Can You Handle Ghost Protocol Ethan Hunt?

I welcomed in the new year with Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. It’s unreal that Tom Cruise has been delivering mega blockbusters since the 80’s. He didn’t disappoint in his latest caper.

It’s All About Cruise

Although a little longer in the tooth, Cruise is still the best man to lead the IMF team in thwarting another threat to world peace. The wily veteran commands his team in and out of countless impossible situations and also puts himself on the line with some death defying stunts. Tom is still Top Gun!

Impossible Mission Force

Simon Pegg was serviceable as the bumbling newbie. Looks like he’s cornered the market on third fiddles (ala Scotty from Star Trek). I read that Jeremy Renner could be primed as Cruise’s heir apparent. I loved him in The Hurt Locker. He did a nice job in this one, but there is a clear gap between actor and supporting actor. Has anyone seen him in the Town? I heard some great things about this movie as well.

Scene Stealer

Paula Patton literally steals every scene she’s in. It didn’t matter if she was grappling with personal demons, playing her part in fooling the bad guys, or opening a serious can of whoop a$$. There’s something very alluring about an exotic beauty who can kill you in 5 seconds. Black widow syndrome?

Final Thoughts

Besides escaping from reality for a few hours while riding the Mission Impossible roller coaster, I learned some valuable lessons while watching Ethan Hunt. In your life, even well conceived plans will fall apart. You might lose your job, your investment goes south, or Social Security drys up. What should you do? Here are my suggestions. Don’t Panic. When your back is against the wall, you will need to be at your best. Having a calm, cool head will be your best bet. Stop the bleeding. If anything needs immediate attention, focus your effort there. Create options and think outside the box. Things are falling apart so your job is to give yourself as many options as possible. Leave no stone unturned so you can choose the best possible option in your crisis. Execute. Have the confidence in yourself and your plan that you will be alright. Although your current problem is challenging, it isn’t Mission Impossible.

Stay Inspired!

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16 Responses

  1. I can’t wait to see this movie! I just have to set aside some time. The movie was called by one prominent critic as “action poetry.” It is rare that an action movie, or any movie for that matter, to achieve a +90% on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s a bona fide hit internationally, and I’m so happy. I am a fan of the franchise, and it seems like this one is a major winner.

    BTW, Jeremy Renner was great in The Town. I definitely recommend that one as well. It’s dark but very good too.

  2. I’ve never seen a Mission Impossible movie as I don’t like action movies. But Jeremy Renner was fantastic in The Town (surprisingly, so was Ben Affleck. I highly recommend the movie; it’s excellent) and I like him enough to maybe watch this MI when it comes out on Blu-Ray.

    I do like how you were able to draw lessons out of this. Makes me glad I’m not the only one who finds lessons in strange places!

    • Buck Inspire says:

      So what’s your favorite genre? If you don’t catch it in theaters, that’s understandable since you’re not into action. I’m thinking you will enjoy the movie. Let me know what you think of it down the road. Strange place lessons are the best, don’t you think?

  3. krantcents says:

    I like the Mission Impossible series! I learn lessons everywhere, from my students, children or experience. When we stop learning, we must be dead!

    BTW, impossible is just an opinion. That was my motto last year and for a long time.

  4. I saw it and really enjoyed it. Comparing to the second Sherlock Holmes, this one much better. Great lessons learned. I did not think about any lessons watching crazy looking Tom Cruise. 😉

  5. Awesome! I can’t wait to see this. As a father of 3 it’s always a pleasure to see a movie that isn’t produced by Pixar or Dreamworks Animation. I’ll let you know what I think.

  6. Jennifer says:

    I love your final thoughts. I definitely experienced plans not falling into place and having a clear thought and not panicking can be good starting solutions. I like your review on the movie as well. I honestly havent watched it and I feel I have missed a lot. I hope to watch it soon.

  7. 101 Centavos says:

    PF shadows in just about everything… I hugely enjoyed the movie, the kids did too, and planning on renting or getting the earlier ones.

    • Buck Inspire says:

      If you really wanted to, you could connect just about anything. Glad you and the kids enjoyed it. The others were entertaining, but this may have been the best one of the bunch.

  8. Loved the new Mission Impossible movie. I think Tom Cruise is a little wack a doo…. but love his acting!

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