"Brad Bird’s THE IMPOSSIBLES"
In 2004, Brad Bird’s Pixar movie THE INCREDIBLES offered families a wonderfully fun thriller. This Christmas he provides mature audiences with one – MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL.
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.
(BBB, PPP, ACAC, Ev, LL, VV, N, A, D, M) Very strong moral, patriotic, anti-humanist worldview with strong anti-communist elements that also attack the villain’s evolutionary worldview in a classic good vs evil story extolling bravery, integrity, teamwork, heroism, and determination against evil; nine obscenities (including about two “s” words, two “d” words, four “h” words, and one “a” word), one possible “J” profanity that was too quick and muffled to determine for certain, four light profanities, and an obscene gesture; strong action violence with many fights, shootings, explosions, man falls to his death, scenes of man dangerously dangling from high skyscraper, woman forces man to give him satellite codes before knocking him out, and other mayhem; no sexual content but woman entices man to take her privately to his bedroom where she can force him to give her secret satellite codes and knock him out; upper male nudity while changing clothes and female cleavage; some drinking but no drunkenness; brief smoking; and, villain wishes to start a nuclear war and heroes are framed and left on their own.
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL is Brad Bird’s THE INCREDIBLES for mature viewers. The premise of the MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE movies and television series is that an independent, very elite group of operatives, armed with astounding technology, engage in missions it would not be politically acceptable for official government agencies to undertake. In this one, Ethan Hunt, played by Tom Cruise, is falsely accused of blowing up the Kremlin. He and his task force go off the grid to stop a madman who wants to start a nuclear war.
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.