I have doubted this movie at first, my mind keep thinking, "Mission Impossible, again?!?!". It is the fourth installment of the spy film series, at this point most movies will get bland and boring. After watching the trailer and learnt the fact that the director is Brad Bird (from Ratatouille and The Incredibles) and produced by J.J. Abrams (Super 8 and Star Trek), I decided to give it a shot. Me and my friends watched it directly after our last STPM paper, and we were amazed.
This prove that movie series can be fresh after four movies, and Brad Bird is a very good director. I didn't watch the first two before, but Mission Impossible -Ghost Protocol is miles and way better than the third one.
The story might not be amazing, it is just normal and predictable. What the movie is so amazing is that the action set pieces are exciting and action moves along without much conversation to keep the audience excited, the movie action sequences are balanced with some pretty routine tasks done by the IMF and some really "What the F***?!?!" moments. The highlight of the movie is when Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) climbing up the Burj Khalifa Tower. Besides, when a plot really needs explanation, the pacing slows at the right time.
Tom Cruise regained his action star status as Ethan Hunt, which he almost destroyed his star status with that awful Knight and Day. Personally, my favourite character is Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg), who is a IT guy and ridiculously funny. The problem with the characters Jane Carter (Paula Patton) and especially William Brandt (Jeremy Renner) are underdeveloped.
Mission Impossible -Ghost Protocol might not be an amazing movie in terms of characters and storytelling, but it is a damn good movie for popcorn entertainment. Recommended.