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‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’ Kansas First News Review

by Eric Melin on December 16, 2011

in Reviews,Video Reviews

This review originally appeared on KSNT-NBC, KTKA-ABC, and KTMJ-FOX, Kansas First News.

mission_impossible_ghost_protocol_poster-2011Tom Cruise is back as superspy Ethan Hunt in the fourth installment of the Mission: Impossible series. It’s been five years since the last movie in this over-the-top, action-packed series and even though the third installment had the most emotional investment and the best villain, Mission: ImpossibleGhost Protocol succeeds in dishing up exactly what you would expect: State of the arts stunts, non-stop action, and a series of clearly laid-out heists and chases that go awry in all kinds of creative ways.

Brad Bird, the director of Ratatouille and The Incredibles tackles his first live-action movie here and proves that he has the chops to create real suspense and spectacular action that is easy to follow. There’s none of that shaky-cam nonsense of the Bourne movies going on here.

There’s a skeleton of a story supporting the action scenes, but Bird strings it along nicely in tandem with the action. He also raises the stakes in each scene and avoids overdoing the plot twists, which is shrewd. Throw in a nice dash of humor courtesy of Simon Pegg, and Mission: Impossible 4 delivers the improbably dangerous goods you want from a movie like this.

Make sure the theater has this one cranked up loud. And if you can see it in IMAX, even better.

Here’s Scene-Stealers contributor Aaron Weber’s take on Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.

Eric is the Editor-in-Chief of Scene-Stealers and regular critic for KCTV5. He’s a member of the BFCA, VP of the KCFCC, and drummer for The Dead Girls and Ultimate Fakebook. He is also the current 2013 Air Guitar World Champion Mean Melin. Eric goes to 11. Follow him at:

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1 dbmurray December 31, 2011 at 10:16 pm

I saw this one today. The chase scenes, stunts, etc. delivered as expected, but MI:III remains the best of the series.

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