obviously not a reboot) from the three previous films.

What it is however, is a convincing testament to the capabilities of IMAX technology to capture breathtakingly beautiful landscapes and adrenaline pumping action sequences. Thankfully both director, Brad Bird (The Incredibles) and cinematographer Robert Elswit showcase how IMAX is a serious rival to the over-saturation of 3D movies that have flooded theaters in recent years. As with any successful spy film, the script toes a fine line between being too complex and intricate for audiences to follow and too simple and superficial to adequately motivate viewers into committing their time and money. In this case, Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and the entire Impossible Mission Force has been disavowed by the US Government for alleged terroristic acts against the Russians. It is up to Hunt and his team to prove their innocence while simultaneously save the world from a mad man bent on starting a nuclear war.

As I mentioned earlier, not much is different from this film than the others (or any "good" spy film for that matter) other than the team of agents whom Hunt works with. Paula Patton (Just Wright) plays Jane Carter, an agent with a personal grudge motivating her involvement with the team. Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker) plays as IMF analyst who gets accidentally gets involved in the mayhem. Rounding out the team, is Simon Pegg as Benji Dunn, the teams technical analyst, a role he reprises from the last Mission: Impossible III. And although Ving Rhames has been mentioned as being the only other actor other than Cruise who has been in all four "Impossible" movies, I was very disappointed that he only has a minuscule cameo about the same length of Josh Holloway's (Lost) brief role.

Last year Tom Cruise spoofed his Ethan Hunt character in last years "Knight and Day" showing a bit of a comedic side to his often criticized image, but in M:I Ghost Recon, it is Pegg who at many times serves as a welcome comic relief, playing foil to Cruise's stoic demeanor and attitude. 

Unfortunately, Patton who flirted with an action role in "Deja Vu" never looks completely comfortable or convincing in her portrayal of an super secret agent just never comes across as more than her "pretending". However there is a scene where she does shine briefly, sharing the screen with Anjil Kapoor from Slumdog Millionaire. 

Renner on the other hand, may be the one who reveals Paramount's hand as far as the future of the M:I franchise. Once Cruise or studio executives or audiences decide its time for someone other than Ethan Hunt to lead the team, William Brandt will be a capable replacement, assuming the capable Renner is the actor playing the part. 

Overall, Mission:Impossible Ghost Protocol plays to its strengths; action, action and more action but I cannot understate how much the IMAX experience really enhances the viewers immersion into the film. Not only visually, but the sounds of the film come across as another character.

If you're already a fan of Mission: Impossible franchise, go see this installment which is up to par with the others (and the other aforementioned action/spy movies). If you aren't however, don't be afraid to venture out and be amazed at the technology that elevates this movie to being the most memorable out of the Mission: Impossible movies.

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Contains One of the Greatest Action Scenes Ever Filmed

Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY
11 January 2012

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

The fourth film in the franchise finds Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) having to clear IMF's name after they're implicated in a deadly bombing in Russia. Soon the agent and his team are trying to track down a madman who has bought some nuclear codes and plans on starting a nuclear war. MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - GHOST PROTOCOL falls a tad bit short from the third film in the series but it's still one of the best action films to come along in a very long time. Unlike the first two movies in the series, this one and the previous didn't deliver confusing story lines instead they gave us a story that we could follow and some of the most amazing action scenes in the history of cinema. There's a sequence in the middle of this film where Cruise must climb on the outside of the Burj Khalifa building, the world's tallest, and what follows is simply spell-bounding and will have you on the edge of your seats. I'm not 100% certain how they did the stunt but this entire sequence contains one bit of suspense after another and I can't help but think that in future film school classes that they will break this scene apart, study the editing and cinematography and it will become a thing of legend. Yes, that's very high praise but I'd love to hear from someone other than a troll who wasn't impressed by this entire sequence. The only negative thing about this sequence is that it's never topped in the following hour and it somewhat leads the ending a little bit of a letdown because it doesn't quite reach the same level of intensity. With that said, this is an exceptionally good action film that contains the nice story and great action and of course we're given several characters that we care for. Cruise jumps back to the top with some terrific stunts and that excellent performance is always here. The supporting cast includes some wonderful work by Hunt's team, which includes Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton and Simon Pegg. Michael Nygvist is good as the bad guy but I think the character falls a bit short of previous film villains. Still, if you want action and a good time I doubt you're going to find a better place than with this film.

