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Mr. Beaks Has Seen Two IMAX Scenes From Brad Bird's MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - GHOST PROTOCOL! And Check Out The New Trailer!


Beaks here...

When it comes to an enhanced moviegoing experience for which I'm going to cough up a few extra dollars, I will always take a film shot in IMAX (completely or partially) over 3D. The thirty minutes of THE DARK KNIGHT filmed in IMAX are far more exhilarating and immersive than anything in AVATAR, while documentaries like EVEREST and HUBBLE 3D fill every minute with genuine, jaw-dropping awe. I know it's pricey, and I know the cameras are onerous, but if you can harness the potential of the format, you'll give moviegoers an experience they will never be able to get at home.

Like the vertigo-inducing sight of Tom Cruise dangling for real from the 130th floor of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. You're going to see glimpses of this sequence in the brand-new trailer for MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - GHOST PROTOCOL below, but you won't truly experience it until you see this madness in IMAX.



Last week, Paramount held a special footage presentation at the Rave 18 IMAX theater in Los Angeles, where they unveiled almost the entire Burj sequence as well as a subsequent foot/car chase through a blinding sandstorm. I walked away very impressed. Finally, someone has given Brad Bird the opportunity to make a big, live-action spy movie, and he's responded with the kind of practical, stunt-heavy brio that got us hooked on the Bond franchise as kids (Guy Hamilton and Peter Hunt would certainly approve). Working with legendary cinematographer Robert Elswit and the game-for-anything Cruise (only one shot in the entire Burj sequence features his double), Bird makes us feel like we're stuck out there on the tallest building in the world with Ethan Hunt. I don't know how this will play on a regular theater screen, but in IMAX, this sequence feels like an instant classic. Seriously, if  you're afraid of heights, make sure one of your friends brought smelling salts. It's insane.

The second sequence finds Hunt chasing someone through a sandstorm that has suddenly engulfed Dubai. This gives Cruise the opportunity to run his ass off onscreen (as he is contractually obligated to do in every film), and, finally, drive like a maniac in zero visibility. The sequence climaxes with Cruise using GPS to locate his target, at which point he uses his car as a missile to take his adversary out. Unfortunately for Cruise, the bad guy survives the deadly-looking crash and gets away. And that's where the scene ended.

We already know Bird is a visual genius from his brilliant animated films (THE IRON GIANT, THE INCREDIBLES and RATATOUILLE), and it appears that talent has made the transition to live-action. Let's hope the rest of the movie is up to this dizzyingly high standard.

Closer to the December 21st, 2011 release date, I'll post a 1:1 interview I conducted with Bird after the event.

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  • Oct. 27, 2011, 6:53 p.m. CST


    by BojTrek

    I really like Mission 1 and 3 and cannot wait to see this... First... Time... Ever... FIRST?

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 6:54 p.m. CST

    how many minutes of IMAX footage in MI:4?

    by Titus05

    more then Dark Knight?

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 6:58 p.m. CST

    looks like shit

    by georgecauldron

    Did Michael Bay direct this?

  • Morons.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 7:04 p.m. CST

    Looks cool... and george cauldron

    by AshokForgiven

    shut up

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Was that Brian Cox in the car?

    by poop

    That looks fucking awesome. Brad Bird is the most consistently amazing director working. You know it.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 7:10 p.m. CST

    answer to my question about how many IMAX scenes in movie...

    by Titus05

    producer Bryan Burk, told reporters at the screening that nearly thirty minutes of Ghost Protocol was shot with IMAX cameras compared to around 20 mintues for Dark Knight trailer looks amazing...looks like the best MI yet...the Burj Khalifa scenes in IMAX should be the best ever...why more movies don't shoot with IMAX cameras is beyond me...IMAX easily trumps 3D (and you don't need to wear stupid glasses)

