Action blown out of proportion
| Haricharan Pudipeddi
Agent Ethan Hunt aka Tom Cruise returns to save the world in his latest installment of the 'Mission Impossible' series, MI: Ghost Protocol, which is sure going to be remembered as one of Tom's best action flicks. For starters, this film is directed by two time academy award winning (Ratatouille and The Incredibles) director Brad Bird, who's only made animated films in the past. How did he manage to pull this off, a complete first-time live action feature film? Well, read on to find out how.
The world is on the brink of a nuclear war attack and there is only one man who could save it: Ethan Hunt. Freed from prison by his new team members, Jane (Paula Patton) and Benji (Simon Pegg), Ethan goes on to infiltrate Kremlin and retrieve nuclear launch device before madman Kurt Hendricks could place his hands on them. However, things turn awry and Hendricks walks away with the launch device, while Ethan is left with no other option than follow him. Through several picturesque locations such as Dubai and our very own Mumbai, Ethan and his comrades pursue Kurt to stop him from triggering off the nuclear device.
There comes a point in every star's career when he/she should stop and ponder - what next. I understand it's a tough decision to take but it is critical. Tom isn't cooler anymore, definitely not at 49. He has definitely forgotten the essence of cinema and seems to have started believing in entertainment, which he provides to the fullest. MI 4 proves that Tom is also one among those actors who believe in order to entertain audience, either show them sex or action. Because people come to theatre only for three reasons: entertainment, entertainment and entertainment.
The film is lost in action from start to finish and therefore entertains one all. Brad Bird manages to keep the thrill factor alive throughout. Thanks to his theory of bringing in 'anything-is-possible' theory that he uses to orchestrate most of the stunts in the film. Even when you wonder over the stunts, asking how is it humanely possible for someone to do all that, you're instantaneously confronted with Brad's theory.
The writing department didn't have a super plot. It was simple; there is mission that is considered impossible to pull off and therefore let Ethan loose, to go on a wild melodramatic action charade to eventually save one all. How difficult could it be? Except for the fact that Tom is not driving the story, it's Brad. If you're a diehard fan of Tom then you would notice a fast catching up trend; Tom is stuck with action films and refuses to deviate from the path, as he believes in entertaining his fans.
Hats off to the stunt team from which ever part of the world they've been brought to work in this film. I admire Tom for a simple reason that he knows what his fans want; unlimited action and entertainment and he manages to give them in the best suitable way possible. He compromises script over action by choosing the best action team in the world and thankfully that's exactly what saves the film.
For Indian fans, MI 4 was considered special, as they've been told that a good percentage of the film is shot in Bombay. However, besides the brief scene at an Indian hotel; rest of the supposedly Indian part of the film was believed to be shot in some Indian part of America. Tragic! If you still think you have a reason to smile because the film stars our own 'Anil Kapoor' then let me till you'd be disappointed, as he only plays a 'horny' rich Indian millionaire.
Critic: Haricharan Pudipeddi
3 out of 5 (Good)
WHAT THE RATINGS MEAN:
0.0 - 1.4 : Poor
1.5 - 1.7: Poor, A Few Good Parts
1.8 - 2.3: Average
2.4 - 2.9: Fairly Good
3.0 - 3.4: Good
3.5 - 5.0: Very Good