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This is not just another mission. The IMF is shut down when it's implicated in a global terrorist bombing plot. Ghost Protocol is initiated and Ethan Hunt and his rogue new team must go undercover to ... read more read more...clear their organization's name. No help, no contact, off the grid. You have never seen a mission grittier and more intense than this. -- (C) Paramount

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DVD Release Date: April 17, 2012

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  • June 5, 2014
    The IMF are framed for an explosion in the Kremlin and the entire organisation is disavowed, leaving Ethan Hunt and his team alone to expose a fanatic bent on nuclear Armageddon as the true culprit. I've never been the biggest fan of the Mission: Impossible franchise as a whole; ... read morethe first was okay at the time but looked very dated in the wake of Jason Bourne's re-energisation of the action thriller, the second was typical of John Woo's daft excesses and the third took itself way too seriously to be fun. Ghost Protocol however manages to get the balance just right; the character dynamic works much better than in the previous films, with Simon Pegg's tech geek providing plenty of amusing banter without becoming a comic stooge and there is some quite spectacular stunt work. The plot is once again little more than a series of well engineered heists, but the characters are likeable, the pacing breathless and tense and it all slots together like a quality modern day James Bond film. A pleasant surprise.
  • August 19, 2013
  • July 5, 2013
    No Plan. No Backup. No Choice.

    Saw it again! Great Film! Very different yet similar from the other past films. Enjoyed it very much! Keep em coming!!!

    In the 4th installment of the Mission Impossible series, Ethan Hunt and his team are racing against time to track down a danger... read moreous terrorist named Hendricks, who has gained access to Russian nuclear launch codes and is planning a strike on the United States. An attempt by the team to stop him at the Kremlin ends in a disaster, with an explosion causing severe destruction to the Kremlin and the IMF being implicated in the bombing, forcing the President to invoke Ghost Protocol, under which the IMF is disavowed, and will be offered no help or backup in any form. Undaunted, Ethan and his team chase Hendricks to Dubai, and from there to Mumbai, but several spectacular action sequences later, they might still be too late to stop a disaster.
  • April 8, 2013
    I will not bother in a full review for this "film", I shall only said: Disappointing due to hollow screenplay, incomplete IMAX and primitive plot.
  • January 17, 2013
    "This happens to be my first Mission Impossible movie. I'm not even sure how many there are of these films. But I can honestly say that this one was good. I'm not a huge fan of Tom Cruise. I know, shocking. But I saw that there were a few other actors in this that I liked, like S... read moreimon Pegg. So I thought it wouldn't be to bad to give it a go. In the end I actually enjoyed it. I loved all the action and the humor. The stunts were pretty impressive. So after watching this, I am considering seeing the other films before it. Hopefully there as good a this one."
  • October 19, 2012
    Mission Impossible is back to what it was always supposed to be. A team. I'm glad Cruise et al came to this realisation eventually, the film is certainly better because of it. I have to say I really liked Ghost Protocol, much more than the other 3 films for sure. It has just the ... read moreright level of humour and drama, the action is clever without being silly and it left me wanting more so long may the franchise continue - something I didn't think I'd be saying. The Ving Rhames cameo was a bit rubbish though eh!
  • October 7, 2012
    Fun and action packed. Everyting a Mission Impossible film should be, although Cruise may be reaching the end of the line for credible action star status.
  • September 2, 2012
    Good plot. Ethan (Cruise) is broken out of jail and has to stop the Russians sending a missile attack on USA. Obviously big budgets involved as they globe trotted through different countries. For once only the bad guys die, so you know there will be another movie in the pipeline.
  • August 22, 2012
    A decent entry in the series, not quite as good as the 3rd in my opinion, but quite close. It would have been nice to see a bit more of some of the previous cast members than brief cameos. The main plot and story isn't quite as absurd as some of the previous films, and how they g... read moreo about the Mission. Which is a good thing I think. If you liked the others you'll like this to.
  • August 15, 2012
    *cue the epic, instantly recognizable theme*

    This is the fourth entry in the Mission: Impossible series, and not only is it the first entry to have a subtitle (Ghost Protocol), but it is also the live action directorial debut of legendary animated film auteur Brad Bird.

    And I'... read morem happy to report that it is a pretty good movie, and Bird did a good job dealing with physical sets, locations, and people.

    The plot here is the typical spy scenario: the Kremlin gets attacked, IMF gets blamed, and "Ghost Protocol" gets initiated, which is to say that the whole IMF gets disavowed, and Ethan Hunt and his team are forced to complete their mission off the grid with very little back up, and only whatever gear and gadgets they can scrounge from a secret boxcar.

    That mission, to be brief, is to recover some nuclear launch codes, prevent WWIII, and nab those responsible for setting Ethan and his team up. Okay, so the plots to these movies are all kinda the same, and usually function as window dressing for action scenes, stunts, and eye candy.

