Monday, January 23, 2012

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

Time heals all wounds. As time has passed Tom Cruise's "nutty" period has become a faint memory. Or as Mrs.Nugget asked "What did he do again? Jumped on Oprah's couch and yelled at someone about medicine?" The same is true for the M:I series. What started strong in 1996 has had diminishing returns in two sequels (in 2000 and 2006). But there seems to be a reason Tom keeps having these movies made. Watching Brad Bird (The Incredibles; Ratatouille) using IMAX cameras similarly to how Christopher Nolan used them in The Dark Knight, should get anyone excited no matter how they feel about Tom Cruise the person.

The fourth film in the series, they keep things going at a brisk pace while still allowing some moments for genuine character arcs. The stunts are fantastic. This helps counter balance some middling CGI (Kremlin destruction and sandstorm). Unlike the previous movies, they do recognize the previous sequel this time, if only giving it a bookend lip service.

My only real complaint is leaving Ving Rhames behind. I understand wanting to freshen things up, but the one thing I always liked from the movies was their trust and friendship. Ah well. And you could do worse than adding more screen time for Simon Pegg. He gets a lot more to do this film than the last.

Did you enjoy it?

Would you see it in theaters again?
IMAX maybe, who wants to take me?

Would you buy it?

Would you rent it?

Would you watch it if you saw it was on TV?


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