Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

To get the Mission Impossible franchise back on track, Paramount Pictures got esteemed animation director Brad Bird (The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, Ratatouille) to direct this third sequel. The risk of hiring someone new to live-action film-making absolutely payed off, for this film has all the fun and creativity one would expect from a great Pixar film.

Brad Bird has delivered one of the best action films of recent years. The action sequences he has conjured are constantly inventive and exciting, and the pacing is absolutely perfect. I won’t reveal any of these brilliant sequences, so as to not spoil the surprise, but rest assured they are incredibly entertaining. Also, you simply must see this in the cinema*, if only to hear the gasps from the audience as Tom Cruise makes a daring leap of the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa.

A benefit of having an animation filmmaker is that the film doesn’t take itself too seriously, with goofy gadgets, bright & colourful cinematography, and the sound of every punch given an emphasised crunch. With a plethora of gritty, dramatic reboots coming out in the last few years, it’s refreshing to watch a film that maintains audience entertainment as it’s number one priority.

The ensemble cast is great, with a strong, healthy message of teamwork prevailing through the film. Tom Cruise, even though he’s getting old, still has his mojo, and Simon Pegg & Jeremy Renner both provide some good laughs. Also, I think I can speak for most gentlemen when I say Paula Patton is incredibly hot. So hot she almost turned me straight. Seriously, I spent a large portion of the third act with my eyes fixated on those big… beautiful… bouncy… Ahem! Where was I? Oh yes; she’s a very good actress. Very respectable performance…

In a year with many bland, cash-grabbing sequels, it’s wonderful to watch a movie with this much energy. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol is some of the most fun I have ever had in a cinema.

My recommendation: WATCH IT! 

Austin Bond, 10H 

*Yeah this is a copy+paste of a post on my own blog – lazy I know

PS: I’m aware that the humour in the post was a bit inappropriate for a school blog, but this is how I casually write. Sorry Ms Sheko.