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Blamed for the terrorist bombing of the Kremlin, IMF operative Ethan Hunt is renounced along with the rest of the agency. Ethan must find a way to clear his agency's name and prevent another attack. He also must embark on this mission with a team of fellow IMF fugitives whose personal motives aren't fully known. Without even watching the film, reading the script would prove just how insane Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol becomes. The film clocks in at a bit over two hours, which is pretty lengthy for an action flick. However, there isn't a single dull moment to be found. While there isn't a single villain, the film primarily focuses on Ethan and his team going through a series of missions in order to reach their ultimate goal. The movie never takes itself too seriously or tries to be anything its not. The dialogue is straight forward with the same one-liners, puns, and clichés one would expect. Instead of utilizing the beginning of the film to fill with dialogue, create characters, and a plot, everything is explained and situated bit by bit in between big action sequences. The screenwriters must have known that fans want to see incredible stunts and great action scenes, not a large amount of dialogue with characters that are guaranteed to not be filled with the most depth. The comedy is thrown into the mix and it fits the Mission: Impossible realm perfectly. Don't expect a script as well-crafted as The Dark Knight, but this is guaranteed to give audiences two hours and thirteen minutes of pure enjoyment.
Along with an adrenaline-filled screenplay is a star-studded cast. Tom Cruise is back performing as Ethan Hunt. Even though it has been a little while since the last entry in the franchise, Cruise is still great. He fits the role and delivers an all around entertaining performance. Jeremy Renner has become a much more popular actor over the past couple years. He has a role as William Brandt. He's a great co-star for Cruise as they act off one another quite well. Another actor who has worked his way up the ranks is Simon Pegg. I was quite surprised when I found out he was starring in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. He plays Benji Dunn, who delivers the majority of the humor. Paula Patton is the final addition to the team as Jane Carter. The entire cast fits the film very well. Don't expect to see these actors nominated for any awards, but they're much better than what one would normally expect from an action flick.
Whenever a new director is placed into a franchise, the visuals change quite dramatically. Every director has his or her own special style that varies from person to person. Brad Bird is known for writing and directing Pixar films such as The Incredibles and Ratatouille. Despite the fact that he has won two Oscars, who would think that an animated filmmaker would be able to deliver on a live-action spectacle? Well, he does wonders for the visuals. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol is close to being an animated piece of cinema, given how absolutely fanciful the stunts are. There are some genuinely unique action sequences that are truly memorable. I don't want to spoil these scenes, but they are quite incredible. The camera angles are great and seeing it on an IMAX screen really benefited the visuals and audio. Those who are waiting for a home video release should crank up the sound once they put this disc in.
The fans who wanted a fast paced and wall-to-wall action from Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol got what they desired. The dialogue is entertaining and the action sequences are even more fun. The acting is surprisingly good and the visuals are superb, as expected. I thought that this series would be going downhill, but this film proves that Brad Bird, his cast, and his crew have only matured the films into an entertaining thrill ride. The action clichés are still present, but this movie knows what it is and is proud of it. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol is an easy recommendation for all action fans!