It was only recently that I had an experience of what it meant to be in a 360 degrees loop roller-coaster and while I was in that ride (Indiana Jones and The Temple of Peril), I had that strange feeling of exhilaration and fear that I had never felt before. I also had the comfort of knowing that it would last for under two minutes; and although there were cautionary notices put up at the entrance of the roller-coaster, I read those only when I was on my way out. In summary, the notice indicated that this ride was not for the weak-hearted. Tom Cruise’s fourth installment in the Mission Impossible series titled MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL is fully deserving of a NFWH (Not For Weak-Hearted) certification. The only difference between The Temple Of Peril and Ghost Protocol is that in the former, you know beforehand exactly as to how long you need to clutch your heart; in the latter, the scene in which Tom Cruise dangles dangerously from the 130th storey of the world’s tallest building is one where you hold on to your breath, clench your fists, slide to the front of the seat and open your mouth in wonderment for an extended period of time. In one instant, you want the excitement to continue because it is thrilling you; at the same instant, you want it to end so that your heart can start beating back in its regular rhythm.
Such is the magic which gets repeated in a few other stunts like the car chase in the sand storm or the vertical drop of the car, that one actually doesn’t care about what happens in the rest of the movie. Easily the best of the MI series, this production has set new standards for stunts; this in combination with director Brad Bird’s excellence in animated movies (so successfully transplanted here), the background music and the glorious photography makes it a must-watch movie. Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building looks truly majestic in all angles and Dubai can be sure that there would be numerous more visitors to this place.
Such gloss is expected to hide the improbabilities and slips, and it does hide. Who, for example, will notice that the multi storey car park, supposedly in Mumbai, has only cars with Canadian Car registration numbers? Or, why would settings supposed to be in Mumbai, feature name plates in Kannada? Apart from these, the movie’s biggest let-down is the character of Brijnath, played by Anil Kapoor. Portrayed as a lecherous Indian businessman with little thinking capabilities, I personally felt offended at the depiction and the negative image it would convey. Mr. Tom Cruise and Mr. Anil Kapoor, can you, in your next edition of this series, change that? Is it possible?
RATING: 3.5 out of 5

About The eternally happy Vijay

A cheerful person who loves watching and reviewing movies and indulges in random writings!
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