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Movie Review: Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
Let's say you don't feel like going out; and you want to curl up at home with something on a shiny disc. But with so many to choose from - how do you make a decision? Hastings Tribune movie critic Patrick White has a suggestion. He joins us this morning with his review of "Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol".
"Mission: Impossible -Ghost Protocol" is a high octane-thrill ride with intelligence.
The characters featured in the fourth installment of the "Mission: Impossible" series are flawed, funny, and fast-paced.
"Ghost Protocol" is a rare film that is able to not only perfect action, but also features some incredible actors who bring humanity to insanely gifted spies.
Tom Cruise returns as Agent Ethan Hunt. I know some might not be a fan of Cruise, because of some of his personal drama brought on by couch jumping and Scientology.
However, if you can ignore that then you will see like I did that Cruise is one of the greatest living actors America has today.
He does quite a few of his own stunts, which the intriguing bonus features on the DVD or Blu-Ray reveal.
One stunt he handles personally is the breathtaking scene atop the tallest manmade structure in the world, Khalifa Tower in Dubai.
It's a truly incredible feat that Cruise accomplishes when he climbs on the outside of the building.
Cruise is cool, calm, and collected as Hunt and really holds the film together beautifully as the lead.
The film is directed by the incredibly talented Brad Bird. Bird is able to mesh together both humor and intense action flawlessly. This is no surprise, because Bird is best known for reinventing of the superhero genre with his funny, action-packed Pixar film, "The Incredibles."
Bird is slick with the camera work and understands "Mission: Impossible's" genre to the tee.
In addition, the film stars the always funny Simon Pegg and the fantastic action star Jeremy Renner, who we'll next see in "The Avengers" as Hawkeye.
They both bring unique stylistic choices to the film, but they work well together.
Despite the filmmakers' intent for it to be seen on the big screen, it looks incredible on a television too.
I encourage you to grab some popcorn, pop down, and blast that stereo. It's a delightful film and the special features are great. It gives viewers the ultimate inside look at how a big-budget action film is made.
I give the DVD Blu-Ray of "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" three and a half stars out of four.
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