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Movie Review – Mission: Impossible 4 (Ghost Protocol)

Tom Cruise is back to reprise his role as Ethan Hunt in the 4th installment of the Mission Impossible series after a hiatus of 5 years. He began the 1st installment way back in 1996 when he was just 34 but even today he still seems fighting fit. So does this movie have in it to rock the box office like the earlier parts? Lets see.

The movie begins in Budapest where one of the IMF (Impossible Missions Force) agents assigned to intercept a courier related to a particular person who is code-named ‘Cobalt’, is killed. Ethan along with Simon Pegg (Benji Dunn) and Paula Patton (Jane Carter) – both IMF agents, are sent to infiltrate the  Kremlin in Moscow to recover files related to ‘Cobalt’. But before they are successful, someone bombs the Kremlin and the IMF is blamed for it. The IMF secretary immediately declares “Ghost Protocol” which dissolves the IMF but the agents can do a covert op. ‘Cobalt’ is identified as a Russian nuclear strategist who plans to start a nuclear war with the US. The rest of the movie deals with how the IMF manages to avert the nuclear disaster that is about to engulf America.

The pace of the movie is pretty good as the action shifts across Budapest, Moscow, Dubai, Mumbai and then Seattle at breakneck speed. There is not a moment to relax as something keeps happening all the time. Though the story is pretty ordinary, the action could have made a big difference. But the problem lies in the action itself since its surprisingly slack and disappointing compared to the earlier installments.

Yes there are a couple of sequences like the sandstorm chase in Dubai, the Burj Khalifa climb by Cruise etc. which are pretty good. The way the Burj Khalifa sequence was shot as well as performed deserves a special mention – Awesome! But a few sequences here and there don’t make an awesome film, do they?

One is used to seeing Tom Cruise as the all in one action star in slick chase and fight sequences, that when you see him as more of a brooder, you are taken a bit aback. He is getting old and you can see it. Though he is still fighting fit and has in him the hunger to do his best. Kudos to him for the guts to perform the stunning Burj Khalifa sequence. Not many would even have the courage to hang from the 124th floor of a building!

Jeremy Renner (William Brandt) – the IMF secretary’s chief analyst and former IMF agent does well within his limits. Simon Pegg has fantastic comic timing which sadly though looks a little out of place for the audience expecting an all – and – all action flick. Paula Patton looks stunning but her acting is pretty drab and dull. Sadly, Michael Nyqvist as the primary villain doesn’t have a role which gives him much scope.

The last but not the least – The theme song of this series is its heart and soul. But sadly its horribly and rarely used in this installment.

A special word about Anil Kapoor – He doesn’t have much to say or do. But his one dialogue (Not the exact words) to Paula, sums up his role in the film –

“Ethan is a very cold man unlike me because I am very hot. Indians are generally very hot men.”

Go for it only if you are a crazy fan of the Mission Impossible series or can’t miss any movie of Tom Cruise!

Rating – 2/5


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  1. helen

    i had more fun watching this than any of the others with ma frndz at wave cinemas theatre as always a wonderful experience ….the whole set piece in the hotel in dubai was absolutely phenominal. i might go see it again just to see cruise hanging/swinging off of that Burj Khalifa…Dubai is amzing …

    • aseemrastogi2

      Yeah Harleen the Dubai sequences were fantastic no doubt. But they were among the very few parts which were good about the movie sadly 🙁

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