Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol is a rare film one of the few third sequels ever made that doesnt suck, and is the best movie in the entire franchise. This one has it all a compelling story, kinetic action, ample doses of humor and Tom Cruise doing what he does best, which is essentially be Tom Cruise (including obligatory scenes where hes running, arms pumping forward like hes trying to impale someone on his hands). Ghost Protocol also taps into our fear of heights more effectively than any film in recent memory, specifically the scene in which Ethan Hunt (Cruise) is forced to scale up the outside of Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, with nothing but a pair of special gloves (one of which malfunctions). The reason this scene makes the crotch tingle is its obvious no CGI is involved; Cruise (in a somewhat insane dedication to his craft) performed the stunt himself. Sure, he was attached to cables which were later erased in post-production, but at a height of over 2,000 feet, the average person would likely be washing out their underwear afterwards. To his credit, Cruise seldom even looks nervous, perhaps making him a better actor than some give him credit for.
D.M. Anderson works and lives in Portland Oregon. He is the author of two young adult novels (Killer Cows & Shaken) and a collection of dark tales (With the Wicked). He has also published several short stories which have appeared (or will appear) in various anthologies and magazines such as 69 Flavors of Paranoia, Night Terrors, Trembles, Encounters, Implosion, Strange Fucking Stories, Perpetual Motion Machine. He documents his adventures in the dark on on his movie site, Free Kittens Movie Guide