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Not bad

6/10
Author: quinnox-1 from United States
2 January 2012

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol is a decent action movie/spy thriller (even with an odd title that sounds like some kind of video game) but not something necessarily to see in the theater, would make a good DVD rental I think.

Tom Cruise stars once again but this time with a slimmed down team of only a few associates, with a hackneyed plot about some mad man who wants to set off a nuclear war by launching a nuke and hoping a chain reaction will occur. Really? How unoriginal can they get. Come on already. Surely they could have come up with something fresher than this.

Despite the boring villain and retread plot, the movie shows off exotic locations in a nice panorama and the action scenes are on the whole pretty good, but not mind blowing. Tom Cruise still has star power, but the other actors in this film came off as dull to me and their characters were a letdown. I didn't really care about any of the characters except Ethan Hunt. To sum up - M:I 4 is worth a rental, but not something required to rush out and see right now.

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Entertaining, but the spark was missing..

6/10
Author: Anoop Prasannakumar from Bahrain
19 December 2011

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Went for this movie yesterday with not much expectation. Was an enjoyable flick and a good time pass. But, there were too many down sides..

I'll talk about the good part first: (1) The beginning of the movie was very catchy to keep you hooked on for the next 133 minutes.. (2) Simon Pegg was very hilarious with his British accent in an American movie. His facial expressions were too funny!.. (3) The scenes inside Kremlin and the explosion were very well made.. (4) Every moment of the Burj Khalifa scene was WOW!

Now for the down side: (1) The sand storm in Dubai was a bit hard to believe and the CGI looked fake.. (2) The chase scene after Burj Khalifa showed a different Dubai with people living inside mud houses. It looked very fake.. (3) The classic mask was almost missing in this movie!! We would've preferred to see Tom Cruise wear it rather than the villain.. (4) Almost all scenes in India seemed as a set or made up.. I would definitely like to see a parking place like that in Mumbai!.. (5) Tom Cruise looked aged in the movie.. (6) They could've chosen someone better looking than Paula Patton! Reminded me of Thandie Newton in MI2.. (7) I wish the main villain was Léa Seydoux.. She definitely would've made a better villain than Michael Nyqvist.. (8) Anil Kapoor was good.. But towards the end, his reactions seemed weird!?

What worked: Stunt scenes, Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg What didn't work: Lengthy dialogues, weak villain Would I watch it again: Probably on bluray for the Burj Khalifa scene.

Overall: A good movie to wind up the year, but there were better. I would still rate MI3 the best of the lot.

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Worst movie of entire MI franchise

5/10
Author: dekadent from Atlanta, US
27 December 2011

I can't say you should not watch this latest installation of MI series. In fact, if you have 2+ hours to kill, if you like beautiful set pieces, spy gadgetry and BMW product placement and if you want something that has Tom Cruise in it - this is your movie. Except that you need to remember one thing – Ghost Protocol is lacking everything that made 1st and 3rd MI movies good, and 2nd - bearable.

MI series have always pushed the believability envelope with outlandish spy tech, but that played only second fiddle to the moments of true tension, thrilling action sequences, and all of it was glued together with somewhat acceptable logic of the events. Mission was well defined, the enemy had the depth and the reason, and the conflict between good and evil felt real.

Sadly enough Ghost Protocol fails on all these counts.

The story is extremely bad, even dumb, I could literary come up with a better plot in 15 minutes.

Despite lots of action there are no intense moments here, you never feel Ethan Hunt is one step away from death or that he is under the enormous pressure of making a critical decision.

If there is a room with a door that good guys want to get access to, it is guaranteed they will choose the most absurd, most expensive, most pseudo-hi-tech way to do it using most ridiculous gizmo they could find. In fact the amount of unnecessary tech toys and super-duper spy stuff is so over the top here the movie looks like the parody of itself.

