Popcorn entertainment compromised by the small screen
Reviewer's rating: 3.5/5
When this fourth film in the generally excellent Mission: Impossible franchise had its cinema release at the end of last year, director Brad Bird was effusive about the importance of audiences seeing it in a theatre with top-quality surround sound and the biggest screen available.
Turns out he was absolutely right. The sequences that made Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol so memorable at the IMAX - especially the now-infamous, heart-stopping scene in which star Tom Cruise scales Dubai's Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building - lose most of their impact on DVD.
Adding insult to this near-injurious disappointment, the featurettes and deleted scenes comprising the disc's special features aren't all that impressive.
Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol.
The movie itself, at least, remains very good popcorn entertainment.
Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and his team (played by Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton and Simon Pegg) are framed for the bombing of the Kremlin and forced to go on the run as they attempt to track down bad guy Kurt Hendricks (Michael Nyqvist), clear their names and save the world.
All the M:I conceits are present and referenced inventively and the action moves along at a brisk clip, pausing only to indulge a bit of smouldering from Cruise or the reliable comic timing of Pegg.
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - GHOST PROTOCOL
Rated M, 128 minutes