Dec. 16, 2011, 2:24 a.m. CST
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
That's only my third comment in, like, 5 years...
Dec. 16, 2011, 2:26 a.m. CST
I cringed at parts simply from the sound effects of heads hitting various objects...
Dec. 16, 2011, 2:30 a.m. CST
Dec. 16, 2011, 2:48 a.m. CST
... 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
...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
Dec. 16, 2011, 3:22 a.m. CST
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
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
Abrams should never have worked again for creating that mess.
Dec. 16, 2011, 3:39 a.m. CST
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
watch a movie next time before you post.
Dec. 16, 2011, 3:42 a.m. CST
Dec. 16, 2011, 3:49 a.m. CST
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
Hopefully this will be better.
Dec. 16, 2011, 3:59 a.m. CST
Definitely the best of the four. and I am firmly in "loved M:I3" camp.
Dec. 16, 2011, 4 a.m. CST
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
The second one was a detestable piece of shit
Dec. 16, 2011, 4:13 a.m. CST
There you go Capone. I just closed them brackets for ya
Dec. 16, 2011, 4:25 a.m. CST
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
Dec. 16, 2011, 4:32 a.m. CST
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
must have a really small/insignificant part?
Dec. 16, 2011, 6:40 a.m. CST
Hope you're right Capone! It's a 3 hour drive for me. I
Dec. 16, 2011, 6:43 a.m. CST
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
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
Dec. 16, 2011, 7:43 a.m. CST
... 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
this movie was boring. terrible cgi. the best of the series was still the first one.
Dec. 16, 2011, 7:57 a.m. CST
...I suppose this site will get around to an obituary sometime in mid-January?
Dec. 16, 2011, 8:45 a.m. CST
I've never even seen 1 of these flicks
Dec. 16, 2011, 8:58 a.m. CST
Dec. 16, 2011, 9:05 a.m. CST
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
Dec. 16, 2011, 9:13 a.m. CST
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
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
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
... 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
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
Must be some sort of spoiler, or he dies mad quick.
Dec. 16, 2011, 9:25 a.m. CST
here's a list of all of them for those interested: http://www.lfexaminer.com/theaUSA.htm how long until film is dead? fuck
Dec. 16, 2011, 9:26 a.m. CST
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
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
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
Haven't seen him mentioned much ...
Dec. 16, 2011, 9:47 a.m. CST
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! ;)
Dec. 16, 2011, 9:49 a.m. CST
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, 9:49 a.m. CST
Dec. 16, 2011, 9:50 a.m. CST
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). http://entertainmentgeekly.com/2011/01/01/proper-full-imax-theaters/
Dec. 16, 2011, 9:57 a.m. CST
Saw the 9:00 showing last night. Great flick, but no Batman trailer.. too bad.
Dec. 16, 2011, 9:58 a.m. CST
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
what a guy. Truly, a lamplighter.
Dec. 16, 2011, 10:22 a.m. CST
by Royston Lodge
He was great in 28 Weeks Later.
Dec. 16, 2011, 10:33 a.m. CST
by Mike Myers
Badass also. Great with headshots.
Dec. 16, 2011, 10:34 a.m. CST
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
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, 10:52 a.m. CST
Hopefully the villian won't be a member of the imf this time
Dec. 16, 2011, 11:01 a.m. CST
Dec. 16, 2011, 11:06 a.m. CST
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, 11:10 a.m. CST
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Dec. 16, 2011, 11:27 a.m. CST
-- shouldn't the earth stop spinning or something like that?
Dec. 16, 2011, 11:37 a.m. CST
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!
Dec. 16, 2011, 11:40 a.m. CST
by Tank Williams
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
Make it so.
Dec. 16, 2011, 12:10 p.m. CST
from what I understand...
Dec. 16, 2011, 12:19 p.m. CST
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
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
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
Is this worth the upcharge for Imax Jr? That is all we have access to here in Ohio....
Dec. 16, 2011, 12:43 p.m. CST
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
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
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
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Dec. 16, 2011, 1:07 p.m. CST
http://www.411mania.com/movies/news/215123 AICN missed the boat again.
Dec. 16, 2011, 1:11 p.m. CST
Not 'nock' list. 'Non-Official Cover.'
