Impossible: Ghost Protocol
OK, first, a personal confession:
this reviewer has a pre-ordained predisposition toward the whole
“Mission Impossible” series, because of a sentimental attachment to the
old television series during early marriage years together:
Sunday night popcorn and “Mission Impossible” (cue the theme
OK, so the TV show wasn’t all that
great, especially compared with some of the excellent action-suspense features
now available, both on television and in cinema.
But like an old aficionado of the original Star Trek television series,
the quality of the sequels almost doesn’t matter.
The die-hards are going to watch it, and enjoy it, anyway.
The same applies here.
Yes, I enjoyed watching MI: Ghost
Protocol,” as I knew I would. Even
though I knew how it was going to end (the good guys win).
Even though they shamelessly set me up for a sequel (and I’ll look
forward to seeing that one, also). And
even though the incredible situations from which the heroes successfully
extricate themselves are, well, impossible.
Tom Cruise reprises his role as Ethan
Hunt, the invincible agent of the clandestine government agency that’s so
secret we don’t even know its name. (“Your
mission, Ethan, should you choose to accept it…”) The only official
connection is the authoritative voice on the recording (“this tape will
self-destruct in five seconds…”), probably electronically altered.
This time, Ethan Hunt must stop a renegade terrorist from stealing
nuclear codes designed for old Russian missiles (such a classic Armageddon
Since we all know that the mission is
going to succeed, in the end, the only suspense is in discovering the
obstacles along the way (there are plenty), and enjoying the camaraderie of
the hastily-gathered crew. This is one
of the pleasant surprises of the film (the other being the conspicuous absence
of gratuitous nudity and crude language): Simon
Pegg and Jeremy Renner and Paul Patton make for an excellent supporting cast.
Throw in a menacing bad guy (Michael Nyqvist), a couple of marvelous
cameos (by Michelle Monaghan and Tom Wilkinson), and some exotic locations (
, and Mumbai) and you have yourself a good little popcorn action movie that
delivers exactly what it promises: an
enjoyable visual adventure.
Dr. Ronald P. Salfen, Interim Pastor,
St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church,