on May 3, 2016
A more fun version of Bond. If you've already seen Rogue Nation, you'd like Ghost Protocal. There's some continuity involved with the other movies but doesn't really matter. Just a great fun action movie.
'Ghost Protocol' finally manages to strike the perfect Mission Impossible balance between action, drama, intrigue and thriller themes. Once again, Tom Cruise steps into the shoes of super spy Ethan Hunt who is out to save the world from the impending machinations of a raving madman. When an IMF agent is killed while trying to intercept a courier with Russian nuclear launch codes, Hunt is busted out of his undercover stunt in Moscow prison to seek out the identities of "Cobalt," the rogue unit responsible. Hunt leads a team of IMF agents into the Kremlin to retrieve confidential files on Cobalt, but the mission goes awry when someone broadcasts information on an IMF frequency and gives their position away to Russian forces. Hunt and his team narrowly escape the Kremlin, only to watch as it is destroyed by a bomb. This triggers "ghost protocol," a contingency that disavows the entire IMF. Hunt and his team are officially pinned with full blame for the failure of the Kremlin mission, but that is a smokescreen for the real operation: to quietly seek out Cobalt and put a stop to their plans for a nuclear war that they believe will cleanse the Earth for the next stage of human evolution.
It's a hokey plotline, but it sure is a lot of fun! 'Ghost Protocol' marries elements from past Mission Impossible films without falling victim to any of their inherent weaknesses. The film is more understandable and straightforward than MI:1, just as action-packed, but less shallow than MI:2, and nowhere near as dramatic and dark as MI:3. The result is a perfect concoction of impressive action sequences with a smart, snappy storyline that keeps you riveted to your seat as you wait for the next bit of secret agent mumbo jumbo or neat gadget to pop up. This is easily the best Mission Impossible film to date, and director Brad Bird should be commended for cherry-picking the best ideas from the previous 3 films, while staying close to the feel of the original TV show. Scenes at the Burj Khalifa are breathtaking and delightfully tense as Hunt scales up the side of the world's tallest manmade structure using nothing but a pair of slightly faulty (naturally) climbing gloves. The entire film is soaked with a great sense of fun, even during more tense and dramatic scenes. The addition of William Brand (Jeremy Renner) to the team seems a bit unnecessary, however, and more as a play on Renner's newfound fame to help push ticket sales. Without him, the movie wouldn't have suffered one bit. 'Ghost Protocol' is in many ways just as dumb and simple as the storyline in Mission Impossible 2, but it sets itself apart with its lighthearted tone. This is refreshing after the dramatic debacle that was Mission Impossible 3, and paves the way for a leaner, better run of sequels in the future.
On Blu-Ray, MI3 lives up to the format with an absolutely STUNNING, shimmering transfer. Color saturation is rich without going overboard, and there's not a speck of dirt anywhere except in the sandstorm scene, which requires no explanation. Details are vivid and sharp without looking harsh, and edge softness is practically nonexistent. The Dolby 7.1 TruHD soundtrack is no less amazing, with sonic perfection blanketing every single scene, no matter how loud or quiet. Attention to detail is obvious everywhere, and should please the most demanding of audiophiles who appreciate just how important sound is to a film of this caliber. Once again, Paramount continues to set standards and raise the bar for how Blu-Ray releases should be. Studios take note! Extras are mostly a standard set of behind-the-scenes documentaries that are actually quite informative, especially when detailing how some of the film's most intense sequences were filmed. There's also a host of deleted scenes, but nothing memorable. Overall, the focus of the Blu-Ray release is on enjoying the film with maximum high impact visual and sound clarity, the way it was meant to be seen. A definite winner!
on February 21, 2016
To me it has always been the theme song. I could watch just about anything to that sound track and think it was great. Fortunately we had a great film that explodes on the big screen. The gadgets were extremely high tech and I seriously doubt many of them really exist. Face scanner in a contact lens?
The opening scene of Cruise in a Serbian high security prison being broken out, was superb. It becomes a mystery that plays constantly in the back of your mind during the film. Who was the man he took with him when escaped? Where is he now? It engages you and puts your mind into the proper framework. Tom Cruise is later written off along with the IMF and must operate rouge to save the US from terrorist named Hendricks who has the Russian launch codes and plans to use them against the US. Cruise's team are the guys that just happened to be with him at the moment...with no masks! Great Stuff.
This is a good old fashion break out the tub of popcorn and enjoy the feature action-comedy-thriller. I didn't see it in IMAX, but clearly that is the way to go considering how the scenes were shot. After seeing it once, I want to see it again on the really big screen. And of course every "impossible" scene is made more complex, complicated, or twisted. Humorous and heart stopping action all in the same moment.
No f-bombs, sex, or nudity.
on August 26, 2015
This is probably, and by far, the best movie of the first 4. It is great fun and a lot closer to the mood of the original series (including the opening credits). Blu-ray and DVD disks are included (although I wonder why, since I would rather buy one or the other) and also a digital copy (again, I don't know what for). I don't think I am ever going to watch this movie on my iPad. This is large scale and needs to be watched on a relatively big screen. As expected, the Blu-Ray copy is very clear and sharp with no problems I can detect. I haven't had this much fun watching a movie in some time. This is what an action movie should be like.
