Thursday, December 15, 2011

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

Story: The whole IMF is disavowed. Blamed for the explosion at the Kremlin orchestrated by a madman to ignite a nuclear war, the remaining IMF team led by Ethan Hunt is operating on rogue status to stop it with no back up, no plan, with no choice but to succeed as the world’s future lies in balance.

Review: Since the 60’s, the audience sits in front of the television as Jim Phelps, played by Peter Graves ignite the tip of the dynamite and the series theme starts playing. It also spawned a new series for the next generation that got Peter Graves back in the role to lead a new team with guest appearance of the original cast.

After the series was cancelled, it took a decade to bring back the MI franchise when Tom Cruise decided to produce it in movie and cast himself as the IMF point man Ethan Hunt and change the whole Mission: Impossible for the new generation. The first movie was a passing the torch moment as Ethan Hunt will start leading the team. When I first watched it, I was not impressed with what was turned out because I thought Tom Cruise turned MI into a solo action rather than team even though it was directed by Brian De Palma. It was only until the second movie that there was a new team.

But I only got to like Mission: Impossible again in the third movie thanks to J.J. Abrams, known for his TV series creation, Alias. The Mission: Impossible image of the TV series was back. I also thought that it might be the last since there was a stigma of movie series with a lifetime of two sequels and of what was progressed and character development.

There are twists and intrigue that will leave you stuck in your seats. As you think you will be relieved, another intense situation arises. The movie’s excitement never stops. It’s like a roller coaster ride. Even though it is not in 3D, the IMAX camera maximized the scenes that will leave you really breathless. The third movie was already my favorite until MI Ghost Protocol.

Don’t wait till it’s released on DVD or cable channels, it won’t give justice to watch it on TV. The movie experience will make you immersed with story, the stunts until you can finally breathe to relax. The movie also has added comedy that makes you relax in between gripping action sequences.

For the Philippine cinema, it will be shown in all cinemas on December 15. One week advance than United States so be one of the first to see it before the Metro Manila Film Fest starts.  If you wish to be ahead, there are selected movie screenings today. Thanks to Solar Entertainment Corporation for the advance screening last December 13 at IMAX SM Mall Of Asia.

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