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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Sheep Movie Review: Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, directed by Brad Bird, stars Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Michael Nyqvist and Paula Patton. Watch Ethan (Tom Cruise) jump over objects, roll under them, climb up them then run down them, slide over them, throw himself out of them, blast right through them THEN biff it a few times and you've got yourself one heck of a cardio workout. *bends knees and touches toes* But really, the man looks great running full-throttle all over the world. It's a blockbuster super high-tech thrill ride and while it leaves much to be desired in the plot line it's entertaining enough to keep you strapped to your seat.

This is not just another mission. The IMF is shut down when it's implicated in a global terrorist bombing plot. Ghost Protocol is initiated and Ethan Hunt and his rogue new team must go undercover to clear their organization's name. No help, no contact, off the grid. You have never seen a mission grittier and more intense than this.

Land, sea, sand or air this movie's got a lot going for it but it's strongest point is some of the outrageous stunts which keep you hanging onto your seat. MI: GP is filled with intense action sequences, but falls a bit flat when it comes to much of the storyline and script. The opening minutes were terribly hokey but after that awful little snafu the story gets going and Tom's leading the way. As usual Tom and company have gadgets so beyond reality you have a hard time buying into the story. Plus the fact that his team and his alone are the only ones able to stop an immanent attack on the US...makes our military boys seem like they're out for coffee and doughnuts! (I hope it's at least Krispy Kreme.)

I do have to say that I found it overall a pretty enjoyable film with lots of twists and crazy hair-pin turns. Characters from past films make little cameos here and there, bringing the movies as a series full circle. Of all the characters, Paula's was a bit too flat in my opinion. Too much emphasis was placed on her "looks" being the draw and not her ability to hawk down a bad guy and kick their butt to kingdom come. Renner hit me at just middle road in the acting arena but I was so happy to see Michael Nyqvist (from the Swedish Dragon Tattoo films) playing an uber-bad guy for this one. Both him and his acting partner from those, Noomi Rapace, are making their way to Hollywood mainstream and I'm greatly thankful. Tom repelling down the tallest building in the world was definitely a sight to see! I held my breath a couple times, it was that nail-bitting.

Humorous comedy was added in to lighten tense situations and bring the characters down to a more human level. An Indian Palace, too many cell phones, razor sharp fan blades and some cheesy paintings add to the comedic aspects of the film. For Tom's running alone I'm giving this movie an extra 1/2 Sheep. The man looks great and regardless of anyone else in the film he shined once again as the front man to the super-secret government team of agents.

Getting 3 and 1/2 Sir-Biffs-A-lot Sheep


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  2. Thanks for sharing today. I have been a little curious about this installment, as the trailer is very good. I have been catching up with network some shows on line that I have missed and I am about promo'd out with the trailer, but it still made me look every time it came on LOL I lost interest in the series at #3, but maybe it is time to see some big screen action.

  3. MI 4: Ghost Protocol gifts you a munificent entertainment by lurking your senses in for a sophisticated gizmo treat, peppered with flamboyant action brimming over Soviet-US suspicion of nuclear threat!!! Not raking in the moolah any smug stuff, MI 4 piques applause but more when Tom Cruise plays over ''Burj Khalifa''. Certainly with no plan, no backup Tom cruise and team eke out accomplishment alluringly !!!! Kudos ,thumbs up, Encore !!!!

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