Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
|Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Brad Bird|
|Based on||Mission: Impossible
by Bruce Geller
|Music by||Michael Giacchino|
|Edited by||Paul Hirsch|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Box office||$694.7 million|
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol is a 2011 American action film and the fourth installment in the Mission: Impossible film series, and director Brad Bird's first live-action film. It stars Tom Cruise, who reprises his role of IMF agent Ethan Hunt, with Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, and Paula Patton as his supporting team. Ghost Protocol was written by André Nemec and Josh Appelbaum, and produced by Cruise, J. J. Abrams (the third film's director) and Bryan Burk. It saw the return of editor Paul Hirsch and visual effects supervisor John Knoll from the first film, and is also the first Mission: Impossible film to be partially filmed using IMAX cameras. Released in North America by Paramount Pictures on December 16, 2011, the film was a critical and commercial success. Ghost Protocol became the highest-grossing film in the series, and the highest-grossing film starring Cruise.
In Budapest, after stealing Russian codes from a courier working for an individual code-named "Cobalt", IMF agent Trevor Hanaway is killed by assassin Sabine Moreau. Jane Carter, Hanaway's team leader, and newly promoted field agent Benjamin Dunn free Ethan Hunt from a Moscow prison, along with Ethan's source, Bogdan. Ethan is tasked with infiltrating the Moscow Kremlin archives and locating files identifying Cobalt. During the mission, someone broadcasts on the IMF frequency, ordering the detonation of a bomb and alerting the Russians to the presence of Ethan's team. A bomb destroys the Kremlin. Benji and Jane escape, but Ethan is captured by SVR agent Anatoly Sidorov.
Ethan escapes and meets the IMF Secretary, who is in Moscow on another matter. The U.S. President is forced to initiate "Ghost Protocol", disavowing the entire IMF. Ethan and his team are to take the blame for the attack, but the Secretary unofficially orders Ethan to track down Cobalt. Before Ethan can leave, the Secretary is killed by Russian security forces led by Sidorov, but Hunt and intelligence analyst William Brandt get away.
Brandt identifies Cobalt as Kurt Hendricks, a Swedish-born Russian nuclear strategist. Hendricks plans to start a nuclear war between the U.S. and Russia. The Kremlin attack also conceals his theft of a Russian nuclear launch-control device. His next move is to launch a nuclear missile at the United States in "retaliation" for the Kremlin attack. For this, he needs the activation codes, now possessed by Moreau.
The team learns that the exchange between Moreau and Hendricks' right-hand man, Marius Wistrom, is to take place in the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. After successfully gaining control of the cameras and elevators, Ethan and Brandt pose as Wistrom and Leonid Lisenkar (a cryptographer who accompanies Wistrom to authenticate the codes) respectively and Jane as Moreau in different suites to fool both sides. However, Moreau notices a gadget in one of Brandt's eyes. While Jane detains Moreau, Wistrom (actually Hendricks in disguise) gets away with the launch codes. When Moreau attempts to escape, Jane kicks her out a window to her death. Brandt accuses Jane of compromising the mission for revenge (she loved Hanaway), but Ethan accuses Brandt of keeping secrets from them, as he has demonstrated combat skills atypical of a mere analyst. Ethan leaves to meet Bogdan. Brandt then confides that he was assigned to protect Ethan and his wife Julia in Croatia. While Brandt was on patrol, Julia was killed by a Serbian hit squad. Ethan killed the Serbs, got caught by the Russians and was sent to prison.
Bogdan's relative, an arms dealer, informs Ethan that Hendricks will be in Mumbai, where an obsolete Soviet military satellite was sold to Indian telecommunications entrepreneur Brij Nath. The satellite can be used to transmit launch codes to nuclear missiles.
While Brandt and Benji infiltrate Nath's server room to deactivate the satellite, Jane gets Nath alone and forces him to reveal the satellite override code. Hendricks sends a signal to a Russian Delta III-class nuclear submarine to fire a single missile at San Francisco. Afterwards, he has Nath's servers infected with a virus and the broadcast station is partially dismantled. While the other team members bring the broadcast station back online, Ethan pursues Hendricks and the launch device. Ethan and Hendricks fight in an automated car park; eventually Hendricks jumps to his death with the device to make sure Ethan cannot reach it in time, but Ethan finds a way to reach it. Ethan deactivates the missile just in time, and the warhead crashes harmlessly into the water. The dying Hendricks witnesses the failure of his plan. Sidorov arrives and realizes that the IMF is innocent of the Kremlin bombing.
