Director Brad Bird’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol is the most entertaining film in the M:I series. With exciting action and hilarious one-liners, Ghost Protocol creates a much more fun secret agent world and is a little more family friendly than the rest, not a surprise with Bird’s animated background with films like The Incredibles and The Iron Giant. It is still filled with fighting and violence, though, so it is best for preteens and older.
Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is being held in a Russian prison, but a team of fellow IMF agents (Simon Pegg and Paula Patton) need his assistance and stage a breakout. When the new team’s operation is compromised, the IMF disbands and Hunt’s team, now including an analyst named Brandt (Jeremy Renner), must go rogue to clear their names. Their mission leads them on a chase after some nuclear launch codes and a man named Hendricks (Michael Nyqvist – famous for his role in the original The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo).
Ghost Protocol is filled with action, from hand-to-hand combat to scaling the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai, but it also contains a lot of comedy. Tom Cruise performs many of his own stunts, Renner has some convincing fights, and Patton has a good catfight. As always, Simon Pegg incites many laughs. It is great fun.
With the engrossing action, I would recommend seeing Ghost Protocol in IMAX theaters. The scene, briefly shown in the preview, in which Cruise climbs the side of the Burj Khalifa is pretty intense. I don’t have a fear of heights, but I was uncomfortable when there was a shot looking down from the great height.
After watching many dramas and “artsy” films lately, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol is an excellent change of pace. It is silly, fun, and refreshing.
Rating for Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol: A-
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Ghost Protocol is playing all across Columbus, even Gateway, but the IMAX showings are only at AMC Easton and Lennox. For IMAX showtimes, click here.