Title: Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol Director: Brad Bird Year: 2011 Run time: 2hrs 13
At last! The film that started our recent endeavour to work through the Mission Impossible franchise - this was the one we were waiting for, trying to get to, anxious to finally watch. And here it is! The trailer looked great, and as previously noted, the MI movies seemed to be getting better with each installment, so… couldn’t wait!
1:38 - I love portable bouncy castle! 4:03 - Hehe, glad Simon Pegg’s character is back. 7:27 - “I don’t know what he’s doing and for some reason I’m helping him.” 14:58 - Facial recognition via contact lens! That’s like… enhanced eyeball. 18:13 - I was about to say, if he gets his mission via ye olde payphone, I’m giving up right now! 23:07 - How many languages do you have to speak to work for the IMF? 24:25 - IMF use iPads. 26:11 - I don’t understand what is going on, but it is proper genius. 31:05 - Reversible jacket is so simple yet so clever. 38:57 - Oh, they have a soundproof van, it’s glorious! 41:08 - A rogue extremist? That’s a whole new level of rogue! 50:06 - It’s all very well saying speak now if you want to leave, but it’s hard to get past Tom Cruise’s evil glare. 52:35 - I love the analyst. “To the extent I understand what you’re saying…” 55:56 - Total madness. Even Tom Cruise is scared! 58:41 - How is it that no one inside has noticed a strange man climbing outside their window? 1:05:53 - No face ripping? That makes a delicious change! 1:13:04 - AT LAST! She took her shoes off before going running after her. 1:22:04 - There was some face-ripping! 1:34:57 - The analyst man looks like Daniel Craig. 1:38:30 - “Why am I Pluto? It’s not even a planet anymore.” 1:44:03 - How is it not Tom that is doing the dangling?? 1:57:19 - They’ve taken so long, I can’t see how it wouldn’t have hit by now. 1:59:58 - LUTHER!
Hard to know what else to say. Mr C demands I give it ten out of five. Not possible, but it really does deserve it. There were so few plot holes compared to the other, and so much more to love - big explosions, funny one-liners, Simon Pegg was fabulous, even Cruise was good. There were breathtaking stunts, the stuff on the Burj Khalifa was incredible.
My only complaint was the moment where the woman has to be all seducing of the bad guy to get information. Blah! But they redeemed it a little because she was quite rubbish at it, and the DC look-a-like said he would rather do that job next time.
I called the fact that they were training up the Daniel Craig look-a-like to be the new face of Mission Impossible, and IMDB trivia says that could be the case. But they don’t need to do that yet, Cruise was doing a pretty fine job scaling buildings and fighting his way out of any scrapes.
Loved it, totally worth the self-imposed build up and the wait.