Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
Alright, Mission Impossible. You’ve seen the other ones. You like the first one. The rest of them: Blah. Well, this will get you back to the original. It’s actually directed by Brad Bird — I know, that sounds like Big Bird, doesn’t it? Well, with good reason. He’s done lots of animation, including The Incredibles, and this movie has the feeling of almost comic books, but it really works. It’s two hours and 13 minutes long. Tom Cruise is terrific in this; he’s growing up. He looks a little more grown up and he has a team here consisting of Simon Pegg and Paula Patton, and it actually really works. I’m not going to tell you too much about the plot because who cares about the plot in Mission Impossible? And the guy who played Michael Blomkvist in the original Dragon Tattoo, Michael Nyqvist, is also in this as the bad guy. And the whole movie just cooks to the extent that in a screening with my jaded fellow colleagues, people actually applauded the end of some of the chase scenes. It’s really a fun movie. It’s violent and it’s not for kids, but it’s a really terrific movie. And guess who the bad guys are this time? They’re Russians again, yay! It takes place in Moscow, Dubai, and Mumbai, and the stunts are terrific. At one point I realized my palms were sweating I was so nervous. So, four and a half stars for Ghost Protocol.