The promise of action, suspense and Tom Cruise performing his own stunts is usually enough to draw anyone to a movie. Yet, as the fourth installment in the Mission Impossible series, Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol is a remake of the past three with nothing original.
In the fourth installment of the Mission Impossible series, Ethan Hunt (played by Tom Cruise)and his team are tracking down a dangerous terrorist named Kurt Hendricks (played by Michael Nyqvist). Hendricks has gained access to Russian nuclear launch codes and plans to strike against the United States, starting a nuclear war to limit the world population.
An attempt by the team to stop him at the Kremlin (Russia) ends in a disaster and the IMF is blamed for the bombing. The President is forced to invoke Ghost Protocol, under which the IMF is disavowed and will be offered no help or backup.
Nevertheless, Ethan and his team, Jane Carter (played by Paula Patton), Benji Dunn (played by Simon Pegg) and William Brandt (played by Jeremy Renner) chase around the world in hopes to stop him before they are too late.
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol came out on Dec. 21, 2011 with high ticket sales at first that slowly declined. While the first week had major box office revenues, the following weeks that the movie was in theaters did not live up to the original showing.
The promise of action lived up to the hype though. Tom Cruise did hands on stunts such as flying out of a 100-story building held up by only a rope, jumping out of moving cars and into lakes, talking into self-destructing phones and fighting his way out of a Russian prison. The sidekicks and villains also had their own actions scenes, each adding a little fighting flare.
While the action was worth seeing, the plot was not. With a major lack of suspense, and a plot that was answered from the very beginning, I found my eyes shutting throughout the film, though the action and loud noise kept me from fully passing out.
If you enjoy almost two and a half hours of straight up action with little plot or suspense, this is the movie for you (and many did enjoy it). Yet, for me the only good part was splurging on the movie theatre popcorn.