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Film Review: Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011). Directed by Brad Bird. The film starts with an IMF team working in Budapest. One of the agents is killed by an assassin while trying to prevent Russian nuclear missile launch codes being stolen. Meanwhile Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is locked up in a Moscow prison having been disavowed, although he's then broken out to help retrieve the codes. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol follows the familiar routine of reasonably complex story setup, with various action set pieces. At one point I started to get confused over which baddie was which - forgive me, I was tired - but amusingly there was a recap by one of the characters (catalysed by test audiences perhaps?). The acting is good (although Simon Pegg is a little annoying at times, and felt out of place, but it seems he's there for comedy value), the set pieces are good (albeit some of the gadgets stretch credibility at times), and the story is interesting. Conversely though, if you've not liked previous Mission: Impossible films then there's nothing really new here, and chances are you won't enjoy this. For me it was an above average action romp. 4/5 (Good)