The major flaw (and the amazing one at that, since no experienced production team would ever overlook this) is that the villain's character is not developed at all, we're given almost no explanation of his actions or motives. Actually he barely speaks two words during the entire movie, which is such a mind-blowing contrast to Philipp Seymour Hoffmans's stellar portrayal of Owen Davian in MI3.

As always everything taking place in Russia looks retarded, which is a common Hollywood's problem, it's a mystery to me why it is so hard to avoid stupidity when showing Eastern Europe.

Movie locations feel more forced than ever, like Burj Dubai, that has no business being in the movie other than for the picturesque purposes.

The lack of logic in everything that takes place is quite impressive, I actually suspect someone at the studio had a bet regarding what level of idiocy movie audience will tolerate without starting Occupy Hollywood protests if only they infuse this moronic script with multi-million dollar budget.

Brad Bird was clearly a wrong choice for a MI director, considering that the only action comedy he ever made was The Incredibles, which is my favorite cartoon, but still just a cartoon, and much more of a comedy than action. In comparison, MI1 was directed by Brian De Palma, MI2 - by John Woo, and MI3 – by JJ Abrams. I have a feeling Paramount executives secretly wish for MI series to go out with a lame fizzle, and doing their best to achieve that.

To avoid descending into spoiler hell I will not delve into multiple WTF moments where either laziness or lack of common sense resulted in directorial decisions that poorly translated to the screen.

To sum it up – if you decide to go watch it – come in with low expectations, that will make Your Mission a success.

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4 out of 12 people found the following review useful:

Short of the Hype created...

6/10
Author: faisaliqbal2 from Pakistan
17 December 2011

MI4 (Ghost Protocol)...has not lived up to its hype!...the movie seriously lacks a Villain!..with a few stunts here and there the movie disappoints in a way!...compared to the previous Tom's outings!...which are far better than the one released currently!. You some how keep eagerly waiting for the movie to reach its crazy limits of entertainment and thrills, but it never does, except the scenes on Burj Khalifa,the movie somehow fails to engross the movie goer in its script or adrenaline pumped sequences..one can not help but compare it to the previous installment, which was much fast paced, did have a good villain, the movie had Ethan Hunt fighting for his wife, which really added a personal touch to the movie..all in all my expectations were much more from the movie and i must say it kind of failed to deliver them!

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Ballistic Missile Scene Totally Unrealistic

6/10
Author: nestor trinidad from Philippines
17 December 2011

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I found this 4th installment of the Mission Impossible series very well made and entertaining. However, the last few scenes concerning the launch of the nuclear missile from the Russian nuclear sub and its ballistic journey were completely UNREALISTIC and nearly ruined the whole thing!! The movie had it that the USA defenses for a ballistic missile attack were virtually non-existent. I've seen too many movies and read too many books to know that NORAD would have detected the missile launch and initiated warnings to the USA's nuclear forces. Then comes the alert to the anti-ballistic defenses notably the patriot and the AEGIS ABM systems to shoot down the missile before it re-entered earth's atmosphere. At the very least, the USA would've launched a corresponding retaliatory attack on a Russian city and on the sub once the missile trajectory was determined. All this would take place in a matter of minutes. So I can't figure out why the movie screen writers didn't take this into consideration and just opted for a james bond type of near miss scene. Anti-ballistic technology is no secret - been around for years.. If Michael Bay directed this he would've had space based defense platforms with ABMs and lasers shooting down those bad nukes... On another note, i like how they tied up the loose ends in the movie's closing scenes especially that info on Ethan Hunt's wife. I give this movie 6 out of 10

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Quite an impossible mission but he did it

8/10
Author: yoguy65
15 December 2011

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A great movie to start your weekend with, the director keeps the audience glued to the seat for more than an hour but there are moments here and there when you do lose the screen. Tom Cruise has given his best shot, this part sure does packs a lot of humor in between sharing a lighter side. I enjoyed the part Ethan Hunt jumps over Burj to get back to his Hotel suite wherein the sequence ends with a good laugh. The twist/ the action and the locations were great the special entry of BMW concept was quite a attention grabber. Graphics needs no special mention especially the sequence showing the Kremlin blown into pieces. In a nutshell I rate the movie 8/10 and is to be watched this weekend.

