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Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)

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

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Brad Bird

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Bruce Geller (television series "Mission: Impossible"), Josh Appelbaum | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Cruise ... Ethan Hunt
Paula Patton ... Jane
Simon Pegg ... Benji
Jeremy Renner ... Brandt
Michael Nyqvist ... Hendricks
Vladimir Mashkov ... Sidorov
Samuli Edelmann ... Wistrom
Ivan Shvedoff ... Leonid Lisenker
Anil Kapoor ... Brij Nath
Léa Seydoux ... Sabine Moreau
Josh Holloway ... Hanaway
Pavel Kríz ... Marek Stefanski
Miraj Grbic ... Bogdan
Ilia Volok ... The Fog
Goran Navojec ... Burly Russian Prisoner
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Storyline

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

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No Plan. No Backup. No Choice.


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

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Language:

English | Russian | French | Arabic | Swedish

Release Date:

21 December 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aries See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$145,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,785,204, 18 December 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$209,397,903, 12 April 2012

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$694,713,380, 12 April 2012
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

(At around one hour and twenty-eight minutes) In the scene when Ethan is taken to see the Russian arms dealer by the guy Ethan helped break out of the Russian prison, the wooden crates in the background are clearly stamped with the name, "Yu-ri" in letters from the Korean alphabet. Yuri (after Yuri Gorbachev) is the name often used in fictional and real-life spy books and movies to refer to Russian and/or Soviet spies, or the former K.G.B. in general. See more »

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(at around 12 mins) When Carter and Hunt sit in the van and Carter updates Hunt on what happened to the colleague in Budapest, some camera shots on her show a silver reading lamp coming from top right of the picture, however several other camera shots do not show this lamp, while the perspective has not changed significantly. See more »

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[first lines]
Russian Prisoner: [in Russian, to Burly Russian Prisoner] Hey, how did you open your cell door?
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Ain't That a Kick in the Head
Written by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen (as James Van Heusen)
Performed by Dean Martin
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Mission Impossible to Resurrect Franchise: Solidly Accomplished
9 December 2011 | by theycallmemrglassSee all my reviews

Saw this at a London IMAX press preview screening.

Clearly JJ Abram's mission impossible, should he choose to accept it, is to lead a talented team to resurrect a declining franchise and re-ignite it with renewed vigour and a very high dosage of fun and entertainment.

I'm glad to say, mission highly accomplished.

Brad Bird's first time direction of real actors (must have been a shock when they talked back at him) exhibits the same zestful energy and fun that we got from his animated films such as The Incredibles. Though not with the subtlety of his Iron Giant but this is Mission Impossible, so we cant expect that kind of subtlety here.

Story is outrageously OTT and thats how it should be for a franchise that violently throws plausibility out of the window with much deliberation. Not much else to say about the story apart from the fact that it can easily be translated into a Bond movie. We're in that kind of villainous territory here and it is fun.

The action sequences are inventive, relentless, fun and tense. Some scenes are filmed in IMAX format and when seen on an IMAX screen, are breathtaking and immersing.

As well as Brad Bird's energised and retro direction, the cast really sparkles too. Cruise rocks as an action stunt hero. In fact more so now than he ever did. His traditional self stunt work in this series continues to impress particular in his skyscraper scenes. There is also more playfulness and assuredness in a role he has now worn into nicely. Simon Pegg gets a delightfully big promotion to join Hunt's team making us laugh throughout the movie. And Paula Patton adds an elegant sexiness to the MI team missions. Another new addition to the team, Jeremy Renner also gels smoothly into the squad.

This film has drastically rejuvenated the franchise that I now highly anticipate further adventures of Ethan Hunt and his new vibrant team, equally or even more so than the next James Bond movie.


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