Danny and I saw “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” two nights ago. We did not watch the last MI/Cruise movie, but we wanted to see this one because of its main location – Dubai. Tom Cruise believed in this movie and wanted to be in it so much that he became its top producer. His investment may have paid off…
Nuclear war becomes an imminent threat, when the nuclear code Hunt’s team recovers is stolen and will be sold for diamonds by a female assassin to an evil mastermind, Hendricks (Michael Nyqvist). In the meantime, Ethan Hunt (Cruise) breaks into the Kremlin to steal the nuclear satellite hookup device so that the code cannot be used to program the satellite with the capability of sending nuclear missiles around the world. Unfortunately for the planet, Hendricks beats Hunt to the Kremlin, steals the device, and plants a bomb to discredit the IMF agency. Diabolical!
Hunt and his IMF team, which have now been disgraced, are given the “ghost protocol” mission of retrieving the code and stopping global disaster by the IMF Secretary (Tom Wilkinson) just moments before he is murdered. For the rest of the movie, Hunt also has to avoid the Russians, who are after him for the bombing and are unaware of Hendricks’ theft under their noses.
This movie is action-packed, of course, with Cruise’s daring do raising the bar for excitement. The plot is intriguing, though mostly eyebrow raisingly unbelievable. Another plus is that Hunt’s IMF team – Brandt (Jeremy Renner), Benji (Simon Pegg), Jane (Paula Patton) – work well together due to perfect casting. However, I have a few questions: Could the sandstorm reach as high as their hotel room? Does a sandstorm actually go all the way to the water? How can anyone drive, run, or walk in a sandstorm that intense? Why don’t people seek shelter before it hits them? What’s the point of having expensive, fancy living quarters if they’re subject to filthy sandstorms? (I never said the questions related to the acting… 🙂 ) It’s great entertainment!
Rating: 3.9 out of 5 stars.