The team meets in Seattle after Ethan accepts a new mission from Luther Stickell. Brandt confesses to Ethan about his failure to protect Julia. Ethan, however, reveals that her "death" and the murder of the Serbians were part of a plot to give her a new identity and enable Ethan to infiltrate the prison. A relieved Brandt accepts his mission. Ethan and Julia gaze at each other from afar before Ethan departs for his next mission.
- Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt
- Jeremy Renner as William Brandt
- Simon Pegg as Benjamín "Benji" Dunn
- Paula Patton as Jane Carter
- Michael Nyqvist as Kurt Hendricks
- Vladimir Mashkov as Anatoly Sidorov
- Samuli Edelmann as Marius Wistrom
- Ivan Shvedoff as Leonid Lisenker, a nuclear code expert forced by Hendricks to authenticate the codes
- Anil Kapoor as Brij Nath, an Indian media tycoon
- Léa Seydoux as Sabine Moreau
- Josh Holloway as Trevor Hanaway
- Pavel Kříž as Marek Stefanski
- Miraj Grbić as Bogdan
- Ilia Volok as the Fog, an arms dealer and Bogdan's cousin
- Tom Wilkinson (uncredited) as the IMF Secretary.
- Ving Rhames (uncredited cameo) as Luther Stickell
- Michelle Monaghan (uncredited cameo) as Julia Meade-Hunt, Ethan's wife
Despite Mission: Impossible III earning less than its predecessors at the box office, Paramount Pictures was keen on developing a fourth film. In August 2009, Josh Applebaum and André Nemec were hired to write the film's screenplay. Because of other commitments, J. J. Abrams said that it was unlikely for him to return as director but made note that he will produce the film alongside Tom Cruise. By March 2010, director Brad Bird was in talks of directing the film with Cruise officially returning to star as Ethan Hunt.
The film was originally announced with a working name of Mission: Impossible 4 and code-named "Aries" during early production. By August 2010, title considerations did not include the Mission: Impossible 4 name, and thought was given to omitting the specific term "Mission: Impossible", which Variety compared to Christopher Nolan's Batman sequel film The Dark Knight. In late October 2010, however, the title was confirmed as Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.
The film was partially shot with IMAX cameras, which made up approximately 30 minutes of the film's run time. Bird insisted that certain scenes of the film be shot in IMAX, as opposed to 3D, as he felt that the IMAX format offered the viewer more immersion due to its brighter, higher quality image, which is projected on a larger screen, without the need for specialised glasses. Bird also believed that the IMAX format would bring back "a level of showmanship" to the presentation of Hollywood films, which he believes the industry has lost due to its emphasis on screening films in multiplexes as opposed to grand theaters, and vetoing "first runs" in favor of wider initial releases.
|"When we were first looking at the image of Tom climbing the Burj, in the long shots we could not only see the traffic in the reflections when he presses down on the glass... But you actually saw the glass warp slightly because of the pressure of his hand. You would never see that in 35mm. The fact that the screen fills your vision and is super sharp seems more life-like."|
|—Brad Bird describing the advantages of filming in the IMAX format.|
Principal photography took place from October 2010 to March 2011. Filming took place in Mumbai, Prague, Moscow, Vancouver, Bangalore, and Dubai. Tom Cruise performed a sequence where Ethan Hunt scales the outside of the Burj Khalifa tower, which is the world's tallest building, without the use of a stunt double. Although Cruise appears to be free solo climbing in the film with the help of special gloves, in reality, he was securely attached to the Burj Khalifa at all times by multiple cables. Industrial Light & Magic digitally erased the cables in post-production. Following Cruise's example, Patton and Seydoux also chose to forgo the use of stunt doubles for their fight scene at the Burj Khalifa where Carter exacts her revenge upon Moreau for Hanaway's death.
Many of the film's interior scenes were shot at Vancouver's Canadian Motion Picture Park, including a key transition scene in a specially equipped IMF train car and the fight between Hunt and Hendricks in a Mumbai automated multi-level parking garage (which was constructed over a six-month period just for the film). The film's climax scene was shot with Indian film actor Anil Kapoor in the Sun Network office in Bangalore. Also, the film's opening Moscow prison escape scenes were shot on location in a real former prison near Prague.
