Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

Theatrical Release: December 21, 2011
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol


Director Brad Bird and Producer J.J. Abrams bring us the action packed, entertainment event of the holiday season with MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL. This is not just another mission. The IMF is shut down when it’s implicated in a global terrorist bombing plot. Ghost Protocol is initiated and Ethan Hunt and his rogue new team must go undercover to clear their organization’s name. No help, no contact, off the grid. You have never seen a mission grittier and more intense than this.

Dove Review

For almost half of the movie I kept hope alive that it might not cross our approval level for violence. I knew that would be one area of concern. To that mid-way point there were a few violent moments but little or no blood and the violence was not continual. But then, it picked up in intensity and when I saw a man shot in the head and a spray of blood hit the ceiling of the car and the windshield, I knew it was not going to be eligible to receive our Dove Seal.

And that’s too bad. The story itself is interesting and kept my attention for over two hours. The movie contains everything one would expect from this series of films based on the old TV series. You have messages self-destructing, a character who removes a mask to reveal he’s not who we thought he was (I admit that I didn’t see it coming), fast chases by foot (I didn’t realize Tom Cruise was still in such great shape), a threat of a fatal launching of a missile by a Russian degenerate, the killing of an agent and its effects on the friends he left behind, and so forth. It even contains a surprise ending. The plot is centered on Ethan Hunt (Cruise) finding the launch codes and preventing the missile from being launched. However, when he can’t prevent the launch his only hope is to abort the missile’s mission, which is not only tricky but he has mere minutes to do it. He will need the help of his fellow agenst to accomplish the miracle.

As mentioned, the violence level is strong in spots with bloody moments and the strong use of language combine to hinder this movie from receiving our Dove Seal. We believe the mission is NOT impossible and we hope the next one in this series, if there is one, will be more family friendly and will be awarded our Seal.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Woman attempts to seduce rich man to help her team out; man passionately kisses woman; man attempts to run hand down woman's back toward her rear but she stops him; they go into man's bedroom but woman puts a choke hold on him to gain information.
Language: J-1; Geez-1; G/OMG-8; "For the love of God"-1; H-8; S-2; D-2; A-1; Russians apparently curse but the subtitles are all messed up and can't be read; "Shut up"-1; "Shut it"-1
Violence: Several characters are shot at and wounded or killed; some bloody scenes; a character is shot in the head and there is a spray of blood which hits the ceiling of the car and the windshield; a character is hit with a dart; fight scenes including punching and kicking; a character is flipped; a character is repeatedly shot; a character's arm is twisted and he's slapped; a bloody hand and fingers are seen; bullet holes seen in a character; guns held on characters; a guard is shot and killed; an explosion sends a man flying and he winds up in the hospital with a mild concussion; a man drives a car over a cement ledge and it falls down and the air bag goes off but the man is all right; a man's arm is broken; a man falls a great distance and lands on concrete and after a few moments he dies; a man bumps his head as he attempts to land through a window from outside; a man attempts to outrun a sand storm.
Drugs: Several scenes of drinking including what appears to either be wine or champagne; beer is consumed; a few smoking scenes including a pipe.
Nudity: Cleavage including one strong cleavage scene; shirtless men; bare breasts in artwork; a woman changes in a car and is seen in a bra.
Other: A character who escapes from a hospital steals clothes from a vendor; disrespect of some characters toward others; a man betrays agents but an agent knows what is going on.


Company: Paramount
Writer: Josh Appelbaum & André Nemec
Director: Brad Bird
Producer: J.J. Abrams
Genre: Action
Runtime: 133 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter