Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
Director: Brad Bird
Writer: Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec
Based on: The TV show
Sequel to: Mission: Impossible, Mission: Impossible II, Mission: Impossible III
Cast: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton, Tom Wilkinson, Ving Rhames, Michael Nyqvist, Anil Kapoor, Léa Seydoux, Josh Holloway
Seen on: 4.8.2015
[Here’s my first review.]
Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is currently in a Russian prison. But after another agent (Josh Holloway) gets killed, his team, consisting of Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) and Jane Carter (Paula Patton), breaks Ethan out of there and together they try to infiltrate the Kremlin to find more information about “Cobalt”, who is connected to the agent’s death. But the mission fails spectacularly and suddenly, the three of them plus data analyst William Brandt (Jeremy Renner) have to clear the entire IMF’s name.
Much as I remembered it, Ghost Protocol was one hell of an entertaining film. It’s far from flawless, but at least it’s straight-forward fun.
I’m not going to pretend that Ghost Protocol isn’t stupid – but it isn’t any more stupid than any of the films before it. Neither am I going to claim that the film isn’t sexist anymore either, though it is far from the sexism-nadir that is M:I-2. Although it really becomes very obvious that none of the women are ever allowed to return in these films. Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg (and of course Tom Cruise) can be more than once in these films, but no way that any woman ever can. It’s also barely necessary to acknowledge that there have ever been any other female team members. (I guess I should be happy that at least they allow women to do some spying as well.)
But despite all these issues, Ghost Protocol is just gripping and entertaining, achieving what the series has failed to achieve again since the first film: have action that doesn’t bore me but rather excites me. This time they even have a few scenes that honestly made me laugh – and not because it’s so ridiculous.
A huge part of that are Simon Pegg and Jeremy Renner and the banter between them. I had forgotten how hilarious their (figurative) dick-measuring is. (Although I would have wished that Paula Patton would have been allowed to join into the fun.)
Ghost Protocol might not have the amazing villains that M:I-3 had, but it does have all the fun the other film is missing. And in this case, I give my thumbs-up to fun rather than well-cast villainy.