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A Nutshell Review: Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

10/10
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore
15 December 2011

Does Brad Bird, whose resume reads The Iron Giant, The Incredibles and Ratatouille have what it takes to deliver a Mission: Impossible film, especially after what J.J. Abrams had done with the third installment? You bet your last dollar Bird pulled it off with aplomb, giving us the flavours that makes M:I distinct and unique, while shaking things up a bit to prevent us from lulling into plot complacency. It's a worthy addition to the M:I cinematic mythos, and may I say the best M:I film yet, and coming off the trail left by Abrams, John Woo and Brian De Palma, does say something about the quality Bird brings to the table.

From the get go you know Bird had it down to a pat and all done right, mixing stylish, elaborate action sequences with a dash of deep drama, leaving room for characterization, as well as entertaining with comedy stemming from laughing at the impossible at times. Credit must go to scribes Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec for what I felt was a large combination of the right ingredients from the first two films - with the threat on a global scale (MI:2 on a pandemic, and here it's nuclear annihilation), while having the IMF agents very much crippled without a support network, although they do remember this time round that it's team effort, compared to M:I where Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt was very much a one man He-Man.

And hey, we have new agents too, such as Paula Patton's hard kicking Jane who has to battle her own personal urges to avenge her partner and lover's death at the hands of an assassin (Lea Seydoux), and the shady Brandt (Jeremy Renner in one of many franchise roles - M:I, Avengers, Bourne) who comes off as a bookish analyst but harbours a deep dark secret that I thought played out really well when the pace had to take a logical pause in the eye of the storm before having the characters getting all bruised and battered again. And Simon Pegg returns as the affable tech whiz Benji, here given an expanded role since obtaining the go- ahead to operate as a field agent, and showing his rookie jitters.

There were many elements here that went right and aced it in the hole. There's the characters who were all properly built up in ways far better than the previous installments, and a real sense of camaraderie emerges amongst the players, having to emphasize on the importance of the team rather than the individual. And when it did have to do so since Cruise's Hunt brings about a certain degree of undisputed star power and character experience (after having to save the IMF/World thrice already), it did so in such perfect terms that it rolled into the narratively so subtly, that amped anticipation, and grows on you why Hunt is considered the best of the lot. That scene alone at Burj Khalifa was well worth the price of an admission ticket, leaving you breathless with that real sense of danger since it's widely publicized Cruise did the stuntwork himself, while yet also toning down on Hunt's super-human ability. I'd bet you won't see a particular moment coming, although it did leave one wondering if Hunt has bones made of adamantium.

And that's not all, from an action junkie perspective, Hunt and team have to battle natural phenomenon in sandstorms, explosions, car chases and stunts (oh Santa, I want that BMW), more chases on foot (you'll know by now Ethan Hunt runs, a lot, in the missions he chooses to accept), fisticuffs in some of the most amazing landscapes and structures, and plenty more death defying stunts in each of the exotic locales the team have to travel to. What made it more interesting rather than to rely on the same old formula, is that this mission left our operatives fairly on their own, with limited resources to work with. While the earlier missions may have them almost always on a tactical advantage, this time round they're more reactive than proactive, severely testing their street smarts and abilities to see the mission through, though at each milestone you may think they would have lost more than gained, with plans having to get altered on the fly.

Which suits the story just fine. There's no complacency here, with everything being fair game. If there's a gripe, it'll be how unremarkable the villain, a rogue Russian physicist Hendricks (Michael Nygvist) seemed to be after Philip Seymour Hoffman's excellent turn in M:I:III that it's a hard act to follow, but the trade off is of course having the focus put on the evocation of Ghost Protocol and how that would severely challenge the limits of Hunt's IMF team, with everyone else being disavowed. Anil Kapoor had a bit role here as a rich Mumbai playboy which was more comical than threatening, and Tom Wilkinson takes over the mantle as IMF chief from the likes of Laurence Fishburne and Anthony Hopkins in previous installments.

