Preview: Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol Simon Fitzjohn November 26, 2011 Features 1 Comment 3417 Written by Jen Lau and Emma Nicholls We were lucky enough to witness a special preview of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol in IMAX earlier this week. The audience’s anticipation of the 18 minute preview for the latest Tom Cruise vehicle certainly made me feel like we were about to watch something special. It included an introduction from Director Brad Bird, who explained that this is the first movie to have several sequences shot in IMAX since the release of The Dark Knight in 2008. The film sees the IMF forced to shut down after they are implicated in a terrorist bomb plot. The President then initiates mission Ghost Protocol, so Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and his team have to go rogue to uncover the real culprits and try to prevent another attack. As a Mission Impossible fan, I was looking forward to getting a sneaky peek and it did not disappoint at all. The first snippet showed a beautiful shot over rippling sand dunes as the team – Brandt (Jeremy Renner), Jane Carter (Paula Patton) and Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) – are led by Cruise to discuss their plan of action. The most impressive shot (which made me think it might be worth spending the extra money for an IMAX ticket) was a stunning panoramic view of Dubai’s tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa. In the building we see the camaraderie that develops between the characters as they are under pressure to connect to an internet server that is vital to their mission. Cruise proceeded to climb the side of the building wearing sticky ‘blue is glue, read is dead’ gloves, which again highlights the epic surroundings. The next clip showed Cruise chasing a man through a heavy sand storm with the help of a tracking device, which is one of the assortment of gadgets showcased in the film. Cruise was geared up in full action man mode, with stunts ranging from catapulting off the side of a building to jumping from a racing sports car. Pegg’s welcome return as IT expert Benji also added some light comic relief to the film and helped to break up the action sequences. There were a few cheesy jokey moments too but they were all part of the fun: the attraction of the franchise is that it does not take itself too seriously. Cruise still looks passable as an action hero, but hopefully this will be his last film of the series because if he is any older then it will definitely seem like mission improbable. Actor Renner is rumoured to be taking over the franchise from Cruise, but there was not much chance to see him shine in the preview, apart from some witty banter exchanges between him and Cruise. Overall, the preview hinted at elements of a great action film so fingers-crossed that the final cut will not disappoint. Although I would emphasise that this film is meant to be viewed at an IMAX theatre, as the format does add to the experience of the spectacular scenes shot in the movie. If you are not too busy recovering from Turkey overload on Boxing Day then it will definitely be worth seeing this at the IMAX. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol is on general release in cinemas on 26 December. Fan of good movies Just watched the trailer after reading this…can’t wait to see it!