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Mission Impossible 4 - Ghost Protocol
MI4 Ghost Protocol
Tom Cruise invites us along on the 4th instalment of the Mission Impossible franchise and it leaves me both amazed and disappointed.
The story has Cruise and his IMF team disavowed after they are lured in to The Kremlin under false pretences and an explosion which destroys a large part of the building is laid at their door. From here on in, the team, Ethan Hunt (Cruise), Brandt (Jeremy Renner), Benji (Simon Pegg) and Jane (Paula Patton) task themselves with tracking down the real culprit of the explosion, a man intent on setting the world on the path to Nuclear War.
The staple ingredients of an MI blockbuster are all there, stunning locations, amazing gadgets, beautiful people and mind blowing stunts. In particular, the spectacular sequence in Dubai in and out the Burj Khalifa which has to be seen to be believed!
I am torn between understanding that the the film has been created with an idea of 'lightening' the mood a little and trying to not let it become heavy with plot and complex characters. Simon Pegg's Techful Benji is the fly in my ointment here, for me the humour is just too much. This is a storyline where a team of professionals are supposedly trying to stop an intellectual madman from possibly ending the world, but around every corner is an opportunity for Pegg to crack a joke, sorry, but I prefer Ving Rhames' Luther character, who gets a couple of minutes in this new film. His humour was a darker and more intelligent type that seemed to fit the situations that is was injected to a lot better then we have in MI4.
Overall a visual success that will probably have the masses loving it and ensuring Cruise can think about number 5. But for me, I'm still firmly in the camp of the first film, which all though a little predictable in plot, was far darker and slicker.