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10.27.2011

Coinciding with the new trailer released today i'll be offering my two cents on a sneak peak I attended last week where I had the good fortune to check out about 20 minutes of GHOST PROTOCOL. Normally holding such an event for the press and only showing twenty minutes of a movie would be a bit of a gamble for a studio but dear friends... these twenty minutes were of the IMAX variety, and of course by IMAX I mean natively shot IMAX, not your father's 35mm-blown-up-to-65mm-and-call-it-IMAX IMAX.

Like THE DARK KNIGHT, Brad Bird and his production team (including the amazing D.P. Robert Elswit) decided to pull a Nolan and shoot about half an hour of GHOST PROTOCOL with IMAX cameras and in a word what I saw was STUNNING. Check out the trailer below then we'll talk footage on the other side...

Slight spoilers ahead

We were shown two full action sequences, both hinted at in the trailer. The first involved the team infiltrating Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world in Dubai, the second was a chase scene taking place during a sandstorm a little after the events of the first scene.

The set up for the money shot in the movie, Ethan climbing the Burj Khalifa is this: Ethan and his team are now rouge from the IMF after terrorist blow up the Kremlin and IMS is suspect with some sort of involvement. Somehow it leads up to the team needing to intercept a meeting between Michael Nyqvist's (from THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO) character and another suspected terrorist. They plan on using the little equipment they have (including the token Mission Impossible masks) to separate the terrorists into two separate meeting, making each believe they are actually talking to the other, when of course, they would be talking to one of the rouge IMF agents in masks.

Sounds simple right? Problem is the meeting is somewhere in the tallest building in the world... After Jeremy Renner makes a crack at how ludicrous this mission is (I guess he thought he signed up with the Mission: "That's feasible" Squad), Simon Pegg realizes that the meet is on the 100th-something floor and the buildings security is military grade. Stuck half way to go in an office and with twenty minutes before the meet is set, Ethan makes an executive decision... climbing up from the outside is the only way to go.

Now it gets good. The screen expands to a gargantuan size and the first shot is particularly impressive. Because we know Tom Cruise did all of his own stunts, we literally see him as he slowly walks out the window, looks down and finds a grip with his "sticky gloves" (that are low on juice) while the camera slowly pans up above his head. I have never gotten vertigo in a theater before this... but i was seriously clenching the armrests to keep from falling into the screen. This is the kind of immersion 3D could only dream about.

What surprised me with the entire set piece is how damn impressive it still is with its simplicity, both in composition and concept. Brad Bird utilizes the camera with elegant wide shots and long takes. Michael Giachinno's music is lively and fun, the whole tone had an adventurous feel to it that actually felt more in line with classic Indiana Jones and the M:I TV series than the previous films. After climbing a few stories he notices a sandstorm approaching on the horizon. If that wasn't enough, after climbing a bit more one of his sticky gloves looses power so he tosses it, watching the glove fly upward- another great touch that just gave me chills knowing how far up in the atmosphere we are. In a classic Brad Bird comedic touch, the glove finds its way on the side of the building and sticks to the glass in front of Ethan, right out of arms reach and apparently working again of course.

In an unexpected turn Ethan needs to get out of the dodge quickly and races downward with only a rope that's not even attached to him. He comes about three stories short of the floor his team is. In a swift and graceful move he runs back and forth to propel a jump and fails! Jeremy Renner and Paula Patton have to grab him. Seeing Tom actually do this is electrifying. Knowing that the man himself is doing this all without a stunt double is the icing to the cake. The lack of a stunt double gave me that same additional thrill as watching Zoe Bell in DEATH PROOF. On top of that icing, we get the benefit of IMAX... I cannot champion this true IMAX experience enough. It sucked me in completely.

The second scene involves Tom chasing Michael Nyqvist (disguised in a MI mask as someone else) running from the Burj Khalifa with that sandstorm swallowing them both whole. To be honest, Brad Bird is setting himself up to fail. Not only is his first live-action chase scene done in IMAX but during a sandstorm? Geography has always been an issue for me when it comes to action scenes, if i don't know where people are in relation to one another due to excessive cuts and the lack of master shots, the intended suspense goes right out the door. Luckily, every shot of Tom and Michael running through oncoming traffic and local markets is clearly realized, even while they are engulfed in sand. I imagine Bird's experience with extensive storyboarding came into great use here as there isn't a shot that isn't vital. The music and the editing kept the adrenalin up and the scene was a blast. It actually reminded me a bit of the multiplayer map Desert Village in UNCHARTED 3, which also obscures the action with a sandstorm. The foot chase turns into a car chase, where Ethan flanks the terrorist and collides into him head on.

I've always been a fan of the MISSION IMPOSSIBLE series and Brad Bird looks like he could carve in the best of the bunch judging from these IMAX sequences alone. If you were even considering checking out the film in IMAX for THE DARK KNIGHT RISES prologue, you will definitely not regret sticking it out for GHOST PROTOCOL. I really hope more studios invest in IMAX, It'd get my ass in the seat for anything.

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Source: JoBlo.com

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10:57PM on 10/29/2011
I mean if the movie lives up to this trailer then wow.

Really curious to see both Pixar guys Brad Bird and Andrew Stanton (John Carter) do with big budget live-action debuts in the next few months.
I mean if the movie lives up to this trailer then wow.

Really curious to see both Pixar guys Brad Bird and Andrew Stanton (John Carter) do with big budget live-action debuts in the next few months.
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10:33PM on 10/28/2011
Jeremy Renner = YAY
Tom Cruise = BOOOOO

Can't turn the reigns over fast enough for me.

Jeremy Renner = YAY
Tom Cruise = BOOOOO

Can't turn the reigns over fast enough for me.

