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Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol  : Cruising around the world with a stopover at Anil’s
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Friday, December 16, 2011
Action - Adventure
Brad Bird
Tom Cruise, Anil Kapoor, Paula Patton, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner
Go globe-trotting as the mission keeps travelling all over – Budapest, Moscow and India too. The action is in abundance even if the plot sometimes gets slow, but it’s ‘Cruise Control’ all the way.

The plot: Impossible Missions Force (IMF) is completely closed down this time around because of insinuations that they had a hand in the bombing of the Kremlin. The government has called for a Ghost Protocol (i.e. they don’t exist officially) of four members of the agency – Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise), Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg), Jane Carter (Paula Patton) and William Brandt (Jeremy Renner) to find the real culprits behind the attack on the Russians and clear the diplomatic air.

The good: The movie has a lot of action sequences which make your heart skip a beat at times. Whether it’s  Cruise floating around the towering Burj Khalifa, or juggling with cars while jumping around effortlessly to get a suitcase, don’t be surprised if you find your mouth open in sheer amazement at the testosterone shots packed into this one.

The background music by Michael Giacchino is pacy and works really well.

The futuristic devices used in the film, like in all MI products, are worth a look. This time it’s an invisibility cloak which is fascinating and creative.

Coming to the performances, Tom Cruise is matchless, he lives the part and whatever the shortcomings of the plot he covers them up with his endearing performance. His effortless action sequences in particular give a big adrenaline rush, especially when he glides around the Burj Khalifa. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that he is worth all the hype.

Simon Pegg, a team member of the Ghost Protocol, adds humour to the film with his antics. Paula and Jeremy are also strong enough not to be overpowered by Cruise’s performance.

The cinematography by Robert Elswit deepens the film’s appeal with stunning shots of breathtaking locales adding an element of beauty to the action film.

The direction by Oscar Winner Brad Bird is crisp, he has developed his own style and taken care of minute details.

Finally, the Indian element – it’s great to see Anil Kapoor play Brij Nath effectively and be a part of such a big franchise. However, you can’t help but feel that an actor of his calibre was shortchanged in the desperately lusty role. Also, his role appeared a tad too inconsequential to the script. But it’s good for a start in a new westward direction. Shiamak Davar’s choreography also adds to the party scene. His dance troupe was the perfect selection for the film and it was a pleasant sight to find another Indian name attached to the MI franchise.

The bad: The globe-trotting concept seems forced.

The plot penned by Andre Nemec and Josh Appelbaum is fairly entertaining, but for a film which engenders such high expectations, there is a woeful lack of surprising twists or anything unpredictable, which could have complemented the action sequences.

There are moments where the film gets a tad slow, like the unending sandstorm, which is far too stretched.

Overall: Quick pace, nail-biting action, everything you’d expect from an MI flick.

And it’s always a delight to see Indians involved in a big international project.

– Pooja Thakkar
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