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Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation Review

Howdy people of the internet, time for my latest film review in the form of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. I would have seen this film sooner but I’ve had to wait until I got time off from work. Anyway, I’ve been pumped for this film for a while and I just hoped that it’d be good with all of the awesome stuff that was shown off in the trailers. So is the film good or not? Well read on and find out!

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So the story can be described as the following:

“Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate – an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF.”

The story in this film was really good. Talk about living on the edge, this film goes above and beyond to give you an adventure that insane, dangerous and totally cool. This was definitely a personal outing for Ethan Hunt and this film was also heavier with the spy and thriller elements. The key themes of this film dealt with trust, conspiracies and uncertainty. There was a lot of mystery going on, and at several key points in the film you’re not sure who to trust, this creates a great deal of tension and suspense, and because of the motivations of the main characters it makes for very intriguing and cool story. I really appreciated the odds that Ethan and his friends had to deal with this time, it really felt like an impossible mission with crazy odds stacked against them, and it was put together in such a smart way. Another aspects about this film series is that it is consistent with its codes and conventions. There are certain elements that come into play in Rogue Nation that have been used before, but because it’s part of this world and it’s used effectively, it doesn’t feel repetitive or unpractical. Oh and the’s really funny with a lot of great moments of humour sprinkled throughout. I don’t really have much in the way of negatives with the plot, it was all pretty good.

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As for the cast they are all great. Tom Cruise has still got it as Ethan Hunt. While we get all of the usual cool aspects of Hunt’s character, this time around it really focuses on his personality. The story really gets into his mindset, shows what makes him tick and why he’s so determined to take down his enemies, but also shows that he’s a team player and he cares for his friends. Cruise turns in another great performance and has such a great screen presence, whether he’s fighting, running or standing still looking like a badass, he’s just fun to watch. Jeremy Renner was great as William Brandt, this guy is just as funny and uptight as he was previously, but this time he’s more integrated into Ethan’s team and while he doesn’t always trust Ethan, he always does the right thing. Renner has such a likeable charm and in this film he had a lot of good material to work with. Simon Pegg as Benji Dunn was brilliant. Even though Benji was primarily around for humour, he had a lot of good moments drama and action and I liked how Benji’s character has progressed through this series.

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Rebecca Ferguson I think may be the stand out performance as Ilsa Faust. Ferguson is hot, beautiful and sexy all and the same time, but beyond that she’s a really interesting character. I loved Ilsa’s backstory, motivations and interactions with Ethan, plus she was a damn good spy with crazy amounts of skill, efficiency and badassery. I hope to see her return in future films as she’s too good a character to not see again. Ving Rhames was as Luther Stickell, Rhames just had that nice level of swagger, charm and humour that make Luther fun to watch. Also Sean Harris did well as Solomon Lane, the main villain of the film. what I liked about Lane was that he was always step ahead, he was so sneaky, swift and effortless in his actions, and Harris was really good in the role (although I wasn’t overly keen on the soft/quiet voice). plus Lane was certainly more memorable than the previous film’s villain for sure. Alec Baldwin was a welcomed addition to the MI world as Alan Hunley, Baldwin (regardless of his actions in the real world) is a good actor and in this film he displayed some of his best qualities, the guy is intimidating, serious, but also funny and engaging, and while Hunley’s character isn’t too likeable, he’s certainly fun to watch especially with his interactions with William Brandt. Simon McBurney as Attlee was another great character who was cool yet off-putting and creepy at the same time, and finally Tom Hollander as the Prime Minister is awesome and some of my favourite scenes in the film.

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When it comes to the presentation it is really, really good! I really liked the visual side of things. This film was shot really well with some really cool cinematography with the car chases and fight scenes, I also liked the use of colour and lighting for some of the scenes especially at night as it added levels of tension, drama and looked quite artistic. I also liked the choreography of the fight scenes as they were cool, slick and pretty brutal. The film score by Joe Kraemer was really cool, it had the right levels of intensity, sophistication and drama, and while I did miss Michael Giacchino’s sound from the last film, Kraemer did a damn good job.

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In conclusion Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation was bloody awesome, I knew the film would be good but I’m just so happy that it ended up being another solid entry in this series. This film has all of the best elements that you’d expect from these films, but here the filmmakers found ways to create even crazier action scenes, have a story with a great deal of tension, depth and conspiracy and still make a fun summer film. While I think I still like the more fun-oriented approach of Ghost Protocol, Rogue Nation is just as badass and I highly recommend it.

