MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - GHOST PROTOCOL
Brad Bird’s THE IMPOSSIBLES
Release Date: December 16, 2011
Starring: Tom Cruise, Paula Patton,
Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner
Genre: Spy Movie
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 133 minutes
Distributor: Paramount Pictures/Viacom
Director: Brad Bird
Executive Producer: Jeffrey Chernov, David Ellison
Producer: J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Tom
Writer: Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec
Address Comments To:Sumner Redstone, Chairman/CEO, Viacom
Brad Grey, Chairman/CEO
Adam Goodman, President, Paramount Film Group
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This movie has all the thrills and action you can bear and provides them in Brad Bird’s highly entertaining style. The premise of the MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE movies (and the old TV show) is that a very elite group of operatives, armed with astounding technology, engage in missions it would not be politically acceptable for official government agencies to undertake. Viewers must suspend disbelief and enjoy “the impossible.”
Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is busted out of a Russian jail and given the mission to get some vital records out of the Kremlin before the movie’s villain can get them. This mission concludes with Hunt running for his life as the Kremlin explodes behind him. Recovering in a hospital from a concussion caused by the blast, he’s told that the Russians blame him and the United States government for the attack. The IMF, Hunt’s secret organization, is shut down – an order known as “Ghost Protocol.” He’s told that if he and his task force are caught, they will be sent to the US and punished as the terrorists responsible for the Kremlin bombing.
Hunt learns that the actual Kremlin bomber is after Russian nuclear weapons codes and is intent on starting a nuclear war. As if the opening didn’t provide enough thrills, the chase begins in earnest.
Bird takes moviegoers far beyond the point of believability into the world of entertainment. His characters do things no human would do, but he makes it fun to watch them do it. He also builds a most enjoyable relationship between the members of the task force. In the midst of an onslaught of action and violence, he has clever, fun interactions between his heroes.
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL is too intense for little children and has some foul language, but otherwise is free of crude content. The violence is frequent and strong, with lots of fights, shooting, car crashes, explosions, and similar mayhem.
On the positive side, the movie is profoundly a battle between good and evil. The good guys do all they can to stop the villain from staring a nuclear war. As such, GHOST PROTOCOL is also a very strong patriotic movie with anti-communist elements. The villain believes in evolution and survival of the fittest, so the movie’s moral worldview also attacks humanist evolution theory. The production quality in GHOST PROTOCOL is excellent, the acting first rate, and the music fits perfectly. Brad Bird understands how to provide entertainment value, and he appears to enjoy doing so. GHOST PROTOCOL is a first-rate action adventure.
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL is too intense for little children and has some foul language, but otherwise is fairly clean of crude content. The violence is frequent and strong, with lots of fights, shooting, car crashes, explosions, and other mayhem. On the positive side, the movie is a terrific, riveting battle between good and evil. The heroes do all they can to stop the villain from starting a nuclear war. They exemplify bravery, integrity, teamwork, and determination. The production quality in GHOST PROTOCOL is excellent and the acting first rate. Director Brad Bird clearly understands how to provide entertainment value and appears to enjoy doing so.