Tom Cruise's 'Mission: Impossible has grabbed the top spot at the box office during the Christmas weekend earning 26.5 million dollars. Cruise's fourth "Mission" flick was a bright spot over the festive weekend filled with so-so tidings for Hollywood, whose usually busy holiday stretch since Thanksgiving has been a bust.
In "Ghost Protocol," the fourth "Mission Impossible" film, Tom Cruise returns as Ethan Hunt, leader of an elite special-operations squad that takes on the government's most difficult assignments. The action - and there's plenty of it - begins as secret agent Ethan Hunt (Cruise) is sprung from a Moscow jail by the Impossible Mission Force. Their secret (or ‘ghost') assignment is to track down a Russian maniac who plans to steal his country's nuclear codes and start a Third World War. And just to make things more interesting, if the operatives are caught, the government will wash its hands of them.
The film's highlights are his vertigo-inducing exploits on the side of Dubai's Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building. Cruise's performance is typically committed, but the most memorable turn comes from our very own Pegg who, despite playing to type as a nerd, gets all the best lines. Less impressive is Renner who fails to linger in the memory.
Despite those fears of franchise fatigue, the film is a winner and certainly the best M:I movie since the original.