Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol Review

Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Paula Patton on MI: 4


Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol is a strong sequel following J.J. Abram’s Mission Impossible 3. Given the quality of the entire film as well as the great reception in the box office we’ll probably see more sequels in the coming years.

In Mission Impossible 4, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his rag-tag team of agents (Simon Pegg and Paula Patton) is accused of having a hand in a recent terrorist attack that destroyed a huge chunk of the Kremlin. The US Government initiates black ops code name “Ghost Protocol” and disavows the entire Impossible Mission Force (IMF). The IMF Secretary (Tom Wilkinson) delivers Ethan the news yet allows him to “escape” so that he and his team can operate in the dark and hunt the real people behind the bombing, nuclear doomsday madman by the code name Cobalt. However, should any of Ethan’s team be captured, they will be branded as terrorists out to incite global nuclear war.

Brandt (Jeremy Renner), an ex-agent turned consultant, is thrown into the mix as this new group now must use their wits, what little resources they have, and their wiles in order to stay ahead of the bad guys and finish the mission at hand.

More than just high powered action sequences

Although I will reserve my top Mission Impossible movie as Mission Impossible 3, part 4 is quite a strong contender. The villains are more defined here giving them a reason for being and an end-goal and not just a maniacal force of evil like Philip Seymour-Hoffman’s character in part 3. It’s more clear-cut and slightly formulatic in part 4; however, because of how director Brad Bird handled the film, it didn’t fall to the usual trap of big Hollywood action films where the story and characters are shunned by big action sequences.

The Pixar training of Brad Bird really shines when he touches on the humanity of the characters particularly Ethan Hunt, Brandt and Jane (Paula Patton). There are some heart-wrenching moments of conflict in the characters that Brad beautifully shows us. This draws us in more to the world where these people live in. The ending scene is particular is such a bitter sweet sequence that gives the film its satisfying epilogue.

You guys probably don’t know this but this is the first live movie directed by Brad Bird. Bird is more known for his work with Disney’s Pixar (The Incredibles, Ratatouille). Yes, this guy successfully made the transition from animated cartoon-like movies to live action films. We can pretty much say that he can now be considered a well-rounded movie director.

Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol is worth the popcorn and the big screen view. If you haven’t watched it yet we highly recommend that you do! Catch it before Christmas though since we all know the MMFF will start on December 25 which means it’s all Filipino movies in the movie houses.

Unbox Rating: 4/5

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