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FTN Reviews Mission: Impossible 4 – Ghost Protocol

January 2nd, 2012 by Marc 1 Comment

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (12A)
Starring: Tom Cruise, Paula Patton, Jeremy Renner and Simon Pegg.
Directed by: Brad Bird
Running time: 113mins

THE fourth instalment in the Mission Impossible saga is everything you could want in an action film.
From start to finish it’s an exhilarating thrill ride that never pauses for breath.

Cruise returns as Ethan Hunt but this time it’s much more of an ensemble piece and all the better for it.The plot centres on the theft of Russian nuclear codes by a crazy professor who manages to somehow frame Hunt’s team.

This leads to Ghost Protocol being activated which basically is the same plot as the original film had, with our heroes having to keep moving across the world to try and catch the villain and clear their name.

It certainly won’t win any awards for depth or character development but it keeps the thrills coming.
The introduction of Renner’s character gives the series a much needed shot in the arm, but it’s still clearly Cruise’s baby.

The much vaunted sequence that has him abseiling the world’s biggest building is nothing short of jaw dropping.

Director Brad Bird deserves a lot of praise for keeping proceedings fresh, as the plot he has to work with is nothing special truth be told.

If anything it seems like it has more in common with Brosnan era Bond, rather than the Bourne films, which while well made don’t exactly instill a feel good factor.

It’s a very slight film and Simon Pegg only serves to grate, his shtick is getting very tiresome, very quickly.

Overall though, this is one mission that you’d be crazy not to accept.

4 out of five nerds
Paddy Ryan.

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….