POST-SCRIPTUM: I REALIZE HOW DRAMATICALLY I HAVE UNDER-ESTIMATED THIS FILM; IT REALLY WAS 'AHEAD OF ITS TIME' BECAUSE OTHER FILMS INVOLVING RUSSIA WHICH CAME LATER WERE BEING MINED FOR THEIR ABILITY TO EXPLOIT THE SOCIALIST/COMMUNIST REFERENCES EFFECTING AMERICAN SOCIETY TODAY, SO THIS POST IS GROSSLY UNDER-ANALYZED-SORRY!
It's a complex word with myriad definitions, extending itself into math and all the sciences; in chaos theory, it refers to the degree of complexity a society can achieve before it inevitably begins breaking down and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol illustrates just that breaking point of collapse: nearly every scene demonstrates how a simple, unknown variable in the plan's calculation throws everything off. From a battery dying, the mask-making machine freezing up, a foreign agent arriving ahead of schedule, phone signals being crossed, a giant sandstorm, a cable being too short, a robot magnet freezing up, people in a doorway, people crossing the street, a servant bringing in a tray of tea, all point towards how out of control our control over the world really is. Like Sherlock Holmes A Game of Shadows, Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol gives us chaos theory, but it's another face of chaos theory.
The answer is, because it is becoming weak.
How much, or how little, would it takes to begin the collapsing of all society?
What Mission Impossible successfully achieves is the overall illustrating of that situation on every level when a Russian professor decides to become a Darwinisticwatch the whole begin to unravel, and that's the point of the film: the maze of satellites plus the plethora of non-monitored nuclear weapons from the Cold War Era adds up to it being pretty easy for anyone to do what was done in the film and we have less control over the whole situation than we might have had twenty years ago because we are a far more complex society today.
This is probably a good reason why some films are going back to the "dark ages," i.e., the 1980s, when there really were no personal computers. The collapse of society is pretty scary, maybe even scarier than a nuclear war; that's one for discussion at your New Year's Party, but intimately intertwined with how convenient life is and how connected we are all, is the inherent dilemma of how weak it is making us and what the consequences of that will be.
|Oh, those massive sand storms that turn up just as you need a satellite signal.|