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Capone says MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE–GHOST PROTOCOL is the best in the series, all the more so in IMAX!!!

Hey everyone. Capone in Chicago here.

Before my review begins, it should be noted that this film technically opens today only in certain IMAX theaters across the country. Certain portions of the film were actually shot in IMAX, so this isn't one of those fake IMAX situations. In those theaters before the film, audience members will be treated to the first few minutes of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. The official, non-IMAX release of MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE-GHOST PROTOCOL is next Wednesday, Dec. 21. Got it? Good.

By maintaining a fairly streamlined story, some incredible stunts and effects sequences, and having the most colorful and interesting team of any of the previous MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE films, GHOST PROTOCOL (the franchise's fourth installment) is at least as strong as the much-revered first M:I film, and I think better. Continuing the tradition of having a different director for each chapter of this Tom Cruise-starring vehicle, GHOST PROTOCOL has enlisted the exceedingly capable Brad Bird (THE INCREDIBLES, RATATOUILLE, THE IRON GIANT) to direct his first live-action movie. Bird has this crazy reputation of caring about fleshing out the characters he's put in charge of, and it's nice to see an emphasis placed on developing the team members as people and not just action props.

The story involves a plot to discredit the Impossible Missions Force (IMF) by framing its members for bombing the Kremlin. The set up is devised by a master villain (the original GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO's Michael Nyqvist) who believes that a nuclear war is the only way to set the world right, and sets about to make sure that the world's superpowers are firing warheads at each other as soon as possible. Naturally Ethan Hunt (Cruise) is unofficially charged by the State Department to clear the IMF's name, even though the government must officially disown it until that is done.

The rather makeshift team consists of returning cast member Simon Pegg as the technical wizard Benji, having been promoted to field agent from his position as glorified IT guy in the last film. Also on board is Paula Patton (best known for playing the teacher in PRECIOUS) as Jane, and Jeremy Renner's Brandt, who was working as an analyst with the government before being grabbed by Hunt & Co. in this story, although his formidable self-defense skills may indicate that he is a bit more than he leads on.

Director Bird does a spectacular job staging some of the most elaborate action sequences I've seen all year, and he does so in a way that they actually make sense, especially the extended centerpiece set in and outside the the tallest building in the world, which Ethan must partially scale to gain access to its security mainframe. Words cannot describe the stomach turning that will occur as your watch Cruise crawl up the side of this building in the IMAX format (no 3D, mind you; it's not necessary). The scene is almost a metaphor for the rest of the film, which is to say that it is concentrated suspense that dazzles both the eyes and the mind. But even in just some nice establishing shots of a new picturesque city Hunt and Co. are about to do damage in, Bird opens up the frame to IMAX size and gives us a gorgeous view. GHOST PROTOCOL feels clear-headed and sensical, even at its most outrageous.

But I also like the weight that is given each characters, especially to Renner's Brandt, who has a secret he's keeping that is sitting heavily upon his shoulders, and the more the team accepts him, the guiltier he feels. Renner is a great actor that people seem to keep wanting to stick in action films (he'll play Hawkeye in THE AVENGERS and is taking over the BOURNE franchise from Matt Damon, although not as Jason Bourne apparently. But in roles like those in NORTH COUNTRY, THE TOWN, and most notably THE HURT LOCKER, Renner has shown he's that rare combination of action ready and willing to dig deeper to find a character's beating heart. It sounds easy, but if it were, more actors would be doing it.

Not to take anything away from Pegg or Patton, both of whom add just the right levels of comic relief and eye candy (and that's just Pegg) to make sure GHOST PROTOCOL doesn't get weighed down by its own self-importance. Actually, Patton also has somewhat selfish reason for wanting to be a part of this particular, off-the-books mission, and she struggles to keep her personal interest in getting to the bad guys separate from the team's objectives. Plus, she looks good in a slinky evening gown. In his familiar but still likable brand of self-deprecating humor, Pegg's Benji wants to be accepted as something more than just a guy behind the computer.

Above and beyond anything, GHOST PROTOCOL is a barrels of fun. And as high-profile as the Mumbai sequence is, there's a fantastic climactic showdown between Ethan and Nyqvist in a parking garage that I'm pretty sure hasn't been shown in a commercial or trailer yet. Saving a little something special for those who actually buy tickets is a great idea. I haven't said much about Cruise in the film, and that's because he has nothing to prove here.

Even in the worst of the MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE films (that would be the second one), he knows this Ethan Hunt and throws everything he has into playing him. I always bought Cruise in this role, and while it's not my favorite of his many and varied characters, it's the one that fits him most comfortably. Throw in a could of well-placed cameos (of both new and familiar faces), and you've got yourself one hell of a great action movie to cap the year off with. Again, seeing this in IMAX is kind of essential. If you can make that happen, do so. It's worth the up-charge, unlike most 3D movies.

-- Capone
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  • Dec. 16, 2011, 2:24 a.m. CST

    Agree with view, but 3 was best

    by bigbangfan

    This 'fun' factor of this flick doesn't add up to the character development and sheer fear of Hoffman in the last movie...

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 2:25 a.m. CST

    First? Really?

    by bigbangfan

    That's only my third comment in, like, 5 years...

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 2:26 a.m. CST

    Capone forgot to mention audio editing

    by bigbangfan

    I cringed at parts simply from the sound effects of heads hitting various objects...

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 2:30 a.m. CST

    Dubai, Capone. Not Mumbai.

    by imagin78

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 2:48 a.m. CST

    Wow.. I'm sold.. can't wait to.. HEY! Is that a campfire?

    by LargoJr

    ... yeah.. just like always.. being 'best' of the series is like a hooker promising that this time she WON'T set it on fire and leave you to die after she shits on your chest.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 3 a.m. CST

    Yep, really enjoyed this except...

    by Bloodhound

    ...those certain few minutes in Dubai. Had to close my eyes. Can't imagine how awesome it would look in IMAX :)

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 3:21 a.m. CST

    imagin78, they go to both Dubai AND Mumbai, India

    by ShiftyEyedDog

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 3:22 a.m. CST

    "new face" cameos?

    by ShiftyEyedDog

    I just saw this tonight, but I'm drawing a blank. Who are the "new faces" that made cameos he's referring to? Unless he's considering Josh Holloway's role a cameo?

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 3:31 a.m. CST

    (no 3D, mind you; it's not necessary)

    by gotilk

    Yes, I trust you. BUT. If it were. Hmmm. I mean, I bet it would be fantastic in black and white, too. But WHY?

