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Release Date: December 16, 2011
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Director: Brad Bird
Screenwriter: Josh Applebaum, Andre Nemec
Starring: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton, Josh Holloway, Michael Nyqvist, Vladimir Mashkov, Lea Seydoux, Anil Kapoor
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for sequences of intense action and violence)
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STUDIO SYNOPSIS: This is not just another mission. The IMF is shut down when it's implicated in a global terrorist bombing plot. Ghost Protocol is initiated and Ethan Hunt and his rogue new team must go undercover to clear their organization's name. No help, no contact, off the grid. You have never seen a mission grittier and more intense than this.
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(iPad/iPhone here) Plot - Ghost Protocol is initiated and Ethan Hunt and his rogue new team must go undercover to clear their organization's name.

Life is best on the edge. Do your heart! Real life note: Léa Seydoux (Sabine Moreau) wishing to overcome her natural shyness, she enrolled in a theatre course, which led to her international stardom. Push yourself!

Brad Bird: "Tom had seen 'Incredibles' and liked it a lot and just wanted to meet with me. So, I went over to his house and we just talked about movies. We were immediately very comfortable with each other and about our attitudes towards the medium of film."

ETHAN HUNT (Tom Cruise) must evolve as an agent, going from lone wolf to a true team leader. "Ethan has really relied on himself in the previous three movies, but in this movie he has to rely on others. It's a great challenge for him because he's been betrayed so many times by team members and his organization and now he has no choice but to trust these three people whom he hardly knows."

Woman invincible! Paula Patton (Jane Carter) emerged as an unforgettable talent with her leading roles in the Tony Scott film “Déjà Vu” and the original musical “Idlewild.” In “Déjà Vu,” Paula starred opposite Denzel Washington and Jim Caviezel.

Jeremy Renner (William Brandt) Academy award nominee, starred in the 2010 Best Picture winner “The Hurt Locker.” Simon Pegg (Benji Dunn) co-wrote and co-starred (as Tim Bisley) in the worldwide acclaimed, cult television show Spaced.

The Team: Trusting those you barely know. Trust is no easy thing. In previous episodes Nathan was betrayed by team members.

(iPad/iPhone here) "We wanted to do a fight that had a fast, vicious, slightly out-of-control feel to it," says director Bird. "Lea originally was only supposed to do a few close-ups and then we would have a stunt woman do the rest, but she got into the spirit and said she wanted to do this stuff." The two worked together with fight trainers for months to perfect the scene.

Cast members trained for four months, every day, with trainer and fight coordinator Rob Alonzo. Alonzo's approach focused mainly on making certain the actors knew all the moves, so they could drop in and create a realistic-looking fight. "He trained us to learn all the moves that would be helpful to you in a fight, not an actual choreographed fight," explains Paula Patton. "Then, as you get close to shooting the fight, you start to create some choreography, so when you go in to shoot the scene, you're not thinking about it, you're just making it look as real as possible."

(iPad/iPhone here) Without trust there is no team.

(iPad/iPhone here) The whole film is about the issue of trust. Trust is as complicated and simple as life itself. Léa Seydoux (Sabine Moreau) portrays a person who would do anything for money. People who love money more than others are not to be trusted.

(iPad/iPhone here) Major leaps of faith are never easy. Therefore, most don’t. But, we all should. Movies, such as this, remind us. We identify.

The mission: To penetrate outward appearances.

(iPad/iPhone here) Located in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai is visually striking. "It's cinematic from the get-go," notes Bird. "A lot of the architecture is very imaginative and seems so futuristic. The fact that it's surrounded by desert is such a surreal sight because it's just dunes and flatness, and then there's this city rising up like Oz." The city had never truly been photographed for a motion picture portraying itself before. Filmmakers had not yet taken advantage of the vertical scale of the Dubai until GHOST PROTOCOL.

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE -- GHOST PROTOCOL is an action-packed thrill ride, filled with mind-boggling stunts, rich characters, the coolest gadgets and stunning locations. Filmed over a five month period from October 2010 to March 2011, production took the film from Los Angeles to Moscow, Prague, Dubai, Mumbai, and Vancouver.

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