Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol is a phenomenal action-packed spy film produced by Tom Cruise, directed by Brad Bird and written by Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec. It is the fourth film produced of the Mission Impossible series and has been acclaimed for its entertainment value and commercial success at the box office.

Spy agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his team, beautiful agent Carter (Paula Patton), computer nerd, Benji (Simon Pegg) and analyst, William (Jeremy Renner) form part of a narrative constructed of binary oppositions. The teams of secret agents follow through on an operational mission called ‘Ghost Protocol’ to stop the villain, Kurt Hendricks (Michael Nyqvist) after he declares nuclear war and attempts to destroy civilization. (Revealing too much of the plot will totally spoil it for the adrenalin-junkies and Mission Impossible fans).

Although, the mission has a serious code of conduct, subtle elements of humour are also incorporated into the film. The loquacious personality of Benji brings comedy and lightheartedness to the screen, which offers a sense of relief and makes the mission seem somewhat less life-threatening than it actually is.

The production makes use of a range of locations. It starts out in Budapest, then sequentially moves to Moscow, Dubai, Mumbai and then ends off in Seattle. The film’s mise-en-scene is an affirmation that this film has an enormous budget.

Director Brad Bird’s choice of India as a location and the special appearance by renowned Bollywood star, Anil Kapoor represents a neo-modern collaboration between Hollywood and Bollywood cinema.

Holistically, the film is composed of ingenious action sequences and is visually remarkable, specifically because of its breathtaking sequence that has Tom Cruise climbing, clinging and hanging from Dubai’s skyscraper, the Burj Khalifa tower with nothing but a pair of technologically advanced electronic hand- gloves.

This must see movie receives a 5 star rating!

– Shanawaaz Sonday

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