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 3:34 a.m. CST

    3 was an incomprehensible mess of shaky-cam and bad editing.

    by Fortunesfool

    Abrams should never have worked again for creating that mess.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 3:39 a.m. CST

    I agree. Perhaps equal to the first in terms of suspense

    by Nomoredirtyanything

    but a better time all round. I previously thought no one could do a better MI film than Depalma. Brad Bird has proven me wrong. It's a fucking fantastic film.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 3:41 a.m. CST

    no imagin78... Mumbai is indeed in the film

    by Nomoredirtyanything

    watch a movie next time before you post.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 3:42 a.m. CST

    sorry shiftyeyeddog.. You beat me to the chop.

    by Nomoredirtyanything

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 3:49 a.m. CST

    Seriously though, go see this film in IMAX

    by Nomoredirtyanything

    I haven't been this impressed by an action film since Casino Royale..... and I think my rewatch rate of this will be higher.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 3:53 a.m. CST

    The third one was a detestable piece of shit

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Hopefully this will be better.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 3:59 a.m. CST

    oh man... so good....

    by drave117

    Definitely the best of the four. and I am firmly in "loved M:I3" camp.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 4 a.m. CST

    I understand kwisatzhaderach... but this is muuuuch better

    by Nomoredirtyanything

    the character work feels much more natural and is a big part of the appeal. Even the wife works. The villain is probably the weakest link but it's all about the mission. You may not fell the same but I think you'll be surprised. Also the action is incredible.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 4 a.m. CST

    re: kwisatzhaderach

    by drave117

    The second one was a detestable piece of shit

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 4:13 a.m. CST


    by theGoldbergV

    There you go Capone. I just closed them brackets for ya

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 4:25 a.m. CST

    ΜΙ3 was a ripoff of True Lies.l liked it though

    by KilliK

    But everyone says that MI4 is the shit so i will definitely see it at the cinema.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 4:25 a.m. CST

    But does he fight Xenu to get rid of his body thetans?

    by Ricardo

    It's important!

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 4:32 a.m. CST

    3rd one slightly better

    by estacado1

    I thought it was on par with the 3rd one, but I liked the 3rd one slightly better. The 3rd one had emotional stakes with his wife's life on the line. Though this one had higher stakes with the fate of the world in jeopardy, it feels a bit detatched emotionally. And the 'action' is more about stunts rather than fighting in this one. One thing that I like is that things don't go smoothly for the team this time. Ethan misses a few jumps by a foot or two, equipments and gadgets break down, plans fail etc. It adds a touch of believability to the movie. And the funny parts of the movie are above average for an action moive. No silly one liners. Overall, a worthy action flick.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 5:14 a.m. CST

    Why don't any reviews mention Josh Holloway

    by TheMcflyFarm

    must have a really small/insignificant part?

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 6:40 a.m. CST

    I might need to take a trip to Navy Pier for this

    by GravyAkira

    Hope you're right Capone! It's a 3 hour drive for me. I

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 6:43 a.m. CST

    Mission Impossible 2 had one of the best trailers in movie history!

    by GravyAkira

    And yes, the actual movie sucked on a colossal level, but, I just wanted to share that. What happened Woo?

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 6:59 a.m. CST

    suspense? seriously?


    does anyone -for one scientologist second- think that a movie with Tom cruise willend badly for his character? or that someone close to him won't get hurt/be held hostage...that someone close to him won't be a traitor? that there won't be at least 3 twists? so tell me again that there was suspense in this xenu-masturbatory series.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 7 a.m. CST

    does Holloway play a loose cannon cop named LaFleur?


  • Dec. 16, 2011, 7:43 a.m. CST

    If this film wasn't directed by Brad Bird...

    by LawrenceOfArcadia

    ... It'd be getting rightfully panned in circles like these. I understand a lot of people here (particularly those running the show) love him because of his work on The Iron Giant and The Incredibles... but the bottom line is this film was awful. It was lacking pace, verve and any soul. It was a by the numbers, boring imitation of the classic globe trotting Bond films (but without a decent villain) and it didn't really work on any level; whether that be action, intrigue or comedy.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 7:50 a.m. CST

    i agree with lawrenceofarcadia

    by stoops

    this movie was boring. terrible cgi. the best of the series was still the first one.

  • ...I suppose this site will get around to an obituary sometime in mid-January?

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 8:45 a.m. CST


    by fat_rancor_keeper

    I've never even seen 1 of these flicks

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Wasn't the "Tallest building in the world" used in MI:3?

    by D.Vader


  • M:I - He's dangling from wire in the secret CIA room M:I 2 - He's climbing, free hand, along some high cliff walls. - He jumps out the window of a tall building M:I 3 - He jumps/repels/swings down the world's tallest building to get to another building to retrieve the Rabbit's Foot M:I 4 - He's climbing, free hand, along the tallest building in the world. You think there'd be something else for this man to do other than high altitude hijinks in every movie.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 9:05 a.m. CST

    Wait, so no Ving Rhames in this one?

    by D.Vader

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 9:13 a.m. CST

    Don't expect DKR at all venues

    by Jon Voights Ballsack

    Capone implied that any theatre showing Ghost Protocol today will have the Dark Knight Rises prologue. That's not the case. There are plenty of digital IMAX screens showing the film today that were not on the list. Only IMAX screens that still utilize 70mm film will be showing the prologue.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 9:13 a.m. CST

    Answering posted questions, but SPOILERS!!

    by ShiftyEyedDog

    do you people want the movie spoiled for you? Youre asking all these questions before seeing it. Anyway here it is (SPOILER ALERT)... Josh Holloway is not featured much in the marketing because he's dead in the first couple minutes. He appears briefly in a later flashback, but thats it. Maybe 8 minutes of screen time. But it's quality time. Also, Ving Rhames does appear in the film, but only at the very end in a brief cameo. Ditto for Michelle Monaghan.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 9:19 a.m. CST

    The first one stunk

    by Mike Myers

    nock list this nock list that. bla bla bla. Whats going on? Cool scene hanging from wires. nock list jibberish over and over Cool scene with a train. The end Oh and windows gum bomb and Tom running (of course)

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 9:20 a.m. CST

    Every sequel seems to be hailed as the best yet...

    by photoboy

    ... but so far I still think the first was the best and still counts as one of my favourite movies. Maybe this one will be the one to change my mind, but this time I'm already prepared to be disappointed. The first had a complex and devious storyline, some very tense set pieces and great performances from Jon Voight and Henry Czerny. The sequels haven't really been able to deliver a true follow-up to that. Also, at that point in his career Cruise was still capable of playing a character rather than "himself". Cruise clearly thinks he really is an action hero these days, hence why he does all his own stunts.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 9:21 a.m. CST

    That's right, no TDKR on digital Imax


    I found out last week from a buddy that works for a smaller theater chain, and he has one of those fake Imax screens at his place.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Not one word about Josh Holloway

    by Rob

    Must be some sort of spoiler, or he dies mad quick.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Oh FUCK, they converted my IMAX to Digital from 70mm

    by Simpsonian

    here's a list of all of them for those interested: how long until film is dead? fuck

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 9:26 a.m. CST

    It's too bad real IMAX theaters are disappearing

    by seasider

    2 IMAX theaters sold out for IMAX digital recently. I get that it's cheaper for theaters but until the resolution quality catches up with 70mm IMAX, they're just ripping their customers off.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 9:39 a.m. CST


    by RZA

    the movie should have ended during the duststorm... absolutely no reason for this thing to be 2.5 hours long. And WTF is with Jeremy Renner's whole "I was responsible for his wife's death" thing? felt completely tacked on and added nothing but tedious, badly scripted 'character' moments to a film that didn't need them... The DUbai stuff was incredible, everything else was average. My two cents!