Signs will point to another Mission: Impossible, and whether or not Jeremy Renner will take over the helm from Tom Cruise will remain to be seen, especially since Cruise has yet again stamped his mark on this film and will be a tough act to follow. With each installment we see a different side of Hunt, and here is for once only with the slightest of a romantic subplot in the film, with emphasis on the team's race against time in one grippingly paced action adventure. Brad Bird brought about that sense of scale and danger fitting as a Mission: Impossible, and without a doubt the best in the franchise so far. A definite must watch!

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Hard edged action makes this an engaging Mission.

Author: Tanmay Toraskar from India
14 December 2011

IMF Agent Ethan Hunt is back in another action adventure entry of the spy series titled Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. The fourth movie starts off with a mission to infiltrate the Kremlin in Russia, only to find out that Ethan and his team have been setup by a psychotic Russian nuclear physicist who plans on starting nuclear war. Disavowed by the agency, Ghost Protocol is initiated as a plan for the members to act on their own and stop the unseen terrorist threat. Produced by JJ Abrams, this time directorial duties shift gear towards Brad Bird (director of The Incredibles) at the helm, and he rightly proves himself to give us a thrilling and engaging adventure story within the live-action arena.

Returning to the series as the main character since 1996, Tom Cruise steps back into the action to deliver the goods. And does he deliver, from car stunts to high rise jumps (the Burj Khalifa sequence is executed amazingly) he leads the pack breathtakingly. Joining him along for the ride are supporting actors Paula Patton, Jeremy Renner, the incredibly comic Simon Pegg, Michael Nyqvist, Lea Seydoux, Anil Kapoor and Tom Wilkinson. Their characters are established from the get go, but not very much is developed. The flaw within the film I found was a lack of motivation within the characters, as it seemed a little too simple. Nothing was brewing beyond that. But all that aside it's the action that more than makes up for it.

The plot is simple enough to follow if sometimes predictable, but the progressive element that stand out in this movie is the fast paced and hard edged action sequences. Right from the opening sequence establishing Josh Holloway's character to the extreme sequences that take place on the 100th floors of the Burj Khalifa, or escaping and chasing someone through a sandstorm. These sequences are standouts in their own right and Brad Bird deserves credit for making them engaging enough for us to follow.

Another bit that makes this movie a next level watch are the fantastically incorporated IMAX sequences within the movie. All cut and shot in a well thought out way, they appear seamless. Especially this being the third film to embrace the technology, you really should watch it on the biggest screen possible (and not those Digital IMAX ones). There are about 10 sequences all of which are stunning to say the least. And music by Michael Giacchino is what gives it that extra juice of life as masterful as ever.

It's not a perfect entry, but a great engaging action film nonetheless. Somehow I even thought this movie's action scenes were a big notch above M:I 2. You might not find a great story, but you will find a deafening experience one that just pushes your senses to the max.

8 out of 10.

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Impossible to enjoy Mission Impossible? Not anymore....

8/10
Author: CinemaPat from United States
15 December 2011

In director Brad Bird's first live action film, "MI:GP" succeeds what it sets out to do. It is a tight action spy film with some great sequences and awesome gadgets. Brad Bird is the director of some truly excellent films; albeit they are animated, but great none the less. His films like "Ratatouille", "The Incredibles" and "The Iron Giant" were all wonderful animated films with a lot of heart and good direction. Bird has proved to this reviewer he has the skill for live action feature films.

"Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol" brings us back to our hero Tom Cruise while he is locked up in a Russian prison. Of course the inevitable happens and he is broken out of jail in a really great opening sequence. Cruise and team assemble; their mission, prevent a nuclear launch. Unfortunately, their plans are curbed when the team is implicated in a massive bombing. The President decides to initiate "Ghost Protocol" which completely dismantles the "IMF" and paints Cruise and team as rogue agents. Their new mission, clear the IMF's name and save the world. Pretty basic stuff for a Mission Impossible movie.

