Contributed By Theodora Ho
A good blend of action, humor and high-tech spy weapons, Mission: Impossible —Ghost Protocol succeeds in delivering a taut spy-on-a-mission storyline while keeping it suitably light-hearted, as you would expect from director Brad Bird of Ratatouille and The Incredibles fame.
Tom Cruise reprises his role as Ethan Hunt, who, as the movie opens, is imprisoned in a Russian prison. His newly-formed team comprises Benji Dunn (funny man Simon Pegg providing comic relief), Jane Carter (Paula Patton) and William Brandt (Jeremy Renner).
Minutes after his prison break, Hunt realizes that he is caught in a huge web of conspiracy concerning the government’s disavowal of the Impossible Missions Force after it has been framed for a terrorist bombing in Moscow.
Left to fend for themselves, Hunt and his team run for their lives while racing against the clock to plug a possible nuclear war incited by a crazed Russian politician codenamed “Cobalt,” who is convinced that the planet can only attain peace by cleansing itself through mass destruction.
Unlike M:I 1 through 3, this latest instalment is less dark and more straightforward, no doubt attempting to play to a broader viewership. And yes, it pays to watch it in IMAX. Ghost Protocol is a big-budget thrill ride that looks set to be the most successful instalment in the franchise.