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 9:40 a.m. CST

    MI:GP was great! IMAX definitely the way to see it!

    by Zardoz

    Looks amazing! The movie was suspenseful, action-packed and funny! My only irritations were minor: why no IMAX for all of the various city shots? They use it spectacularly for the opening, then don't use it for any of the other cities, not even the Kremlin. (which was a waste!) A minor complaint, I realize, but still! Brad Bird needs to do more live-action movies, for sure! (after he does a sequel to "The Incredibles, that is!) And Tom Cruise may be bat-shit crazy, but he knows how to make a great, crowd-pleasing movie. (and really, his worship of Xenu is no more insane than all the other religious nuts worshiping Buddha, Allah, Jesus or Jehovah. Also, who cares?) Accept this mission!

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 9:43 a.m. CST

    WTF? What about Sawyer??

    by Lamerz

    Haven't seen him mentioned much ...

  • If that's what Nolan has in store for us in the first 6 minutes of the movie, the rest of it is going to kick our collective asses out of the back wall of the theater! Just one, small problem: I could not understand a single word that Bane says! I fear that subtitles or ADR are a required fix. I suppose it's just an inherent problem when the guy is wearing a mask over his mouth. Anyone have a transcipt for what Bane says online? I'll go see MI:GP in IMAX again, not only because it was a great film, but also to see the DKR footage again. (and try to hear what Bane says!) Oh, and before the movie started in my theater, I yelled out: "Who's here for Batman?" The audience hooted and hollered. (then when the WB logo started rolling and people were still loudly talking I politely yelled "OK, Shut up!" to much laughter. Yeah, I'm THAT guy when I go to the movies! ;)

  • The action setpieces are absolutely stunning and get crazier as it goes....from the awesome Oldboy style burly brawl escape from the Moscow prison to the ingenious break-in of the Kremlin and its gut-busting low bass in IMAX exploding and crumbling to the breathtaking Burj Khalifa scene (that ENTIRE part of the film in and outside the Burj is NOT for the acrophobic) to the awesome GPS sandstorm chase (that most of you have probably seen though it is even better in IMAX) to the crazy fan blade super-computer death trap that Agent Brandt ends up in to the insane straight out of James Bond film high-tech auto-car parking garage sequence wherein Ethan engages in final combat with the main baddie. <p> This film delivers on every level....all the little stuff between is great too....Benjy getting upgraded to field agent but still being nervous as all get out and messing stuff up. Josh Holloway's awesome albeit very short action getaway scene. Jeremy Renner's great underplay of Brandt who is so opposite of just about anyone Ive seen him play. <p> The GREAT culmination line from the Burj scene where Ethan doesnt have QUITE enough rope to make it back into their hotel room from outside and Brandt says "You don't have enough rope." to which Hunt replies "NO SHIT!!!!!!" with the most incredulous of Tom Cruise faces. That line was the perfectly release of breath after holding it for that whole sequence. GREAT GREAT movie.... <p> and they did a GREAT job of connecting back to MI:3 so that it didn't seem like none of that happened but I wont spoil that. <p> I guess my ONLY complaint would be that the villain here is not as pronounced and menacing (though his endgame is extremely dangerous and insane) as previous villains were. Jon Voight was great as a rogue Jim Phelps and Dougray Scott was maniacally unhinged and ruthless in M:I2 while Phillip Seymor Hoffman was at his villianous, smarmy asshole best in M:I3......but that was my only complaint. THIS MOVIE IS THE BEST PURE NONSTOP ACTION FLICK I HAVE SEEN IN PROBABLY 5 YEARS

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Real 70mm IMAX is a sensory feast...

    by RRL

    I'm glad to see the phrase "IMAX is worth the upcharge, but 3D generally isn't". How true. Here's a list of real IMAX theaters for all you fine talkbackers (and I apologize for the rant that precedes it, but at least he's passionate about a really great medium).

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 9:57 a.m. CST

    NO "Dark Knight" at Webb Chapel & 635 in Dallas.

    by OgieOglethorpe

    Saw the 9:00 showing last night. Great flick, but no Batman trailer.. too bad.

  • the same goose bump chills you got from the first full Dark Knight trailer? Yeah, they're here too. I got so giddy for this film in IMAX after that trailer that I almost forgot what movie I was there to see (even though M:I:GP definitely blew me away enough to bring me back to the present). I watched the horrible sound shaky cam of this trailer but that sucked compared to this. In IMAX the sound system just ROARS at you.....the football field detonation sequence is imminently foreboding. I guess most of the folks there in the theatre didnt see the shaky cam vid b/c there a definite audible gasp and a bunch of "holy shits!" when that happened. Right before that the chorus in whatever that prison looking thing is with Bearded Bruce Wayne gets so high that you feel your are going insane and Bruce asks what they are saying to which the guy standing next to him says "Rise." THEN, after the football sequence you get Bane's terror-inducing voice standing over a broken Batman saying "When Gotham is in ashes and ruin...only then do you have my permission to die." THEN, you get action cut after action cut and if you thought the Tibetan mountain horn from the Inception trailer was loud then wait until you hear the hard metal clanging sound build with each beat....your heart and brain will feel like they are ready to explode and then then you get the ascent into the bright white which almost blinds you and the title comes up with the Nolan Batman theme cranked so loud that the walls of the theatre almost crumbled....THIS IS GOING TO OWN US ALL!!!! So say we all!

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Christopher Hitchens is dead

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    what a guy. Truly, a lamplighter.

  • He was great in 28 Weeks Later.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 10:33 a.m. CST

    Royston. You are correct. He was great in 28 wks

    by Mike Myers

    Badass also. Great with headshots.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 10:34 a.m. CST

    He was great until he acted stupid in 28 Weeks Later, Royston

    by D.Vader

    My opinion anyway. I thought it was unbelievably stupid that he wouldn't even try to talk to his fellow soldiers over walkie and try to convince them not to shoot at him since he was a Friendly. But alas, I hated much of that movie.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 10:37 a.m. CST

    M:I 2 was my favorite

    by belledame

    deal with it. the whole thing is a dance. i never got the "tom cruise: matinee idol" appeal till then. all of a sudden i realized 'that's what they're so crazy about.'


  • Dec. 16, 2011, 11 a.m. CST

    by whirlygig

    Hopefully the villian won't be a member of the imf this time

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Hopefully the villian won't be a member of the imf this time

    by whirlygig

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 11:06 a.m. CST


    by VALENTINEproductions

    Do they mention what happen to Luther? I always felt he was as important as Ethan was. So him not being in this one (trailers) makes it feel less like M:I.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 11:25 a.m. CST

    No comments on the Christian Bale getting roughed up in China?

    by MooseMalloy

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Brad Bird

    by MooseMalloy

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 11:26 a.m. CST

    ... Brad Bird

    by MooseMalloy

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Brad Bird directing his first live action feature --

    by MooseMalloy

    -- shouldn't the earth stop spinning or something like that?

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 11:37 a.m. CST

    More JarJar Abrams and Tom Cruise dick sucking. Great!

    by AsimovLives

    At least it's Imax and not fucking 3D! Talk about small mercies. Being better thne the first movie? Yeah, good luck with that. Talk about letting the hype do the talking. Pete's sakes!