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8:31AM on 10/28/2011

Goddamn

IMAX, here I come!!!
IMAX, here I come!!!
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5:49AM on 10/28/2011
this movie is looking pretty solid.
i am anticipating a lot of fun coming opening night :)
this movie is looking pretty solid.
i am anticipating a lot of fun coming opening night :)
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5:42AM on 10/28/2011

What Hollywood refuses to acknowledge

IMAX is more immersive than 3D
I'm definitely watching this in IMAX
IMAX is more immersive than 3D
I'm definitely watching this in IMAX
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4:26AM on 10/28/2011
I dont care about what people say about Tom Cruise or his apparent craziness, his movies kick ass and it looks like he's about to bring it big time in this movie!
I dont care about what people say about Tom Cruise or his apparent craziness, his movies kick ass and it looks like he's about to bring it big time in this movie!
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3:59AM on 10/28/2011

Looks goood

I still hope there will be some disguise stuff with masks in there...
I still hope there will be some disguise stuff with masks in there...
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4:10AM on 10/28/2011
I think the trailer on Yahoo shows it right at the beginning. Cruise is walking in a uniform and it looks like he takes off a mask.
I think the trailer on Yahoo shows it right at the beginning. Cruise is walking in a uniform and it looks like he takes off a mask.
1:36AM on 10/28/2011

SO AWESOME!!!!

Can't wait to see this! It's gonna be great in IMAX.
Can't wait to see this! It's gonna be great in IMAX.
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1:36AM on 10/28/2011
I don't know about you guys, but only one name makes this movie a must-watch for me:

Brad Bird
I don't know about you guys, but only one name makes this movie a must-watch for me:

Brad Bird
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6:52AM on 10/28/2011
Cheers.
Cheers.
1:23AM on 10/28/2011
It looks like everything that was fresh and awesome about MI-3, without the bloated and awkward romantic subplot.

This is a definite Must See.
It looks like everything that was fresh and awesome about MI-3, without the bloated and awkward romantic subplot.

This is a definite Must See.
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12:45AM on 10/28/2011
Cruise is mucho weirdo, but you just can't hate the guy. His movies rock! looking forward to this one as well :-)
Cruise is mucho weirdo, but you just can't hate the guy. His movies rock! looking forward to this one as well :-)
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11:58PM on 10/27/2011

sooo PUMPED

Not sure why anyone would think this movie wouldn't be great? Every movie he does is nothing short of!

like i said yesterday... He's Fucking Great!!

i hope this movie along with (Rock of Ages, One shot, and Horizons) gets career back where it should be!

Now i just gotta find an IMAX theatre closer than an hour away
Not sure why anyone would think this movie wouldn't be great? Every movie he does is nothing short of!

like i said yesterday... He's Fucking Great!!

i hope this movie along with (Rock of Ages, One shot, and Horizons) gets career back where it should be!

Now i just gotta find an IMAX theatre closer than an hour away
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11:52PM on 10/27/2011

VING LISTED IN THE CREDITS ON YAHOO TRAILERS

idk if its a mistake or what but HELLYEA
idk if its a mistake or what but HELLYEA
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11:12PM on 10/27/2011
Wow, that was just awesome.
Wow, that was just awesome.
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11:07PM on 10/27/2011
Looks amazing.. Forgot that Sawyer was in it also!!
Looks amazing.. Forgot that Sawyer was in it also!!
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10:52PM on 10/27/2011
Holy shitballs! This looks so awesome! This just shows that Tom Cruise is still kicking all sorts of asses, despite all the nay-saying!
Holy shitballs! This looks so awesome! This just shows that Tom Cruise is still kicking all sorts of asses, despite all the nay-saying!
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10:22PM on 10/27/2011
cannot wait
cannot wait
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10:00PM on 10/27/2011
And this proves yet again that IMAX technology is the future, not 3D.
And this proves yet again that IMAX technology is the future, not 3D.
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9:44PM on 10/27/2011
Aweswome!!! This is one flick im really looking forward too!! I also totally forgot Anil Kapoor in this flick as well which makes the flick even more badass..
Aweswome!!! This is one flick im really looking forward too!! I also totally forgot Anil Kapoor in this flick as well which makes the flick even more badass..
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9:43PM on 10/27/2011
I choose to accept this mission. The trailer makes this look awesome. I can see Bird becoming one of best new action directors.
I choose to accept this mission. The trailer makes this look awesome. I can see Bird becoming one of best new action directors.
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9:41PM on 10/27/2011

Fucking ay!

Amazing trailer and I won't be reading most of this due to spoilers but the last paragraph summed up my hopes for the movie.
Amazing trailer and I won't be reading most of this due to spoilers but the last paragraph summed up my hopes for the movie.
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9:37PM on 10/27/2011
looks awesome, and it has a James Bond feel! I only wish Ving Rhames was back, and what happened to Ethan's wife?
looks awesome, and it has a James Bond feel! I only wish Ving Rhames was back, and what happened to Ethan's wife?
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9:32PM on 10/27/2011

Looking forward to this

Am really happy they ended up making this (regardless of all the pre-production turmoil) and hope they keep doing them, MI 3 was the best but this one looks even better. Can't wait!
Am really happy they ended up making this (regardless of all the pre-production turmoil) and hope they keep doing them, MI 3 was the best but this one looks even better. Can't wait!
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8:13PM on 10/27/2011

IMF...I.M.F.

Very much anticipating this movie....but its IMF, not IMS. Impossible Mission Force. Come on, you're a movie news site.
Very much anticipating this movie....but its IMF, not IMS. Impossible Mission Force. Come on, you're a movie news site.
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