Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: United States
Starring: Tom Cruise, Paula Patton, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, Michael Nyqvist
Director: Brad Bird
Run time: 133 minutes
DVD distributor: Paramount Home Entertainment
The absolute worst advertisement for Mission: Impossible 4 is the first three Mission Impossibles. Oh, I know, the first one was okay. Maybe even decent. But the second and third movies were two of the worst blockbusters of all time. Well, until Transformers came along.
So you would have every reason to believe that the fourth Mission: Impossible¸ Ghost Protocol, was going to be a steaming pile of turd from the get-go. I went into this one fully expecting to be cringing and weeping by the halfway mark. But I was wrong. SO wrong. Ghost Protocol is, in fact, AWESOME!
Gone are John Woo and JJ Abrams, the directors of the last two films. Instead it’s Brad Bird, the Pixar director of The Incredibles and Ratatouille directing the fourth movie, his first live-action film, and a huge success. It’s a non-stop whirlwind film, with Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Paula Patton jetsetting around the world to Mumbai and Moscow, among (many) other places.
There is some solid humour, some great dialogue, and some of the most incredibly breathtaking stunts I’ve ever seen in a movie. The scene where Tom Cruise climbs the outside of the highest building in the world in Dubai is positively heart-stopping. Woody, who has a fear of heights, would not watch this scene. I think because he didn’t want anyone to see him cry.
Of course, Mission Impossible four is as silly as the other three, with the masks and the explosions and the contact-lens-fax-machine-scanner gadgets and so forth. But it has a huge leg up in that it’s well made, well acted, and it actually MAKES SENSE! This is by far the best of the Mission Impossible movies, and one of the best major blockbusters in recent years. And it’s on DVD April 17th from Paramount Home Entertainment.