In the absence of Bond and Bourne this holiday season, there is only game in town and your mission should you choose to accept it, is another installment of the Mission Impossible franchise. Cool. Crimezine loves big explosions, full-auto firefights and Lilliputian Luvvie Tom Cruise, dangling on bits of string.
Imagine the Hollywood focus group now, regarding the exact size of the explosions, the number of fire-fights, and the length of string needed to swing the fetchingly coiffed Mr Cruise around the screen for another ninety minutes of high-camp super-spook buffoonery.
The boys in the boardroom thought long and hard you can tell. We are talking a million dollars in Starbucks and Donuts alone to figure this puppy out, and here is what they came up with: Big explosion—The Kremlin, Tom gets dangled off the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, so lots of string needed, and as for the firefights? Virtually every scene, except when Tom is being dangled, or the gunplay might detract from the size of the explosions.
Ghost Protocol is the fourth Mission Impossible film—great name for a video game incidentally. Coincidence? We leave that to the conscience of the individual Crimeziner.
The plot concerns a US Black Ops attempt, known as the Ghost Protocol, to find out who blew up the Kremlin. Ethan Hunt and his team are charged with finding the answers, outside of their agencies command structure. Essentially disavowed, Hunt an his pals are on their own!
Consider the ante well and truly-upped.
Mission Impossible is Hollywood at it’s silliest and most formulaeic. That formula is pretty darn good however, and you would have to have a hard heart not to enjoy this film in the spirit in which it is intended, entertainment in it’s purest form.
And the Star Trek Connection? Leonard Nimoy (Mr Spock) starred as Paris in the original 1970’s Mission Impossible series. And for you noir fiends out there Nimoy also appeared in two 1954 episodes of Dragnet. So there!