The fourth installment in the Mission Impossible franchise; this one is almost as explosive as its predecessors. The challenge with sequels usually is to make it better than the previous one/s. Considering that Mission Impossible 3 was disappointing (to me, at least), they had to do much better to save their name. And that is what Ghost Protocol is about.
Well, this movie doesn’t even wait for you to get settled with your popcorn. It gets going right off the bat! The first 2 minutes are simply spectacular. At this point, you already know you’re in for a thrilling ride. Then there’s the opening score. It has an ominous tone to it, kind of like what you’d hear when there is some suspense around the corner. Not even 5 minutes and I’m already grinning!
Like most M:I fans, we get to our favourite part; the theme song. It’s an upbeat version, but stays true to the trumpets of the original. So far, so good.
We come to realize that there’s a new team in this movie. Obviously, there’s some friction as they are not really used to working together. Then the team is framed, blacklisted, and disavowed. In addition, a new guy joins the team, by accident. But they still have a mission to execute. Faced with a formidable foe, and less than ideal resources and support, the team relies on wits and improvisation to save the day. Along the way, the team tries to unravel the secrets between them, along with the true nature of the newcomer.
In moderate consideration, Hollywood seems to be changing the presentation of its action heroes. Gone are the days when one man was capable of wreaking havoc on villains in the name of justice. There seems to be a new wave of action movies. These days, the hero doesn’t work alone. Ghost Protocol highlights this. Much as Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is the IMF’s point man, he relies heavily on his team in order to complete missions, going as far as keeping them in the loop at every stage of the mission. His plan and objectives are clear as day, and improvisations are welcome when the need arises. We see this sort of bonding as the movie progresses, while the new team adjusts to their legendary and experienced leader. And he shows that he needs his team. This is exactly the kind of good leadership you’d want a new team to have.
Let’s just say that the two hours of this film seemed like ten minutes. It was exciting all the way. The score is good, the acting is serious, with small well-timed portions of comic relief. In general, I find that it was better than M:I 2 and 3! That’s a bold statement, I know, but gross revenues speak for themselves. It is the highest grossing Mission Impossible film. In terms of finding out how exactly this movie offers redemption for the previous movie’s mistakes, this is all I can say to you:
“Your mission, should you choose to accept it…”