Successful action blockbusters are few and far between, due often times to lackluster stories, hollow characters, and subpar acting.  However, every once in a while, Hollywood will put out an action blockbuster that completely fires on all cylinders.  Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol is one of those films.

This is the fourth installment in the Mission: Impossible franchise is directed by Brad Bird, who previously directed animated films, such as The Incredibles and Ratatouille, and makes his live-action debut with this film.  The film follows agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise), who breaks out of a Russian prison and joins back with his IMF team.  This time, they are out to stop a group of Russian terrorists from launching a nuclear missile.  However, after the IMF is framed for a bombing in Moscow, IMF analyst William Brandt (Jeremy Renner) joins the team, and the four agents set off to stop the missile.

This is one of the most entertaining times I’ve had at the movies in years, and certainly the best action movie of this year.  The action sequences are some of the most jaw-dropping and astounding I’ve seen in a while, and they benefit from great, clean camerawork that gives the viewer a sense of the surrounding environment, making the situation more intense.  The shots flow nicely with some good editing, and showcase some phenomenal physical work by Tom Cruise.

A scene in the film follows Hunt climbing the tallest building in the world, in Dubai, and it’s simply amazing.  The scene is intense, thrilling, and will have the viewer on the edge of their seat.  This, personally, is the new gold standard of what a truly great action sequence is.

Bird also gives the film a nice, fast pace.  Action is almost always present, adrenaline is pumping the whole way through, and during the entire 2 hours and 13 minutes, the viewer is completely invested into what’s going on.

From an entertainment standpoint, and from a moviegoing standpoint, Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol is nonstop excitement, and I loved every minute of it.


  1. December 18, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Would it be necessary to have seen the other Mission Impossible movies to watch this one?

    • December 18, 2011 at 11:30 am

      Definitely not.

      • December 18, 2011 at 3:22 pm

        Ok thanks. Because i definitely want to see it. The trailers look pretty awesome.

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