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Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)

aka Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

"No Plan. No Backup. No Choice."

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Details: 133 mins · English · PG-13 (USA)


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To be honest, I have never seen the previous movies. Now I want to. This movie catered to a wide group of audiences. Teenagers to those who watched the first one in theaters both enjoy this movie (and those who never saw any). The locations were gripping, and when I learned Cruise does his own stunts and saw a picture of him dangling from a building, my respect for him grew. Some say he is weird, I say he is a great actor that still has my attention.
It was a great "mission" film (of course) that pushed the protagonists outside of the normal realm they were used to surviving in. This made it exciting for the audience.
However, the backstory between him and his wife I did not fully or emotionally feel. Maybe I had to see the others, but when the movie got to the end, it paid off.

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The backstory between him and his wife makes sense after the events of MI3.

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Small Ethan Hunt
Small William Brandt
Small Benji Dunn
Small Jane Carter
Small Brij Nath
Small Trevor Hanaway
Small Luther Stickell
Small Bogdan
Small Leonid Lisenker
Small Wistrom
Small Kurt Hendricks
Small Sabine Moreau
Small The Fog's Contact
No_movie_poster The Fog
No_movie_poster Control Room Guard
No_movie_poster Prisoner
Small Kremlin Subcellar Hallway Guard
No_movie_poster British News Anchor
Small Julia
Small Russian Sub Ensign
No_movie_poster Julia's Friend
No_movie_poster Julia's Friend
Small IMF Secretary
Small Anatoly Sidorov
No_movie_poster Burly Russian Prisoner


No_movie_poster Robert Elswit Director of Photography
Small Brad Bird Director
Small J.J. Abrams Writer
Small Michael Giacchino Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Josh Appelbaum Screenplay
Small J.J. Abrams Production
Small Tom Cruise Production
No_movie_poster Bryan Burk Production
No_movie_poster Bruce Geller Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Paul Hirsch Editing


"No Plan. No Backup. No Choice."


In Budapest to intercept a courier working for a person code-named "Cobalt", IMF agent Trevor Hanaway is killed by assassin Sabine Moreau. Hanaway's team leader, Jane Carter, and newly promoted field agent Benji Dunn extract Ethan Hunt and Ethan's source, Bogdan, from a Moscow prison. Ethan is recruited to lead Jane and Benji to infiltrate secret Moscow Kremlin archives and locate files identifying Cobalt. During the mission, someone broadcasts across the IMF frequency, alerting the Russians to Ethan's team. Although Benji and Jane escape, a bomb destroys the Kremlin and Russian agent Sidorov arrests Ethan, suspecting him as a key player in the attack.

The IMF extracts Ethan from Moscow. The Russians have called the attack an undeclared act of war, and the U.S. President activates "Ghost Protocol", a black operation contingency that disavows the IMF. Ethan and his team are to take the blame for the attack but will be allowed to escape from government custody in order to track down Cobalt. Before Ethan can escape, the United States Secretary of State is killed by Russian security forces led by Sidorov, leaving Hunt and intelligence analyst William Brandt to find their own way out. Brandt identifies Cobalt as Kurt Hendricks, a Swedish-born Russian nuclear strategist who plans to start a nuclear war. Hendricks bombed the Kremlin in order to acquire a Russian nuclear launch-control device; however, he now needs the activation codes from the Budapest courier in order to launch nuclear missiles at the United States.

The exchange between Moreau and Hendricks' right-hand man, Wistrom, is due to take place at the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. There, Ethan's team members separately convince Moreau and Wistrom that they have made the exchange with one another. However, Moreau identifies Brandt as an agent. While Ethan chases Wistrom—only to realize that Wistrom is actually Hendricks in disguise, escaping with the codes—Jane detains Moreau. Moreau attempts to kill the inexperienced Benji, and Jane kicks her out a window to her death. Brandt accuses Jane of compromising the mission for revenge against Moreau, but Ethan accuses Brandt of keeping secrets from them, as he has demonstrated skills decidedly atypical of a mere analyst. While Ethan seeks more information from Bogdan, Brandt admits that he was assigned as security detail to Ethan and his wife Julia while they were on vacation in Croatia. While Brandt was on patrol, Julia was killed by a Serbian hit squad, prompting Ethan to pursue and kill them before he was caught by the Russians and sent to prison.

Bogdan and his arms-dealer cousin inform Ethan that Hendricks will be in Mumbai. Hendricks facilitated the sale of a defunct Soviet military satellite to Indian telecommunications entrepreneur Brij Nath. The satellite could be used to transmit the launch codes for nuclear-tipped missiles. While Brandt and Benji infiltrate the server room to deactivate the satellite, Carter gets Nath to reveal the satellite override code. But Hendricks has anticipated Ethan's plan and infects Nath's servers with a virus before sending a signal from a television broadcasting tower to a Russian Delta III-class nuclear submarine in the Pacific to fire at San Francisco. Ethan pursues Hendricks and the launch device while the other team-members attempt to bring the broadcast station back online. Ethan and Hendricks fight over the launch-control device before Hendricks jumps to his death with it to ensure the launch. Benji kills Wistrom, allowing Brandt to restore power to the station and enabling Ethan to deactivate the missile, while the fatally wounded Hendricks witnesses the failure of his plan. Sidorov happens upon the scene in time to see what Ethan has done and realizes that the IMF is innocent of bombing the Kremlin.

The team reconvenes weeks later in Seattle with Ethan meeting up with Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames) and accepting a new mission.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 2011-12-15 : United States of America

DVD : 2012-04-17 : United States of America