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Mission Impossible 4 (MI4): Ghost Protocol Preview and Review

Updated on April 21, 2013
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JT Walters has a Master's of Science in Behavoralism from Florida State University. A former Campaign Manager in a Senate Race.


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Mission Impossible is based on the 1960(s) television series about covert operatives for the government. But Tom Cruise has brought this series out of the little box and onto the silver screen. And perhaps this is the only series of films (including Harry Potter) in which I believe each film successively has been better then the last. And Cruise acts his heart out in each film which makes the fans more loyal and loving.

It is rare to see an actor, producer or anyone else that dedicated to a franchise but Cruise apparently is and has done done so with mastery.

When the movie opens Sergio (Ethan Hunt) is in a Gulag. A team is sent in to break him out. Simon Pegg is just genius, Paula Patton is as beautiful as she is deadly and Josh Holloway from Lost joins the team. Paula Patton's character has lost codes to nuclear weapons and breaks Hunt out to retrieve those codes.

Noteably this plot is much more sophisticated then the others as there is a ittle hickup in the operation and there is a minor explosion in the Kremlin. And once again Hunt and his team are framed as terrorists. So they have be disavowed and they are ordered to go off the grid by the Secretary of State who incidentally is murdered. Hunt acquires the Secretary's analyst and they go underground and back to work.

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MI4 Trailer


The action is just phenomenal in this movie and it is by far the best in the series. It is well worth the ticket price just to see it. The acting is outstanding and the scene in which Cruise/ Hunt is climbing Burj Khalifa is just mind blowing. There were actually moments, during the fight scenes, where I winced in pain for the actors who seemed to do most if not all of their own stunts.

And this is the first Mission Impossible in which there were humerous moments. I would think that might be a touch of Brad Bird influence in the project. I actually heard people laugh out loud which is welcomed in this day and time.

I have been to India and it has never looked better then In Mission Impossible 4. I haven't been to Dubia but MI4 also makes it an attractive tourist spot. I might mention the BMW were fat rides in Mumbia. And the technology was also fantastic in the movie even though they had a good enough sense of humor about it to point out that techology will never be as realiable as people.

What I was really afraid of when I went to see this film was that Cruise would have sold out Ethan Hunts through line and the franchise would lose it's integrity but Cruise stayed true to the character and you can only see how in the last five miniutes of the film.

I would also like to mention Jeremy Renner's performance which was stellar as well.

MI4 really is a classic film which should probably be renamed MI$. I would hate to see Cruise walk away from this franchise that he has put so much into.


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      JT Walters 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Hi Rednickle,

      You must have just recently choosen as Holmes and MI4 have had close release dates. We went with MI4 and will probably see Holmes in the New Year.

      MI4 is really something but we would also like to see Holmes as well.

      Happy Holidays.


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      6 years ago from New Brunswick Canada

      i really hope i get to watch this movie before it stops showing. last time i went to the cinema i had to choose between this and Sherlock Holmes and i decided to go for Holmes


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      JT Walters 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Boun Natalie GoodLady,

      It is a very good film especially when you have a young man in the house who is particularly hyper about the holidays.

      It was also shot in Budapest which is on my ten top cities to visit.

      Thanks for the birthday and holiday wish. Eat some eel for us as we desperately wish we could be there having an Italian Christmas. My son missing his Nana and I my Mom. But we will get through this together.

      Happy Christmas my friend.


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      Penelope Hart 

      6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Can't WAIT to see it.

      Thanks for super review. Your enthusiasm is catching.

      Just read it is your birthday. Happy Birthday JT.

      And wish you and your family a lovely Christmas.

    • JT Walters profile imageAUTHOR

      JT Walters 

      6 years ago from Florida

      It is an awesome film. I too would hate to see the franchise die but without Mr. Cruise I don't know who could do it justice. I am told by people who have met Mr. Cruise he is a most generous and approachable guy.

      I thought the film showed really intergity by staying true to the through line with the character Ethan Hunt and still being the best in the franchise.

      From MI4 to MI$!!

      Thank you and Merry Christmas to you as well my dear friend.


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      Joseph De Cross 

      6 years ago from New York

      Nice review JT!

      The scenes are high voltage and the stunts awesome! The special effects truth to the plotting. The script is beyond top quality and would hate to see this Franchise die. Thanks for your time and the insights! Tom came to Newark New Jersey in 2004 to film on location parts of his movie The war of the worlds, and he also did terrific stunts. Security was tight...just three years before, 911 was fresh in our memories....Merry Christmas and happy birthday to you dear friend!



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