If you were to ask me which Mission Impossible movie I would like to own, I would have to say MI2. not because it's the best but because it has Thandie Newton, who has an ethereal presence that I love to gape at.
If you were to ask me which movie is the best, I would have to say this one. This is Cruise doing what Cruise does best, pushing the envelope in an action movie. If you're like me, you experience a vivid after image.
In MI1 it's Cruise descending from the ceiling hovering in midair with a cable after he has broken into a secure room. In MI2 there is that image of the motorcycle, with the back wheels up in the air with him flying through the air, and one where for fits and giggles he is hanging by his fingertips from the sheer face of a mountain.
Here, it's definitely the vertigo inducing scene from Dubai, where he has to break into a secure floor, the 134th, if I remember correctly. And as one thing happens things can start to go wrong leading to much finger gripping, and sitting on the edge of your seat excitement. If you are climbing the outside of the worlds tallest building, the last thing you want is a sand storm. There are many memorable scenes in this movie. We have a familiar character from Lost, a beautiful hit woman, an unusual fight in a multi story car park, an entertaining prison break, and an underwater escape.
When we break from the thrills, we have the comic relief, once more provided by Simon Pegg.
I remember a scene early in the movie, where Ethan said he was going to do something, and I thought, "that's impossible." Then I remembered.
It's fair to say that Mission Impossible has hit its stride, it's gotten comfortable, yet still pushing the envelope for those action sequences. This may not be the movie for you if you suffer from Vertigo. At one point, I thought Cruise has to be insane to be doing this, but fair credit to him for going to the absolute limit to provide brilliant entertainment.
I would say go for it. I think you will love it, and I hope this was helpful.
I saw the movie in theatres when it came out and thought it was absolutely incredible! In my opinion, the best Mission Impossible in the series - the action is really intense with insane stunts, the storyline is intriguing, the actors all work really well together and the settings are just beautiful to watch on their own. So when I saw Amazon.ca was having a great deal on TV shows & movies, I knew I had to pick it up!
If you love the genre, you'll definitely love this movie!
on November 26, 2012
All movies should be released this way. I really enjoyed this movie the loudness and the action. Not everyone likes Tom but he is super in action films and does lots of his own stunts. I saw this in Imax at the theatre which is really the way it should be watched but its nice to see it at home many times again with the volume up loud.
Mission: Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol arrives at blu ray with AVC MPEG-4 1080p 2.35:1 encode. The transfer is simply outstanding, with inky blacks. Detail and resolution are superb, especially scenes of the cities of Budapest, Moscow, and Dubai. Primary colours pop off the screen, especially in the India sequences, inside the billionaire's home palace. Film grain is subtle, but adds a nice texture to the experience. For those weak in the stomach, beware of the sequence on the top of tower in Dubai - the realistic fall may induce motion sickness typed nausea! (5/5)
This 7.1 Dolby TrueHD soundtrack is simply outstanding. It literally opens with a bang and thrusts all listeners into the 'Mission: Impossible' universe. The soundtrack is all richly detailed, discrete and absorbing, thrusting the audience into the midst of the action. Dialogue is clear. A simply very engaging soundtrack. (5/5)
This film has grossed $692 million, the best of the 4 M:I movies.
This is Brad Bird's live-action directorial debut. His previous works included The Iron Giant, Ratatouille, and The Incredibles.
Jeremy Renner's character Brandt, was specifically created as the eventual replacement for Tom Cruise's character Ethan Hunt for when Cruise decides to step away from the franchise.
As seen in the final shot of the second theatrical trailer, a big missile flies over San Francisco and apparently heads towards the Emeryville area - the location of Pixar headquarters...attention Pixar/Disney, is it time to retaliate?
This is the first film to use the 100th Anniversary Paramount logo. Each movie in the MI series has used a different Paramount logo.
Did you know that the code Ethan uses at the pay phone to get his latest mission is actor Tom Cruise's birthday, 07362?
The high-tech car that 'Ethan Hunt' drives near the end of the film is the Vision Efficient Dynamics concept car. It is an actual prototype of the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid that will enter production in late 2013. The concept car is powered by a 1.5 liter three-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine and two electric motors.
The Nuclear Launch Device used by Hendricks has a Russian keyboard, however the User Interface Screen is in English.
When Ethan is approaching Dubai by road, he is driving on the right hand side of the road. When they reach the Burj, there is a panoramic view of Dubai, the traffic is seen driving on left.
In the climax sequence, at the multilevel car park in India, all the cars are left-hand drive but in India cars are right-hand drive, like in Britain.
Thanks to a character-driven screenplay, and Brad Bird's thrilling live action filmmaking debut, Mission: Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol injects new energy and life into an aging series. It is exciting, and full of suspense...a very immersive experience, from beginning to end. Both the video and audio are top-notched and demo-worthy. I have watched this movie as demo twice already, and still enjoyed every moment of those gorgeous picture and audio. This blu ray set is highly recommended. I hope this review is helpful to you.
on April 1, 2013
This movie simply has way too many talented working people on it....you may like it better than the Television Series...just saying....
on October 1, 2013
I have recently received the other three movies in this set and this completes it at this time, a great movie with a great plot and special; effects