America’s answer to 007, Ethan Hunt (played by Tom Cruise), is back in this fourth installment of the much-loved action spy film; this time directed by Brad Bird - a live-action directorial debut for him! I actually couldn’t wait for this film to be released as I am a huge fan of spy and action movies, and this one didn’t disappoint at all – apart from the fact that it could have been a bit longer; maybe an extra 15 minutes?
Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt
Jeremy Renner as William Brandt
Simon Pegg as Benji Dunn
Paula Patton as Jane Carter
Michael Nyqvist as Kurt Hendricks
Vladimir Mashkov as Anatoly Sidorov
As in all other installments, IMF agent Ethan Hunt (Cruise) has to solve a mission that seems impossible; maybe for a normal civilian but not for an IMF agent!
The film starts of with Hunt being released from a Moscow prison after being recruited to head a mission to infiltrate the secret Moscow Kremlin records and us those files to locate and identify Cobalt. His team comprises of Jane Carter (Patton), and freshly promoted field and IT specialist agent Benji Dunn (Pegg). The reason for Ethan being recruited is that in the beginning of the film, during an assignment in Budapest to intercept a courier working for a person of interest code-named “Cobalt“, IMF agent Trevor Hanaway is killed by an assassin named Sabine Moreau. So now the hunt is on to find Cobalt who is planning to start a nuclear war.
During the mission on infiltrating the Kremlin someone transmits across the IMF frequency, alerting the Russians to Ethan‘s team causing a panic among the team, making them to abort the mission. Unnoticed they escape the Kremlin, but as they leave a massive explosion takes place, destroying Kremlin.
The story becomes more interesting as the blame of the explosion is pinned onto the IMF and Ethan’s team. Following the bomb attack the Russian agent Sidirov (Mashkov) accuses Ethan of masterminding the attack as he visits him in hospital as Ethan got slightly injured by the explosion.
Knowing he is in trouble, Ethan escapes from the hospital and the IMF extracts him from Moscow. Due the attack and the consequences it has on the political relationship between America and Russia, the American President initiates “Ghost Protocol“, which is a black-operation contingency, disavowing the entire IMF.
Even though Ethan and his team have been asked to take the blame for that attack, they are still given permission by the IMF’s secretary to resume their hunt for Cobalt! Will they find out who Cobalt really is? Will Ethan and the rest of his team manage to prove their innocence?
Pegg’s part in the film was fantastic as he added a touch of English humour to the movie – think of Johnny English but without the accident-prone behaviour!
All-in-all, the movie proved to be very entertaining and instead of it being shot in 3D the director opted to shoot it with IMAX cameras to give it a more engaging feel to the film, which I believe they achieved.
If you are spy film fan like me than you will definitely enjoy this one.
Review by: George Boateng