  • I hear its pretty amazeballs

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 11:41 a.m. CST


    by Tank Williams

    What trailers did they play?

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Brad Bird's JLA.

    by UltimaRex

    Make it so.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 12:10 p.m. CST

    stiguy, TDKR trailer plays before MI:GP... Only in 70mm IMAX theaters

    by Simpsonian

    from what I understand...

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 12:19 p.m. CST

    @simpsonian - There IS a TDKR trailer playing on non-70mm

    by ShiftyEyedDog

    its a regular full trailer, the same one that appeared here on AICN briefly in bootleg form a couple days ago. It's just the full scene prologue that's only playing in 70mm theaters.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 12:31 p.m. CST

    @simsonian (and anyone who digs IMAX)

    by RRL

    Thank you sir! I looked over the rest of the website- pretty cool that it even exists. My kids and I fell in love with IMAX films at the USAF Museum Foundation, and according to the link, it's still one of the premier theaters in the states (if anyone lives near it- check it out). Imagine my disappointment, as I've relocated to Florida this year, to find that the theater at UNIVERSAL (for crying out loud) is digital. This truly is yet another exciting medium that is being put to pasture long before a suitable replacement exists. Also- did you notice that almost all of the "1570" theaters are in museums and not commercial movie venues? Just another example of the greed killing the art...

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 12:40 p.m. CST


    by rogueleader66

    See, there you go, already deciding there is no way this can possibly be better than the first one. And I bet its because of Abrams involvement isn't it? I'm not saying anything about the movie until I see it. You might want to do the same. You say everyone is sucking Cruise and ABrams dick, but as I said in another TB, consider the fact that this is just a good movie. Brad Bird....go ahead, tell me he is a bad director. You can't.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Digital Imax

    by VXXXJesterXXXV

    Is this worth the upcharge for Imax Jr? That is all we have access to here in Ohio....

  • Because if the new Superman movie is any good, you will give Nolan all the credit for being such a great influence on Snyder. But MI:4 is gonna suck because of the producer, right? Can't twist an argument to work in your favor. In the end, a movie is the director's vision. Period. Producers dont get Academy awards, directors do.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 12:45 p.m. CST

    Is there a reason the Batman footage isnt at IMAX digital theaters????

    by AshokForgiven

    Isnt digital actually BETTER than film? Why wouldnt digital theaters get it? Sux cuz I live right by a digital IMAX in Westlake.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Is it true? Batman full scene doesn't play in fauxMAX?

    by Dreamwriter

    That would be awesome, my local theater is *only* playing the movie in fauxMAX, and I don't want to see a full spoilery scene.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Trailer IS playing in DIGITAL IMAX's

    by Nix

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 12:58 p.m. CST

    by Nix

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 1:07 p.m. CST


    by J-Dizzle AICN missed the boat again.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 1:11 p.m. CST

    @ yeahiluvcheezypoofs: NOC List

    by Sluggolicious

    Not 'nock' list. 'Non-Official Cover.'

  • A plot to discredit the IMF by framing its members. The set up is devised by a master villain who believes that a nuclear war is the only way to set the world right.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 1:16 p.m. CST


    by shane peterson

    don't mean to be technical but the producers get the Best Picture gold man.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 1:18 p.m. CST

    rogueleader66.... yes they do...

    by bigbangfan

    Producers get the best oscar of them all, "Best Picture". It's even saved for the last one of the night... It's the one studios strive for... It's the one that's most remembered... I can go on and on...

  • do you people read before you post?

  • add Bird to the mix and you have double the awesomeness!

  • true 70mm IMAX screens are HUGE. the digital IMAX are mostly regular theaters converted with slightly larger than usual screens and louder speakers.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Brad Bird got it done?

    by Tom Fremgen

    Kick-butt. I have no love for the last two films, so am really on the fence with this one. Bird was the one saving grace, and it sounds like he pulled it off. As for a Brad Bird JLA movie- sounds like dying and going to superhero heaven! Plug- like Jackie Chan movies, try my comic book:

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 1:41 p.m. CST

    TDKR kicks balls in IMAX btw.....this movie will OWN us all!

    by Dogmatic

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 1:44 p.m. CST


    by Dogmatic

    This movie is great b/c it pays close attention to all the M:I's that came before it...Ving is NOT a role in this but DOES have a cameo at the verrrrrrrrrry end of the movie....nice, short sweet cameo as Luther. It is kinda cool b/c by having that bit in there they are keeping the universe going showing that Luther and probably Jonathan Rhys Meyer's characters are still in IMF....just not part of this particular mission. Luther did create the final laugh out loud moment in my theatre though...

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 2:05 p.m. CST

    @vxxxjesterxxxv , Digital IMAX

    by RRL

    Hi there, nice to "meet you". Check out my previous post. The USAF Museum Society is a full IMAX theater (in a really huge and incredible air/space museum). You do not have to pay museum entrance to visit the IMAX. It's in "Fairborn" Ohio(a northern suburb of Dayton, south of Columbus, and part of Wright-Patterson AFB, where they keep the aliens from Roswell ;) Check it out!

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 2:18 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Oh and dont go and use the whole "Abrams is producing so its gonna be garbage" line

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Brad Bird has been a great director in animation.

    by AsimovLives

    and so far he hadn't had a fuckass fuck like JarJarAbrams calling the shots. Or an egomaniac like Cruise. So, yeah, i'm skeptical beyond anything a gek or a AIUCN staff can say about it, evne if they praise it to high heavens. I still remember the AbramsShitTrek debacle. I'm not that short of memory. AICN praising the hell out of shit made by the Abramsfuckass is common occurence here.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 2:22 p.m. CST

    JarJarAbra ms produces another movie, AICN masturbates on it

    by AsimovLives

    where i have seen this before? well, like, all the time?

  • The plot is whatever, but the dialogue is fun, the cast is good, and the set pieces are works of art. And this is coming from someone who didnt care for the previous films.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Asimov, why is it hard for you to believe...

    by D.Vader

    That AICN is masturbating over Brad Bird's involvement and not JJ Abrams'?

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 2:44 p.m. CST


    by dahveed1972

    Even when i disagreed with him (mostly his support of the iraq war) , I loved reading and listening to him. The greatest debater ive ever heard, on any subject, and a courageous advocate for truth and reason.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Capone doesn't even mention JJ in his article

    by D.Vader

    So you can't say he's "masturbating" over the guy.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 2:59 p.m. CST


    by Hipshot

    You're looking at an obsessive case, someone who loves to tear down just to look smart. You've got better things to do than try to make sense of Asi's compulsive behavior. Really.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Sigh, hipshot

    by D.Vader

    You are correct...

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 3:23 p.m. CST

    I just can't take Tom Cruise seriously anymore as an action star.

    by DanielnocharismaCraig

    I just can't. Maybe it was his disastrous turn in Interview With A Vampire that caused it, but he just reminds me of an angry, gay short guy who might throw a drink in your face rather than a punch. Why doesn't he turn his acting career into comedy? I loved his bit performance in Tropic Thunder.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 3:45 p.m. CST

    F' Tom Cruise!

    by django_il_bastardo

    You couldn't pay me to sit through another of his movies! Sorry Tommy, the only thing that sucks more than you is Xenu!