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 7:14 p.m. CST

    I am the 90%

    by vadakinX

    By which I mean the 90% of people who will see this on a regular screen. Thus any preview or review that mentions IMAX as a reason to see any film automatically loses points. Heck, the DVD for The Dark Knight had extras which were essentially just commercials for IMAX, a viewing format that most people won't be able to experience. I'm not against shooting on IMAX and I'm not against viewing a film on an IMAX screen. I'm sure it's awesome. But a film needs to work on a standard screen. In fact I believe every reviewer on the internet and in trades should be made to view such films on standard screens. We'd all love to have the IMAX experience but it's not possible for most people right now and I don't see an IMAX cinema coming to every city any time soon. Shit, I have to go to another country if I want to see a film in IMAX. Beaks, you mentioned you would take IMAX over 3D any day...that's fine except 3D is everywhere. IMAX isn't. Until that changes and the general public can have that experience no matter where they live, IMAX shouldn't enter into the equation when it comes to talking about and reviewing a movie.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 7:19 p.m. CST

    IMAX cameras aren't required.

    by vadakinX

    The rollout of RED Epic means that film makers won't need IMAX cameras (well, unless they insist on shooting film) when shooting for IMAX.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 7:23 p.m. CST

    you can still enjoy IMAX at home

    by Titus05

    the Blu-ray of Dark Knight had shifting aspect ratios which went full screen for the IMAX sequences...even on a smaller screen IMAX footage looks amazing...the key being that they filmed with actual IMAX cameras and is not an upconversion...much higher resolution image with IMAX looks stunning no matter what

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Brad Bird directing will make this watchable...

    by BeanGrud

    But where the heck is The Incredibles Part 2?

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 7:45 p.m. CST


    by gruemanlives


  • Oct. 27, 2011, 7:50 p.m. CST


    by poop

    Is your last name... COX?

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 7:56 p.m. CST

    vangoghx You did it first!

    by JethroBodine

    MUWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! How clever you are!

  • I love how you can tell the talentless hacks by their hater comments. The bigger the hater, the smaller the talent (and penis).

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 8:08 p.m. CST

    The Incredibles

    by hspahr

    I am willing to give this film a try because of the Incredibles. I think The Incredibles is still the best superhero movie ever made. And I'm kind of a Tom Cruise hater but I've got to give him mad props for some of the stuff we've seen on the building. I've got a pretty healthy fear of heights and I'm afraid an IMAX viewing would make me hurl.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 8:14 p.m. CST

    Holy shit, can't believe Im saying this but

    by Quackfu

    I would actually go see this. I have increasingly come to dislike Cruse movies but this one is definitely interesting. Thank you Brad Bird. Mission Impossible was always a team not one guy. Would have liked to see Ving in this one though.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 8:15 p.m. CST

    MI:3 was the best of the IMPOSSIBLE films.

    by Chris Moody

    If this one comes close...I will be very happy!

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 8:15 p.m. CST

    Hopes are high ONLY because of Brad Bird. Great action.

    by CodeName

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 8:42 p.m. CST

    Tom Cruise Kissing a Woman Like He Means It: MISSION IMPOSSIBLE


  • Oct. 27, 2011, 8:52 p.m. CST

    The Better Half

    by gksquire9

    Is his wife dead in this? No mention of her in the trailers or IMDB.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 8:55 p.m. CST

    She better be dead.

    by poop

    The whole "family life" section of that film was god damn unbearable. I felt like I was watching an episode of Brothers & Sisters.

  • John Woo's trailer was better. Wayyyy better.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 9:20 p.m. CST

    Who is Brandt Really? Jim Phelps's kid.

    by tailhook

    You heard it here first. He's also the bad guy out to destroy the IMF and get revenge on Ethan Hunt from 'the inside'. That said... i'm getting tired of the IMF Burn Notice movies. How many times are they gonna do it? Did anyone even watch the original series or even know the types of missions the Impossible Missions Force did? You wouldn't from the movies.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 9:48 p.m. CST

    Brad Bird is most definitely not

    by Brian Hopper


  • Oct. 27, 2011, 10:02 p.m. CST

    HOLY SHIT!!!!!!!!!!!

    by Turd Furgeson

    Now THAT looks like a MI movie!!! As long as cruise can still pull off these stunts and continue to look youthful, why stop making these with his as the lead???? Each one gets better.. Except that second one, that thing was a steaming pile of TURD!!!!!