Bird, having directed several Disney and Pixar films and short films, incorporated the trademark "A113" into the film on two separate occasions. The first is the design print on Hanaway's ring during the flashback sequence, and the second being when Hunt calls in for support and uses the drop callsign, Alpha 1-1-3.
|Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol: Music from the Motion Picture|
|Soundtrack album by Michael Giacchino|
|Released||January 10, 2012|
|Michael Giacchino chronology|
|Mission: Impossible chronology|
The musical score for Ghost Protocol was composed by Michael Giacchino, who also composed the music for the third film and collaborated with Bird on The Incredibles and Ratatouille. As in previous installments, the score incorporates Lalo Schifrin's themes from the original television series. "Lalo is an amazing jazz writer. You know you can't write a straight-up jazz score for a film like this but you can certainly hint at it here and there," said Giacchino, explaining the stylistic influence generated by Schifrin's history with the franchise. A soundtrack album was released by Varèse Sarabande on January 10, 2012.
All music composed by Michael Giacchino.
|1.||"Give Her My Budapest"||1:57|
|2.||"Light the Fuse" (Contains Mission: Impossible Theme by Lalo Schifrin)||2:01|
|3.||"Knife to a Gun Fight"||3:42|
|4.||"In Russia, Phone Dials You" (Contains Mission: Impossible Theme and "The Plot" by Lalo Schifrin)||1:40|
|5.||"Kremlin with Anticipation" (Contains Mission: Impossible Theme and "The Plot" by Lalo Schifrin)||4:12|
|6.||"From Russia with Love" (Contains Mission: Impossible Theme by Lalo Schifrin)||3:37|
|7.||"Ghost Protocol" (Contains Mission: Impossible Theme by Lalo Schifrin)||4:58|
|8.||"Railcar Rundown" (Contains Mission: Impossible Theme by Lalo Schifrin)||1:11|
|9.||"Hendricks' Manifesto" (Contains Mission: Impossible Theme by Lalo Schifrin)||3:17|
|10.||"A Man, A Plan, A Code, Dubai" (Contains Mission: Impossible Theme by Lalo Schifrin)||2:44|
|11.||"Love the Glove" (Contains Mission: Impossible Theme by Lalo Schifrin)||3:44|
|12.||"The Express Elevator" (Contains Mission: Impossible Theme by Lalo Schifrin)||2:31|
|14.||"Moreau Trouble Than She's Worth"||6:44|
|15.||"Out for a Run"||3:54|
|16.||"Eye of the Wistrom"||1:05|
|17.||"Mood India" (Contains Mission: Impossible Theme by Lalo Schifrin)||4:28|
|18.||"Mumbai's the Word"||7:14|
|19.||"Launch Is on Hendricks"||2:22|
|20.||"World's Worst Parking Valet" (Contains Mission: Impossible Theme by Lalo Schifrin)||5:03|
|21.||"Putting the Miss in Mission" (Contains Mission: Impossible Theme by Lalo Schifrin)||5:19|
|22.||"Mission: Impossible Theme (Out with a Bang Version)"||0:53|
In July 2011, a teaser trailer for Ghost Protocol was released illustrating new shots from the film, one of which being Tom Cruise scaling the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa building in Dubai. Moreover, prior to its release, the studio presented IMAX footage of the film to an invitation-only crowd of opinion makers and journalists at central London's BFI IMAX theater. One of the many scenes that were included was a chase scene in a Dubai desert sandstorm.
During November 2011, the Paramount released a Facebook game of the film in order to promote it. The new game allowed players to choose the roles of IMF agents and assemble teams to embark on a multiplayer journey. Players were also able to garner tickets to the film's U.S. premiere and a hometown screening of the film for 30 friends.
Following the world premiere in Dubai on December 7, 2011, the film was released in IMAX and other large-format theaters in the U.S. on December 16, 2011, with general release on December 21, 2011.
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol was released on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital download on April 17, 2012. The home media releases, however, do not preserve the original IMAX imagery, and its aspect ratio is consistently cropped to 2.40:1 rather than switching to a 1.78:1 aspect ratio during the IMAX scenes. Blu-ray Disc releases such as The Dark Knight, Tron: Legacy, and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen will switch between 2.40:1 for regular scenes and 1.78:1 for IMAX scenes.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 94%, based on 231 reviews, with an average rating of 7.7/10, making it the best-reviewed entry of the series. The site's critical consensus reads, "Stylish, fast-paced, and loaded with gripping set pieces, the fourth Mission: Impossible is big-budget popcorn entertainment that really works." Metacritic assigned the film a score of 73 out of 100 based on 47 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film 3.5 out of four stars, saying the film "is a terrific thriller with action sequences that function as a kind of action poetry". Stephen Whitty of The Star-Ledger wrote "The eye-candy—from high-tech gadgets to gorgeous people—has only been ratcheted up. And so has the excitement." He also gave the film 3.5 out of four stars. Giving the film three out of four stars, Wesley Morris of The Boston Globe said "In its way, the movie has old-Hollywood elegance. The scope and sets are vast, tall, and cavernous, but Bird scales down for spatial intimacy."
