Cruise, who at 49 looks very fit, is wholly believable as the utterly unbelievable Hunt. Jeremy Renner and Simon Pegg provide support as other IMF agents. Paula Patton's also on the team, but like most women shoe-horned into action films, her role is chiefly to wear a tight dress, seduce a playboy and get in a skirt-hiking brawl with another woman. Sadly, the bad guy (Michael Nyqvist, of the Swedish Girl With Dragon Tattoo) gets scrimped on, remaining simply a man to be chased rather than a fully realized threat.
Much of Ghost verges on action comedy, with plenty of one-liners from Pegg and a pervasive light air. (Falling off a skyscraper has never looked so amusing!) There's not much cat-and-mouse play, nor any real tension. It's high-gloss, big-budget junk, and if your holiday plans call for some fast-paced, silly-serious eye candy, you could accept this mission. Leave your brain at home, doing the dishes.