Pretty basic, yes, but what a ride it is. First, I'd like to congratulate the scriptwriters on finally making a M.I. film with a tight and aggressive script. There was hardly a dull line in the entire movie. With the writers having primarily a television background they were able to get their points across quickly and effectively. Second, is of course the action sequences. Realistic, invigorating, suspenseful....just downright awesome. It is surely a fun ride and if you have a chance to see it in IMAX you will be blown away during the Dubai sequences. Location is another gem in this movie; Dubai, Russia, India are beautifully shot and give some very nice eye candy. But for me, the highlight were the gadgets and spy sequences, it wouldn't be a Mission Impossible film without great gadgets right!? Ghost Protocol doesn't disappoint. From gloves that stick to glass, visual projections and everything in between there is some really cool stuff in this film.

I can't go without commenting on Tom Cruise doing his own stunts. Regardless of what you think of him on a personal level, one has to admit him doing his own stunts was pretty incredible. There are some really hairy situations he gets into and I was very impressed he went the extra mile, I think it helped knowing he was actually doing the stunts while I was watching. I would say overall the acting was good, but not overly impressive. This isn't a drama film after all so I'm not taking any points away. Why would you go to a Mission Impossible movie for great acting? You go for the action, and if you keep that mindset, this film will be worth your time and money.

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2 out of 9 people found the following review useful:

Just Another Action Movie

6/10
Author: Ankit Jain from India
18 December 2011

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When i came out of the hall after watching this movie, i asked myself "Is it an IMPOSSIBLE MISSION to throughly entertain me?" My brain and heart answered "NO", so why was I not through;y entertained by this latest MI franchise movie? Simple there were very few Crazy Impossible Action Scenes, something like fulcrum in 3rd edition. OK the IMF have digitalized and upgraded themselves, to the extent that the Bond franchise will feel the competition, but what made the MI franchise diff from others was the Action sequence. There were a few OK types action scenes and none of them will make you jump from your seats moreover there is a little overdose of light humorous scenes. My opinion its just another action movie and nothing to do with Mission Impossible.

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10 out of 25 people found the following review useful:

Tense and confrontational, full tilt action

8/10
Author: bassrourke from Australia
14 December 2011

Best enjoyed on the big screen, a very big screen if you choose to accept it, an in form Tom Cruise returns as Agent Ethan Hunt. Forced to go rogue to clear his name after an international incident at the Kremlin, he's set up as the culprit. Plot holes aside, this is a sweeping high tech adventure with the teams visit to Dubai the standout seeing Tom dangling off the worlds tallest building with a sandstorm moving his way. Globetrotting edge of your seat moments are truly breathtaking. The Incredibles director Brad Bird proves he can manage live action and ramps it up a few extra notches to prove his point. Put your reservations of Tom Crusie off screen aside, he rocks without flinching that edge at any stage. Paula Patton looks magnificent and Simon Pegg provides some comic relief, however the trailers make you think this is funnier than it is. M.I.4 is thundering excitement. Ving Rhames cameos.

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12 out of 29 people found the following review useful:

The Mission Impossible Franchise is Alive Once Again For Me!

9/10
Author: 3xHCCH from Quezon City, Philippines
16 December 2011

The first Mission Impossible film disappointed me very much. I was a fan of the original MI TV series. I thought the first MI film stripped everything good about the TV series and made it a one-man show for its star, Tom Cruise. So much was my disappointment that I did not even care to watch the second and third installments. However, the trailers for this fourth installment, with its exploding Kremlin and the hi-jinx in the Dubai glass skyscraper captured my attention. Also, the presence of Jeremy Renner as a new co-star also added to my interest to see this one. And I am sure glad I did.

All the action promised in the trailer were delivered in high style, and more! Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his team were accused of blowing up the Kremlin, and were thus left high and dry by the US government. As they move on their own to prove their innocence, at the same time they had to avert a nuclear catastrophe that would bring about another world war. This plot took the audience from Budapest to Moscow to Dubai and to Mumbai as Hunt and his team (Simon Pegg, Paula Patton and Jeremy Renner) follow the trail of mad nuclear terrorist Kurt Hendricks (Michael Nyqvist). Tom Cruise does show signs of age here already, but he is as invincible as ever. Simon Pegg is entertaining as the computer nerd, and comic relief. Paula Patton I have never seen before, but she is an exotic beauty and realistic Amazon. Jeremy Renner adds another feather to his impressive acting cap since "The Hurt Locker."

