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Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol DVD
Reviewed by
Simon Black
on
Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol DVD Review Thereís a more specific plot in there somewhere, something about an exploding suitcase and the IMF, but I donít want to spoil too much of the storyline.† Suffice it to say that those who can suspend their disbelief to the requisite degree will be in for a rare visual treat, and a big-budget popcorn movie of the highest order.†
Rating:
4.0

Feature 8.0
Video 8.5
Audio 8.0
Special Features 5.0
Total 7.5
Distributor: Paramount
Running Time: 128 Minutes
Reviewer: Simon Black
Classification
: M15+

7.5


Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

Before beginning this review I have a startling confession to make: Iíve never seen a Mission Impossible film. 

Itís not that I have a problem with either Tom Cruise or the spy genre as a whole; on the contrary I donít mind which intergalactic being a person worships and can quite happily spend an evening watching copious episodes of Spooks or the mindlessly enjoyable Maggie Q series Nikita.  Rather I just never got around to it, but having been a fan of Brad Birdís directorial output since his Simpsons days I was looking forward to this fourth instalment ever since its announcement.

And, thankfully for fans of the franchise, it doesnít disappoint.  Both the highest grossing film of the series so far and, with a box office take of some $700 million, the most lucrative of Tom Cruiseís 30-year career, Ghost Protocol boasts a heady blend of high-tech gadgetry, mind-blowing action sequences and special effects wizardry the likes of which have seldom before been committed to the screen.

This latest instalment opens with hero Ethan Hunt (inexplicably clad in a singlet to better show off Cruiseís recent gym work) being busted out of a Moscow prison by a team which consists, all but inevitably, of a wisecracking but distinctly nerdy sidekick (Simon Pegg, Hot Fuzz) and an attractive, leggy brunette (real-life leggy brunette Paula Patton, formerly touted as the next Halle Berry).  Together various combinations of the threesome must don the appropriate disguises, travel to various exotic locales incognito, put presumably classified multi-million dollar technology to efficient use then thoughtlessly leave it in enemy hands once the job is complete, undertake death-defying stunts and engage in torrents of ass-kickery with a selection of alternately hulking and nubile villains. 

Thereís a more specific plot in there somewhere, something about an exploding suitcase and the IMF, but I donít want to spoil too much of the storyline.  Suffice it to say that those who can suspend their disbelief to the requisite degree will be in for a rare visual treat, and a big-budget popcorn movie of the highest order. 

Special Features

Two short but illuminating Featurettes on the props and special effects, and three Deleted Scenes with optional commentary by Brad Bird.






 
 



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