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Mission Impossible III: Ghost Protocol

Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol

What She said:

She

I have these fond memories of being a kid and playing this game called Impossible Mission on my friend’s computer.  We would spend hours and hours on that game, feeling like stealthy secret agents ourselves as we navigated the pixelated stick figure man through the maze-like puzzle screens.  *sigh* 

Fast-forward to 2012, and I have to say that I immediately knew that I would like Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol.  Not because I had seen any of the other movies—I think I saw the first one but hardly remember it—but because it was giving me awesome childhood flashbacks. 

I have to say, my high expectations for Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol were not disappointed.  The movie, starring Tom Cruise as IMF agent, Ethan Hunt, is fast paced, smart, and sassy.  Here’s your basic premise: some crazy stuff goes down when the IMF is implicated in a terrorist bombing.  The whole group goes into ghost protocol, which means that all work is unauthorized and may be treated as hostile.  Hunt and his sidekicks, Benji (Simon Pegg) and Jane (Paula Patton) go rogue in an effort to get to the bottom of things and clear the IMF’s name.  They manage to pick up William Brandt (Jeremy Renner), some sort of former agent/analyst, along the way, who aids in their efforts.  Lots of crazy stunts and cool technology ensues.

This movie really captures what Mission Impossible is all about—awesome tech, undercover coolness, and kickbutt fighting.  It’s a lot of fun to be sure.  I was surprised by how much humor was in the film, most of which involving Benji, who is sort of the lovable goof.  Tom Cruise’s string of weirdness made him hard to like, but he has made strides in redeeming himself (just keep your mouth shut dude).  I think Rock of Ages will earn him a lot more cred in that department.

This movie is a fun rollercoaster ride.  I’ll have to go back and watch the other movies now, but something tells me this might actually be the best one.

Thumbs up. 

What he said:

He

I saw Mission Impossible and its first sequel once a piece. I do not remember a lot about either movie. I was not a big enough fan of them that I went out and saw Mission Impossible 3, but I don’t recall a strong dislike of them either. I think they were just kind of there to me. I did not have a huge attachment to this franchise, so I wasn’t exactly excited for this movie. That being said, I heard a lot of good things about it, so I wasn’t totally against seeing it.  

Long-story-short, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is in a Moscow prison for undisclosed crimes. Agents Jane Carter (Paula Patton) and Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) are sent to break him out. Upon his release he is expected to help them with a mission that involves Russian terrorists, nuclear weapons, and making sure they are not discovered by the Russian government. That last one doesn’t go so well and Hunt and his team are actually branded as traitors by their own government. They also team up with special agent William Brandt. Brandt (Jeremy Renner) isn’t a field agent, but rather an analyst. When this desk jockey is forced into the field, something doesn’t add up though and we find out more about his past.

So they are trying to catch terrorists, avoid being captured by the Russian government, and are abandoned by their own government. They have to save the day and prove their innocence all at the same time. Kind of sounds like the plot of another Mission Impossible or other similar type of movie. It’s not exactly original, but that ends up being irrelevant anyway.

Mission Impossible movies aren’t about being original; they are about cool gadgets, exotic locations, and high-octane action scenes. Throw in some humor – which I don’t remember if it was a part of other entries in the series or not – and you’ve got yourself a pretty entertaining movie. This movie is quite outlandish at times. You aren’t going to get a serious espionage/military movie here and that’s quite all right with me; because that’s not what it’s supposed to be anyway. This movie is about having fun and looking cool and it succeeds on all levels. All of that characters kick-ass, take names, and throw in a one-liner or two when necessary. All of the former stuff I expected, but the humor really helped. The movie actually pretty damn funny at times and I didn’t expect that at all.

If you haven’t seen any of the other Mission Impossible movies or didn’t care for them, have no fear. This is pretty much a standalone movie and from what I hear the best of the series. Plus, I could have watched Paula Patton kick ass for two more hours. That gal is a looker.

Rating: Thumbs up.

This movie review was written for your reading pleasure on April 30, 2012.