Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol Review

I wasn’t expecting much when it came to the fourth installment of the Mission Impossible series mostly because I’m not a fan of the series in general. Watching this fourth film was probably the most fun I’ve had watching a Mission Impossible movie, but that certainly didn’t make it a great movie. It’s not even that I’m bias against Tom Cruise whom I think isn’t a very good actor because I have seen Tom Cruise movies I enjoy thoroughly. I was even open to the idea of this film being a good time because it was helmed by “The Incredibles” director Brad Bird. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol was not a good film, though I did have fun occasionally.

After being blown away by the “The Dark Knight Rises” prologue I was in such a pumped up mood that I knew nothing could put me down. I was absolutely right and for a while I was having a blast with Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol but past a certain point I just realized that for the most part the filmmakers and actors didn’t care about an interesting story or developed characters so why should I.? What the filmmakers cared about was the constant action. As a friend and I walked out of the theater my friend said something a long the lines of, “I can’t believe a movie with that much action could be so boring”. I couldn’t have said it better myself and I couldn’t agree more.

Sure, a lot the action was fun especially the sky scraper scaling scene shown in the trailers and showcased in the movie posters. At the end of the day however, it just couldn’t be ignored how lazy the writing and performances were. What subsequently followed the skyscraper scene was a chase scene that felt fifteen minutes too long and in the middle of that very chase is when I realized that I truly just wanted the movie to end. To be completely honest, I’m a little disappointed I didn’t just walk out because I had already seen what I paid to see.

Even though I was not a very big fan of this film at all, I will admit that while some of the action scenes were beyond stereotypical, there were some that really kept you on the age of their seat. The other best quality of the film was Simon Pegg, I’m always a fan of his work and he certainly had a funny role in this film. There’s not much else that can be said, I like Jeremy Renner, but I was not a fan of his work here and the attempt at a cool twist ending that was hinted at the entire movie was completely atrocious. If you enjoy some mindless action and violence Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol might be the film for you and I can respect another person’s taste, however count me out on this one.

Grade: C-

Star Trek Review

Walking into Star Trek I wasn’t expecting much. I actually didn’t know what to expect, I hadn’t seen a trailer and I hadn’t once seen a Star Trek episode or movie. All I knew was the names Captain Kirk, Spock, Sulu, and Scotty, and a few of the alien species names. I had no knowledge of the show other than a few names and a few famous quotes. I was just never that interested, but I was interested to see why there was such a following and I thought this would be a good place to start. As it turns out, I was right.

My expectations were certainly exceeded for many different reasons. First of all, I wasn’t expecting anything out of the actors mainly because the two main characters were being played by actors I had never heard of. I thought the acting was actually pretty top-notch, nothing oscar worthy of course, but very entertaining and believable. Chris Pine was able to perform fantastically with Kirk’s huge ego and same goes to Quinto with Spock’s highly intelligent dialogue, also more minor characters that I loved were Simon Pegg as the famous “Scotty” and Eric Bana did a fantastic job as the menacing Captain Nero, the main antagonist of this film. 

Everything about this movie was very colorful and visually appealing. It told a story that needed to be told and it told it very well. Everything about the film was just exciting, the action was big, colorful, and fun, while the dialogue was quick and executed very well. I have never seen a Star Trek episode or movie before this one and I most certainly will see the many sequels that will follow this one. I would recommend it to anyone who’s in the mood for entertainment. You don’t have to be a fan of the series, I’m can attest to that.

Grade: A-

Hot Fuzz

This was by far one of the best movies I’ve seen all year. This movies got everything, it’s a buddy-buddy cop movie, a horror movie, an action movie, but most of all it’s a comedy. This movie ties the common edge of your seat action movie with an incredible plot, which brings you hilarious results. This is the most original movie I’ve seen in a long time.Grade: A