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I'm thinking it, so I might as well say it: Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol is no Fast Five.
Whatever the movie's shortcomings, director Bird more than compensates with a bullet train of action and an arsenal of cool gadgets. Maybe making cartoons has expanded his conception of what's possible in a live film.
New York Times:
Gets back to action basics with globe-trotting, nifty gadgets, high-flying stunts and less loquacious villainy.
After two lazy, near unwatchable sequels, the Mission: Impossible juggernaut gets a bit of a kick in the pants from Iron Giant and Incredibles helmer Brad Bird.
Wall Street Journal:
It's not the generic plot that's so memorable, even though its convolutions are clever enough, or the cast of mostly interesting characters, but the surreal swirl of form and color that frequently fills the enormous screen.
Mission:Impossible - Ghost Protocol is easily the best of the lot.
The plot is simply an excuse to show off all that whiz-bang technology.
Bird brings a scary amount of assurance to Ghost Protocol. His action scenes are clean, coherent, thrilling, and visceral...
Bird is an interesting choice for the franchise and, as it turns out, a pretty inspired one.
In its way, the movie has old-Hollywood elegance. The scope and sets are vast, tall, and cavernous, but Bird scales down for spatial intimacy.
J. R. Jones,
As usual with the series, the movie combines a plot line a toddler could understand with gadgets that would baffle an engineering Ph.D.
Dallas Morning News:
The literal and figurative high point of Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol comes at about the halfway point, in and around the tallest building in the world in Dubai.
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol is top-notch popcorn entertainment, chock-full of dazzling stunts and heroic moments, played out at a near-hysterical pitch.
Powered by Cruise's moxie, Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol proves that in a Hollywood action-ride culture drenched in fake adrenaline, it's cathartic to encounter the real thing.
Just as newly gritty heroes seem to have run their course (fingers crossed), Cruise and Bird are doing their damnedest to maintain the escapist thrills that we as audiences will always choose to accept.
Los Angeles Times:
Bird has done a stylish and involving job here, turning in an entertaining production that's got considerable visual flair, especially in its action-heavy Imax sections.
The wait for a great action movie is finally over. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol is pure popcorn of the highest, most flavorful order, and it's good for you, too.
"Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol" is sheer hurtling mechanism-and it's great silly fun.
The eye-candy - from high-tech gadgets to gorgeous people - has only been ratcheted up. And so has the excitement.
This film exists purely to dazzle and thrill, and by that measure, it delivers expertly, never lagging despite a lengthy 133-minute running time.
New York Daily News:
There's a good chance you'll get so caught up in what they're doing, you won't even notice how stiff and inhuman the actors appear.
New York Post:
A largely successful attempt to reboot the moribund franchise that turns out to be probably the most entertaining installment since Brian De Palma's series opener from 15 years ago.
Though not quite as front-to-finish satisfying as J.J. Abrams' Mission: Impossible III, Bird's installment nonetheless rocks.
Ghost Protocol is big and brassy, doing many of the things its predecessors did but, in the words of Nigel Tufnel, turning them up to "11."
"Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" is a terrific thriller with action sequences that function as a kind of action poetry.
This is Cruise's show and the actor brings the role a startling athletic grace and becoming maturity. If someone asks you what a true movie star is, point to Cruise.
The most exciting action flick of the year, by a huge margin.
San Francisco Chronicle:
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol was directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles), whose first stab at a live-action feature preserves the buzzy exhilaration and carefree absurdity of a cartoon.
Along with many other things, the fourth Mission: Impossible movie also functions as a primer on how to use IMAX technology to immerse an audience.
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
[Bird's] fresh touch gives breathless energy, tremendous excitement and, above all, humor to what could have been a wearying genre exercise.
It's a rousing gasp machine that gives the flagging franchise the kick in the pants it sorely needed, and it marks the most impressive segue from cartoons to features since Pee-Wee's Big Adventure.
Bird relishes the chance to play with real people - the central suspense sequence, in which Hunt scales Dubai's Burj Khalifa one-handed, is dizzyingly effective, particularly in IMAX - and the pace rarely slows.
The real mission is to renew a stale franchise, and here Ghost Protocol largely succeeds, on the strength of good action scenes - including an IMAX-enhanced Dubai skyscraper dangle by Cruise - and the good humour of a well-chosen cast.
It's a movie of dazzling individual parts that don't come together to fully satisfying effect in the final stretch.
If the M:I films are immune to the tarnish on the Cruise brand, it's precisely because their spectacle requires us to be impressed by Ethan Hunt, not to like him.
Possesses the requisite number of expertly choreographed how'd-they-do-that scenes, as well as some terrific supporting performances from "Mission: Impossible" veterans and newcomers.