Rating: 8.5/10

So what did you think of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them in the comments below, until the next time, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on August 3, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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QUICK REVIEW: Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation Trailer #1

Howdy people of the internet, time for my trailer review for Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. Obviously the teaser for this trailer came out on Sunday (I foolishly thought that it was the first trailer, however it was just teaser to a full teaser), but now we have a full trailer to look at giving us our first look at the carnage we’re in for with this fifth installment of this film series.

Firstly check out the trailer here:

So what are my first thoughts after seeing this trailer? I want a piece of this pie yo, sign me the hell up!

Now after the badassery of Ghost Protocol (a film I LOVED), I was not only ready for more adventures with Ethan Hunt but I was also curious/worried as to how this film would come close to that level of quality. And I know from interviews that director Christopher McQuarrie said that he wasn’t trying to outdo the last film, but just wanted to make a solid film. However after seeing this trailer I feel like the people behind this film are definitely trying to up the ante from the last film.

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Looks like the stakes are set possibly even higher than before with a lot of interesting a crazy things going on like:

  • A cool female operative working with Ethan’s crew
  • The CIA are out to dissolve the IMF
  • Hunt and his crew are up against an organisation just as skilled as they are
  • Ethan Hunt hanging off of a plane

As for the plot it seems like Hunt and his crew are going to have their work cut out for them as their main enemy seems to be a bad version of themselves. This illusive group known as the Syndicate are coming after our heroes and it looks like they have a lot of skill and firepower. I’m liking the cast too. Tom Cruise and Simon Pegg like their on-point as Ethan Hunt and Benji Dunn, while seeing Jeremy Renner again as William Brandt makes me smile too. I am however really excited for the new additions to the cast. Alec Baldwin is one of my favourite actors and while he’s seemed less than likeable in the public eye over recent years, I don’t want that to get in the way of the talent that he has. Anways I like how his character looks like the bad guy, seems like he’s going to make things complicated by taking out the organisation that Hunt and his crew work for and creating friction is also fun. And Rebecca Ferguson looks like a great replacement for Paula Patton as the next leading female. Besides being a confident, she can kick ass and is in the thick of the action and I love that. What I also appreciated was that for all the action and serious story elements, there are still moments of humour, a lot of which involving Simon Pegg and Tom Cruise. Whether it is Ethan asking Benji if he has his seatbelt on while in a car that’s flying backwards through the air or if Ethan is asking a woman if he knows her after she helped him beat up his captors, it’s great and well-timed.

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Oh and then there’s the action which looks off the chain yo and some of the stuff I liked was:

  • There’s chase sequences with bikes and cars with people getting knocked down and over cliffs!
  • Cool hand to hand combat moments whether someone is being held hostage or a woman is dispensing people in a dress
  • Ethan jumps off a building into some water hole which looks like it is inside of a fountain area

I know its been said already many times at this point but I’m going to mention it anyway… HOLY SHIT, IT’S TOM CRUISE HANGING OFF A MOVING PLANE, OH MY GOD! Sure that reaction is a little extreme but you have to admit, a 50+ Tom Cruise hanging off of a moving plane is some hardcore shit. This guy must be the western version of Jackie Chan (not nearly as hardcore but you get the comparison). I mean most men at this age would probably start to slow down and not do such crazy and risky stunt work, but Cruise jumps into this madness like a duck to water and shit he goes through for our entertainment has to be applauded. I don’t know how anyone can hate on a guy that works so hard and does badass stuff like this.

I guess my only issue with the trailer is the use of that remixed version of “Ready or Not” The Fugees, it just sounded horrible and out of place, thank god if wasn’t in the whole of the trailer.

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In conclusion the first trailer for Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation looks awesome, I wasn’t sure if this film would get me as excited as the last one, but my worries were put to bed as this looks just as crazy, if not more than before. The action looks great, the story seems intriguing, the cast looks great and the set pieces look insane. The waiting period for the summer film season has gotten that much harder.

So what do you think of the first trailer for Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them in the comments below, until the next time, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2015 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Edge of Tomorrow Review

Hello there people of the internet, time for another film review and today’s review comes in the shape of Edge of Tomorrow. Now at first I was interested in watching this film because of the story and Tom Cruise’s involvement. But then when the trailers came out slowly my interested died and I really started to hate that stupid song used in the trailers! So is the film good or bad? Well read on and find out.

