Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)

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In the fourth installment of the Mission Impossible series, Ethan Hunt and a new team race against time to track down Hendricks, a dangerous terrorist who has gained access to Russian nuclear launch codes and is planning a strike on the United States. An attempt by the team to stop him at the Kremlin ends in a disaster, with an explosion causing severe damage to the Kremlin and the IMF being implicated in the bombing, forcing the President to invoke Ghost Protocol, under which the IMF is disavowed, and will be offered no help or backup in any form. Undaunted, Ethan and his team chase Hendricks to Dubai, and from there to Mumbai, but several spectacular action sequences later, they might still be too late to stop a disaster.
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Cast: Paula Patton, Tom Cruise

Crew: Brad Bird (Director), Robert Elswit (Director of Photography), Michael Giacchino (Music Director)

Genres: Action, Thriller

Release Dates: 16 Dec 2011 (India)

Tagline: No Plan. No Backup. No Choice.

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as Jane Carter
as Ethan Hunt
as Control Room Guard
as Russian Hospital Nurse
as The Fog's Contact
as Kremlin Senate Building Desk Guard
as Brij Nath
as Swedish Translator
as British News Anchor
as Russian News Anchor
as Alex Lisenker
as Julia's Friend
as San Francisco News Anchor
as Russian Sub Ensign
as Dock Worker
as IMF Operator
as Burly Russian Prisoner
as The Fog
as Leonid Lisenker
as Russian Agent
as Control Room Guard
as William Brandt
as Control Room Guard
as Trevor Hanaway
as Julia's Friend
as Control Room Guard
as Sabine Moreau
as Russian News Anchor
as Kremlin Gate Security Guard
as Kurt Hendricks
as Russian Sub Captain
as Kremlin Subcellar Hallway Guard
as Bogdan
as Doctor Setting Sidorov's Nose
as Julia's Friend
as Prison Guard
as Prisoner
as Marek Stefanski
as Anna Lisenker
as Prisoner
as Julia's Friend
as Wistrom
as Benji Dunn
as Julia's Friend
as Control Room Guard
as Scraggy Tooth
as Anatoly Sidorov


Assistant Director


Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography


Music Director


Film Type:
Feature Film
Colour Info:
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital, DTS, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
No Plan. No Backup. No Choice.
Factual Mistake
Hunt and Brandt are shown at the bottom of a river as bullets whiz by from multiple villains firing at them from above. However, the program Mythbusters ("Bulletproof Water") demonstrated that high velocity rounds slow down substantially and frequently fragment with a couple feet of the surface.

Factual Mistake
The number plates used on the cars in the movie in Mumbai and Dubai have the numbers first and the letter last. Actually, the number plates in Mumbai and Dubai have the letter first.

Factual Mistake
Ethan Hunt and his team checks in into 130th floor of Burj Khalifa Hotel. However, the Armani Hotel in Burj Khalifa occupies levels below 40th floor. 130th, 118th and 119th (occupied by Sabine Moreau and Wistrom) are Commercial floors. Also, the entrance to the hotel is much, much smaller and not as impressive as in the movie.

Factual Mistake
Number plates in Mumbai start with MH - indicating the state of Maharashtra, where Mumbai is located. The plates shown in the movie do not start with a number.

Factual Mistake
In the climax sequence, at the multilevel car park in India, all the cars are left-hand drive but in India cars are right-hand drive, like in Britain.

Factual Mistake
Ballistic missiles do not fire their rockets after they reach their highest point, hence "Ballistic", they also are targeted much higher than the (apparent) ground-level burst in apparently intended in the film.

Factual Mistake
Ethan's iPhone 4 is on AT&T carrier while he is in Dubai. In Dubai, he would have been roaming in Etisalat network.

Factual Mistake
Bullets are shown moving through water at high velocity, endangering Hunt and Brandt. Bullets, however, lose velocity very quickly in the mass of water. Water tanks are often used for ballistics tests for that reason.