Aside from the Kremlin and Burj Khalifa scenes I have mentioned, there were also exciting foot and car chases throughout the film, particularly impressive were those shot in a huge sandstorm. There were also old- fashioned fist-fights thrown in to balance out the hi-tech computer stuff. Of course, I had to suspend disbelief for a lot of the seemingly physically-impossible stunts pulled off, especially on the Burj. But they looked very good on screen! Director Brad Bird was able to achieve his animated-style vision into startlingly-convincing live action. This will surely satisfy any action movie fan, as it did me. The teamwork required to achieve their mission was showcased front and center. That renewed my faith in the franchise and I look forward to their next adventure.

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Mission: Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol

8/10
Author: helmutty from Singapore
15 December 2011

This is the first live-action directed by Brad Bird who is well-known for his Pixar movies including The Incredibles. I was particularly interested in seeing how he will fare in his debut live-action movie and it turns out that he proves live-action is not a problem for him. Mission: Impossible 4 is a fun thrilling action-packed ride.

The story: Ethan Hunt is back for a new mission as seen in the opening scenes-he rescues a criminal from prison. And from there, the action almost does not stop. The story is straight-forward but the whole movie is filled with tense action. We didn't even hear the characters talking randomly about other topics other than spy stuff. I never got bored as the movie does not give you a chance to be bored. The tense action is always running to keep you glued to your seat. The action scenes are cool and brutal. I am surprised Brad directs those scenes brutally with bone-crunching sounds. The fist-cuffs are brutal for the franchise. Of course, one of the most notable scenes is when Ethan climbs the tallest building in Dubai. The whole scene is tense as it is real. Another notable scene is the thrilling chase in the sandstorm. Is it intense for someone to chase someone without able to see properly? The humour mostly from Simon Pegg helps to enhance the movie. Acting wise is fine. Music wise is good. It helps to give a more tense feeling to the already tense action scenes.

Overall: It is solid entertainment. It is also a action spy movie to whet fans of the spy genre and James Bond. This could actually be the best Mission Impossible movie. This is actually better than the good J.J Abrams' Mission Impossible in terms of action and tense story. This proves that Brad Bird not only can direct animation but can direct an action-packed movie filled with cool action scenes.

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The best sequel since the original...

9/10
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom
4 January 2012

And as much as I did like the original 1996 movie, despite some convolutions in the story, I found this sequel even better and better than the better-than-reputation-but-flawed sequels. Perhaps it is little too long, but there are so many impressive things about it. The plot may have a sense of familiarity about it, but what Mission Impossible- Ghost Protocool does is make the film as inventive and as relentless as possible knowing this.

The visual spectacle is faultless I have to say. The gadgets are suitably outlandish, anyone here love the retina-based video-screen, the film is shot and edited in a stylish fashions, the stunts such as Cruise dangling off the Burj Khalifa tower are amazing and the special effects dazzling. Brad Bird(director also of the wonderful Iron Giant and the excellent Pixar films Ratatouille and The Incredibles) does a very capable job directing, making everything as gripping as possible.

I very much liked the music too which helps to enhance the action and what not. The dialogue is tension-filled and the humour doesn't jar too much, the film is much better paced than the third film(which I found rather sluggish at times) with some scenes going at an exhilarating rate and the characters while not the most compelling ever are much less cardboard than the previous two outings in my opinion. The story as I've said may be familiar, but again much is done to make us not think too much of this, and if there was one thing that it improved over the original it was that it was less convoluted.

The acting was fine, with Tom Cruise giving perhaps his most comfortable performance of the series, Jeremy Renner is a great new addition and Simon Pegg gives some well-timed comic relief. The villain was good as well and solidly played by Michael Nyqvist, if not as well-written or as well-performed as Owen Davian superbly played by Phillip Seymour Hoffmann.

