|Brad Bird Director||previously directed Ratatouille|
Ethan Hunt is once again pulled back in for an important mission. When everything goes wrong and his team gets framed for a disaster, The President invokes Ghost Protocol and the entire IMF is disavowed. It is up to Hunt and his team to save the world once more.
The ring that Hanaway uses to poison his target has "A113" written on it. This is an inside joke among graduates of CalArts, of which Brad Bird is, that refers to the classroom number for graphic design and character animation classes.1 More Trivia
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL is a continuation of the series that began with MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE.3 More Movie References
|Bruce Geller||television series|
|Tom Cruise||Ethan Hunt|
|Jeremy Renner||William Brandt|
|Paula Patton||Jane Carter|
|Simon Pegg||Benji Dunn|
|Michael Nyqvist||Kurt Hendricks|
|Josh Holloway||Trevor Hanaway|
|Vladimir Mashkov||Anatoly Sidirov|
|Anil Kapoor||Brij Nath|
|Léa Seydoux||Sabine Moreau|
|Tom Wilkinson||IMF Secretary|
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Ghost Protocol is the fourth entry in the Mission: Impossible film series featuring Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt. Ghost Protocol continues the tradition of having a different director direct each entry in the series as Brad Bird directs this one. J.J. Abrams serves as Executive Producer instead of Director like he was in 2005's Mission: Impossible III.
IMF agent Trevor Hanaway is on assignment in Budapest, Hungary to intercept a courier working for a suspected terrorist named Cobalt when he is killed by an assassin named Sabine Moreau. Hanaway's team leader Jane Carter and Agent Benji Dunn extract former IMF agent Ethan Hunt and his source Bogdan from a prison in Moscow and reinstate him as an agent of the Impossible Missions Force. Hunt is brought on as team leader and is sent to infiltrate Russia's secret archives to obtain files on Cobalt. In the midst of the mission though a broadcast is made over IMF's radio frequency and the IMF team is discovered leaving Hunt, Carter, and Dunn to escape the building. A bomb goes off but the three escape and Russian intelligence officer Anatoly Sidirov places the blame on Hunt and his team.
The IMF extracts Hunt and his team from Moscow but the President of the United States activates ghost protocol after Russia declares that the attack was an undeclared act of war. As a result of ghost protocol, Hunt and his entire team are disavowed and are forced to take the blame for the incident. However, the IMF Secretary allows them to escape from custody in order to find Cobalt. Before Hunt can escape, the Secretary is killed by Russian Intelligence Security Forces, leaving just Hunt and Intelligence Analyst William Brandt to find their way out and escape from the Russians.
Cobalt is identified as being Kurt Hendricks -- a Swedish-born Russian nuclear strategist who wants to start a nuclear war so that the next stage of human evolution can finally begin. They find that Hendricks was responsible for the bombing of the Kremlin and is in possession of a nuclear launch control device, and only needs the launch codes from his courier in Budapest to launch it at the United States. The assassin Moreau and Hendricks' right hand man Winstrom are set to meet at the Burj Khalifa in Dubai to conduct the exchange. Hunt's team is able to convince both parties that the exchange has taken place but Moreau is able to identify Brandt as an agent of the IMF and Hunt goes after Winstrom who is carrying the codes not realizing that Winstrom is really Hendricks in disguise.
Carter takes care of Moreau and detains her but she tries to kill Agent Dunn so Carter tosses her out of a window to her death. Brandt then lashes out at Carter accusing her of putting the mission in danger just to get revenge on Moreau. Ethan accuses Brandt of keeping secrets from the team as he showed to be an impressive fighter considering he isn't a field agent. Brandt then admits he was assigned as security detail to Ethan and his wife Julia while on assignment.
A Serbian hit squad killed Julia and as a result Ethan went after them before being caught by Russian authorities and thrown into a Moscow jail. Bogdan informs Hunt that Hendricks is in Mumbai, India where he has sold a defunct Soviet military satellite to a wealthy telecommunications businessman -- Brij Nath -- so that it could be used to transmit the signal to launch the nuke.
Brandt and Dunn take over the server room to take the satellite offline while Carter gets Nath to reveal the override codes for the satellite. Hendricks foresaw their plan and takes the servers offline and then sends the signal from a TV broadcast tower to a nuclear submarine in the Pacific Ocean. Hunt pursues Hendricks and engages in a fight with him to gain control of the launch device, but Hendricks jumps to his death with the device ensuring that the nuke will launch. Dunn then kills Winstrom and Hunt is able to cancel the missile launch. Hunt is then confronted by Agent Sidirov who realizes that Hendricks bombed the Kremlin, not the IMF. Several weeks later the team reassembles with a new assignment from Hunt. As per usual, each agent is offered the chance to accept or decline the mission and Brandt refuses to take part in it. Hunt reveals that his wife's death was staged as he knew he couldn't protect her and used her death to get into the Russian prison so he get close to Bogdan, who was IMF's source on information pertaining to Hendricks. Glad that he can finally let go of his guilt, Brandt accepts the mission while Hunt glances from afar to Julia and both smile before he heads off to his next mission.
