Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)
  • Time: 133 min
  • Genre: Action | Thriller
  • Director: Brad Bird
  • Cast: Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner


In the 4th installment of the Mission Impossible series, Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and his team are racing against time to track down a dangerous terrorist named Hendricks (Nyqvist), who has gained access to Russian nuclear launch codes and is planning a strike on the United States. An attempt to stop him ends in an explosion causing severe destruction to the Kremlin and the IMF to be implicated in the bombing, forcing the President to disavow them. No longer being aided by the government, Ethan and his team chase Hendricks around the globe, although they might still be too late to stop a disaster.


  • I know the opinions are very divergent, but I belong to those who liked this movie. Ok, it’s not the best in the series, I agree, but still, it’s nice to watch! The action-scenes are good, and so is the performance of Tom Cruise, altough is getting a little bit older…

  • Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol is as much a comeback film for fading A-list action star Tom Cruise as it is a kick-ass debut live-action feature for director Brad Bird, who is out to prove that he is not only a wizard with animation, but also with live-action filmmaking.

    While he is not exactly in magical form here as he was when he wrote and directed The Iron Giant (1999), The Incredibles (2004), and Ratatouille (2007), Bird sure knows how to make a fine movie, especially if it is an action film.

    Ghost Protocol provides Ethan Hunt (Cruise) with his most challenging mission yet. To put it simply, Hunt literally needs to save the world from a madman who wants to see the human race evolve and grow stronger after the catastrophe of a nuclear attack. The latter has the codes that would launch that fatal missile. And Hunt needs to stop him.

    He is severely short of backup though because in the film’s first act, the Kremlin is blown apart, and his secret intelligence organization, the IMF, is forced to shut down, and Hunt to go rogue to clear his organization’s name.

    Ghost Protocol is defined by its action sequences, of which there are plenty, and they are remarkably well-executed, though a few instances seem too unrealistic for its own good. Bird’s visual flair is obvious as the camera drives the narrative in ways never seen before in Hollywood films of late.

    The standout part is the Dubai skyscraper sequence. Shot with IMAX cameras, we see Hunt attempt to scale Burj Khalifa from the outside from the 130th floor using only suction gloves. That is the moment we collectively hold our breath and feel impossibly thrilled, with the build-up to the vertigo-inducing act key to wrecking our nerves.

    The supporting cast of Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner and Paula Patton provide good action support for Cruise, with Pegg providing the requisite comic relief. However, the film’s weakest point is the lack of a convincingly sinister villain.

    The villain here is played by Michael Nyqvist, who starred opposite Noomi Rapace in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009) and its sequels. While his character is clearly out of his mind, and the stakes higher in this film, he is not as frightening as Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s scene-stealing villainous turn in Mission: Impossible III (2006).

    Ghost Protocol is still a relatively strong year-end blockbuster that along with Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011), provide casual moviegoers and serious action fans with something to cheer about. The jury is still out whether this new Mission: Impossible movie is the best of its franchise, but there is no doubt of Cruise’s ability to command the screen, and of Bird’s assured hand in direction.

    GRADE: B (7.5/10)

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