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 10:11 p.m. CST

    I'm psyched!!

    by ATARI

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 10:27 p.m. CST

    so i guess then Sawyer's actually a bad guy in this?

    by TheSeeker7

    at first from the footage awhile back it looked like Josh Halloway was one of the IMF guys, but he's clearly not one of "the final 4" that Cruise is talking about in the trailer.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 11:06 p.m. CST

    I hope Sawyer has a decent role

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    I miss that sonofabitch.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 11:22 p.m. CST

    We love you tiny-brained Brian Cox commenters

    by Anthony Torchia

    and applaud your willingness to embarrass yourselves so repeatedly. If you're ever lucky enough to have therapy, remember to tell them about how you love pathologically pointing out people's mistakes WEEKS AFTER THEY OCCUR True crazy guys, true fucking crazy.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 11:26 p.m. CST

    Count me in

    by maelstrom_ZERO

    I have to say, I'm actually really looking forward to this. Just the fact that Brad Bird is directing this makes it a must-watch movie. Considering his pedigree with Incredibles and Iron Giant, a live-action directorial debut just seems too good to miss. And truth be told, the trailer makes the movie look incredibly solid. I mean, it's always possible that the movie is just bad. But the guy directed one of the best superhero movies ever made. I don't really think that the possibility of messing up is that high at this point.

  • He's got movie star written all over him. One of the few people I could actually imagine in an Indy Jones type of role. Somebody get him in that Indy like video game movie. What's it called? Uncharted.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 11:30 p.m. CST

    Oh, and I can't wait to see MI4!

    by antonphd

    I love all of Brad's movies so far and there's no way I would miss his turn at the MI series.

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 11:35 p.m. CST

    Wow....MI4 Directed by Edna Mode....Very Cool :)

    by Longtime Lurker

    At least we know it will have style, and from the looks of the trailer she is true to her word....NO CAPES :)

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 11:47 p.m. CST

    I heard that some of the stunts in this film...

    by elcapullo

    ...had to be done by BRIAN COX. All kidding aside, the moment in the trailer where Cruise is told "we all have our secrets, don't WE Ethan?" was HILARIOUS!!!!

  • Oct. 27, 2011, 11:54 p.m. CST

    Looks fantastic

    by genrefanboy

    Really looking forward to this now. So much going on in the trailer. Incredible action, plot twists, surprises, babes, guns, cars, explosions, impossible stunts. Decent cast, High production values, ILM/Brad Bird, JJ Abrams etc etc. MI4 is going to be a great popcorn action movie!!!

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 12:11 a.m. CST

    Brad Bird...

    by KnowItAllFromCali

    Is the only reason I might see this. Here's hoping he still has the magic touch.

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 12:39 a.m. CST


    by GravyAkira

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 4:37 a.m. CST

    A positive message

    by Mr Gorilla

    Big love to Brad Bird, I really can't wait to see your movie. And big respect to Tom Cruise & JJ for bringing him on board. You are smart guys.

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 6:18 a.m. CST

    Anyone would think Tom Cruise did this for real...

    by Righteous Brother

    WITHOUT some kind of safety harness, the way you hacks right about it. Have you any idea what kind of insurance payout there'd be if Cruise actually died whilst making this movie? It's probably more dangerous crossing a street in a city than what he did. I know its high, and some people don't have a head for heights, but man what a rush swinging around the top of that building, I'd love to have a crack at that, with those kind of safety features in place.

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 7:20 a.m. CST

    A Cox on you!

    by Judge Dredds Dirty Undies

    Anyone that thinks Brad Bird is overrated is of far more dubious mental stability than Brian Cox fans. Is Michaela Giacchino scoring this?

