The mission – to convert a classic TV series from the late sixties and also early seventies into a viable movie series – appeared eminently potential whenever it kicked off on the big screen fifteen years ago. So it was.
Which brings us to the latest entry, Watch Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Online, the fourth payment in a generally successful franchise that has had its ups and also downs.
Director Brain De Palma’s 1996 Mission: Impossible was a spyro-technical thriller that has been a mission accomplished – but hardly, because it was a mission: impossible to follow.
Movie director John Woo’s 2000 followup, Mission: Impossible II, was a disappointing shoot-em-up action extravaganza that proved to be a mission: impossible to swallow.
Then director JJ Abrams’ 2006 sequel, Mission: Impossible III, breathed new existence into the franchise as something close to a mission: impossible to hate.
This 4th installment, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, registers as a mission: impossible to resist.
With Abrams serving as a producer, we discover Tom Cruise’s Ethan Look, the leader of the Impossible Missions Force (IMF) – sort of a CIA inside the CIA – being blamed along with his team for a terrorist bomb that has destroyed the Kremlin.
Thus the US government initiates a black-ops “ghost protocol” and disavows the IMF – as they are wont to do – after that Hunt and his colleagues choose to accept an assignment designed to clear their name as well as discover just who framed them.
In the process, they hope to thwart a maniacal program that can eventuate into nuclear winter.
Jeremy Renner joins the IMF team for this outing, playing an analyst with a top-secret background, and his as well as Look s colleagues are played by returnee Simon Pegg and also newcomer Paula Patton (very the action star, it turns out), with the estimable Tom Wilkinson as the in-charge Secretary of the IMF and Michael Nyqvist (star of the Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as well as its sequels) as a nuclear extremist.
The movie director, Brad Bird, is making his first stab at live action following directing 3 impressive animated movies (The Incredibles, Ratatouille, The Iron Giant). As well as, whaddaya know, he takes right to it – these high-tech geeks are, following all, in a way of talking, The Incredibles – bringing a master animator’s pinpoint timing to the task.
Bird flies high indeed, instilling a effective sense of humor, mostly delivered by the delightful Pegg; letting the featured actors each shine; showcasing Cruise’s willingness to do most of his own stunts; establishing a sense of put in such exotic places as Moscow, Dubai, and Mumbai; supervising the surehanded, elaborate, as well as dizzyingly exhilarating action sequences; giving the high-tech gadgetry the ingenious kick it deserves; dishing out just enough in the way of technical explanations for us to adhere to the narrative without having being disenfranchised by the research involved; as well as maintaining a pace thus breathless that we hardly notice how comic-book preposterous many of what had been viewing and accepting really is.
The combination of high-octane action, nosebleed-inducing high stakes, whirlwind globetrotting, and thick suspense that Bird conjures in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol is both laudable and also applaudable. Thus a lot so, in fact, that certainly not only is this possibly the best of the franchise offerings thus far also as a promise of more installments to come, but probably the best action-oriented film of the year.
As well as in mid-comeback, Cruise reminds us what a effective as well as very watchable leading man/action star he is, exhibiting the commanding Cruise control and charisma that made a lot of of his star turns boffo at the box office.
Thus effectively scale 3½ stars from 4 for the eminently enjoyable espionage-thriller sequel, Watch Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Online. This mission you need to absolutely choose to accept.