I was curious to see this movie, as it’s the first live-action film from director Brad Bird. Bird has previously only worked on animated movies, so I approached this with intrigue. Visually the film is stunning and the locations are beautiful. The beauty is amplified by the fact that the movie was partially filmed with IMAX cameras, which gives it added ‘sex appeal’. You really need to see this on an IMAX screen to feel the full benefit. As with all the films in the franchise, the action scenes are completely breathtaking, the standout scene is undeniably the moment Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) scales the outside of the Burj Khalifa tower, in Dubai. Which just so happens to be the tallest building in the world. Tom Cruise performed this stunt himself, which just adds to the realism and completely engulfs you in the moment.
The performances all round are great. Tom Cruise is on top form and is leading a new team, which includes Simon Pegg (Benji Dunn). Pegg had a minor part in Mission Impossible 3 but has now been promoted to full-on co-star. Unfortunately, Ving Rhames only has a small cameo in this film, but it’s a nice nod to the fans as he and Cruise are the only cast members to have appeared in all of The Mission Impossible movies. The film has a few little industry in-jokes as well. Ethan Hunt’s code number is “A113”. A113 is a frequent Pixar in-joke based on one of the room numbers for the animation program at Cal Arts. The director has worked for Pixar, and he has worked an “A113” reference into every one of his films. Lost fans are in for a treat, as Josh Holloway (Sawyer) makes a small appearance.
The only thing letting this down is the storyline, it could have been better there is a noticeable dip in certain parts and my attention wandered elsewhere. There were also some errors that I couldn’t overlook, almost too many to list maybe I’m just being a bit too pedantic, but The Nuclear Launch Device used by Hendricks has a Russian keyboard, but the Interface Screen is in English.
All in all, I would say the film is worth watching and will keep you mostly entertained throughout.
.Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol is out in the UK on Boxing Day.