Thursday, December 22, 2011

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

Some advice: See it in IMAX. It's worth a few extra bucks to have practically your entire field of view filled up with the dizzying fight sequences and to feel the rumble of the explosions' deep bass in your chair. Director Brad Bird has made a nearly flawless action film. The first chase and gunshots are executed literally within the opening seconds; the only thing we learn beforehand is that Paramount Pictures is 100 years old and the first scene takes place in Budapest. And, then, BANG! Here we go!

Moscow, Dubai, Mumbai...It doesn't matter. What's so great is that in the midst of the non-stop frenzy of punches, bullets, jumps, crashes and high-tech gadgetry, we could actually follow the plot and remember who was who. Tom Cruise? People say his career has seen its better days, but if anything is going to jump-start it, it's Ghost Protocol. Jeremy Renner (of The Hurt Locker fame) also holds his own as a young agent named Brandt. Maybe they'll both be back for a fifth film; after this one, we should hope so.

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