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Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (12a)

Reviewed by Rachel Geeson


After 5 years, Ethan Hunt is back on the big screens in the fourth installment in the action-adventure spy film.  Tom Cruise reprises his role as Ethan Hunt, IMF agent and works alongside previous Mission Impossible actor Simon Pegg (Paul, 2011) who plays Benji Dunn an IMF technical field agent. Also joining his team is Jane Carter played by Paula Patton (Déjà Vu, 2006) and Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker, 2008).

Blamed for the terrorist bombing of the Kremlin, Ethan Hunt is disowned along with the rest of the agency when the President initiates “Ghost Protocol”. Left without any resources or backup, Ethan must find a way to clear his agency’s name and prevent another attack. To complicate matter further, Ethan is forced to embark on this mission with a team that he does not fully know.

One of the best scenes is when Tom Cruise is hanging more than 100 floors up on the glass windows of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the world’s tallest building. The stunts for Ethan Hunt were all done by the actor himself, and in this scene in particular he manages to grip the audience’s attention in the breath-taking movements that he makes.

Another scene in the film that stands out is when Ethan and Benji are in the vaults of the Kremlin Archive and create a virtual reality illusion which is used to fool a guard. The director is an academy award winning American director. He is best known for directing and writing Disney/Pixar’s The Incredibles (2004) and Ratatouille (2007). Bird puts his animator’s sense of timing to good use with the opening scene involving fast pace fighting, where Ethan breaks out of a Russian prison with the help of some of his team.

I definitely recommend this film as there are moments of adrenaline, laughter and suspense throughout the film. Mission: Impossible 4 stands as one of the big-studio highlights of the year.

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