mission impossible ghost protocol posterIt almost seems impossible to top any of the preceding films, but Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol manages to breathe fresh air into the franchise, and at times feels like yet another re-invention. The missions, the team, the stunts and the stunning directional work by Brad Bird makes this instalment worthy of consideration.

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Brad Bird was one of the animators that studied along with John Lasseter in that now famous classroom A113. That is why there are at least 3 references to that classroom number in this film. In one instance Ethan Hunt speak it as a code into a radio transmitter. Perhaps more interesting is the fact that this is Brad Bird’s first live-action directional debut, and boy does he excel. There is great use of stunning framing in this film, and beautiful camera angle choices. It’s a lot brighter than Mission: Impossible III and it doesn’t have the same dark intense tone, but it doesn’t come across as cartoonish either. There is a fine balance found in this instalment, and here’s to hoping that Rogue Nation will please as much.

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I am not convinced of Jeremy Renner as a IMF agent, and it is planned that the character of Brandt will take over as main protagonist once Tom Cruise steps out of the franchise, which seems like it will never happen, considering that somehow he has found the fountain of youth and will live forever. Simon Pegg is always welcome as Benji, and it’s great to see that his character is slowing fleshing out too. There never seems to be strong female characters in this franchise, which is a bummer, although Paula Patton and Léa Seydoux deliver great performances.

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If Rogue Nation is anything like Ghost Protocol, I think we will be pleased. The setup for Rogue Nation to be a great film has been laid, and with yet another Director, Christopher McQuarrie at the helm, we keep our fingers and toes crossed. Having an opportunity to look back and enjoy these fun and entertaining films again, has been great indeed! As Ethan Hunt would say, “mission accomplished!”ghost protocol still

Here are 7 stunning frames in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, enjoy!

1. Budapest

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2. Russian Prison Tunnel

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3. Red Balloon at Kremlin 

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4. Dubai Sands-cape

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5. Burj Khalifa

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6. Tom Cruise VS Burj Khalifa

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7. Dubai Sandstrom Approaches

ghost protocol stillIt’s amazing that Tom Cruise, firstly, got permission to do insane stunts on the Burj Khalifa. The Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world right now, standing at 828 meters. Watching the scene is gut wrenching and really tense. Credit must be given to Tom Cruise, for risking so much, just to entertain us. What will he do next?