Factual Mistake
A magnetic field powerful enough to lift a human being (who was wearing a metal vest) would also wreak havoc in everything electronic nearby, also throwing into the air the very computers the team was trying to access. The average battery pack cannot supply enough power for such a move.

Factual Mistake
When Hendricks is typing on Russian keyboard we see only 29 letters on it. The Russian alphabet has 33 letters.

Factual Mistake
When Ethan is escaping the server room by running down the front of the Burj Khalifa he is using a technique called "aussie rappelling". In order to do this the belay device the rope passes through must be positioned at the back of the harness and not on the side as shown in the film. If it was attached this way you would end up going down the building side first and not face first.

When driving into Dubai the team are in a Land Rover Defender 90. In some shots the driver's window is a slanted, sliding type found on military Land Rovers while in other shots it's is the civilian wind-down type.

In the climax at Mumbai valet parking scene, the wheel on BMW where hunt uses to jump along with it to get the briefcase is on left side. In India the wheel is always on right side.

Crew/Equipment Visible
The reflection of the crew helicopter is visible for a second in the windows as it flies over the Burj Khalifa building.

Crew/Equipment Visible
When Hunt tries to hide at the outside wall of the hospital, a camera shot from below shows a crew person's feet one floor above Hunt.

Errors in Geography
The scene in India is set in Mumbai, but the parking lot signs are in 'Kannada', a language from a different state in India. One would never find Kannada boards in Mumbai.

Errors in Geography
The initial scene in Budapest is supposed to take place in or near Keleti station but instead it is shot at Central Station in Prague, Czech Republic. This can be validated by the "City Elefant" trains which are in use only in Greater Prague area.

Errors in Geography
When the movie moves to Mumbai, India, the language depicted is Kannada, however the actual languages predominantly used in Mumbai are Marathi and Hindi.

Audio/Video Mismatch
When Carter and Hunt sit in the van and Carter updates Hunt on what happened to the colleague in Budapest, some camera shots on her show a silver reading lamp coming from top right of the picture, however several other camera shots do not show this lamp, while the perspective has not changed significantly.

At the end of the climbing the tower scene, Ethan Hunt securely places is hand in order to provide leverage to kick in the window. As the view rotates between outside and in, his hand moves from on the crack, to above it.

In the car chase scene in Dubai, Ethan's BMW Six series is shown to be a six speed manual, because there are three pedals and oftentimes he can be seen changing gear manually, however towards the end of the chase right before he deliberately crashes the car, when what would be the gear knob was shown in an overhead shot it bore the unmistakable large "D", "R", and "N" of an automatic

When Ethan pulls the gun on William to show he's not 'just an analyst' William ends up pointing a glock at Ethan. When he goes to hand it to Ethan it's clearly no longer a glock.

In the opening scene, the girl shoots the guy 5 times. Later, when they reshow the scene, she only shoots him 3 tines.

When Ethan is hanging on the outside of the hotel, he can see the giant sand storm coming, it is reflected on the hotel windows. A couple of shots later, you still see the reflection on the windows, but now there is no storm visible.

In the Mumbai valet parking scene, the order and position of some of the parked cars changes between shots. The high angle shot shows a Ferrari Enzo, Mercedes Benz SL 65 AMG Black, and Bugatti Veyron parked in front of the landscaping. In the moving-camera shot, a fraction of a second later, those three cars have been moved forward and a McLaren F1 is parked behind the Enzo.

Mr. Hunt is issued with a fake identity card which helps him entering Kremlin. When he holds it in his hands for the first time the name given on it says Fedorov. When going through the check point in Kremlin and the security guard struggles to find it on a system but eventually does, it shows a different name Samokhvalov (read in Russian).

Audio/Video Mismatch
When they are on the outside of the private plane to Mumbai, there is a sound of the jet engine in idle mode. In the last shot of the sequence the sound changes to jet engine throttling. However we see that the engine blades are standing still and not rotating, hence engine is not running and cannot produce that sound.

