Post by Mark T. Locker.
I am not generally a fan of action, explosions, running and car chases in crowded foreign cities. My main exception to this has been USA Network’s “Burn Notice”. This show I classify as laundry-folding entertainment. But what do you do when faced with piles of laundry to fold and you’ve burned through all your Burn Notice? The answer: compromise.
I never saw the first two (ed. note: apparently there were three before this) Mission Impossible movies, nor did I ever feel very compelled to do so. Not surprisingly, there is no need for knowledge of the back story to understand what is happening in Ghost Protocol. Here’s what is happening in Ghost Protocol: explosions, running, and car chases in crowded foreign cities. It even comes with the requisite driving through some Arab vendor’s tent! Also: Simon Pegg as the witty element (which mostly falls flat) and physically impossible feats like not having your shoulder dislocate when falling from a considerable height and catching yourself at the last moment.
In short, this is perfect laundry-folding entertainment. So long as you are not too hung up on plausible plot points or well-crafted dialog, it’s worth the free price on some of the streaming channels.