Blu-ray review – Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

When I first heard that Brad Bird was going to be directing Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, a part of me was very excited. He directed some great animated films like The Incredibles, Ratatouille and The Iron Giant. Another part of me was skeptical. Can an animated film director cross over to the world of live action? The answer is a simple hell yes!

The thing with these Mission Impossible films is that they are great standalone movies. You do not need any prior knowledge of the previous films to enjoy the others. And that’s how I got into Ghost Protocol. I actually watched the third film after watching this one.

In Ghost Protocol, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) gets framed and is hunted by the Russian government. IMF gets a bad rap and is disbanded by the U.S. government, issuing Ghost Protocol. Now, the remaining IMF team has to prove its innocence and find out the man responsible for framing them and to stop him from starting nuclear war.

The cast that makes up Hunt’s team is great and likable. Jeremy Renner is perfect as “analyst” William Brand who seems to be hiding a secret from the group, Simon Pegg as Benji Dunn provides the comic relief, and Paula Patton as Jane Carter is the beautiful and well-trained agent. The chemistry feels natural and each member gets their moment to shine.

I enjoy watching Tom Cruise perform. He’s very dedicated to the arts and performs some crazy stunts in the film. The scene with him climbing up Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, made me feel like I was actually there with him.

I can’t really say anything bad about this film because it was a blast from beginning to end. The action sequences are intense, the cast works well together, the setting stunning, and the plot is interesting. The weakest link would have to be the villain, but that’s because he didn’t get enough screen time.

Video Quality

First thing first, I’m kind of disappointed to see that the IMAX scenes have been cropped to fit the aspect ratio of the film as a whole. Certain scenes loses its grand scale because of this. An example of a Blu-ray that kept the original IMAX ratio is The Dark Knight. Batman flying around in China and hunting down Joker on the streets of Gotham City looked detailed and big.

Other than that, the video quality is breathtaking, especially the Burj Khalifa in Dubai scene. I almost felt like I was there with Tom Cruise, hanging for dear life. This is the scene to show to your home theater buddies, as you can see the reflection of Tom Cruise on the window, the blue sky, and the sandstorm in the distance. The rest of the film looks amazing with sharp details and the fantastic cinematography.

Audio Quality

Like the video quality, the audio in the movie is no joke with its 7.1 Dolby TrueHD audio track. The first sequence with Tom Cruise escaping a Russian prison while Dean Martin’s “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head” was very impressive. The sound of inmates fighting while the song echoes across the hall was aural bliss. The action sequences including car chases, explosions, and missiles flying are all great, but it’s the quieter scenes that also surprised me. I can’t really say anything bad about the audio, and it sounds excellent overall.

Extras

The version we have for review is the Best Buy exclusive release, which is the version to get with over an hour of additional content. That extra hour is the best part of the whole bonus features because it feels like a full-length documentary. We get to see why the producers decided to choose Brad Bird to direct.

And for the non Best Buy exclusives, you get deleted scenes with commentary, Mission Accepted and Impossible Missions that focuses on how they shot specific scenes including the Burj Khalifa building in Dubai.

With all the features present, I am more appreciative of Tom Cruise. We get to see him doing some hardcore stunts that only stung guys would do, like climbing the Burj Khalifa and jumping from a ledge of the hospital to zip-lining towards a vehicle.

Final Reaction

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol delivers on the excitement and danger as you root for the IMF team to save the world. Fun characters and tense action sequences mixed in with a superb audio and video transfer makes this movie definitely worth owning for fans of fun action movies. If you’re in it for the extras, skip Amazon and everyone else and go for the Best Buy exclusive.

Grade: A

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