Paramount Studios announced in June of 2009 that Tom Cruise and J.J. Abrams, producers of Mission: Impossible III, would be making a fourth installment of the lucrative franchise. Two months later, screenwriters Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec were hired to write the screenplay based on a story treatment by Abrams. The two writers had previous experience working with Abrams on his hit TV show Alias. They were brought in by Abrams to do something different with franchise and create new interesting situations for the characters. In May of 2010 animation veteran Brad Bird (The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, Ratatouille) was hired to make his live-action directorial debut on the project. Abrams and Brad Bird have been friends for sometime and had been looking to do a project together, so Abrams hired him as director for the film. In late 2010, writer Christopher McQuarrie was hired to write a "polish" of the screenplay.
Joining Tom Cruise (reprising his role as super spy Ethan Hunt) are returning cast members Ving Rhames as Luther Stickell and Simon Pegg as Benji Dunn. New cast members include Jeremy Renner as Brandt, Tom Wilkinson (in a cameo role as the IMF Secretary), Paula Patton, Josh Holloway, Michael Nyqvist, Vladimir Mashkov, Lea Seydoux, and Bollywood star Anil Kapoor making his Hollywood debut.
The first official trailer was released online along with the official film site on June 28, 2011, and in cinemas the following day with Transformers: Dark of the Moon. A second official trailer was released in the Fall of 2011 along with an expansion of the film's site. Originally the film was to be released domestically and in most other markets on Friday, December 16, 2011. The release date was pushed back several days to Wednesday, December 21, 2011, in Canada, the US, and the UK. The world premiere was on December 13, 2011, in Australia.
Principal photography (production) began on September 30, 2010. In October of that year Paramount announced that the film would be titled Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. It had been referred to as Mission: Impossible IV until then, and code-named Aries during pre-production. The movie was filmed in part using IMAX. Filming took place in many international cities including Dubai (where a major stunt was filmed on the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa), Moscow, Prague, Vancouver, and in parts of India. Shooting began in Prague in October 2010 where the Moscow prison scenes at the beginning of the film were shot.
Scenes though in the Red Square in Moscow were shot on location and not in Prague. Originally plans for the Burj Khalifa scenes were going to be done by digitally recreating the side of the building but Tom Cruise dismissed the idea and insisted on really climbing the Burj Khalifa himself. At the time the building was still under construction and the crew set up on the 123rd floor of the building. Other floors also had cameras on them and the windows were carefully removed to accommodate the complexity of shooting the scene. Cruise and the set photographer climbed up as far as they could and set up a photo shoot atop the world's tallest building. Many of the film's interior scenes were shot at the Canadian Motion Picture Park in Vancouver including the scene in the IMF train car and the fight between Hunt and Hendricks in the parking garage. The multi-story parking garage in the film was constructed over the course of six months specifically for the film.
Unlike the other entries in the series, Ghost Protocol opened to critical acclaim garnering a 93% approval rate from critics on Rotten Tomatoes out of 185 reviews. The general consensus was "stylish, fast-paced, and loaded with gripping set pieces, the fourth Mission: Impossible is big-budget popcorn entertainment that really works." In comparison, Mission: Impossible III which was released in 2006 has a 70% approval rate from critics, Mission: Impossible II which was released in 2000 has a 57% approval rate from critics, and the first which was released in 1996 only has a 61% approval rate from critics.
To score the film, Academy Award-winning M:I III composer Michael Giacchino was brought on board. Giacchino has previously worked with Brad Bird on The Incredibles and Ratatouille, the latter for which he was awarded a Grammy for Best Score Soundtrack Album. Giacchino also worked with Pixar on Up, for which he was awarded an Oscar and a BAFTA. Giacchino composed two versions of the Mission: Impossible theme titled "Light The Fuse" and "Mission: Impossible Theme (Out With A Bang Version)".
|1. Give Her My Budapest||1:56|
|2. Light The Fuse||2:01|
|3. Knife To A Gunfight||3:42|
|4. In Russia, Phone Dials You||1:40|
|5. Kremlin With Anticipation||4:12|
|6. From Russia With Shove||3:37|
|7. Ghost Protocol||4:58|
|8. Railcar Rundown||1:11|
|9. Hendricks' Manifesto||2:44|
|10. A Man, A Plan, A Code, Dubai||3:44|
|11. Love The Glove||2:31|
|12. The Express Elevator||3:55|
|13. Mission Impersonatable||6:44|
|14. Moreau Trouble Than She's Worth||3:53|
|15. Out For A Run||1:04|
|16. Eye Of The Wistrom||4:28|
|17. Mood India||7:14|
|18. Mumbai's The Word||2:22|
|19. Launch Is On The Hendricks||5:03|
|20. World's Worst Parking Valet||5:19|
|21. Putting The Miss in Mission||5:03|
|22. Mission Impossible Theme (Out With A Bang Version)||0:53|
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