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 4:13 p.m. CST


    by Tank Williams

    You sir, are "one of those guys" and... Unfortunately for you, believing Tom Cruise "sucks", has prevented you from enjoying some truly incredible films. What, ego issue? I have friends like you, won't see a film because Johnny Depp is in it, or some shit like that. I feel sorry for you. MI: GP was seriously one of the most badass movies I've seen in quite some time. Please change you way of thinking, it may open you up to some fantastic film experiences. FYI

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 4:14 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    that's what she said.

  • Excelent question. And speakng of Brad Bird and Michelle Bayass, it's my opinion that the Transformers movies should had been given to Brad Bird fom day one, regardless if they were to be animation of live action.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 4:21 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    it's easy to understand my anti-jarjarabrams behavior. i'm just bringing ballance to the force. to restore natural equilibrium by going against the fanatical blind dumb love that AICNand so many of the geeks here have for JarJarAbrams. Since they are so many and i'm just one, i have to work harder. See, easy? Also, because JarJarAbrams is a shit filmmaker and his movies are mediocre to complete shit. Shit movies and filmmakers upset me. Kinda like how it does too to Mark Kermode. It's personal.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 4:24 p.m. CST


    by Tank Williams

    Yep, totally. The only reason MB is still in the biz $$$$$$$$$$$$$$boxoffice$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ If it wasn't for ^ he would be a complete, jobless hack.

  • I completly gave up on him. i'm fed up with his egomania translated to the screen. total fed up. i so fucking hated him in MI3. i even blame that movie more on cruise then on jarjarabrams and his two assclown "writers" Bobitto Porci and Klutzman. Those 3 assfucks are to blame to, but the main culprit was Tom Cruise. So, no more! Orson Welles could had raised from the grave and directed MI4, i wouldn't still give a fuck. it's sad that Brad Bird has wasted his considerable ta,lents making another egofiest for Cruise and soilinf his soul with an association with shitfiest jarjarabrams. He deserves better. he's a pearl thrown to swines.

  • Although huge BO may result.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Just saw MI4

    by Hipshot

    Great fun. Top critics 100% on RT. Full audience at a 12:00 noon screening. We had a wonderful time. Brad Bird seriously rocked the screen. Really the first actual Mission: Impossible film in the sense that it really is a team effort. More emotional texture than they ever had in the original show (which I loved, but emotion, or comic relief, was NOT its strong suit). Best action movie of the year.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Is AICN going to post a detailed look at the six minutes?

    by TopHat

    Its not being shown in my area. So, it would be great if the film geek sites would, you know, use the internet to post a beat-by-beat description of the six minutes instead of basically saying "Fuck You" to the people who live in places where its not showing. Because, um, you promote yourselves as "representing" movie fandom. Not as selfish wannabe screenwriters who are using their stint as movie site contributors to make contacts and hopefully further your own "career" in the business while rubbing your viewer ship's noses in casual mentions of things you know about movies that are coming out, but, will of course NOT reveal to them. You could always begin the post with your classic arrogant openings that include casual jabs at those of us who, by no fault of our own, live in places that aren't showing the six minutes, just to stroke your egos. A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down...

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 6:35 p.m. CST


    by Baryonyx

    I liked it.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 7:21 p.m. CST


    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    kobe gonna be broke now that his wife is gonna take half, and the lakers will suuuuuuuuuck

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 9:18 p.m. CST

    I don't know how "colorful" the team could be without Ving Rhames

    by Mugato5150

    Well anyway, Tom Cruise gets a pass from me for Collateral, I don't care how much of a closet-case Scientologist douchebag he is. He makes good movies and I'm not just saying that because he could

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 9:48 p.m. CST

    Julia/wife question

    by UTexLex

    SPOILER alert. Can someone explain the ending to me? I don't understand...are he & Julia together? Divorced? Apart because of his job? A major theme of MI3 was that he finally came clean to someone from his "normal" life (ala Bruce Wayne revealing he's Batman). They made it out like that act of honesty meant he & Julia would be together forever. Why was she in Croatia with him on that other mission or was she at all? Please explain, someone who saw it...It may be easy to understand but it completely went by me.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 10:20 p.m. CST

    To all the haters/trolls...


    Like Asimov... NOBODY GIVES A SHIT ABOUT WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT CRUISE, ABRAMS, SCIENTOLOGY, OR ANYTHING ELSE FOR THAT MATTER. *breathes*. Now, about the film, it was INCREDIBLE. Best edge-of-your-seat action movie in years. MANY years. So many wink-wink nods to so many film classics, from Lawrence of Arabia to Die Hard. The set-pieces are amazing, and kudos to Michael Giacchino for the great score. The music really got your heart pounding during the action sequences. The entire cast was fantastic. Cruise is his usual brilliant self, physically throwing himself into the role. But Pegg/Renner/Patton more than held their own against him. GOD is she beautiful. Mind-blowing how hot she is; she kicked more ass than any hot chick on screen I've ever seen. Future Bond girl, perhaps. Anyways, will be seeing this again ASAP.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 10:55 p.m. CST

    Today was the most glorious IMAX day of my life.

    by zillabeast

    I had the divine pleasure of seeing MI-4 and the TDKR preview at the State History Museum IMAX theater here in Austin, TX today. It was surreal. Prior to today, my favorite IMAX experience had been seeing THE DARK KNIGHT at the massive IMAX in Orlando, FL. This one now takes the cake. First off, the Batman sequence is just unreal. If you have not seen it online already, do whatever you can to make sure you see it in IMAX first. What Chris Nolan does of the most batshit (no pun intended) crazy, insane, outrageous, spectacular stunts in movie history. If this is just a taste of what's in store next July, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES is going to make it's predecessor look like a small indie film. Then, onto Mission Impossible 4. Or Ghost Protocol. Either way, this is 2 hours and 12 minutes of KICK. ASS. Agree with Capone 100% on his review. Brad Bird really knocks this out of the park in his live-action debut. Tom Cruise brings it as always, and his supporting cast is an absolute delight. Keep an eye out for Anil Kapoor, who steals every scene he is in. Furthermore yes, Josh Holloway is in this movie...I shall leave it at that. If you have the opportunity at all to check this film out in glorious IMAX....don't miss the opportunity. Hell of a way to cap off the cinematic year. Merry Christmas!

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 10:57 p.m. CST

    @tophat, re:TDKR prologue: Wait! Don't spoil it for yourself...

    by Zardoz

    You are much better off seeing it for the first time onscreen. Don't read about it first, experience it for yourself firsthand. I will say that it's "flipping a semi-truck, ass-over-teakettle in the middle of a city" original...

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 11:03 p.m. CST

    @utexlex, re:wife

    by Zardoz

    For me, this was actually the one real flaw in the storytelling aspect of the movie, in that it was all, "tell, not show", and very confusing because of it. I could be wrong, but I took it that she was in IMF witness protection and that they were permanently apart because of it, but still in love with each other.

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 11:10 p.m. CST

    That's what she said

    by D.Vader


  • There! Happy, tophat? (Thanks to j-dizzle).

