Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol benefits from one exciting set piece after another. There is always something else to anticipate right around the corner. In the special features, we are told that Bird studied Raiders of the Lost Ark, using that 1981 classic as a model for his take on M: I. This approach paid off, as Ghost Protocol goes beyond the standard action genre, bringing a real sense of unpredictable adventure. There’s also a healthy dose of James Bond-esque, international intrigue as the plot takes its characters all over the world. The search for Hendricks leads Hunt and company to Dubai, for one of the most eye-popping, death-defying action sequence ever filmed. Using electronically-adhesive gloves, Hunt must scale several stories of the tallest building in the world. Bird piles on complications to hamper the mission, including Hunt’s gloves experiencing a malfunction. If that weren’t enough, a massive sandstorm is fast approaching.
To the credit of everyone involved, the movie is well-paced and never feels overblown. Besides the action, the screenplay wisely doesn’t make characters mere props. Cruise, Pegg, Renner, and Patton all bring their own individual dynamic to their respective characters. Each character has their own motivations and reasons for what they are doing, which adds a layer of emotional involvement. I’m not saying the movie is deep, but there is more to it than just mindless action. The storyline and events are beyond anything truly realistic, but as presented they are not meant to be. This is the Impossible Mission Force. The missions are supposed to be extraordinary. Overall this movie is the thrill ride it sets out to be.
On Blu-ray, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol is nothing short of spectacular. The detail is exceptional. This film boasts some lavish cinematography that is well represented on this release. Some of the most stunning sequences of Ghost Protocol are the scenes set atop the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The detail and richness of color in these scenes particularly stand out. The blue sky, the reflections in the glass, the texture of Tom Cruise’s face, and every strand of his hair blowing around in the wind is perfectly visible. This is true of the entire film, but this is the scene that exemplifies the high definition presentation.