REVIEW Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol

Four of my all time favorite movies are Ratatouille, The Incredibles and Up. What do these films have in common with the fourth installment of the Mission Impossible franchise? All were directed by two-time Academy Award-winner Brad Bird - now director of Ghost Protocol.

Bird and producers J.J. Abrams (director of Super 8, as well as M.I. III), and Tom Cruise, were presented with their own mission impossible: how to eclipse the fast-paced thriller of Mission Impossible III? It got hold of us for 120-minutes and never let us go. Did Bird have what it takes to surpass a legacy of adrenaline rush blockbusters? If the opening weekend and an average "A" rating by the public have anything to say about it, it would seem safe to proclaim MI 4 "Mission Accomplished."

The Plot: IMF (Impossible Mission Force) is shut down when they are blamed for a global terrorist bombing of the Kremlin. With operative Ethan Hunt and his rogue team are "disavowed," a "Ghost Protocol" is launched by the President. Operative, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise), stripped of agency resources and support, is off the grid and short on time. He and his fellow IMF agents, now reduced to fugitive status, are forced to embark on an undercover mission to clear their organization's name - more importantly, they're impossible mission, should they choose to accept, is to save the world! Fortunately for thriller junkies like myself, and theater goers who just purchased a ticket, Ethan and his team took on the mission.

Tom Cruise is joined by an exceptional international cast that includes Heremy Renner (The Hurt Locker; 28 Weeks Later) Simon Pegg (Hot Fuzz, Paul, Run Fatboy Run), Paula Patton (Deja Vu; Precious; Hitch), Michael Nyqvist, Vladimir Mashkov, Josh Holloway, Anil Kapoor (Slumdog Millionaire) and Lea Seydoux - just to name a few. Together, they take an exciting yet improbable script and make into a nonstop, action packed spy adventure that will grab you from start to finish. I was so engaged I forgot to touch a kernel of my popcorn... I've NEVER seen a mission more daring and powerful than this.

Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol earns my highest rating, 5 Lens Review!

I've attached a few Mission Impossible photos, which will give you a feel for Brad Bird's direction and the storyline. First a trailer:

Simon Pegg at the hub of yet another mission. 
A lovely morning at the Kremlin belies the inauspicious machinations just moments before detonation. 
The ground rumbles and suddenly the Kremlin is no more.
With IMF shut down and agents disavowed, Cruise and Renner run for deep cover.
The IMF team of fugitives all aboard, planning their next impossible mission.
Just outside Dubai, on the way to the Burj Khalifia - the tallest building in the world - and an opportunity for Cruise to show off his talents and dedication.
Cruise questioning the sanity of donning a sticky glove to climb the exterior of the Burj Khalifia - the ONLY option to access control of the buildings electronics.
Pegg comforting Cruise: "blue for glue and red for dead."
Yes, Cruise, at 49, does his own stunts. I got sick just watching from the seclusion of my theater seat.
If the mission wasn't impossible enough, a sandstorm looms on the horizon.
Cruise gives new meaning to "let me give you the run down."
What's an intense adventure without the plucky comic relief? Here Rigg displays slight of hands.
A seductive assassin you'll love to hate. Corkscrew anyone? 

Pegg looking comfortable with a villainess in his sites.

Director Bird's graphic vision of Cruise chasing a terrorist while the shadow of a violent sandstorm approaches.
Sandstorm catching up with Cruise and an elusive terrorist.
What better way to stop an oncoming terrorist than head-on - in a sandstorm.
Pegg advising Renner not to worry about a fall into an oven he's about to agree to - Renner's not sold... 
Cruise and Patton arriving in style in a BMW i8 Concept car.
Patton in calculated seductive gown (Anil Kapoor of Slumdog Millionaire fame, does not have a chance).
Recognize Anil Kapoor from Slumdog Millionaire? His playboy ways will be his undoing at the hands of Patton.
Russian agents (Ivan Shvedoff, Vladimir Mashkov,) dogging Cruise at every turn. They've seen better days.
Renner peering in disbelief at the leap of faith required to save the world.
Renner falling to an almost certain death.
Almost - after all, he's got an Impossible Mission to fulfill. 
Terrorists (Michael Nyqvist, Samuli Edelmann) calling in their order: 1 world devastation please.  
It only takes one to ruin your day - launched from a Russian submarine. 
Cruise battles terrorist inside hightech parking structure - no cliches here folks. 
SLBM heading for the Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco.
Cruise getting to the bottom of things in a hurry - in a BMW.
Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol - 5 Lens Review.
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