    The writing is kinda weak with this one, and there's really not a whole lot of development. There's some, but just enough to get by. The plot is fairly straightforward, but not the most interesting thing in the world. There's also a bit too much focus on zany high tech gadgets, and not as much emphasis on stealth and espionage. This is a very fun and enjoyable film however, and it doesn't drag during its 130 minute run time. It could have slowed down some though, and given some more attention to plot and characters, but it at least didn't come off as overplotted like the last one.

    Of course Cruise is good here. This has become his signature role (or one of them), and his world weariness lends some credibility to his being the experienced veteran amongst a team of less experienced, but still talented agents. Simon Pegg is back for his second turn as technician turned field agent Benji, and he's wonderful as the comic relief. Paula Patton adds a nice balance of sex appeal and toughness as the female agent with a score to settle (but not against her male counterparts, whom she easily holds her own against), and Jeremy Renner, the fast rising action badass is great as the agent with his own little secrets, though thankfully the revelations with his character don't go in the direction that the trailers lead you to believe he will. What I mean by that, is that the film isn't a "mole hunt" as many of these types of movies are. We also get some good cameos too, although in the case of one I was seriously hoping for a larger role.

    Actionwise, it's pretty good. I mentioned there's a big focus on gadgetry, but there's some good fisticuffs and some gunplay too. And the sequence with Cruise playing Spiderman in Dubai on the side of that super tall hotel in Dubai? It's awesome, one of the best parts of the movie, and even has the best moment of humor in the film too, and there's a fair amount of laughs too, which is actually kinda welcome. The sequence isn't nearly as great, suspenseful, or thrilling as the Langley vault scene from the first film, but that one was in a class of its own. This one is very well done though. Things do start to get a little ridiculous towards the end, but nothing quite as over the top as what's in the second one.

    All in all, a pretty good movie. Bird does okay for his first time with live action, but it feels like he's still a little shaky. Maybe he needs another film or two to get the kinks out, but I could see him becoming great as a director of both animation and live action. As for how this fits into the series, well, I'd put it on par with part 3, so better than two, but not quite to the level of the first.

Critic Reviews

David Denby
December 30, 2011
David Denby, New Yorker

"Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol" is sheer hurtling mechanism-and it's great silly fun. Full Review

J. R. Jones
December 21, 2011
J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader

As usual with the series, the movie combines a plot line a toddler could understand with gadgets that would baffle an engineering Ph.D. Full Review

Richard Corliss
December 19, 2011
Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine

I'm thinking it, so I might as well say it: Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol is no Fast Five. Full Review

Glenn Kenny
December 18, 2011
Glenn Kenny, MSN Movies's pretty much state-of-the-art. Full Review

Colin Covert
December 18, 2011
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

[Bird's] fresh touch gives breathless energy, tremendous excitement and, above all, humor to what could have been a wearying genre exercise. Full Review

Alonso Duralde
December 17, 2011
Alonso Duralde, TheWrap

It's a rousing gasp machine that gives the flagging franchise the kick in the pants it sorely needed, and it marks the most impressive segue from cartoons to features since Pee-Wee's Big Adventure. Full Review

Owen Gleiberman
December 16, 2011
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

Powered by Cruise's moxie, Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol proves that in a Hollywood action-ride culture drenched in fake adrenaline, it's cathartic to encounter the real thing. Full Review

Tom Long
December 16, 2011
Tom Long, Detroit News

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol is top-notch popcorn entertainment, chock-full of dazzling stunts and heroic moments, played out at a near-hysterical pitch. Full Review

Peter Rainer
December 16, 2011
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

Ghost Protocol is a very good thrill ride and Cruise is better than he's been in a long time. Full Review

Peter Howell
December 16, 2011
Peter Howell, Toronto Star

The real mission is to renew a stale franchise, and here Ghost Protocol largely succeeds, on the strength of good action scenes - including an IMAX-enhanced Dubai skyscraper dangle by Cruise - and the... Full Review

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    • William Brandt: Your line's not long enough!
    • Ethan Hunt: No shit!
    • Brji Nath: Are you impressed yet?
    • Ethan Hunt: Saturn, take the leap.
    • William Brandt: [exhales deeply] Ok. [clears throat] Jumping. Jumping now. Jump now?
    • Ethan Hunt: Yes, commit, jump.
    • William Brandt: Jump.
    • Ethan Hunt: Jump.
    • Benji Dunn: And I catch you.
    • Ethan Hunt: Now.
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    • Benji Dunn: Pretty sure.
    • William Brandt: [laughs sarcastically] Now you're pretty sure?
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    • William Brandt: And then there's that. What heat?
    • Benji Dunn: [laughing] Well, it's like any computer, isn't it? If you switch off the fan, it's gonna get really hot.
    • William Brandt: [laughing sarcastically] Of course.
    • Benji Dunn: Relatively, you know.
    • William Brandt: Of course it will. So I'm jumping into, uh, an oven, essentially.
    • Benji Dunn: Yeah, essentially. But, um, I'll catch you.
    • William Brandt: [unconvinced] Great.
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    • Benji Dunn: And I catch you.
    • William Brandt: Yeah
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    • William Brandt: Well, yeah, why? It's a 25 foot drop. And we're using magnets.
    • Benji Dunn: [grinning] Yeah.

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