Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011)



Critic Consensus: Stylish, fast-paced, and loaded with gripping set pieces, the fourth Mission: Impossible is big-budget popcorn entertainment that really works.

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This is not just another mission. The IMF is shut down when it's implicated in a global terrorist bombing plot. Ghost Protocol is initiated and Ethan Hunt and his rogue new team must go undercover to clear their organization's name. No help, no contact, off the grid. You have never seen a mission grittier and more intense than this. -- (C) Paramount

Rating: PG-13 (for sequences of intense action and violence)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Josh Applebaum, Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 17, 2012
Box Office: $209.4M
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as William Brandt

as Benji Dunn

as Jane Carter

as Kurt Hendricks

as Anatoly Sidorov

as Leonid Lisenker

as Luther Stickell

as Brij Nath

as Trevor Hanaway

as Marek Stefanski

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as Russian Agent

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as Russian News Anchor

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as British News Anchor

as Anna Lisenker

as Alex Lisenker

as Swedish Translator

as IMF Operator

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Critic Reviews for Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol

All Critics (247) | Top Critics (55)

It's truly difficult to imagine anyone not clutching his or her armrests for dear life during this vertigo-inducing scene.

Full Review… | October 7, 2015
Critic's Notebook

What we're looking at here is basically a delivery system for action set-pieces, and boy howdy, this one has some doozies.

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

Boasting an exotic trip around the world, an engaging script, funny dialogue and spectacular stunts, "Ghost Protocol" is an adrenaline-rush adventure on a grand scale.

Full Review… | September 25, 2013

Finally an action movie that recaptures the fun and adventure of old.

Full Review… | March 4, 2013
Concrete Playground

Brad Bird takes the series up a notch with enjoyable character dynamics and a straightforward but still intriguing story featuring plenty of unique action set pieces.

Full Review… | October 2, 2012

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol is the kind of lean, mean, fearless action movie that chugs along at such a high tempo, you realise when leaving the cinema that you're actually running.

Full Review… | September 28, 2012

Audience Reviews for Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol

When it comes to the MI franchise, the only entry that ever really floured me was the first one. The sequels, while boasting great action sequences, never really manage to stick with me as much as the first. This fourth entry continues that trend, which isn't to say it's bad. In fact, this movie should be seen because the action sequences are indeed mind-blowing. However, on a story and character level it just left me a bit cold.

One big positive about this movie is that it continues the trend set by the third entry by making the story more of an "Impossible Mission Force" ensemble piece (more in keeping with the original television show of the same name) than a Tom Cruise vehicle. And admittedly the film is never pretentious about what it is and what it sets out to do. Director Brad Bird does a very competent job of keeping the story efficiently paced and the movies stunts are stunningly shot.

So overall, the movie does succeed on the level of being a pure action film (although admittedly the parking garage fight between Hunt and the villain got a little too silly for my taste), so why do I still find this entry forgettable the moment I left the theater?

On a plot level, it's mostly just an excuse to go places, and the villain is extremely one-dimensional and barely appears in the film. I know this sounds nitpicky (and it probably is) but MI 3 managed to have a decent villain. The lack of a compelling villain really robs the story of dramatic weight at times. Not only that, but Jeremy Renner's character felt EXTREMELY pointless and his whole arc (involving a "secret") felt so superfluous and not worthy of the mysterious build-up it was given.

Acting wise, the only person that stands out is Simon Pegg. The acting from everybody else ranges from okay to just generic. Tom Cruise feels like he is literally sleep-walking through his scenes, which is a shame.

So once again, much like the past two movies, they succeed on delivering some nice action but didn't make much of an impact to me in any other regard.

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer


Brad Bird delivers with this exciting installment in the Mission Impossible franchise, a wholly complete action film with a great script, gripping set pieces, an engaging pace, and a breathtaking sequence outside the world's tallest building.

Kase Vollebregt
Kase Vollebregt

Super Reviewer


The IMF are framed for an explosion in the Kremlin and the entire organisation is disavowed, leaving Ethan Hunt and his team alone to expose a fanatic bent on nuclear Armageddon as the true culprit. I've never been the biggest fan of the Mission: Impossible franchise as a whole; the first was okay at the time but looked very dated in the wake of Jason Bourne's re-energisation of the action thriller, the second was typical of John Woo's daft excesses and the third took itself way too seriously to be fun. Ghost Protocol however manages to get the balance just right; the character dynamic works much better than in the previous films, with Simon Pegg's tech geek providing plenty of amusing banter without becoming a comic stooge and there is some quite spectacular stunt work. The plot is once again little more than a series of well engineered heists, but the characters are likeable, the pacing breathless and tense and it all slots together like a quality modern day James Bond film. A pleasant surprise.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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