New on DVD

  • Wed Apr 18th, 2012 2:35pm
  • Life

“Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol”

Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) goes into action when the IMF is shut down.

If the goal of the latest big-screen version of the television series is to make the most eye-popping, bone-shaking, heart-pounding installment yet, then there’s only one thing to say: Mission accomplished. Whether Cruise is running at top speed, dangling from a building or trying to rally his frustrated team, he brings confidence, charm and energy to the role. He’s the fuse that lights every explosive moment.

The supporting actors are just as impressive. Jeremy Renner brings cold and professional caution to the spy team and shows such a grasp of the spy role that he could easily take over the franchise should Cruise decide to retire. Paula Patton proves that a spy can be beautiful and dangerous.

Grade: A

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Rick Bentley, The Fresno Bee (Fresno, Calif.)