Me and My Nine Iron

December 20, 2011

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol IMAX review

Filed under: Movie reviews — BJ @ 5:06 pm
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I was among the 10% of IMAX locations to show the first six minutes of The Dark Knight Rises, which is also mostly shot in IMAX. The visuals are amazing, and the opening sequence is grandeur. The only knock I have is that Bane is incomprehensible from behind that mask, and Christopher Nolan has since stated that “additional sound work” during post-production would make the dialogue easier to understand. The final film of the Dark Knight trilogy comes out July 20, 2012.

It took three days to watch this movie in IMAX, where it was released in select theaters on Friday before a wide release on Wednesday. And even the Sunday at 10:30p showtime I lined up an hour early for sold out as well.

The best rated Mission: Impossible of the four films was entertaining throughout with big-time action scenes and nail-biting stunts from Ethan Hunt. Simon Pegg brings the laughs, and Jeremy Renner and Paula Patton are great additions to the team. Brad Bird, who’s best known for writing and directing Ratatouille and The Incredibles, magnificently shot just his fourth–and first live-action–feature.

The reason why it doesn’t get five stars is because everyone’s invincible, both agents and villains, after unrecoverable explosions and injuries. Either the story or villain–maybe both–was kind of weak, affecting the size of the payoff. And of course, there’s an open ending for a Mission: Impossible 5, which like M.I. 2-4, isn’t look like it’s coming out any sooner than four years from its predecessor – an area of concern, as Tom Cruise gets up there in age (49).

Rating: 4 stars out of 5

BJ

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