Two Jews on Film - By Joan Alperin Schwartz: While I was watching 'Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol' directed by Brad Bird, in IMAX, a thought kept drifting through my mind. Why am I finding this film so boring? Why does everything look so familiar?

It wasn't until the drive home that it hit me... Of course, everything looked so familiar because I've seen it all before. The stunts, the chases, the fights, the plot and that is why I found 'MI4'... BORING.

Okay, to be fair not completely boring, but I was expecting so much more.

First there's the plot. The Kremlin has been bombed by a terrorist group and Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) along with his entire IMF team have been blamed for it.


The President activates Operation Ghost Protocol, which means the IMF organization is disavowed... Love that word. To quote the film tagline, 'No Plan, No Backup, No Choice,' sound exciting? Trust me it isn't.

Anyway, Ethan must pull together a new team so they can go after a mad, brilliant nuclear physicist (are there any other kind) who wants to destroy the Earth by starting a nuclear war.  

And why does Mister Crazy Scientist want to destroy our lovely planet? Simple, he wants to wipe out civilization so we can start again.  Who's the WE that will be left after the planet is annihilated by a nuclear war? I may not be a nuclear physicist, but I really think this idea sucks.

Plus, how many times have we seen a film where a mad nuclear physicist wants to destroy the world?  Come on, couldn't the three writers that worked on the script come up with something slightly more original than that?

On the plus side, it's fun to watch Tom Cruise scale a 134 building in Dubai, run through a sand storm chasing the bad guys and kicking several people's butts...all with one leg.   

All I can say is...Where is Philip Seymour Hoffman when you need him?  How great a character was he in MI3?

And that's the other problem, there are no interesting characters in this film.

Simon Pegg does bring comic relief as Benji, a computer whiz and Jeremy Renner is fun to watch, especially when he has to dive into a massive computer.  

There's some attempt at a back story which I won't mention here (wouldn't want to spoil all the surprises).

This is one of the rare times that the 'Two Jews on Film' are actually in agreement. Check out our video to see how many bagels we gave, 'Mission Impossible 4 - Ghost Protocol' which opens in IMAX this Friday, December 16, 2011.