With Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation hitting UK cinema screens tomorrow, Donna Kelly takes a look back at the Mission: Impossible series that has spawned five sequels grossing more than $2 billion worldwide for ScreenRelish.
Earlier this week, we took a look back at the previous three M:I films. Today, we target Brad Bird’s film Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, easily the best action film of the 2011.
In the fourth installment of the Mission: Impossible series, the IMF is shut down when it’s implicated in the bombing of the Kremlin. Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his new team are forced to go rogue to clear their name and hunt down a dangerous terrorist named Hendricks (Michael Nyqvist) who has gained access to Russian nuclear launch codes and is planning to start a global nuclear war.
Considering most sequels have run their course by the fourth installment, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol is rather special. Gritty, fast-paced and loaded with spectacular action sequences, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol is arguably the best of all the M:I films, boasting a good mix of action, suspense, drama and humour. Add to this an excellent supporting cast, with Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, and Paula Patton starring as Ethan’s new-look team, and you can’t go wrong.
As with previous M: I films, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol is jam-packed with spectacular action sequences. From the energetic jailbreak sequence that opens the film, to the Dubai sandstorm chase scene, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol has plenty of heart-in-the mouth moments to keep you entertained. The best scene has to be the jaw-dropping Burj Khalifa sequence, in which Tom Cruise scales the tallest building in the world with nothing but high-tech suction gloves. If this doesn’t give you goosebumps, I don’t know what will! Check it out below:
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol is the highest-grossing Mission: Impossible film of the series and coincidently, the highest-grossing film starring Tom Cruise. That’s a lot of pressure for sequel Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation to live up to!
This review was originally written for ScreenRelish
Donna is the Founder and Editor of Frankly, My Dear UK. By day, she works as a digital marketing specialist, by night she reviews film, theatre and music for a wide range of publications including WhatsonStage and The Reviews Hub. Loves Formula 1, prosecco and life.