Tom Cruise the action star is back with full force. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol hit select IMAX theaters on December 16th, and didn’t disappoint. Moviegoers enjoyed a refreshingly light action film, and director Brad Bird delivers cinematic treats like the latest IMF gadgets, kick-ass and unbelievably athletic fight scenes, internationally pleasing witty banter, masterful disguises and high-tech BMW collateral damage. This is everything a big-budget action thriller should be.
Let’s not forget what makes Mission Impossible the most recognizable action franchise of our time. Tom’s amazing death-defying stunts, in which he doesn’t look a day over Jerry Maguire, ignite the gasp-worthy energy that clings to the whole two hours and twelve minutes. The glory of the return of his Spiderman wall-climbing gloves is matched only by the team’s reactions to his Burj Khalifa scaling adventure.
Paula Patton shines as a vengeful Agent Jane Carter, who adds some sex appeal with the token seduce-the-rich-bad-guy-wearing-a-sexy-dress sequence. Simon Pegg steals scenes as the adorable techy, day-saving Benji Dunn.
The lighthearted dynamic of the team is what really makes this spy film enjoyable from start to finish. Jeremy Renner’s scrumptious turn as a more-than-he-appears Analyst William Brandt lends a vulnerability and relatable “helper” role to the high-tech, fast-paced film. His charm, charisma and one-liners could mark one of two things: his rumored take-over of the Mission movies, a la the Bourne flicks, or the return of the incredibly interesting sidekick. Renner achieved similar greatness playing to Ben Affleck in The Town. Add to that Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Inception and the upcoming The Dark Knight Also Rises on the horizon- it seems that sidekicks are becoming cooler than ever in Hollywood blockbusters. Renner’s vulnerability and inner struggle is the perfect counterpoint to Cruise’s confident I’m hurt-and-limping-but-still-can-kill-you Ethan Hunt swagger.
French and Russian assassins, the battle for nuclear codes, Tom sprinting around Moscow shoeless, guns, fast cars and more guns abound in this super-enjoyable film full of fun. Mission accomplished, Producer Cruise!
Seems like audiences agree. Mission Impossible topped the New Year’s box office at No. 1, and has earned $134.1 million domestically- so far!
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