Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011) Tom Cruise, Paula Patton, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner Movie Review

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)

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After being broken out of a Russian prison, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) finds himself with a new team with a new mission, to retrieve some stolen Russian nuclear missile codes. But the mission goes wrong with the Kremlin damaged and Hunt's IMF team being held responsible. With the President invoking Ghost Protocol Ethan and his team are on their own and with no support as they end up on a mission to stop the use of these codes which takes them from the tallest building in Dubai to a TV station.

I was going to say that the older I get the less I want to watch but that is not entirely true. The truth is that whilst I would happily watch a 3 hour western saga which delivered character, storyline and drama I find myself struggling to do so with modern action movies which push their length past the 105 minute mark. It is one of the issues I have with "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" as at 133 minutes this fourth instalment in the "Mission: Impossible" franchise feels like it suffers from trying to deliver too much, to be bigger and better when it comes to other action movies and in doing so going on more than it needs to.

Simon Pegg in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)

There is a knock on effect to this as whilst we have a storyline which sees Ethan and his team out on their own trying to prevent a nuclear missile being launched it ends up becoming just a vehicle for all of the action. Now truth be told I expected this but even with some sub plots and secrets the storyline ends up sinking making "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" little more than a series of action scenes with the occasional moment of wit chucked in to the mix.

Now there is no denying that the action in "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" is spectacular and at times borders on being out of this world with Tom Cruise throwing himself in to the movie. But at the same time "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" starts to feel like it is veering towards the James Bond movies of the Roger Moore era where the humour was corny and the stunts were ridiculous. Fortunately it doesn't but it becomes very close especially with Simon Pegg being responsible for pretty much all the humour. On the subject of humour this movie has some unintentional humour which comes from the various shots of Tom Cruise running as shooting him from the front and from low down whilst running makes him look ridiculous.

What this all boils down to is that "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" is another modern crowd pleaser, made for those who seek over the top action and excitement. But for me "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" is another modern movie which goes too far when it comes to the action and it causes the movie to drag on a bit.