‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’ Review: Has Tom Cruise Renewed His Star Power?

NEW YORK | Thursday, December 22nd, 2011 10:23pm EDT

Tom Cruise returns in the latest ‘Mission: Impossible’ caper for a thrill ride.

Althoug new ‘Mission Impossible’ was shown on IMAX screens before getting into wide release yesterday —it has got plenty of good reviews.

So, to compare: “Mission: Impossible III,” which debuted in 2006′s summer, had got a 70 percent approval rating, while “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” is currently achieved 93 percent freshness, according to Rotten Tomatoes review aggregator.

It seems like the movie is to become the hit of the holiday season. Tom Cruise is finally back, playing a brave hero at the age of 49. Some critics noticed that his IMF superspy Ethan Hunt has never looked better that he does this time.

So, Tom Cruise performs Hunt, leader of the International Missions Force or IMF – wiry, taut, fiercely focused man. Reviewers keep on praise the film’s eye-popping action sequences and the entertaining supporting cast.

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One of the most breathtaking scenes: Cruise climbing on Burj Khalifa. Photo: Canburak/Flickr

Well, according to IMDb, the plot of the movie is the next one: “The IMF is shut down when it’s implicated in the bombing of the Kremlin, causing Ethan Hunt and his new team to go rogue to clear their organization’s name.”

“Possibly they would in real life, but not in “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol,’’ a largely successful attempt to reboot the moribund franchise that turns out to be probably the most entertaining installment since Brian De Palma’s series opener from 15 years ago,” says New York Post.

There are plenty of breathtaking scenes in the movie, but almost everyone would agree that one of the most thrilling was shot in Dubai, in which Cruise spiders his way up the face of the Burj Khalifa.

“This is a sequence so ingeniously conceived and shot that even the audience doesn’t want to look down — a sequence so death-defying that it gets you laughing at your own susceptibility (especially if, like me, you happen to have a fear of heights),” wrote Owen Gleiberman at the Entertainment Weekly.

He continued: “Shimmying up and down and around the building’s surface, with the ground looking as if it must be a mile below, Cruise becomes a fearless human bug (think Spider-Man without the superpowers). Then, just as we’re sure that our hearts couldn’t dig any deeper into our throats, one of his gloves begins to short out and lose adhesive power.”

And this is not the last positive review for the movie. “Ghost Protocol’ is a less a film than a vanity license plate writ large — a throwback to when all an action film needed was a bogus concept, chase scenes and a roman numeral in a title,”  writes Duane Dudek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

“… Its collection of stock elements — nuclear strikes, beautiful women, exotic locales, fast cars, megalomaniac bad guy — could have been ordered from a ‘when superpowers stalked the earth’ clearance sale catalog. Twenty-five years ago it would have starred Roger Moore.” —

“Should you see ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’? By all means, and in the big, big, biggest theater you can find. Don’t watch it on TV, and for God’s sake, don’t download it to your phone,” writes Dan Kois at the Slate.

“I recommend the LG IMAX Theater in Sydney, Australia, which is eight stories high, but your local multiplex will do. Be prepared, afterward, to feel as if the outside world is just a little bit too small.”  Well, it looks like “Mission: Impossible — Ghost“ delivers the goods where it really matters.

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