In true action movie fashion, the situation only grows more ridiculous as the minutes tick by. But rather than being cloying, one can’t help applauding the consistent ingenuity in raising the stakes. And since Cruise himself seems game for, well, anything, no matter how over-the-top, that inevitably makes Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol some pretty great escapist entertainment.

CAUTIONS:

  • Drugs/Alcohol: Social drinking and cigarette smoking depicted.
  • Language/Profanity: Very little for a film like this—one use of sh--, a few uses of he--, an exclamation of God’s name.
  • Sex/Nudity: No sex or nudity, although when forced to seduce one of the bad guys, Jane does wear a particularly cleavage-y dress. Jane is also briefly shown in lingerie in another scene. Kissing. After completing a particularly dangerous maneuver, Brandt jokes that next time he’ll seduce the bad guy instead.
  • Violence: In what’s practically become par for the course in modern action movies, the violence is fast, furious and prevalent. There are a slew of dangerous situations including a character slipping down from a particularly large skyscraper, another character almost being burned to death, multiple car accidents, brutality and torture, gunfire, someone being thrown out of a window to her death, someone having their neck snapped before being tranquilized, choking, several men being kicked in the groin. A missile almost destroys civilization as we know it.
     

Christa Banister is a full-time freelancer writer, specializing in music, movies and books-related reviews and interviews and is the author of two novels, Around the World in 80 Dates and Blessed Are the Meddlers. Based in Dallas, Texas, she also weighs in on various aspects of pop culture on her personal blogFor more information, including her upcoming book signings and sample chapters of her novels, check out her Website.