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Here’s the synopsis for the film:

“In the near future, an alien race has invaded the Earth and defeated the world’s military units. Major William Cage (Tom Cruise), a military officer untrained for combat, is deployed into a combat mission against the aliens. Though Cage is killed in minutes, he finds himself starting over in a time loop, repeating the same mission and being killed. Each time, Cage learns to better fight the aliens, and he teams up with Special Forces soldier Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt) to defeat them.”

The story is very intelligent, intriguing and ambitious. The best way to describe this film is a cross between Source Code and Terminator, and while this film clearly takes references from films like these and others, it has its own way of doing things that keeps you invested a unique kind of character-driven story. I liked the tone of the film as it was serious but also quite humorous and moved a decent pace throughout. At first the story comes across as interesting but not overly engaging, it’s not until Rita Vrataski comes into play that things start to become cool. The only issues I have with the film is that sometimes things slow down a bit at points and sometimes the story can get a little confusing.

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As for the cast they are all very good with the two leads, Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt doing well along with cool their co-stars. Firstly Tom Cruise as Major William Cage is awesome. For first time in ages Tome Cruise doesn’t play a character who isn’t automatically badass. Cage is a man who knows nothing about fighting, combat or war, and due to him being thrown into battle he has to learn and adjust and become capable of saving humanity. Emily Blunt is just awesome as Rita Vrataski. Blunt plays this well-known soldier who is well-versed in battle, but also knows what is going on behind the scenes with the aliens and Cage’s situation. I loved how cool, driven and how she is a no-nonsense kind of woman, but still has layers. Bill Paxton is incredible as Master Sergeant Farrell Bartolome. At first I couldn’t properly identify him, but I knew I’d seen his face before and then I finally recognizes his face and voice. Paxton’s character was awesome, he was commanding, funny and a smart-ass, but you had to love him because of his charm and great dialogue. Also Brendan Gleeson as General Brigham is delightfully gruff, blunt and another no-nonsense kind of person and he has some great lines in the film..

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When it comes to the presentation it was some good stuff. Visually the film is great, there is a lovely gritty and moody atmosphere that comes with the locations on and off of the battlefield, in addition to that the CGI and cinematography is very well executed providing some really cool and well-choreographed action sequences. Also the soundtrack by Christophe Beck was pretty good too.

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In conclusion Edge of Tomorrow is smart film that takes ideas seen in previous sci-fi films and puts an interesting spin on things with a good plot and great central performances from Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. While this isn’t the best film I’ve seen this year, it was a hell of a lot better than I expected and is possibly one of Cruise’s best films in recent years.

Rating: 8/10

So what did you think of Edge of Tomorrow? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Tom Cruise Returns for Mission: Impossible 5

Okay so it’s been a few days since my last blog post but I thought this latest bit of news should be talked about. The following information comes from superherohype:

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“Following a worldwide gross of $694.7 million for Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions are ready to move forward with a fifth installment and have signed a deal with Tom Cruise to reprise the role of Ethan Hunt and produce.

Deadline says that both Paramount and Skydance have confirmed the signing but they are not saying who is writing and directing or when the release date may be. “Ghost Protocol” was directed by Brad Bird, who has moved on to directing Tomorrowland for Disney.

Deadline adds that they are hearing Christopher McQuarrie will direct, but that is not confirmed yet. The two just teamed up for Jack Reacher last year. That film is in early talks for a sequel as well.”

Well it was only a matter of time before this film got greenlit, after the success of Ghost Protocol a sequel was inevitable. The funny thing is most people thought that prior to its release Ghost Protocol was going to fail. It was the fourth film in the series and most people thought Tom Cruise’s career was dwindling, however the fourth Mission Impossible film was easily one of the best most successful films in the series. I personally love Ghost Protocol, Brad Bird did very well with the direction of that film, the cast were fab and the story though simple was very effective. While I’m kind of worried about this series entering its fifth instalment especially without Brad Bird, at the same time I can’t help but feel excited and intrigued about another film involving Tom Cruise, action and explosions. I say bring it out! 🙂

 
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Posted by on May 7, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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Oblivion Review

So now we’re finally here in April and Oblivion is finally out in cinemas! I have waited for months for this film to come out. Now I have been in two minds about this film since I saw the trailers, I believed it could either be really cool or pretty lame. I’ve been cautiously optimistic. I just want it to be a good and entertaining film because it has two of my favourite actors in it, Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman. So is the film worth the wait or something you should pass on? Read on my review to find out.