Dec. 16, 2011, 1:16 p.m. CST
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
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...
Dec. 16, 2011, 1:19 p.m. CST
do you people read before you post?
Dec. 16, 2011, 1:20 p.m. CST
add Bird to the mix and you have double the awesomeness!
Dec. 16, 2011, 1:23 p.m. CST
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
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: http://www.toonocity.com
Dec. 16, 2011, 1:38 p.m. CST
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Dec. 16, 2011, 1:44 p.m. CST
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
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
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
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
where i have seen this before? well, like, all the time?
Dec. 16, 2011, 2:36 p.m. CST
Dec. 16, 2011, 2:39 p.m. CST
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, 2:40 p.m. CST
Dec. 16, 2011, 2:42 p.m. CST
That AICN is masturbating over Brad Bird's involvement and not JJ Abrams'?
Dec. 16, 2011, 2:43 p.m. CST
Dec. 16, 2011, 2:44 p.m. CST
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
So you can't say he's "masturbating" over the guy.
Dec. 16, 2011, 2:46 p.m. CST
Dec. 16, 2011, 2:59 p.m. CST
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
You are correct...
Dec. 16, 2011, 3:23 p.m. CST
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
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
that's what she said.
Dec. 16, 2011, 4:16 p.m. CST
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
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.
Dec. 16, 2011, 4:26 p.m. CST
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.
Dec. 16, 2011, 4:48 p.m. CST
Although huge BO may result.
Dec. 16, 2011, 5:08 p.m. CST
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
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
I liked it.
Dec. 16, 2011, 7:21 p.m. CST
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
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
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
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. Patton...my 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
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 here....one 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
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
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
Dec. 16, 2011, 11:14 p.m. CST
There! Happy, tophat? (Thanks to j-dizzle).
Dec. 16, 2011, 11:52 p.m. CST
Dec. 16, 2011, 11:55 p.m. CST
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDIf24xYexc Unfortunately, the image is mirrored. Watch at your own risk.
Dec. 17, 2011, 12:03 a.m. CST
Damn you Hollywood!!! I need my Michelle Monaghan!!!!!!!!!
Dec. 17, 2011, 1:16 a.m. CST
by The Founder
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, 1:19 a.m. CST
by The Founder
Dec. 17, 2011, 1:57 a.m. CST
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
by Sound Designer Dan
.....is 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
reduce yourself to your own insignificance.
Dec. 17, 2011, 8:14 a.m. CST
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
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, 9:34 a.m. CST
Dec. 17, 2011, 10:02 a.m. CST
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
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
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Dec. 17, 2011, 10:31 a.m. CST
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
Enslaves people and forces them to work on celebrity's ships without chance of escape. Or something like that.
Dec. 17, 2011, 10:55 a.m. CST
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
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
Dec. 17, 2011, 11:02 a.m. CST
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
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.
Dec. 17, 2011, 11:36 a.m. CST
story with Cruise and his wife becoming the vessel of the Seed? rofl.
Dec. 17, 2011, 12:35 p.m. CST
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
.. If you forget it has anything to do with M:I and just watch it with your brain in John Woo mode.
Dec. 17, 2011, 2:09 p.m. CST
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
Can't you say the same about ALL religions, not just Scientology? (Yes. Yes, you can!)
Dec. 17, 2011, 2:22 p.m. CST
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
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
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
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
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
by ajit maholtra
This and then Dark Knight Rises later. India Zindabad!
Dec. 17, 2011, 8:49 p.m. CST
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
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
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
Dec. 17, 2011, 11:46 p.m. CST
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
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
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
Dec. 18, 2011, 12:45 a.m. CST
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
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
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
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
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
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
Goddamn AICN and your buggy talkbacks :/
Dec. 18, 2011, 10:55 a.m. CST
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
It automatically saves the posts you write,so that you can immediately restore them back if they get lost.it is a life saver.
Dec. 18, 2011, 1:53 p.m. CST
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
...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
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
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
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
by The E
You nailed it on your review of Mission Impossible 1, funny but true!
Dec. 29, 2011, 6:26 a.m. CST
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
--you like your spy movies toothless and totally irrelevant. A Russian madman gets ahold of nukes and tries to start World War III. Hmmm...now 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!