All in all, I loved it and consider it the best sequel since the original film and even surpasses it. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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2 out of 11 people found the following review useful:

One great scene then boring

6/10
Author: RMS1949 from United States
19 December 2011

Okay, the scene of walking on the skyscraper was excellent but that alone is not going to make this movie rise much above mediocrity. It doesn't have the flair of Bond movies nor even the intensity of the Borne films. The script was thin and action scenes ( with exception of the skyscraper scene) were been there, seen that. The first of Mission Impossible movies starring Cruise was excellent, they have been going downhill since then. While some may think this will help rescue Tom's career from the drought it's been in, I just see it as another missed opportunity. Besides for me the mission impossible scenario should be more focused on a group rather than an individual, like the original series. It's not a terrible film, good for a popcorn night, but very forgettable. I guess I just expect more from this series.

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5 out of 17 people found the following review useful:

It is what it is - a perfect action movie.

9/10
Author: kill-segfault from India
15 December 2011

100% on RT and I told myself I'll have to watch it and I am glad I did. MI4 has everything that you would want from a perfect action movie - from bombs to guns to WMDs to blow 'em all ups. I watched it at the IMAX here 1.5 hours ago and here I am compelled to write a review.

I am glad they've put those IMAX cameras to good usage - part of what makes it such an impressive and immersing movie is that 25 minutes of IMAX footage. Taking a leaf out of Nolan's book, director Brad Bird, shows you grand shots of places in Russia and Dubai.

It's only natural that you compare it to MI3 ( I don't want to compare it to MI2/MI1 coz MI1 was the trend setter and there was nothing that I liked about MI2.) MI3 worked better at drama level - It had a strong villain - It made Ethan Hunt look vulnerable (kind of how Casino Royale made Daniel Criag look). MI4 kind of brings you back to MI1 - You don't get to see a lot of drama, but the action keeps you at the edge of your seat. Sure, the screenplay is nothing write home about and you can almost tell what would happen to the end, but some of the action sequences in Dubai are those that keep your eyes glued to the screen.

Cruise was at his natural best - No Sweat. Surprise packages: Simon Pegg and Jeremy Renner - throw in the best British comedian and the best modern generation actor - saves your action movie from the usual Hollywood cheese. Paula Patton is getting old and you get to notice that even more when you get to see Léa Seydoux.

All in All, a fun and action-jam-packed action movie. 9/10

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Wait for it to play on TNT, and don't watch it then either.

5/10
Author: tmdpc from United States
12 December 2011

I saw this while traveling abroad last week, and through a series of weird circumstances wound up with passes to the film.

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol is just another tired action movie with absolutely nothing substantial to offer. I was reticent about spending two hours on a Tom Cruise picture because his last few have totally missed the mark - And my concerns were justified.

I got the feeling that the cast (other than Cruise) was sort of playing it tongue-in-cheek, like they knew people would be suspicious of another MI title... It's hard to explain.

I equate this to Roger Moore's last Bond film 'A View to a Kill'... An abundance of action to cover the lack of story line and plot.

The other reviewers seem to have thoroughly enjoyed it, so either I am jaded or they are shills for the various production companies who have an interest in the feature, trying to create a buzz.

Action is a vital part of these films, but it is worthless without a reasonable script and plot...

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Action, yes. Depth, no.

6/10
Author: ummit_sethi from Dubai
7 December 2011

If you want a mindless couple of hours then sit down and tune out to this which, to be fair, is what you could argue is all that the franchise is really supposed to offer anyway. However, since MI3 took the offering to a whole new level, MI4 fails to get close to those standards. Linear plot, a checklist of stunts and gadgets that feel more like they're ticking boxes than truly complementing a good storyline. Finally, at the most basic level, these films should have great heroes and villains; MI4 gives you the heroes and forgets all about the villain, in doing that MI4 fails to move beyond the formulaic and remains a very single dimensional experience.... disappointing when you're in the position to choose from Hollywood's greatest for a project like this.

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