  • Dec. 16, 2011, 11:52 p.m. CST

    The Dark Knight Rises Trailer is Here!!!

    by wackybantha

  • Unfortunately, the image is mirrored. Watch at your own risk.

  • Damn you Hollywood!!! I need my Michelle Monaghan!!!!!!!!!

  • This latest installment won't disappoint. I enjoyed the hell of of it. I think they just wrote the action sequences and focused on the team's characterization and then in the final moments realized they forgot to throw a decent plot and dangerous villian but couldn't pull it together because they would have to go back to the drawing board and rework the action sequences. They just went fuck it. The villian is some crazy guy who wants nuclear war for no reason of significance what so ever.

  • Dec. 17, 2011, 1:57 a.m. CST

    Good movie. Brad Bird continues to impress.

    by Jay

    Could have told me Spielberg directed the action scenes and I would have believed it. At times the action felt right out of Minority Report. And I say that as a very good thing as that film is criminally underrated (Despite being rated quite highly) Just look at the last action scene in the parking garage and compare it to MRs car factory chase, which itself was very reminiscent of Temple Of Dooms conveyer belt scene. The fact that I'm comparing MI4 to these says something. Michael Nyqvist was underused though. The villain lacked any threat whatsoever.

  • Dec. 17, 2011, 4:51 a.m. CST

    Too Bad the Only Real IMAX Theater in IL .....

    by Sound Designer Dan in Navy Pier. They used to have two more REAL 70MM IMAX theaters in Lincolnshire and Woodridge. Both were converted to digital earlier this year. Digital IMAX is such fucking bullshit. I went to the Woodridge one earlier tonight and the MI:GP IMAX scenes only covered up 3/4ths of the goddamn screen. So with digital IMAX, not only do you get crappier picture quality, you also get less picture. Bull-fucking-shit.

  • Dec. 17, 2011, 7:12 a.m. CST

    baltimorejack, nobody gives a shit what you think or say, trollboy.

    by AsimovLives

    reduce yourself to your own insignificance.

  • Dec. 17, 2011, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Baltimore Jack

    by Hipshot

    Absolutely. My wife's mother is in hospice, and I sat there in that movie with her, and her dad, and the movie took them out of themselves totally. He walked in like an old man, and walked out believing he could climb up a building, a kid's grin on his face. THAT is an action movie. That's what it's about, forgetting reality. Pseudo-intellectuals with no life save a movie site, filled with repressed homosexual longings and sinking into obesity and oblivion forget about that, surround themselves with others who would rather attack others than simply enjoy their lives. Look at the venom with which they attack--that is raving fear that their own lives are meaningless. The rest of us can enjoy MI:4 for what it is--a movie. A damned good one. A classic? No. Maybe a classic spy action movie. 100% "top critics" on RT. That tells you all you need to know. Asi exposed himself long ago as an intellectual coward attacking anything within reach, incapable of admitting when he is wrong. Forget him. Isolate him. He will wither, and it will be fun to watch.

  • Dec. 17, 2011, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Throw in a could of well-placed cameos (of both new and familiar faces)?

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    What's a "could" of well-placed cameos? Is that like a herd of buffalo or a murder of crows? A fucking "could" of well-placed cameos? I can't be the only AICNer who read that.

  • Dec. 17, 2011, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Um, bobo

    by Subtitles_Off

    1. Kevin Spacey isn't Hollywood's go-to virile action man, anyway. 2. Kevin Spacey isn't hiding anything. 3. Tom Cruise is just a douche. It's like, nobody gives Justin Timberlake grief for being a scrawny Michael-Jackson wannabe, because that's what he is. And, nobody complains about Emma Stone being cute-as-a-button. 'Cause, um, ditto. Tom Cruise promotes himself as an All-American. He ain't. Unless, All-Americanism is shallow marketing. OK. Not exactly a well-thought-out argument, there. Embrace what you are, and people'll feel bad about taking you to task for it. Pretend to be something else, and somebody's bound to cough and giggle and point their accusing finger.

  • Dec. 17, 2011, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Get over yourself, bobo.

    by Subtitles_Off

    Yes. Gay is not All-American. Oh, but even if we were to wish with all our hearts, we couldn't make it so. "By most accounts." You on Tom Cruise's Publicist's facebook newsletter or something? Who defuck cares if he's nice and generous? One either likes his movies or does not. Kevin Spacey has been asked in interviews if he's gay and has refused to answer? Oh! The BALLS on that one! How dare he keep his privates in his own underwear! Sour grapes? Whatever. My arguments don't have to hold water. That's what buckets are for.

  • Dec. 17, 2011, 10:28 a.m. CST

    I mean, if John Wayne turned out to be gay...

    by D.Vader

  • Dec. 17, 2011, 10:31 a.m. CST

    tom cruise

    by Philip Tolken

    is not a pretty boy. dude is 5'6 and has the nose of a boxer.

  • Dec. 17, 2011, 10:34 a.m. CST


    by Philip Tolken

    i'm pretty sure any human being with one strand of common fucking sense would be fearful and afraid of scientology.

  • Dec. 17, 2011, 10:46 a.m. CST

    No, Bobo, but Scientology apparently...

    by D.Vader

    Enslaves people and forces them to work on celebrity's ships without chance of escape. Or something like that.

  • but you seem to care very much that he's "just a douche" and possibly gay.

  • Dec. 17, 2011, 10:56 a.m. CST


    by Philip Tolken

    Scientology members haven't persecuted those for differing beliefs??? Good god man! How far gone are you? They are known for bullying, hazing, stalking, and even murdering former members. Did you not see Tom Cruise's anti-psychiatry rant ? They are also notoriously homophobic. Why else did Paul Haggis leave? I'm not defending Christianity but to say scientology is harmless is a dangerous statement.

  • Dec. 17, 2011, 11:01 a.m. CST

    it is a practice common in scientology to

    by Philip Tolken

    be forced to disassociate yourself from any non-believers including family, parents, siblings. scientology is also one of the only "religions" to be revealed a bit at a time, charging you more money for more knowledge

  • Saw this last night, and he definitely made the transition to live action, making the sequences plausible for the medium, yet still fantastic enough to make you be all, "what the fuck?"

  • Dec. 17, 2011, 11:06 a.m. CST

    scientology really isn't worth this much discussion but...

    by Philip Tolken

    Scientology is evil, its techniques are evil, its practice is a serious threat to the community, medically, morally, and socially; and its adherents are sadly deluded and often mentally ill... Scientology is the world's largest organization of unqualified persons engaged in the practice of dangerous techniques which masquerade as mental therapy.

  • story with Cruise and his wife becoming the vessel of the Seed? rofl.

  • Dec. 17, 2011, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Never had a negative encounter with Scientologists...

    by Hipshot

    Strange, sure. Dogmatic about odd and nutty stuff, sure. Know a lot of people who were/are involved in the "Writers of the Future" program and they never tried to cram e-meters down anyone's throat. The "slavery on a ship" thing is something some one said, and hasn't been proven at all. Might be true, might not. Point is that anti-Scientology folks have leapt for it as if it was an article of faith. Personally, I think what we see there is just an acceptable form of bigotry. Gotta hate someone, why not those crazy Thetan-worshippers? Yeah, they push hard. So do Jehovah's Witnesses. Just walk away.

