Film: 'Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol': Cast: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton; Director: Brad Bird; Rating: ** 1/2
Visually, two things that instantly transcend the immediate boundaries of a viewer's intellect to land straight inside are sex and violence. Thus brands that can no longer appeal to your intellect, or are too lazy to try, resort to either or both. That brand can either be a product or a movie star.
This is indeed a trend observed among male movie stars. Ageing stars, who no longer have the confidence of their youth, resort to movies that have an overdose of sex and violence. If you have followed Tom Cruise's selection of films lately, you would have observed an over-reliance on action at the cost of other factors. 'Mission Impossible 4' is no different.
He unabashedly stays within the confines of done-to-death cliches to give you not a film, but a roughly stitched collage of some very well done action sequences. Thus, what is sacrificed at this altar of dreary cliches are story, characterization, plot, subplots... basically everything that makes a film a fun watch.
The story of 'Ghost Protocol' is simpler than the elaborate charades you made up as kids. Smoked out of a Russian prison, Ethan Hunt and his renegade team, have to hunt down a Russian scientist with launch codes for nuclear warheads and save the world.
Along the way there are some lame dialogues, some pretences at making up subplots and a star way past his prime, trying desperately to hold on to the action genre like his character hangs to the ledge of a building.
After seeing 'Ghost Protocol' as a discerning viewer, you'll realize that Tom Cruise has lost the plot, figuratively and literally. All his recent films have been shoddy excuses in the name of cinema, but had very good action. The Church of Scientology does not seem to be helping our star. He needs to enroll himself in the church of cinema.
The action scenes do not disappoint. They are elaborately conceptualized, beautifully shot and adeptly edited to make you sit at the edge of your seat. Tom Cruise might have forgotten other things, but he hasn't forgotten the art of choosing the best action team in the industry.
The film thus ends up being a never-ending action ride from the windows of the world's tallest building, to the tunnel under the world's worst prison to the streets of Mumbai and into a parking lot apparently located in India, but which you know will not exist in the country for the next few decades.
If you want to watch the film for it being shot in India, and for Anil Kapoor, you'll be sorely disappointed. Only two minutes of actual India make it to the film. The other shots thought to be filmed in the country, have actually been shot in Indian localities of North America. Kapoor barely has a few minutes' role as a lecherous business tycoon. It's not enough either for his fans or his detractors.
The mission impossible for a star is thus actually mission simple. If you indeed choose to accept mission stardom you get to date beautiful women, hobnob with the richest men and pretend as if your existence mattered. Sadly, cinema, in such pursuit of name and fame, becomes a necessary evil to be shot, chased and exploded out of a film just like its villains.
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It's an eye-candy with lots of loopholes. The movie is best
experienced in an Wave Cinemas theater. Story of the movie is nothing special -
but the way it's executed is awesome. Dubai shines in the movie, though
some shots of the city were factually incorrect. Though a shot of Mumbai's Queen's Necklace is shown, that's where it ends as well. Everything else they portrayed as Mumbai was actually shot in another location. The Indian party scene was shot in Zabeel Saray in Dubai. And they showed Sun TV's TV station as being in Mumbai (when it was actually supposed to be Bangalore), which by the way was being manned by just two security guards! Anil Kapoor's potential
was totally wasted and he looked more like a fool in the movie. Lots of
continuation errors, though overall, the movie is good for a one time
The movie really thrills, both the plot and the action plus the actors...this article seems to be one blind one's vision about the movie...who seems to be preoccupied with his/her personal disgust for Tom Cruise..So, this is obviously not a genuine review. !!!
The movie has all the elements requiring to be a block buster here in India or else in the world. Good cinema is the same everywhere !!
I don't understand why the people from the west are dissing Indian tastes in movies just by one article? This article was the author's own opinion and does not reflect the tastes of the Indian audiences or India. Our world doesn't revolve *only* around lovestories. And if u people have that much of a problem with India, Indians and Indian tastes, what are u doing on INDIA forums?
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