Audio/Video Mismatch
Towards the end when Ethan pays for the beers, he drops a note on the table yet the sound is that of a coin striking the surface

Character Error
When Ethan Hunt asks Benji Dunn to "pinpoint Hendricks's location", Benji says "Hendricks is signaling from a state run TV station". However, earlier we saw Hendricks had entered the "Sun TV Network" station which is a private Television network.

When Hunt and his team are in the Hotel at Burj Khalifa, they see the sandstorm approaching from the front of the building yet when Hunt and Wistrom exit out front, the storm hits the building from the back.

Wistrom & Hunt's car crash happens on an elevated bend of an overpass yet they are shown on a ground-level open freeway seconds later.

In scenes with the Land Rover 90 (Saudi Specification) the door "tops" are seen to change as the camera pans between Ethan Hunt and Jane. Doors switch between "split" NAS/Saudi specification to standard "1-Piece" defender doors, the colors changing from black to white respectively.

After Hunt's rescue, while he is in the van with his crew, a LED light, silver in color, can be seen dangling between Jane and the wall of the van. This LED light disappears in some of the shots.

When they are on the outside of the private plane to Mumbai, the windows are round like on a boat. When they are inside the plane, the windows are large and square.
The building grazed by the warhead is the Transamerica Pyramid, San Francisco's signature skyscraper. The windowless cap at the top is covered by aluminum panels and is only decorative, containing no office space.

This is the first installment in the series where none of the villains are, or used to be, IMF agents.

In an interesting nod to the first Mission: Impossible (1996) film, Ethan reveals to Brandt that the Croatia disaster and Julie's death was faked in order to flush out a mole. In the first film, Jim Phelps (Jon Voight) told Ethan the same thing behind the Prague assignment disaster.

At the end of the film, Ethan receives instructions for his next mission, which involves a terrorist organization called "the Syndicate." This is a nod to the original 1966 Mission: Impossible (1966) television series, where the Syndicate was the Mafia-like crime empire used as an enemy for most of IMF's domestic-based missions.

Only Tom Cruise and Ving Rhames have been featured in all four Mission: Impossible films, while Simon Pegg and Michelle Monaghan are the only actors (besides Cruise and Rhames) to reprise their roles from the prior third installment Mission: Impossible III (2006).

As seen in the final shot of the second theatrical trailer, a big missile flies over San Francisco and apparently heads towards the Emeryville area - the location of Pixar headquarters.

Brad Bird: [A113] Ethan Hunt's code number, and the number seen on a class ring. A113 is a frequent Pixar in-joke based on one of the room numbers for the animation program at Cal Arts. Brad Bird worked for Pixar, and he has worked an "A113" reference into every one of his feature films, as well as some of his television work.

Jeremy Renner's character Brandt, was specifically created as the eventual replacement for Tom Cruise's character Ethan Hunt for when Cruise decides to step away from the franchise.

The cars visible in the moving-camera shot of valet parking in Mumbai are, in counterclockwise order from bottom left: Ferrari Enzo, Mercedes Benz SL 65 AMG Black Series, Bugatti Veyron 16.4, Ferrari F430, Aston Martin Vantage, Aston Martin DB9, BMW M6, and three white Rolls Royce Phantoms.

In the scene when Ethan is taken to see the Russian arms dealer by the guy Ethan helped break out of the Russian prison, the wooden crates in the background are clearly stamped with the name, "Yu-ri" in letters from the Korean alphabet. Yuri (after Yuri Gorbachev) is the name often used in fictional and real-life spy books and movies to refer to Russian and/or Soviet spies, or the former KGB in general.

Michael Giacchino is the first composer to score more than one movie of the series.

The windows removed from Burj Khalifa were carefully chipped away by two workers with hammers, working from a window washing platform outside the building.