  • Dec. 17, 2011, 2:03 p.m. CST

    M:I:2 is a good film...

    by ricstrr

    .. If you forget it has anything to do with M:I and just watch it with your brain in John Woo mode.

  • Really, who cares? And you can see why he would be hiding it based on everyone's reaction here. (Personally, I don't think he is, and it doesn't matter to me either way!) As to the Scientology part, that "religion" is no more ridiculous to me than any of the other so-called "legitimate", mainstream religions. Whatever! I don't know Tom Cruise, and I don't care about his personal life, but I like the movies that he makes and MI:GP is one of the better ones. End of story.

  • Dec. 17, 2011, 2:11 p.m. CST

    @surekillshot, re: Scientology/religion

    by Zardoz

    Can't you say the same about ALL religions, not just Scientology? (Yes. Yes, you can!)

  • Dec. 17, 2011, 2:22 p.m. CST


    by Hipshot

    Considering the homoerotic criticisms of anyone who likes a Cruise film ("sucking Cruise's dick" etc.) it is tempting to suspect that it is straight out homophobia combined with an uneasy attraction.

  • Dec. 17, 2011, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Just got out from watching it

    by Mars

    Its a great movie and Capone you should chill and go with it, it was actually a good movie :D

  • Dec. 17, 2011, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Awesome action front to back. Cruise owns that role

    by SID 8.0

    Great team too. Renner was good casting, Pegg funny in just the right moments. I don't think I could be in the same room as Paula Patton because I would go to jail for sexual assault. Brad Bird has great visual eye for scope. You feel like you're hanging off that building too. The Dark Knight Rises is going to be a monster. Holy shit, just holy shit! The scene with Hines Ward running down the field completely oblivious to what's going on behind him, amazing. Bird should take over the Batman franchise after Nolan.

  • Dec. 17, 2011, 6:05 p.m. CST


    by imagin78

    I never said Mumbai wasn't in the film. However, if you read Capone's sentence - "And as high-profile as the Mumbai sequence is, there's a fantastic climactic showdown between Ethan and Nyqvist in a parking garage that I'm pretty sure hasn't been shown in a commercial or trailer yet." It is clear he meant to say Dubai, since that is the highest profile scene in the film. Plus, the parking garage sequence is in Mumbai. In other words, that sentence is a mess.

  • Dec. 17, 2011, 6:27 p.m. CST


    by D_T

    Best of the series, fantastic use of IMAX (during most of the major set pieces), terrific casting with good screen time for the whole team. Pretty run-of-the-mill villain, but it worked (and I totally dug on his ~crazy~ in the big final scene). Great dynamic with Renner (might watch the Hurt Locker tonight, got the sound system finally setup and a copy on BD). LOVED the chick vs. chick ass kicking scene, great choreography/stunt work and reasonably hot :D The wife loved it too. TDK:R trailer? Wow. It definitely has a Frank Miller TDK Returns vibe with the all out war (vs. the mutant gang). Hardy came across on film nothing like the pictures that have been posted. Saw it at the WGV in full IMAX, also where we saw TDK and I'm sure Rises. Great day out too, beautiful low/mid 70s weather, took the roadster, ate at the bar and grill onsite at the theater. Cheers!

  • Dec. 17, 2011, 7:34 p.m. CST

    My India is coming in so many movies now

    by ajit maholtra

    This and then Dark Knight Rises later. India Zindabad!

  • Dec. 17, 2011, 8:49 p.m. CST

    One of the best films of the year.

    by BigTuna

    Fantastic action film. So entertaining from beginning to end. Bird does such a tremendous job. They finally get an MI film right. It was a "TEAM" concept.

  • Dec. 17, 2011, 9:19 p.m. CST

    Best of the series isn't saying much

    by MurderMostFowl

    Mission Impossible has always been a shadow of what it should have been. The TV series (plural) for their faults portrayed a much more sophisticated, more intriguing universe. All of the films have felt... hollow to me.

  • Dec. 17, 2011, 9:37 p.m. CST

    I've never thought Cruise was gay.

    by BigTuna

    Doesn't seem gay. He just seems a little strange that's all. Even unauthorized bio's couldn't dig up gay dirt on him. Apparently he loved ploughing the ladies when he was a teen. Seems like a good guy to me. And for all you knocking scientology, even read the bible lately? All religion is ridiculous.

  • Dec. 17, 2011, 10:13 p.m. CST

    It's amazing on Imax and all the action is coherent. TDKR plane scene is fantastic!

    by the_shitweasel_with_a_quizzical_brow

  • Dec. 17, 2011, 11:46 p.m. CST

    @The Founder: You saw it at fauxMAX, not real IMAX

    by Dreamwriter

    Real IMAX is 70mm film projectors with a gigantic screen and very high quality sound system. You generally find dedicated IMAX theaters with only one or two screens, you won't find a normal theater with 8+ screens with a real IMAX screen. Instead something they've been advertising as IMAX is taking an existing theater screen, extending the screen vertically to the edges of the room, putting in stadium seating, and cranking up the volume on the existing sound system. And they put two 2k digital projectors in those, faking 4k (which is kinda ironic, many theaters nowadays have real 4k digital projectors which is better than the fauMAX system). The full Batman scene is only playing in front of real IMAX 70mm prints, not the digital fauxMAX screens. They only get a normal movie trailer.

  • Dec. 18, 2011, 12:04 a.m. CST

    @asimovlives - you can't judge a movie without seeing it

    by Dreamwriter

    It seems your main complaint about the Mission: Impossible movies is that they are all about Tom Cruise's character, that he's shown to be the one badass who can get things done. But in this movie, the entire team is given almost equal time on the screen. They are all working together, and they all have their own kickass moments. Whenever Tom Cruise is doing his thing, the movie will cut back to the other characters to show what they are doing. AND, for once Cruise's character is acting more real - he didn't WANT to climb on the outside of the tower in Dubai, he didn't just say "OK" and jump out a window, he actually complained and tried to find an alternative.

  • Dec. 18, 2011, 12:36 a.m. CST

    Ask and ye Shall Receive...Behold the Seed!

    by conspiracy

    The Seed...The Seed..." Chanted the amassed throng...The Seed could see there was no escape, and as Katies swollen vulva touched upon the head of his full ebony erection he uttered his first words in a day...."Awww...HELL Nawwww!!!!!

  • Dec. 18, 2011, 12:38 a.m. CST

    Sorry killik..I've been fucking distracted...

    by conspiracy

  • Dec. 18, 2011, 12:45 a.m. CST

    FUCK FUCK FUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by conspiracy

    There was a whole fucking leadup to that moment...6 fucking paragraphs of beautiful intricate leadup to the Seeds reveal....and its GONE! GONE!!!! FUUUCK! Jesus christ this fucking site eats posts....15 minutes of my fucking life wasted, an epic rstory, scenes of exquisite beauty and perversion, and a wonderous reveal destroyed...gone forever.. Sorry killik....what can I say...I wrote an epic fucking piece and this ass backards half assed site lost it, and ruined a fun reveal.

