Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

Posted by on December 23, 2011

Tom Cruise is a polarizing actor – you either really like him, or you can’t stand him.  And he’s, without a doubt, weird off-screen.  But he was born to play Ethan Hunt in the Mission: Impossible series.  In MI4 (Ghost Protocol), he once again is trying to, nearly single-handedly, save the world (this time from a Russian nuclear launch).

The movie is absolutely predictable, but that’s not all bad.  It’s exactly what you would expect from a summer action blockbuster (OK, it’s December, but this movie has July written all over it).  Predictable dialogue: Check.  Over-the-top explosions: Check.  Tom Cruise in ridiculously precarious life-threatening situations: Check.  And finally, sexy colleague: Check (Paula Patton).

The one unexpected twist to this movie is the addition of Simon Pegg, who plays a wonderful comedic side-kick to Cruise’s Hunt.  Pegg, playing a character who is new to this whole save-the-world stuff,  is funny in a fish-out-of-water kind of way.  He brings the same lovable comedy style that won fans over in Shaun of the Dead.

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol isn’t the best of the MI series (that honor belongs to MI3).  But this one still packs a good punch, and actually leaves you open to seeing an MI5.  As long as Cruise can continue playing Hunt, this series can keep going (can you say “James Bond”?).

Final Grade:  B- 

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