Amy Taylor finds the latest chapter in the M:I franchise to be 'visually spectacular and good fun, if not a little unrealistic.'
Tom Cruise teams up with Brad Bird, the director of The Incredibles and Ratatouille, for the latest reboot of his Mission Impossible franchise, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, or Mission Impossible 4.
When Ethan Hunt (Cruise) is framed for blowing up the Kremlin, he and his team Jane Carter (Paula Patton) Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) and William Brandt (Jeremy Renner) must uncover the real bomber. But when the IMF is disavowed by the US government following Hunt’s implicated role in the attack, the team must act on their own in order to capture and stop the real attacker, Kurt Hendricks (Michael Nyqvist), from starting a nuclear war.
It’s been fifteen years since Cruise did his first turn as the seemingly indestructible spy Ethan Hunt in Brian De Palma’s movie reboot of the iconic 60s TV series, and in those fifteen short years, CGI, stunts and cinema screens have become a lot more intricate and sophisticated. While Bird’s first live-action movie contains a number of explosions, car chases, fight scenes, jumps and one toe-curlingly terrifying scene of Cruise climbing the Burj Khalifa Tower in Dubai (otherwise known as the tallest building in the world) these scenes are undoubtedly helped by the fact that it is the very first film in the franchise to be filmed in IMAX. The explosions are louder and longer, the crashes and fight scenes are more bone shatteringly realistic, and if you have vertigo, then watching someone attempt to scale the tallest building in the world isn’t a pleasant experience.
Fast-paced, dark, and with more than a few twists and turns, the fourth Mission Impossible movie is a somewhat far-fetched but somehow sexy addition to the popular Mission Impossible franchise. Containing some real moments of light comic relief courtesy of Pegg, some heavy Apple product endorsement and in true Mission Impossible style, some very good disguises, this film is visually spectacular and good fun, if not a little unrealistic.
On general release.