Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
Rated PG-13 for violence and intense action sequences.
Running time: 132 Minutes
Distributor: Paramount Pictures
PG-13, 2 hr. 13 min.
Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Directed By: Brad Bird
Written By: Josh Applebaum, André Nemec
In Theaters: Dec 21, 2011 Wide
Film Review by Kam Williams
Excellent (4 stars)
Before he could intercept a courier carrying the activation codes for Russia’s nuclear devices, an American spy (Josh Hollaway) is slain in Budapest, Hungary by a blonde assassin (Lea Seydoux). She was working on behalf of Cobalt (Michael Nyst), a person of interest whose identity can only be determined by infiltrating top secret files located inside the Kremlin.
A mature Tom Cruise is in top form here, displaying a
relatively-sophisticated savoir faire in lieu of the easy boyish charm
that’s served him so well in the past. His talented supporting cast includes
Simon Pegg who offers comic relief, periodically, as his bumbling, new
sidekick, Benji Dunn. And joining them for the roller coaster ride are Paula
Patton as sultry Agent Jane Carter, and Jeremy Renner as William Brandt, an
IMF bureaucrat pressed back into field duty by unusual circumstances.
Michelle Monaghan and Ving Rhames reprise their roles as Hunt’s wife, Julia, and his best friend, Luther, respectively, but only in blink-and-you-missed-it cameo appearances. Regardless, nostalgia is not the reason to check out this action flick, which is all about the death-defying stunts designed to have you scratching your head while wondering, “How the heck did they do that?”
AA welcome addition to a beloved, film franchise which, like a fine wine, is only improving with age.