  • Dec. 18, 2011, 12:53 a.m. CST

    Saw MI-GP today w/TDKR in IMAX

    by da-giez

    Loved it all in Imax, may have sat a bit too close but it was great to see big! The six minutes from Batman was cool in Imax, but I understand why some are saying Bane sounds muffled. But his moth IS covered... so it shouldn't be clear. And the little trailer at the end of six minutes showed the rest. MI-GP was pretty good. I liked 3 best, and this is on par wit that, though 1 was good too. There's a few suprises, and Josh H did well with what he had. The ending was kinda bittersweet though. Awesome guy part?? Paula Patton's cleavage from the party scene in IMAX!! I've never had a 6' x 6' rack of breast right in my face before... :) Nice...

  • Dec. 18, 2011, 1:01 a.m. CST

    Freaking Awesome!

    by Mephisto the Great

    The movie on IMAX was great - Bird has a real sense of pacing and visual space; you can tell he's an animator who considers foreground and background with equal weight. Time to see it again!

  • Dec. 18, 2011, 7:43 a.m. CST


    by Hipshot

    I have at least one close-to-eyewitness report of him frolicking with a guy. But the problem is that there are also women who dated and boffed him. So all that can be said is that he probably walks on both sides of the street, so to speak. He seems like a guy who's firing on all cylinders, devouring life. If he's a little nuts, I'd guess its because he's had to lie about 1/2 of his life--something the American public forced on him (note the comments about him being unable to be an "all American" if he's gay. Or Asimovlivess closet-case rants. Pretty disgusting). That kind of bigotry is real, and like racial bigotry is present in at least 10% of the public. I'd guess Cruise would have been a much mellower guy if he hadn't had to closet himself--that kind of shit kills your soul a bit.

  • Dec. 18, 2011, 8:28 a.m. CST


    by Hipshot

    To put that in perspective, Sherlock Holmes earned about 15,000 per screen, while MI4 earned about 40,000 per screen. Oops!

  • Dec. 18, 2011, 8:50 a.m. CST

    here's the thing

    by Philip Tolken

    i don't care what god/deity you serve. i don't care what team you bat for. just don't tell me not to take my MEDS GODDAMNIT.

  • Dec. 18, 2011, 8:59 a.m. CST

    @conspiracy damn i am sorry that the post got lost.

    by KilliK

    Goddamn AICN and your buggy talkbacks :/

  • Dec. 18, 2011, 10:55 a.m. CST

    The third one was better!

    by fanboy71

    Saw this last night at an Imax, and while it was a fun film, and a good entry in the franchise, I liked the third one much more. The personal aspect of the third, and the villiany of PSH made it stand out above this one, and I would bet that when the new wears off, most people will agree. And the punching and kicking sound effects were horrible in this one. Was it just the imax that caused that, or did Bird's cartoon roots cause him to get a little too campy with the sound effects?

  • Dec. 18, 2011, 1:33 p.m. CST

    @conspiracy use the Lazarus addon.

    by KilliK

    It automatically saves the posts you write,so that you can immediately restore them back if they get is a life saver.

  • Dec. 18, 2011, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Have no problem with Cruise.

    by BurnedNotice_Dude

    His movies have entertained me. Some better than others. As for rumors of him being gay. Who cares. If someone would love to prove that he is by all means let's see it. Don't forget. This is the same guy who sued papers/magazines for printing stories about him. He won each time.

  • Dec. 18, 2011, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Just got back from a real IMAX screening...

    by fustfick

    ...and I'm quite pleased. Frankly, it's not as good as the first M:I. But it has some real suspense (you could hear a pin drop in a packed theater during the Kremlin sequence), some breathtaking action, and it's way better than parts 2 or 3. Nothing compares to the beauty and the paranoia of De Palma's film - plus the shock of killing off the team in the first act and making Phelps the villain - but M:I GHOST PROTOCOL is hands-down the finest action film of the 2011 and one that I look forward to revisiting.

  • Dec. 18, 2011, 9:43 p.m. CST

    Solid job - but a few minor complaints

    by WayOutWest

    More action than any of the previous 3 - hardly any dead spots (like the horrific one after the 1st 10 minutes of MI:3). Patton is as good in a female action role as Yeoh in Tomorrow Never Dies. Simon Pegg is annoying - can't take a techie Ginger seriously in this role - and MI doesn't need the goofy comic relief. But I guess were stuck with him in MI:5. Bring back Ving. Really want to go to Dubai now. PS - nice spoilers Capone.

  • Dec. 19, 2011, 1:36 a.m. CST

    New Face Cameos [spoilers]

    by Baked

    Tom Wilkinson as the Secretary and Josh Holloway. Of course, both immediately die. My favorite cameo was (motherfucking) Luther Stickell played by Ving Rhames, to be honest.

  • Dec. 19, 2011, 4:11 p.m. CST



    Fantastic point(s). Trolls like that aren't even worth an acknowledgement.

  • Dec. 23, 2011, 11:08 p.m. CST

    MI:3 - Tallest Building @ d.vader

    by The E

    MI:3 did not use the tallest building, it was filmed in China which has a lot of skyscrapers, but none of them are the tallest in the world.

  • Dec. 23, 2011, 11:13 p.m. CST

    MI: 1 @ yeahiluvcheezypoofs

    by The E

    You nailed it on your review of Mission Impossible 1, funny but true!

  • Dec. 29, 2011, 6:26 a.m. CST

    M:I-1 was not 'revered'. It is pretty much hated!

    by TheFifthCylon

    the franchise's fourth installment) is at least as strong as the much-revered first M:I film, and I think better.

  • Jan. 12, 2012, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Great movie if---

    by hulkiest

    --you like your spy movies toothless and totally irrelevant. A Russian madman gets ahold of nukes and tries to start World War III. where have I seen a movie like that before?... Seems awfully familiar... Oh, yeah, nearly all of them. Decent action in Dubai on Brad Bird's part, (Not in Mumbai, mind you. Uh, yeah. Go ahead and smash BMW's in a high end garage with nary a security guard to be found. That's how India works. And way not to capitalize on Mumbai's insane traffic for your finale.) good suspense at times, good film score. But come on, are we so shackled by foreign and corporate interests that we cant' even make potboilers and revenge fantasies current anymore? Back in the day the big US enemy was Russia and in nearly every movie they were the bad guys . Now instead of going after the Chinese and/or the Iranians or Koreans, in the movies, we're still beating up on Russians. Or in the case of The Sum of All Fears-- The Nazis?! Call me jingoistic, but I long for the old "We're America and we'll make any damn movie we please!" days. That and I sure hated how MI:III ripped off True Lies so I was mildly pleased that the extraneous wife character was killed off. But then **SPOILER ALERT***. NO, SHE'S NOT DEAD! Cruise gets to catch glimpses of her at coffee shops and wave sheepishly at her. ???? Okay, so the IMF can fake all this stuff, make you think you're looking at an empty hallway with screens and ipads and the like, but they can't fake id's and rent a safe house so Cruise and his wife can cuddle? They had a high tech train car in Moscow with all the weapons they needed. Nope, in the U.S. not a single crap motel accepts IMF credit cards. What a dopey ending!