60 Second Movie Review: Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)
January 11, 2012 4 Comments
When did all movies start getting named like academic papers, with titles invariably followed by subtitles? It seems a bit ponderous, but despite the weight of the name, Hollywood still kicks academia’s ass when it comes to explosions, car chases, and aerial feats.
It’s getting harder and harder for me to separate Tom Cruise from the characters he plays. It’s that Cruise Intensity that makes him a movie star. Here he is from a recent documentary, on his way to an audition in his early years:
The latest Mission Impossible goes back to the Bond formula, conniving to bring back Cold War tropes. The Russians as adversaries! The threat of nuclear war! The psychopathic enemy who is somehow able to use reason in every facet of his life except for his insane desire to kill off humanity! Ridiculous foreign people who are easily fooled by the pretty pretty ladies!
The movie is largely about technology, and using advanced technology to fight other advanced technology, which makes technology itself kind of ominous. And attractive. And specific. Would you like to drive through a blinding Dubai sandstorm in a luxury BMW? Or would you prefer to save the world with an iPhone that inexplicably never drops its signal?
And do you remember the rise of the action movie catchphrase, in the 1980s? Well, maybe it started with Dirty Harry in 1971, and maybe it’s time to retire the action movie catchphrase. I swear, this was the action phrase given the greatest weight in Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol (and I quote):
“I’m taking that briefcase.”
Final verdict? MI4 had lots to ridicule, but was also highly entertaining, with a steady dose of adrenaline-induced fun.
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