DVD Reviews, Lead DVD ReviewRating: 4.5 of 5 yaps

Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol

The “Mission: Impossible” movie franchise had grown moribund, and Tom Cruise’s career along with it. Even when he made light, crowd-pleasing movies like “Knight and Day,” audiences stayed away in droves. Luckily for both, the newest film, “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol” was not only the best in the series and a huge international box office hit, it was quite possibly the best action/thriller in all of 2011.

The big question mark surrounding the movie — other than audiences’ recent disinclination to buy tickets to any movie with Cruise in it — was whether director Brad Bird, having conquered the field of animation (“The Incredibles”), could translate his skills to live-action filmmaking.

One only has to watch any one of the several stunning action sequences in “Ghost” to end any uncertainty. My favorite was the scene where Cruise climbs the tallest building in the world using only a pair of high-tech magnetic gloves, one of which only functions intermittently. Meanwhile, inside the rest of his team intervenes in the sale of nuclear secrets between two sets of bad guys simultaneously.

The plot is the usual spy-movie bramble of international intrigue and double-crosses, and bears little relevance to the enjoyment of this excellent flick.

On the downside, video extras for “Ghost Protocol” are a little underwhelming.

There are two featurettes about the making of the movie, focusing heavily on the fantastic stunt sequences and special-effects creations. There are also several deleted scenes with commentary by Bird.

That’s not a bad haul, but compared to the movie accompanying them, these goodies aren’t so good.

Film: 4.5 Yaps
Extras: 3.5 Yaps

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4 Responses to “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol”

  1. Mikey says:

    I was really surprised at how much I liked this movie. I thought that it was trending down, but on the word of my Mom (of all people), I watched it. Great story, camera work was great (wasn’t jerking all over the place ALL the time, just sometimes), kept me engaged, laughs, decent acting, a really good movie.

  2. L.Johnson says:

    Tom cruise is an excellent actor, and the Mission Impossible writers always manage to give him a great supporting cast. I look forward to viewing this moive. I am a big fan of ther first one, and from the what I’ve read this should be just as good.

  3. Beth says:

    I may not be a fan of the man Tom Cruise but I am a fan of the actor. He still has boyish charm and rugged good looks on top of being able to take you on a thrill ride at the movies. He plays the emotions well and I, for one, will continue to go to his movies even if I don’t care for his politics.

  4. Mel says:

    Jeez, quit with the whole "OMG IS CRUISE STILL A STAR?!?!" thing. You’ve mentioned it in every. single. comment about this film. It’s not a compelling argument.

    Also, the Best Buy copy of the Blu-ray has an hour of additional special features. Is that the one you reviewed?