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The story synopsis for the film goes a little something this:

“One of the few remaining drone repairmen assigned to Earth, its surface devastated after decades of war with the alien Scavs, discovers a crashed spacecraft with contents that bring into question everything he believed about the war, and may even put the fate of mankind in his hands.”

I thought the plot for the film was pretty interesting. Even though the whole “post-apocalyptic Earth” thing has been done many times before this film’s story carried itself well and had me invested, also there was a lot of drama and emotional elements in some of the characters lives that I was not expecting to. The film does however lack a certain degree of originality as there were times where I made several references to film like Moon, 2001: A Space Odyssey Independence Day and Wall-E. Also there were story elements that I did see coming before the film presented them to me but for the most part I liked the story in this film I just wish the ending was a little more satisfying.

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The characters in this film are pretty decent though the key performances that start out are Tom Cruise and Andrea Riseborough. Firstly let’s start with Tom Cruise as Jack Harper, Cruise was great. His performance was solid and engaging and you could see that he was haunted by his past and wanted to know more about Earth prior to the alien war. Jack, even though he repairs just repairs drones, patrol the skies and follows orders wants more and Cruise showed his acting skills well here. Plus the guy’s like 50 and yet he can run, gun and do all these action scenes which is bloody impressive, again I don’t like it when people hate on the guy when he puts so much effort into his work. The other great performance comes from Andrea Riseborough as Victoria Olsen. Riseborough was really great as the colleague of Jack who performed her duties and never asked questions about the past, there was many sides to this woman from her cute and flirty side to her affirmative side. There was a fair bit of emotional stuff for her character and Riseborough looked fabulous and acted very well against Cruise.

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Also Melissa Leo as Sally was a performance that was could but also very scary too, Leo came across as so cold and non-human even when trying to be nice. And then there’s Olga Kurylenko as Julia Rusakova, she still looks beautiful these days and she served her purpose for the film giving emotion where possible, but I felt like her character could have done more and Kurylenko wasn’t as good as I hope she’d be. Now let’s talk about Morgan Freeman as Malcolm Beech, a resistance leader stationed on Earth. Freeman was his usual awesome self but was not in the film nearly as much as I would have hoped and was severely underwritten. The trailers made him seem like he had a massive part in the film but it’s actually smaller than Kurylenko’s. And lastly there’s Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Sykes, its funny, I can’t look at him without seeing Jaime Lannister from Game of Thrones haha. But putting that fact aside he was alright but not in the film as much as I’d hoped.

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As for the presentation, all I have to say is DAMN! The presentation is bloody awesome. The CGI and special effects were put to good use here, everything looked so incredibly detailed, vivid and beautiful despite the state of the planet. The action sequences were excellent and I also liked the art direction, the drones looked cool and the ship that Jack uses is also pretty awesome too. And then there’s the soundtrack M83 was great, it had a proper 80s vibe to it with the use of the instruments and I loved how loud and epic it sounded.

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In conclusion Oblivion was pretty awesome. A lot of critics and audience members have bashed the film for the slower pace and lack of originality when compared to sci-fi films that preceded this one. However for me the story was surprisingly deep and intriguing, the cast was solid for the most part and presentation was top-class yo. If you’re a patient kind of film watcher and give this film a chance you’ll probably enjoy it.

Rating: 8/10 (Not perfect but definitely worth a watch!)

So what did you think of this latest sci-fi film starring Tom Cruise? Did you like it or dislike it? Whatever your thoughts lay them down below and I’ll catch y’all on the next review yo! 😀

Jaime Lannister

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Jack Reacher Official Trailer #2

This trailer came out a few days ago and while I had heard a lot about Jack Reacher, in truth all I knew about it was that Tom Cruise was in it. I don’t think it was until I saw this trailer when I started paying attention to the film. Check it out below:

All I have to say is that this film looks pretty badass. Tom Cruise has always been an actor I liked from his work in Top Gun to Collateral to the Mission Impossible films and the dedication he puts into his work is pretty hardcore. In the film his character Jack comes across as the badass anti-hero, he has that cool, cold and efficient aspect about him with a nice sense of humour too. The story also looks interesting and the supporting cast looks impressive. But one part of this trailer that really sealed the deal for me what the part at the end where he blends into the crowd and the man lends him his cap allowing Jack to hide, it was totally slick and hilarious and it looks like this film will be one to look out for at the latter part of 2012.

