Plot: The IMF is shut down when its implicated in a global terrorist bombing plot. Ghost Protocol is initiated and Ethan Hunt and his rogue new team must go undercover to clear their organizations name. No help, no contact, off the grid. You have never seen a mission grittier and more intense than this.
You go Awww looking at an ageing Tom Cruise still pull out the punches in the incredible stunt sequences in MI4 Ghost Protocol. You go Ewww looking...
You go Awww looking at an ageing Tom Cruise still pull out the punches in the incredible stunt sequences in MI4 Ghost Protocol. You go Ewww looking at Anil Kapoor in a blink and miss part in the film's lacklusture second half, and that about sums up the movie for you.
Ghost Protocol has the IMF disavowed and at stake is a nuclear war between Russia and America due to a maniacal rogue scientist. The film begins on a promising note, with stupendous action sequences throughout the first half. The sequence on the high rise in Dubai is especially riveting and edge of the seat, so is the piece in pseudo Mumbai where most of the writing was in Kannada (and we were going gaga over a Hindi break through here).
There is much going on in the film in term of action and movement, the story is plausible and flawed, yet doesnt fall apart and earnest performances by the entire cast keep the tempo going.
Does this mean another edition of the series is welcome? I personally think no is the answer. Tom is visibly growing old, and it shows in the approach to the role as well. The film works this one time simply due to nostalgia and that urge to relive the good ol days of unabashed impossible mission by Ethan. am not sure another escapade by the aging star would cut much ice with the audiences.
For now though, MI4 is a thriller of a ride. Watch it, enjoy the thrill, just don't ask for more of it.
Agent Ethan Hunt aka Tom Cruise returns to save the world in his latest installment of the Mission Impossible series, MI: Ghost Protocol, which is ...
Agent Ethan Hunt aka Tom Cruise returns to save the world in his latest installment of the Mission Impossible series, MI: Ghost Protocol, which is sure going to be remembered as one of Toms best action flicks. For starters, this film is directed by two time academy award winning (Ratatouille and The Incredibles) director Brad Bird, whos only made animated films in the past. How did he manage to pull this off, a complete first-time live action feature film? Well, read on to find out how.
The world is on the brink of a nuclear war attack and there is only one man who could save it: Ethan Hunt. Freed from prison by his new team members, Jane (Paula Patton) and Benji (Simon Pegg), Ethan goes on to infiltrate Kremlin and retrieve nuclear launch device before madman Kurt Hendricks could place his hands on them. However, things turn awry and Hendricks walks away with the launch device, while Ethan is left with no other option than follow him. Through several picturesque locations such as Dubai and our very own Mumbai, Ethan and his comrades pursue Kurt to stop him from triggering off the nuclear device.
There comes a point in every stars career when he/she should stop and ponder what next. I understand its a tough decision to take but it is critical. Tom isnt cooler anymore, definitely not at 49. He has definitely forgotten the essence of cinema and seems to have started believing in entertainment, which he provides to the fullest. MI 4 proves that Tom is also one among those actors who believe in order to entertain audience, either show them sex or action. Because people come to theatre only for three reasons: entertainment, entertainment and entertainment.
The film is lost in action from start to finish and therefore entertains one all. Brad Bird manages to keep the thrill factor alive throughout. Thanks to his theory of bringing in anything-is-possible theory that he uses to orchestrate most of the stunts in the film. Even when you wonder over the stunts, asking how is it humanely possible for someone to do all that, youre instantaneously confronted with Brads theory.
The writing department didnt have a super plot. It was simple; there is mission that is considered impossible to pull off and therefore let Ethan loose, to go on a wild melodramatic action charade to eventually save one all. How difficult could it be? Except for the fact that Tom is not driving the story, its Brad. If youre a diehard fan of Tom then you would notice a fast catching up trend; Tom is stuck with action films and refuses to deviate from the path, as he believes in entertaining his fans.
Hats off to the stunt team from which ever part of the world theyve been brought to work in this film. I admire Tom for a simple reason that he knows what his fans want; unlimited action and entertainment and he manages to give them in the best suitable way possible. He compromises script over action by choosing the best action team in the world and thankfully thats exactly what saves the film.
For Indian fans, MI 4 was considered special, as theyve been told that a good percentage of the film is shot in Bombay. However, besides the brief scene at an Indian hotel; rest of the supposedly Indian part of the film was believed to be shot in some Indian part of America. Tragic! If you still think you have a reason to smile because the film stars our own Anil Kapoor then let me till youd be disappointed, as he only plays a horny rich Indian millionaire. view less
Ethan, where are you? Come back here says Paula Patton and the next thing you see is a close up shot of Tom Cruise looking at a hose pipe, cut to h...
Ethan, where are you? Come back here says Paula Patton and the next thing you see is a close up shot of Tom Cruise looking at a hose pipe, cut to he jumping out of Burj Khalifa. That is one of the best moments Ive had at the movies this year and just for that sequence this film comes highly recommended.
Whats it about? Agent Hunt and his team are back with a mission to save the world. This time they have to stop a possible nuclear war between USA & USSR.
Does it work for me? Yes.
Why? Like I mentioned in the beginning just the Burj Khalifa sequence is worth the money and since It was shot in Imax and I saw it in an Imax theatre the viewing pleasure was multiplied X times but rest assured even if you see it on a big screen, it will be worth it. Ok, now that we are done with the centerpiece action sequence of the film lets talk about the rest of it. The screenplay keeps you engaged throughout but is not as mind bending as the first one. Here the focus is on creating action set pieces and every one of them serves the purpose of providing popcorn entertainment. Age shows up on Tom Cruise only when he is bare bodied but otherwise he is as fit and charming as before. Simon Pegg who is the only one in the team who featured in MI3 earlier provides the comic relief. The other team members Jeremy Renner and Paula Patton also provide adequate support. Just that the hotness quotient is missing. The film suffers by not having a strong villain. Michael Nyqvists character is the weakest link and at times you tend to forget that he is the villain. He comes across as one of the henchmen of the villain. Anil Lakhan Kapoor gets a one sequences role which might be good for him but for us its a moment of Wtf! Naseeruddin Shah in the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was a much respected role. Anil Kapoor never in his wildest dreams must have thought that he will star in a Hollywood Movie so its fine to choose a film like this but he should have waited for a better role. Brad Bird makes a smooth transition from Animation to live action. Lets see what he chooses to do next.
Final few words: A rush of adrenaline best enjoyed on the big screen.
Ticket Meter: Worth a visit to the theatre. view less