In Dubai, Tom Cruise is wearing a pair of glasses seen briefly in the train when the team is arming up for the mission. The same glasses are worn while scaling the hotel and are in fact Oakley Split Jackets, modified of course. They have clear frames with a special wind gasket and elastic strap which you can get for the standard models. Unfortunately, the glasses featured in the movie are one of a kind and are not available to the public.

The film made $693 million at the box office worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing installment in the franchise. It also surpassed War of the Worlds (2005) to become Tom Cruise's highest grossing film as of 2012.

The class ring Trevor Hanaway (Josh Holloway) uses to tranquilize the courier is a Jostens Magnum class ring with a sapphire stone.

When Benji (Simon Pegg) was addressed by his call sign Pluto, he replies, "Isn't Pluto no longer a planet?". This is factually true. On 13 September 2006, the IAU (International Astronomers Union) declared Pluto a non-planet status as it fails one of the three conditions for a definition of a planet.

This is the first film in the series to be released in IMAX.

The code Ethan uses at the pay phone to get his latest mission is actor Tom Cruise's birthday, 07362.

The actor that hands Ethan the black mask to place over his head to meet the arms dealer appeared in the first Mission: Impossible (1996) movie, giving him the same style mask when he is being taken to meet Max, an arms dealer.

Jeremy Renner was offered the role of Jackson Lamb in Super 8 (2011) (eventually taken by Kyle Chandler) but took the role of Brandt when J.J Abrams told him that Tom Cruise and Brad Bird were interested with him. When accepting the role, Renner was only briefed on the film and character outline as there was no script at that point.

The IMF team makes extensive use of Apple products, such as the iPhone, the iPad and the MacBook Air. Producer J.J. Abrams is a vocal supporter of Apple products.

The Burj Khalifa Hotel mentioned in the movie is the Armani Hotel Dubai - the first hotel designed and developed by Giorgio Armani.

The Indian Palace Scene was shot in Zabeel Saray Palm Jumeirah (Dubai). The hotel was still under soft pre-opening during the shooting period, which took three days.

This is the first film to use the 100th Anniversary Paramount logo. Each movie in the MI series has used a different Paramount logo.

In its 425-theater opening weekend, it grossed $13 million, setting the record of the highest-grossing opening weekend in less than 600 theaters (previously held by Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004)).

Ruben Fleischer and Edgar Wright (a friend of Simon Pegg) were also considered for directing duties. Wright backed out as he was in post-production of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010). Brad Bird was selected because of his work on The Incredibles (2004), which also contains similar themes of espionage. Michael Giacchino, the film's composer also previously worked with Bird on that film and Ratatouille (2007).

Was originally targeted for a mid-May 2011 release, with J.J. Abrams to direct. However, pre-production delays and script rewrites delayed the film, while at the same time, Abrams was busy working on his Super 8 (2011) film, prompting him to back out from directing, but still remain on producing duties.

Tom Cruise performed the sequence where Ethan Hunt scales the outside of the Burj Khalifa tower himself without the use of a stunt double. The Burj Khalifa tower is the tallest building in the world.

Jeremy Renner does the signature jump-and-hang-in-air stunt that Tom Cruise did in Mission: Impossible (1996).

The indoor water fountains in the Indian Palace use special laminar flow nozzles to launch streams of water with no turbulence. Special valves are used to "cut" the water into discrete segments. Similar fountain technology is used in the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Las Vegas.

The high-tech car that 'Ethan Hunt' drives near the end of the film is the Vision Efficient Dynamics concept car. It is an actual prototype of the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid that will enter production in late 2013. The concept car is powered by a 1.5 liter three-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine and two electric motors.

The first Mission: Impossible film not to be produced by Paula Wagner.

Brad Bird's live-action directorial debut.

Anthony Mackie, Christopher Egan, Kevin Zegers, Chris Pine, and Tom Hardy were considered to play Brandt.

Kristin Kreuk and Lauren German were considered to play Jane Carter.

Jacinda Barrett auditioned for a role and even revealed some information about the project's reboot direction.
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