 
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Posted by on October 21, 2012 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Review

Howdy ladies and gentlemen, today I have another film review to give ya and this time it comes in shape of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol aka Mission: Impossible 4.

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Now before this film came out I was very wary purely because it was the fourth entry in the Mission: Impossible film series. In most normal cases, most film series end in a trilogy or spin-off, so when you hear there’s going to be a fourth film in a film series that really didn’t need it, you can’t help but think it’ll be bad before it’s even going to come out. Though over time when it was announced that Brad Bird, director of The Incredibles was going to be on-board for the project I felt that there may be some hope for the film and then when Simon Pegg and Jeremy Renner were also attached to the film, so my fear turned into hope. So I went to watch this film just expecting to like it… But after I watched it I was like “Holy man this film friggin is awesome!!”

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This latest instalment in the Mission: Impossible film series is an interesting chapter in the life of Ethan Hunt and is fantastic film in the genre of action movies. Basically in this film the IMF is shut down when it’s implicated in the bombing of the Kremlin, causing Ethan Hunt and his new team to go rogue to clear their organization’s name. While the plot sounds simple enough, there a good level intricacy and layering to it, with the multiple characters involved on the good side and the side of the enemy. This film is a great action flick purely because rather than just being a mindless film full of explosions and having action with no substance like the latest instalment of the Transformers film series, MI: GP has a story, it has structure with characters who are interesting and engaging and most importantly things happen for a reason rather than just happening for the sake of a spectacle for the audience. Tom Cruise is still just as cool as ever as Ethan Hunt and he delivers a solid performance whether he’s just talking or jumping out of buildings. Jeremy Renner adds an interesting element to the film with his character William Brandt, while Paula Patton and Simon Pegg do equally well in the film as agents Jane Carter and Benji Dunn.

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Now talk about the action sequences in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. The action scenes in this film are just ridiculously awesome. So much stuff happens in this film it’s unreal, straight from the beginning of the film it sets you up for a wide ride of significant feats performed by several of the characters involved whether they are the good guys or the bad guys. So many of the scenarios created are just unnatural, so many tension-building situations and heart-racing scenes are thrown in throughout this film that you don’t know what’s going to happen next. Another thing I noticed which Jeremy Jahns mentioned in his YouTube review was that when the action sequences come just when you think that it’s over, it throws a curve ball and continues, it’s mind-boggling. But one thing is for sure that the action sequences are pulled off in a fabulous way, all of it is very entertaining, well-choreographed and incredible to watch, some of it throws away the laws of realism and gets completely ridiculous at times, but I think that’s what I really loved about it, that level of impossibility that wouldn’t take place in the real world.

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The amount of crazy action stunts that Tom Cruise gets into in this film is absolutely mad.

I also want to talk about the soundtrack which is wonderfully handled by one of my favourite film composers Michael Giacchino. In most of the soundtracks I have heard Mr Giacchino is nothing short of amazing as he always seems to get the music right in every scenario and it’s always so loud and present that you can’t ignore how great it sounds. As I listened to the soundtrack throughout the film I noticed subtle references to Giacchino’s previous work with Pixar and the more recent sci-fi film Star Trek. Now for me I find it interesting that both Brad Bird and Michael Giacchino found themselves working together again on a film of a similar genre to that of The Incredibles. And just like their last collaboration they work wonderfully together. And since I’ve mentioned Brad Bird now I think I should give him his credit as I feel this film really worked under his direction. Bird’s directing skills are pretty darn good, though it is all in the world of animation his contributions to The Iron Giant, The Incredibles and Ratatouille can’t be ignored. In the end I am glad that he was picked as the director because he did so well with it and it also shows that Brad Bird is also capable of directing live-action films too so hopefully this is the start of bigger things to come in his career.

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This picture here is just badass, such a fine team of awesomeness.

So in conclusion Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol is a fabulous film and probably one of the best films of 2011. The film was handled very well with a good story, a solid cast, ridiculously awesome action sequences and a soundtrack that is just simply wonderful. After seeing this film I know one thing is for sure, Tom Cruise is still awesome! 😀 He can still tackle action films in such a great way and you can see in this film how much he really commits to the film with the amount of crazy stunts he pulls off. And director Brad Bird, he is a man of brilliance and he needs to direct more films because he has talent that shouldn’t be wasted.

Rating: 8.5/10

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on January 4, 2012 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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