‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’ (Film)


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A Mission with No Plan, No Backup and No Choice for Ethan and his Team

Surely ‘the mission should you choose to accept it’ doesn’t give you the option not to accept it! 😀

Back in December 2017, my parents and I saw ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’ for Christmas! We later saw ‘Mission: Impossible’ and ‘Mission: Impossible III’ for my Mum’s birthday in March 2018! Afterwards, it was ‘Mission: Impossible 2’ and ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’ in March.

That was for Mother’s Day by the way! We saw these ‘Mission: Impossible’ movies on Blu-ray and we enjoyed them very much in the build-up to seeing ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ at cinemas in July 2018. We were keeping up-to-date with these ‘M:I’ movies, despite seeing them out of order. 😀

The ‘M:I’ movies are fun, action-packed and thrilling to watch. Tom Cruise is incredibly engaging as Ethan Hunt. The storylines so far in these movies have been decent enough. They may have been uneven in terms of tone, but the films do get better and better and ‘Ghost Protocol’ is rather good. 🙂

‘Ghost Protocol’ is the fourth film in the ‘M:I’ film series and it was released in 2011. It does link quite nicely into ‘Rogue Nation’, especially by the time we reach the end. I’m not sure how the pre-planning went into the first four movies compared to the fifth and sixth films regards consistency. 😐

The ‘M:I’ films can be watched in any order you want. There’s no linking theme evident like in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ films and the Marvel Cinematic Universe films. If the tone was consistent and there was a single producer/director overlooking every film though, I might’ve appreciated them all.

Mind you, the films have been finding their feet gradually compared to how they began. By the time we reach ‘Ghost Protocol’, I’d like to think the ‘M:I’ films are veering away from the original TV series and are doing their own original storylines. Whether you consider that as good or bad, it’s up to you.

Although co-produced by J. J. Abrams who directed ‘M:I-III’, ‘Ghost Protocol’ was directed by Brad Bird. Wow! Brad Bird! He directed of ‘The Incredibles’, ‘Incredibles 2’ and ‘Ratatouille’ from the world of Disney/Pixar. It’s pretty amazing to find a Disney/Pixar film director directing a ‘M:I’ movie.

After watching ‘Ghost Protocol’ a second time, I can see Brad Bird’s directing style in it from watching the ‘Incredibles’ films he did. What with the fast-paced action sequences and some CGI sequences featured like Tom Cruise being chased by a sandstorm, it does feel pretty effective here. 🙂

The film also happens to be Brad Bird’s first live-action film compared to doing a CGI-animated film. It’s incredible a CGI animation director can move from that to doing a live-action film in his career. Andrew Adamson also did that from doing the ‘Shrek’ films to doing ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ films.

In the film, after an Impossible Missions Force (IMF) agent gets killed in Budapest, Ethan gets freed from a Moscow prison and he goes off with his team of IMF agents on a mission to investigate an enemy called Cobalt. Very soon, Ethan and his team get blamed for bombing the Kremlin in the film.

Having to work alone and without the aid of IMF, our heroes have to stop Cobalt from starting a global nuclear war. They soon go to India to stop the baddies. Will Ethan and his team of heroes stop the baddies with some exciting action-packed sequences as well as stop a nuclear missile hitting its target?

‘Ghost Protocol’ does have a fairly straight-forward action-packed storyline, although I do think the film requires more than one watch to get a clear understanding of the plot and to appreciate the realism of the spy world. Mind you, I wonder if that’s often the case with seeing these spy movies. 😐

Like I said, Tom Cruise is very engaging to watch as Ethan Hunt in the film. It was interesting to see how he starts being in a Moscow prison before getting out and being assigned the mission he’s on to stop Cobalt. It seems a lot has happened to Ethan since his marriage to Julia in ‘M:I-III’ came to an end. 😐

I like it when Tom Cruise gets to be all Spider-Man-like by climbing up the tall Burj building in Dubai. If Tom Cruise ends up voicing one of the Spider-Men in the next animated ‘Spider-Verse’ movie, I’m okay with that. 😀 I think the anti-graft gloves idea was used again was in the first ‘Paddington’ movie. 😀

Ethan’s team members include Simon Pegg as Benji Dunn, Jeremy Renner as William Brandt and Paula Patton as Jane Carter. Simon Pegg as Benji made his first appearance in ‘M:I-III’. He comes into his own being as a part of Ethan’s team of spy heroes. I like Simon’s humour and drama brought into this.

Simon Pegg has done plenty of films and TV before coming to do the ‘M:I’ films and it’s amazing to see him opposite Tom Cruise’s action-styled hero character. Like Mark Gatiss, Simon Pegg gets everywhere nowadays as well as being in the ‘M:I’ films, a ‘Doctor Who’ episode, the ‘Star Trek’ reboot trilogy, etc.

Jeremy Renner makes his first appearance as William Brandt in the ‘M:I’ film series. He would return again to appear in ‘Rogue Nation’. Many will know Jeremy Renner for playing Hawkeye in the ‘MCU’ movies. I’m wondering if Chris Evans or Robert Downey Jr. will appear in an ‘M:I’ movie someday. 😀

When we first meet William Brandt, he’s the IMF Secretary’s aide and intelligence analyst. But he turns out to be more than that as Ethan discovers. I like the interaction Jeremy Renner’s character had with Tom Cruise and Simon Pegg’s characters, especially when he overcomes fear in a mission. 🙂

Paula Patton stars as Agent Carter. No! Not that Agent Carter from the ‘MCU’! Hayley Atwell plays that character. 😀 The Agent Carter in this film is Jane Carter and she’s the only female member of Ethan’s team. I observe there’s only one female member in a spy team in these moves. Why not two ladies?

