Being a good secret agent, at least on film, requires a daunting inventory of personal and professional characteristics. One has to be good looking, extremely athletic, facile with any computer terminal, an excellent marksman with any known weapon, able to operate all manner of seacraft, automobile and aircraft and fluent in many languages. Heroes like James Bond, reviewed in "Tomorrow Never Dies" yesterday, fits this bill, as does the equally talented Ethan Hunt. The most recent film featuring Ethan Hunt is “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol,” from 2011.
“Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” begins with IMF agent Ethan (played by Tom Cruise) incarcerated in a Russian prison. Two of his fellow agents, Benji (played by Simon Pegg) and Jane (played by Paula Patton), help him to break out. Shortly after, the three of them are sent on a secret mission in the Kremlin. Using many of the skills described above they escape, after which a bomb destroys the Kremlin. Although the bomb was set by the dangerous Kurt Hendricks (played by Michael Nyqvist), Ethan learns from the IMF secretary (played by Tom Wilkinson) and his assistant, Brandt (played by Jeremy Renner), that he and his team are being accused of carrying out the attack on behalf of the United States. Because of this, “Ghost Protocol” is activated, which disavows IMF and dramatically curtails their access to the resources of their agency. Brandt joins Ethan, Benji and Jane, and they deploy their suite of innate spy tools to undermine Kurt Hendricks.
“Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol,” like the other “Mission Impossible,” movies has many big action scenes. Although they are not realistic, these scenes are still fun to watch, especially in one scene where the team is in Dubai. Here, Ethan uses special gloves to climb one of the world’s tallest buildings, the iconic Burj Khalifa.
The cast is strong, both physically and artistically. Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton and Jeremy Renner all do very good jobs showing that their characters are smart and good at what they do. They are a great team.
“Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” is the best film in the franchise.