"The IMF is shut down when it's implicated in the bombing of the Kremlin, causing Ethan Hunt and his new team to go rogue to clear their organization's name." - imdb.com
Say what you will about Tom Cruise in the US, but he is still the biggest international movie star. And, at 49, he doesn't plan to stop anytime soon. Besides M:I 4, he'll next be seen as Stacee Jaxx in the rock musical Rock of Ages (2012).
A great producer as well, he has taken his Mission Impossible franchise through several thematic transformations over the years, insisting on a new director's vision for each film. It all started with Mission Impossible back in 1996 where Cruise first introduced Ethan Hunt to the world and became America's answer to James Bond. The film was a great success, and a first for a "smart" international spy thriller with truly unique action sequences. And while the second film was fun, it lacked the originality of its predecessor.
It wasn't until J.J. Abrams (Creator of Lost, Fringe) took over the director's chair for the third film that the franchise returned to its roots. And the action sequences were plenty.
With 2011 marking the 15th year of this franchise, the stakes couldn't be higher for Ethan Hunt's fourth outing - Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. The Impossible Mission Force (seriously, that's what its called) has been shut down, and Hunt and his team are the only ones who can redeem its name. However, if they fail, they will all be charged as terrorists planning to incite global nuclear war.
Besides a chemical weapon, nuclear war perhaps wins first prize for a one-man-saves-humanity scenario. High stakes. Once you go nuclear you don't go back.
With two time Academy Award winner Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille) directing, and both Cruise and Abrams producing, could you be more excited? This is the dream team for action blockbusters.
Also, a plus for bollywood fans, our very own Anil Kapoor has a significant role in the film.
Author's Note: It's being said that this will be Cruise's last film as Ethan Hunt, and Jeremy Renner will be taking over the franchise. No offense to Renner, but I personally don't look forward to an impossible mission not being accepted by Ethan Hunt. And who leaves a franchise after 4 films? Seems like a very odd number to pick. At the same time, judging by the 4 to 6 year long gaps between each M:I film, I wouldn't be too keen to watch a 53-55 year old Tom Cruise jump off tall buildings. Only Bruce Willis can pull that off.
December 21, 2011.
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