Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
by Tony Medley
Run time 132
OK for children.
Paramount is an
oddly run studio. When I went to the screening at Paramount for
Benjamin Button (2008), I asked for a list of cast and crew.
I was told there wasn't one. I asked why not. They said they were trying
to save money. The film had a budget of over $100 million and they were
saving 25 cents by not printing out the cast and crew for critics?
There's some sort of common sense here?
I didn't get an
invite to a media screening for this, so I asked around. Nobody I know
got an invite to a screening and Paramount's reply was that there "were
no more," which is a Clintonesque statement that implied there had been
some, but I couldn't find anyone who went to one. One person told me
that the press day was in Dubai. That would be a helpful place to have
it if you were trying to keep most reviewers from seeing the film since
most reviewers are located in Los Angeles and aren't employed by people
who can afford to send a critic to Dubai. And there were reviews that
appeared opening day, so there were some favored critics who somehow got
to see it before it opened. Generally when a studio acts in this manner,
the film stinks and they know it, so they don't want unfavorable reviews
to spoil the opening weekend, when they expect to get all their money.
But that's not
the case here. I paid my way in to see it and it was worth the price of
admission. The plot is ridiculous, but the situations and stunts are
rewarding. The tension is non stop and the cast, Tom Cruise, Jeremy
Renner, Simon Pegg, and Paula Patton, does a good job, especially
All the Mission
Impossible plots are, well, impossible, but this one is unusually
outlandish, something about a bad guy who has stolen Russian nuclear
launch codes and Tom and the gang have to get to the guy before he uses
It abounds with
plot holes. The beginning in which Cruise is sprung out of prison and
then invades the Kremlin has them coming so fast that you just forget
about reality and realize what you're seeing is as realistic as a Donald
Duck cartoon. But that's why you go to see Mission Impossible films, to
see Cruise and his pals accomplish the impossible, taking on odds that
are worse than a million to one; not once but time and again. Just as
one example, they've been disowned by the U.S. government and are
absolutely all alone, but, lo and behold, they actually hop on a freight
train in Russia that has a car that is filled with all their space age
gear, and then they find the wherewithal to get to Dubai with a bunch of
high tech, sophisticated gear to confront the villain!
But, who cares?
The cinematography is rewarding enough for a travelogue. The good guy
vs. the world with a hateful bad guy is involving. This is another film
where you should just leave your brain at home, relax, and enjoy it.