60: Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol – December 21, 2011
Starring: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton,
Written by: Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec
Directed by: Brad Bird

The 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.” – IMDB

My thoughts: Admittedly, I’m a sucker for the MI franchise. I can’t help but enjoy the, well, “impossible” stunts and action sequences. And yes, I even enjoy Tom Cruise in it. Hey! He might be a little wonky and a Scientologist, but his acting? That I do not hate. And this sucker got a super fresh rating over at Rotten Tomatoes, so how could I say no?

In terms of action, combat, and weapons – awesome. Cruise hanging off of the tallest building in the world by a mere glove? Ridiculously good. The gizmos and gadgets – bitchin’. The screen that visually simulates whatever lies behind it and alters itself based on the pair of human eyes looking at it? Whaaaaat! And of course, the witty bits of humor and dialogue – pitch perfect. The opening scene is classic MI, both exciting and humorous.

And while it was undeniably enjoyable, it wasn’t as totally, super awesome, can’t wait to see it again good. It was visually more gorgeous than the previous three films, but the actual plot was just a little bit overdone and not the thrill that could have come with a much anticipated installment in a popular series.

However it did really get some things right – those things being the entire backstory with Ethan Hunt and his wife (Michelle Monaghan) from the third movie. It would have been easy (though very annoying) to just wave that plot off and have him get it with Paula Patton. Instead, their story was told in a smart, clever way that brought everything full circle.

There was also no shortage of clever plots and ploys to get what they needed without being found out – the hotel switcher-oo!

I don’t want to give away too much since it literally just came out today. It was enjoyable – absolutely. It wasn’t above and beyond amazing, but it was right on par with the MI franchise and far as I’m concerned. Cool, entertaining, mysterious, and full of action. Just what any sane person wants from Mission Impossible.

Stars: 4/5

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