Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)

logoDirector: Brad Bird

Writer: Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec (Screenplay) Bruce Geller (TV Creator)

Starring: Tom Cruise, Paula Patton, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, Michael Nyqvist, Vladimir Mashkov, Lea Seydoux, Josh Holloway


Plot: 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.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Game Changer in the Mission Impossible Franchise


Story: Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol starts in Budapest (Yes another well-known city), this time we watch Hanaway (Holloway) making a grand escape before getting eliminated by assassin Sabine Moreau (Seydoux).we move to follow Ethan Hunt (Cruise) who has been locked up in a Russian prison, he is broken out by Benji (Pegg) and Jane (Patton) who know that Hunt can help retrieve the chip lost when Hanaway was killed.

The three have to break into the Kremlin to stop Colbolt from deleting his files making him impossible to find. The mission get compromised and Hunt has to call for a mission abort but finds himself locked up in a hospital after a mysterious man blows the Kremlin. Ethan being picked up Secretary of IMF (Wilkinson) where we learn that IMF has been disbanded but Ethan has been given one final mission to clear the names of him and his team for the Kremlin bombing and find Hendricks (Nyqvist) the man Ethan believe to be responsible. The extraction gets attacked leaving Ethan with analyst Brandt (Renner) joining up with Jane and Benji as they are the lone members of IMF to clear the names.

Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol manages to address the over used storylines in the franchise and turn them into failed attempts on mission with the equipment failing and for the first time not even hinting at a mole inside IMF. The pace of this film is what is most impressive because it is non-stop from the moment the opening sequences happens to the final act it all takes place in almost real time without the travelling. This is how a spy film should be done with the team having to work out the solution without having to rely on the computer back home. I would say this is easily the best in the franchise because it manages to break free of the restraints the previous outings seem to have around them. (8/10)


Actor Review


Tom Cruise: Ethan Hunt is the lead in the operation to clear America’s name from bombing the Kremlin, he must assemble a new team to take on the latest impossible mission only this time the stakes a higher. Tom shows that he can still play the action hero and isn’t afraid to take the chances with the stunt work he willing takes part in. (8/10)


Paula Patton: Jane was the lead on the original mission and after Hanaway gets killed she takes the latest mission personally making her decision making more difficult. Paula fills the leading lady role nicely without really doing too much extra. (7/10)


Simon Pegg: Benji is now a fully trained field operative (somehow) and is part of the team used to rescue and work with Hunt. He is easily the character that makes you laugh the most through the whole film. Simon pretty much is the scene stealer with all the fun lines that will make you laugh through the action. (8/10)


Jeremy Renner: Brandt who seems like a normal analyst but shows his worth when it comes to the mission in hand to hand combat. Jeremey shows he did his training for the action roles and plays the man of mystery well. (7/10)


Michael Nyqvist: Hendricks is the villain of the piece arranging for the codes to be taken, he is brilliant trained and uses all his skills to stay one step ahead of the game. Michael makes for a good villain showing he was using his brains over the fighting. (7/10)


Support Cast: Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol has a supporting cast that includes mostly the people Ethan’s team are after and a determined Russian agent trying to capture Ethan unsuccessfully.


Director Review: Brad Bird – Brad does a great job making an entertaining action film that doesn’t take itself too seriously. (8/10)


Action: Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol is filled with action but all very tactical action. (8/10)

Thriller: Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol keeps you interested from start to finish. (9/10)

Settings: Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol keeps the settings well-known so we can tell where things are going on without needed to be told. (8/10)

Suggestion: Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol is one for all the action fans to enjoy with plenty of action and stunts. (Action Fans Watch)


Best Part: Building running.

Worst Part: Sometimes we get too many jokes.

Action Scene Of The Film: Car fighting.


Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has one more sequel

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $695 Million

Budget: $145 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 13 Minutes

Tagline: No Plan. No Backup. No Choice.


Overall: Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol is easily the best yet in a franchise that just seems to improve.

Rating 85


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