Philippa Hawker of The Sydney Morning Herald gave the film three stars out of five and said it is "ludicrously improbable, but also quite fun." Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly opined that the movie "brims with scenes that are exciting and amazing at the same time; they're brought off with such casual aplomb that they're funny, too. ... Ghost Protocol is fast and explosive, but it's also a supremely clever sleight-of-hand thriller. Brad Bird, the animation wizard, ... showing an animator's miraculously precise use of visual space, has a playful, screw-tightening ingenuity all his own." Roger Moore of The Charlotte Observer said "Brad Bird passes his audition for a career as a live-action director. And Ghost Protocol more than makes its bones as an argument for why Tom Cruise should continue in this role as long as his knees, and his nerves, hold up." He gave the film three out of four stars.
Ghost Protocol grossed $209,397,903 in North America and $485,315,477 in other countries for a worldwide total of $694,713,380. It is the highest-grossing film worldwide in the Mission: Impossible series, and the fifth highest-grossing film of 2011. It is also the highest-grossing film worldwide starring Cruise, surpassing War of the Worlds from the top spot.
In limited release at 425 locations in North America, it earned $12.8 million over its opening weekend. After five days of limited release, it expanded to 3,448 theaters on its sixth day and reached #1 at the box office with $8.92 million. The film reached the top stop at the box office in its second and third weekends with $29.6 million and $29.4 million respectively. Though only 9% of the film's screenings were in IMAX theaters, they accounted for 23% of the film's box office.
Outside North America, it debuted to a $69.5 million in 42 markets representing approximately 70% of the marketplace. In the United Arab Emirates, it set an opening-weekend record of $2.4 million (since surpassed by Marvel's The Avengers). In two countries outside the U.S. in which filming took place, its opening weekend gross increased by multiples over the previous installment: in Russia, more than doubling, to $6.08 million and in India, more than quadrupling, to $4.0 million. It is the second highest-grossing Mission: Impossible film outside North America. It topped the box office outside North America for three consecutive weekends (during December 2011) and five weekends in total (the other two in 2012). Its highest-grossing markets after North America are China ($102.5 million), Japan ($69.7 million), and South Korea ($51.1 million).
|Award||Category||Recipients and nominees||Result|
|Alliance of Women Film Journalists||Kick Ass Award for Best Female Action Star||Paula Patton||Nominated|
|Golden Reel Awards||Best Sound Editing: Sound Effects and Foley in a Feature Film||Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol||Nominated|
|Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Buttkicker||Tom Cruise||Nominated|
|MTV Movie Awards||Best Fight||Tom Cruise vs. Michael Nyqvist||Nominated|
|Best Gut-Wrenching Performance||Tom Cruise||Nominated|
|Saturn Awards||Best Action or Adventure Film||Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol||Won|
|Best Director||Brad Bird||Nominated|
|Best Actor||Tom Cruise||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress||Paula Patton||Nominated|
|Best Music||Michael Giacchino||Nominated|
|Best Editing||Paul Hirsch||Won|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie: Action||Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol||Nominated|
|Choice Movie Actor: Action||Tom Cruise||Nominated|
|Choice Movie Actress: Action||Paula Patton||Nominated|
|Visual Effects Society Awards||Outstanding Models in a Feature Motion Picture||John Goodson, Paul Francis Russell and Victor Schutz||Nominated|
|World Stunt Awards||Best Stunt Coordinator and/or 2nd Unit Director||Pavel Cajzl, Dan Bradley, Russell Solberg, Gregg Smrz and Owen Walstrom||Nominated|
In December 2011, Pegg suggested that he and Cruise were interested in returning for a fifth Mission: Impossible film. Paramount was also reportedly interested in fast-tracking a fifth film due to the fourth film's success. Bird had stated that he probably would not return to direct a fifth film, but Tom Cruise had been confirmed to return. It was revealed In August 2013 that Christopher McQuarrie would be the director of Mission Impossible 5. Principal photography began in February 2014 in London. Paramount Pictures released the film on July 31, 2015. The plot centers around Hunt's IMF team in conflict with "the Syndicate", an international criminal organization first mentioned at the end of Ghost Protocol.
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