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Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

No plan. No backup. No choice. Agent Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and his elite team (Renner, and Pegg) go underground after a bombing of the Kremlin implicates the IMF as international terrorists. While trying to clear the agency's name, the team uncovers a plot to start a nuclear war. Now, to save the world, they must use every high-tech trick in the book. The mission has never been more real, more dangerous, or more impossible.

Specifications

  • Paramount Pictures
    • 2011, Color, Rated R, 133 Min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.85:1
  • Codec: AVC-4
  • 1080p
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg
  • Directed by Brad Bird
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

In what I think is the best of the series, Cruise isn't the brooding Ethan Hunt of previous movies. He's a man on a mission, so to speak. Simply put, the IMF has been shut down and disavowed after a massive explosion at the Kremlin. That explosion is blamed on the IMF. But, it was nothing more than a diversion to steal a nuclear detonator by a terrorist hell bent on ensuring peace on Earth by starting a nuclear war between the super powers. Now it is up to Ethan and his team of three to save the world. This movie has nail biting action and some pretty cool CGI effects. I love the fact that the hi-tech gadgets have a tendency to fail at the most inopportune moments. Cruise does almost all of his own stunt work, too. Make no mistake people, the worlds tallest building in Dubai is just the nuts! Because the film is more character driven, you will get pulled into the story quickly, unlike the second installment of the series. This is what an action movie should be.

Technical

The sound and picture of this flick are absolutely demo class. The detail, contrasts and colors are what you want to see in a BD release and the 7.1 surround sound does not fail to disappoint. Even the fly-overs of cities and sand dunes show exquisite details with no artifacts or aliasing. The sound of explosions and the swirling of sand during a sand storm are all wonderfully captured and completely encompassing. Wowzers!

Extras

Included are: Mission Accepted, Impossible Missions, Deleted Scenes with optional commentary by director Brad Bird, Alternate Opening and trailers.