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Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

I’ve never been overly fond of the Mission Impossible series of films. I still haven’t seen the first, the second was complete crap, the third was passable entertainment, so you may want to take what I have to say about MI4 with a pinch of salt if you’re a fan of the series.

After a short introduction sequence in Budapest, with an agent being assassinated after a daring escape, we’re taken to an Eastern European prison where Simon Pegg and a new female agent are busting out Ethan Hunt, but rather then cooperate he decides to go and rescue someone else before being busted out. Then we’re treated to an intro credit sequence which is basically a stylised pre-cap of the rest of the film. From here I’m already getting a bit fuzzy on the plot, because it’s your basic mad man wants to blow up the world for his own reasons plot. To stop him they’re dispatched off to Russia to infiltrate the Kremlin and get information on this new terrorist plotting to blow up the world. This mission of course goes wrong when the terrorist blows up the Kremlin and frames Hunt and his team. Which of course leads to another escape and then being disavowed by the US Government, so a lone team, under equipped, though still having gadgets that would make James Bond envious, head off round the world to stop the world from ‘sploding all over the place.

Now I’ll say this, I didn’t hate it, it was sort of fun, in a brain switched off sense, but there was very little substance in the film. There was some Simon Pegg being “funny” and the usual Tom Cruise doing the “action”. But mostly it’s just fluff that will be blown from your mind in the breeze when you leave the cinema. The thought struck me in the cinema it was like watching a hybrid of 24 and Alias. Lots of doing what needed to be done to stop the plot, crossed with a level of silliness and gadgetry. But if you’ve seen the previous films and saw the trailer and thought it was for you, all I can say is that it’s pretty much what you’d expect. But at the minute I would say that Sherlock Holmes 2 is the better of the action fluff films on at the cinema.

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Reviewed by Kevin on 22 May 2012

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