Anyway, Jane Carter is a tough cookie, though she’s upset when her lover Trevor Hanaway got killed during the Budapest mission at the film’s beginning. I like that cat-fight scene between Jane Carter and Sabine Moreau, the assassin who killed Trevor Hanaway. Jane threw Sabine out of a window. 😀

The cast also includes Michael Nygvist as Kurt Hendricks, also known as Cobalt, who’s willing to kill himself to prevent Ethan getting at the suitcase to abort the missile launched to start a nuclear war. There’s Vladimir Mashkov as Anatoly Sidorov, a SVR agent who believes Ethan blew up the Kremlin.

There’s Josh Holloway as Trevor Hanaway, Léa Seydoux as Sabine Moreau, Samuli Edelmann as Marius Wistrom who works for Cobalt, and Anil Kapoor as Brij Nath, an Indian media tycoon whom Jane Carter tries to seduce to get codes from him in India. There’s also Ivan Shvedoff as Leonid Lisenker, a nuclear code expert who’s forced to work for Cobalt.

Tom Wilkinson makes a small uncredited appearance as the IMF secretary before he gets killed off. There’s also an uncredited cameo appearance of Ving Rhames as Luther Stickell. I’m surprised Luther didn’t take part in this movie’s mission like he did in the other movies. Ah well, at least he’s in all ‘M:I’ films so far.

There’s also an uncredited cameo of Michelle Monaghan as Julia Meade-Hunt, Ethan’s wife. It was interesting to see Ethan and Julia gaze at each other from afar despite not being together anymore. This is before Ethan departs for his next mission. It happens to involve a thing called the Syndicate. 😐

Once again, music composer Michael Giacchino returns to do the music for an ‘M:I’ movie in ‘Ghost Protocol’. It was funny when Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt said “Light the fuse!” before the film’s opening credits start with ‘M:I’s theme music. A new take is given on the ‘M:I’ theme tune though. 😐

The Blu-ray special features are as follows. There’s ‘Mission Accepted’, which looks into the on-set action with Tom Cruise, producer J. J. Abrams and director Brad Bird. There’s ‘Impossible Missions’, looking into the sandstorm brought to life and the secrets behind the gadgets’. And there are some deleted scenes and an alternative opening to check out.

‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’ has been a pretty decent action film to see. At the time, I was pleased to have seen all the ‘Mission: Impossible’ movies before seeing ‘Fallout’ at the cinema. ‘Ghost Protocol’ is a pretty decent entry in the film series and it’s pretty well-directed by Brad Bird here. 🙂

Not bad for a Disney/Pixar director doing his first live-action film here. I also like the camaraderie shared between the four members of Ethan’s team, including him, Benji, Brandt and Agent Carter. Things are only about to get better since the next ‘M:I’ film director delivers his vision to the series.

What is this Syndicate that Ethan’s going to investigate for the next film all about then?

‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’ rating – 8/10

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2 thoughts on “‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’ (Film)

  1. Timelord 007

    Enjoyed this film great fourth entry in the series usually when get to a fourth movie fatigue sets in but with the M.I movies they get better & better, that climbing sequence you know that Cruise doing the stunt for real no cgi & the scene is shot magnificently, i remember saying to my mom at the cinema when we seen this film Tom needs Jesus cause he’s mad doing these death defying stunts.

    I like Ethan in this he’s a little darker in this film, i like the explanation we get as to his marriage to Julia ended, true love is sacrificing the person you love & as Ethan knows Julia will always be at risk if they stayed together.

    I think Ving was shooting Kojak at the time which is why he’s reduced to a cameo here but thankfully Simon Pegg brings the humour as Benji & Jeremy Renner character William works well together with Ethan.

    Excellent review Tim, detailed & informative, i been re-watching these last week based on your reviews i had the urge to accept the mission & watch the 6 films over 6 nights.

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    1. Tim Bradley Post author

      Hi Simon.

      Very pleased you enjoyed my review on ‘M:I – Ghost Protocol’. Yes, the ‘Mission: Impossible’ movies have been getting better and better. I’m amazed Tom Cruise is able to do his own stunts in these movies. I hope he’s managing okay with the stunts he’s doing for ‘Mission: Impossible 7’. That’s currently being filmed in places like Rome and Venice. I’ve seen photos of that movie in the making already. Tom Cruise seems to be doing his own stunts with a face covering on in certain shots.

      Yeah the way Ethan ended his marriage with Julia is understandable and I like it’s done out of love. I like how it got resolved later in ‘Fallout’. I had no idea Ving Rhames was shooting ‘Kojak’ at the time. Thanks for telling me that, Simon. Yeah, Simon Pegg and Jeremy Renner did well with the performances as their characters they gave in this movie.

      Very pleased you enjoyed re-watching these ‘M:I’ movies based on my reviews. I’ve finished my reviews on all of the ‘M:I’ movies so far. The last two reviews will be coming in the next two weeks for November, so stay tuned! 🙂

      Many thanks for your comments, Simon.

      Tim. 🙂



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