Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

Following the world premiere in Dubai on December 7, 2011 I have been very keen to see this movie, for the simple fact that it features Dubai. I would have seen it eventually anyway, but there was an added interest to the fourth installment in the Mission: Impossible series. It stars Tom Cruise, who reprises his role of IMF Agent Ethan Hunt.

On assignment in Budapest to intercept a courier working for a person of interest code-named “Cobalt”, IMF agent Trevor Hanaway is killed by assassin Sabine Moreau. Hanaway’s team leader, Jane Carter, and newly promoted field agent Benji Dunn extract Ethan Hunt and Hunt’s source Bogdan from a Moscow prison. Hunt is recruited to lead Carter and Dunn to infiltrate the secret Moscow Kremlin archives and locate files identifying Cobalt. During the mission, someone broadcasts across the IMF frequency, alerting the Russians to Hunt’s team. Although Dunn and Carter escape, a bomb destroys the Kremlin, and Russian agent Sidirov arrests Hunt, suspecting him as part of the attack.

The IMF extracts Hunt from Moscow. The Russians have called the attack an undeclared act of war, and the US president activates “Ghost Protocol”, a black operation contingency that disavows the entire IMF. Hunt and his team are to take the blame for the attack, but they will be allowed to escape from government custody so that they may track down Cobalt. Before Hunt can escape, the IMF’s secretary is killed by Russian security forces led by Sidirov, leaving Hunt and intelligence analyst William Brandt to find their own way out. The team identifies Cobalt as Kurt Hendricks, a Swedish-born Russian nuclear strategist who believes the weak must die for the strong to survive, so he plans to start a nuclear war to initiate the next stage of human evolution. Hendricks bombed the Kremlin in order to acquire a Russian nuclear launch-control device, however he now needs the activation codes from the Budapest courier in order to launch a nuclear missile at America.

The exchange between Moreau and Hendricks’s right-hand man, Wistrom, is due to take place at the Burj Khalifa in Dubai…

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