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Mission Impossible 4 – Ghost Protocol – Someone did their homework

  • Dec 20, 2011
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I went to see the new Mission Impossible movie this morning.  Let me start by saying that I am not a big Tom Cruise fan.  I don’t usually make a point to see his movies first run, and only sometimes on Net Flix.  But I am an old fan of the TV series Mission Impossible, so I have made it a point to see all of the Mission Impossible movies.  I liked them all to different degrees.  The first movie was probably the best until I saw the newest one today.   I really liked the new Mission Impossible movie very much.  It opens with a lightning bolt of action and does not stop until the end of the film.  
 
As I mentioned I am not a big Tom Cruise fan, but he is very good in this movie.  From walking around the outside of skyscrapers to all of the action sequences Tom does not disappoint.  But this movie is a real Mission Impossible being closer to the original TV series than the previous three movies in my opinion.  The TV show was always about the success of the team working together to fool and defeat the enemy.  And this movie is all a team effort.  Tom does not carry the action or the movie all on his own.  The team members are every bit as important to the movie as Tom.  Jeremy Renner playing Brent shares a good bit of the action with Tom and could easily carry on in the series with or without Tom.  Simon Pegg is always fun to watch and he is great in this film.  He brings some added humor but is not a stereotyped buffoon.  And Paula Patton brings glamor, beauty, and shares a lot of the action also.  This story is all about the team and not just about Ethan Hunt. 
 
So it obvious someone did their homework when planning this movie.  A lot of this credit has to go to the writers.  But credit must also go to Brad Bird the director, who is known for his work with Pixar.  He was a surprising choice for director, but he was an excellent choice. 
 
The locations used in the movie will rival any Bond film.  And this, coming from a huge James Bond fan, is a big compliment.  The makers of the new Bond film due out next year need to take note.  Mission Impossible 4 has recaptured a lot of the Bond magic.  
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December 20, 2011
Yep, teamwork is what made the TV series work. The theme is still my fav, that and the old Hawaii 5-0 theme. Can't wait for this one, either. Good review.
 
December 20, 2011
Good observations. Bird had really impressed me with his directorial skills. I hope he does more action movies. Thanks for the review!
 
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When a terrorist bombing destroys the Kremlin, the United States government initiates a black ops "ghost protocol" and disavows the entire Impossible Mission Force. Ethan Hunt and his team are to be blamed for the attack, but are allowed to escape as part of a plan to enable them to operate again outside of their agency.

However, Hunt is warned that if any member of his team is captured or compromised, they will be charged as terrorists planning to incite global nuclear war. He is forced to work with fellow ex-IMF agent Brandt, who knows more about Hunt and his past than even Hunt himself.

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Movies, Action Movies, Action, In Theaters, Tom Cruise, Spy, Action Thriller, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Nuclear Bombing, Brad Bird, End Of War, Misson Impossible 4 Ghost Protocol, Imaxx, Paula Patton

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Director: Brad Bird
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Release Date: 16 December 2011 (USA)
Screen Writer: Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec
Studio: Paramount Pictures, Paramount
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