Saturday, December 31, 2011

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol – Questions and Comments

Last weekend, I saw the latest installment to the Mission: Impossible film series, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and must say its better than I thought it would be….However, I feel Mission: Impossible III is the best in the series. That movie had more of a sense of urgency for the main character, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and dealt with his own personal life vs. his life as a secret agent. Plus it had the best villain in the series so far, Owen Davian (Philip Seymour Hoffman).

Only a few questions/comments this time around….

1) Why wasn’t the villain given a more distinguishable look? Most villains in spy movies are sooo over the top sometimes but it would have been cool to have the villain in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol with one-arm or a scar or a patch over his eye…something to make him more menacing… AND that goes for his goon too…Put some metal in his mouth or something!!

2) Why is the locale and scenes soooo limited to the Middle East and Russia? Couldn’t we get a trip to the Alps or the Pacific Islands as well? Not that it was bad, its just I was looking forward to more scenery…felt like I was watching an episode of 24…everything happening in a day and in the same place.

3) And speaking of 24, the actor, Anil Kapoor, who plays the wealthy target of the team Brij Nath also played the character, President Omar Hassan in 24. Had much respect for his performance on that show and other movies he's been in…but in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol he is played like a real chump…any new actor could have played an oversexed, arrogant billionaire playboy but Anil’s performance or just being in this role just seemed out of place, especially for such a great actor who has been doing movies since the 1980s.

4) And, of course, critics have been talking about the plot with the Russian missiles and the goal of the villains to start a nuclear war between the U.S. and Russia…ummm, the Cold War has been over for a while guys…Not unless the writers and producers know something we don’t….

5) Simon Pegg’s character Benji Dunn came very close to becoming annoying…and not good annoying but Joe Pesci (Leo Getz) Lethal Weapon 3 bad annoying…but he eventually tone it down a bit as the movie progressed…

6) Any mission that agent Jane Carter (Paula Patton) is accepting, I will accept also…

7) Great job to director Brad Bird for this being his first live-action film.

8) At one point, I was beginning to wonder Where the hell is Ving Rhames? He’s been in every Mission Possible movie up to this point but eventually they do address that later…as well as other minor things that I began to question….Great ending and very exceptional way they cleared up things in the last few minutes….


Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol Trailer 2 (HD)


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