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5-minute movie review - Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

Posted by Nathan Strum, 07 January 2012 · 638 views

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol is a decent popcorn flick. The stunts and gadgets are completely ridiculous, unbelievable and well... impossible, but they're still pretty fun. Animation director Brad Bird (Iron Giant, Ratatouille, The Incredibles) makes his live-action debut here, and although he doesn't have any writing credits on the film, his distinctive fingerprints (especially his sense of humor) are still present throughout the film.

Don't expect a plot that makes any sense, since that simply isn't the point here. The point here is to be over-the-top. Tom Cruise out-runs (for example): The Kremlin blowing up, a sandstorm in Dubai, a car crash, a train, a 65-year-old villain who is in surprisingly fit shape, and probably some other things I'm forgetting (there's a particularly funny moment involving the train where Cruise's lack of height is poked fun at). Think of the Roger Moore-era Bond films, but modernized, and you have a basic idea of where this is going. Borderline silly, but still a fun ride.

If you're looking for a way to kill a couple of hours at a matinee, or just have a hankering for overpriced popcorn, check it out.

MI:GP gets a probably overly-generous 6.5/10.