|Mission Impossible: Hooded Guy.|
Hey everyone welcome back to The Tagline! While i was snowed in (really I still am) I decided to watch Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (hereafter MI: 4) because I'd heard pretty positive things about it. I was surprised by that because the last Mission Impossible movie was not all that good. I mean, it was pretty decent actually, but I just don't find Philip Seymour Hoffman to be a very intimidating villain. Kind of a lippy douchebag maybe, but villain mastermind genius? ehhh that's kind of a stretch. MI: 4 once again stars Tom Cruise as IMF agent Ethan Hunt, this time accompanied by agents Carter (Paula Patton) and Dunn (Simon Pegg, as a newly promoted agent, is comic relief obviously) and also former field operative William Brandt (Jeremy Renner, who I'm beginning to think is a spy/assassin in real life) as they attempt to stop what I here am going to refer to as a nuclear terrorist, because that is the silliest way I could possibly put it. With the threat of nuclear war looming between the U.S. and Russia, thanks to said nuclear terrorist, the president initiates Ghost Protocol, disavowing all IMF agents and pinning the blame for the Kremlin being blown up on Hunt and his team. Instead, Ethan escapes with his team and agent Brandt, and attempt to thwart the plans of nuclear terrorist Hendricks (played by Michael Nyqvist, who played Mikael Blomkvist in the Swedish version of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and its sequels). Lacking their normal resources, and drawing upon a backup source of equipment that is frankly always blowing out at the worst possible moment, Hunt and his team are racing against the clock to stop nuclear war.
|Oh and this chick, she's an assassin.|
So that sounds pretty campy right? I thought so too, I mean, you are never given a reason for why this guy is trying to start the nuclear end of the world. You have an assassin hired by him to get nuclear launch codes who only accepts payment in diamonds, its so cliche that it comes back around to being amusing again. This is only due to the way that the movie chooses to execute this plot though. If this had been trying to be deadly serious, this movie would have been totally ridiculous, and I would have hated it. It was not doing that though. You have Simon Pegg sputtering Britishly about what is essentially a kamikaze mission. You have Paula Patton cat fighting with that Taylor Swift looking diamond assassin, and then kicking her out a window of the tallest building in the world. Tom Cruise has to climb up the side of said building with a pair of gecko gloves that stop working half way through his climb. People in the movie are constantly doing insane things, only they all seem painfully aware of how insane they are, and less than thrilled to go through with them. The movie is just serious enough to keep you following along, and tongue-in-cheek enough for you to forget how absurd the whole thing is. It reminded me of the tv series in its lighthearted approach to spy movies, and I think that, as is often the case, its wise to play it light rather than grittydarksuperserious because this is just not the era where you can sell that (No offense to the Bourne whatever-the-hell-it-is Mr. Renner).
|Nothing more sinister than a guy staring at a panel covered|
in wires and lights. RED LIGHTS!
|*Mortal Kombat theme in background*|
One last note, I love how throughout this franchise they get away with calling the agency IMF and avoid ever uttering the words "Impossible Mission Force". Join me on Thursday, where maybe I'll have a new movie if I can get out of my house, hopefully. Some day.