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 7:28 a.m. CST

    damned few stars

    by Hipshot

    Would do something like this, safety harness or no. "Some" people have no head for heights? Look at the responses here, on a site with no love for Cruise, and i think it's reasonable to assume that 99% of people would say "fuck no!" to something like this, and can appreciate someone who actually goes the limit to create an entertainment. You know damned well that most stars would have done this with blue-screen or digital, and we would have been satisfied. Cruise went the extra mile, and deserves props.

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 7:41 a.m. CST

    This looks like ridiculous fun!

    by Fawst

    I seriously cannot wait to see this in my local IMAX theater. Assigned seating, for the win! I already know which seat is dead center, so if I can't get that one, I can at least plan around it. Good stuff. And where the hell is Holloway? I didn't see him in either trailer...

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 8:38 a.m. CST

    Despite the fact the film looks like....

    by Righteous Brother

    an amalgamation of all the other MI films, it does indeed look like a lot of fun, coupled with the Dark Knight Rises footage means I am there.

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 10:57 a.m. CST

    er wow this actually looks good

    by lawlord

    I'm surprised. I'll be in line to see this bad boy

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Tom Cruise on the UK Top Gear...

    by workshed

    ...proved he's every bit the action man in real life as in his movies. When he took the car up on two wheels and set the fastest time on the track... I just thought to myself, 'what a mad bastard!' ...I still think he's Trapped In The Closet.

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 12:09 p.m. CST

    I'm on the computer.... LOL

    by DadTimesTwo

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 4:10 p.m. CST

    BTW is it true about the long TDKR trailer running with MI4?

    by cameron

  • Oct. 28, 2011, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Come on they could have had thrown Ving Rhames a bone

    by MRJONZ72

    And please correct me if I'm wrong. I know has him listed but they been wrong before. i havent seen one sign between the trailers or any of the productions pics/news etc that he is in this.

  • Oct. 29, 2011, 3:14 a.m. CST

    Josh Holloway

    by DynamixRo

    I'm pretty sure he'll only have a bit role in this, an IMF agent that gets knocked-off very early in the film, maybe part of an Episode 3-style montage with different jedis/agents being wiped out. And that shot of him falling is probably the last we'll see of him.

  • Oct. 29, 2011, 3:20 a.m. CST

    dynamixro. you nailed it bro.

    by ben

    falling down. shirtless.

  • Oct. 29, 2011, 9:34 a.m. CST

    None too shabby

    by alexander

    And - much as I actually like Tom Cruise - looks like a proper IMF film. Maybe I'm being naïve there. But I guess I'm sold, assuming I can afford it. Free IMAX tickets to give away for for AICN UK readers? Make it so!

  • Oct. 29, 2011, 10:14 a.m. CST

    The third one was eh, so-so

    by ManInTheMembersOnlyJacket

    Ethan Hunt's being a husband was...weird. BUT Brian Cox as the villain really made that movie worthwhile. jk jk lol Get it, Dad?!

  • Oct. 29, 2011, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Sheeeit, this looks fantastic.

    by Stuntcock Mike

  • Oct. 29, 2011, 8:03 p.m. CST

    This looks pretty great but MI3 was godawful top to bottom

    by golden tribw

  • Oct. 30, 2011, 10:57 a.m. CST


    by Dman Den

    I think this film will lead to Ethan becoming director of the IMF

  • Oct. 30, 2011, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Things I noticed from the trailer

    by snappy

    1. Promotional consideration provided by BMW - I saw at least 4 in the trailer, including a concept car that's not even in production. God knows how many will be in the whole film (including MINIs and Rolls Royces). 2. The guy firing the pistol as he fell had thrown something off the roof ahead of him - was it a bomb to blow out the ground below so he could land in sewer water? Or an explosive airbag? Or his gum? 3. The only agent shown as 'disavowed' on the display when Tom Wilkinson is talking is Josh Holloway's character, Trevor Hanaway, even though the voiceover says the whole team is affected.

  • MI:1 is still the best & MI:3 was very good