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The Mission Impossible franchise has been waiting for its new installment for six years now. Tom Cruise will again star as the IMF agent Ethan Hunt as he and his team will plunge into deep cover in Russia. Brad Bird is directing while Tom Cruise, and J.J. Abrams will produce.
Ghost Protocol follows Ethan Hunt and his Impossible Mission Force (IMF) team after a bomb has gone off at The Kremlin (the place of residence of the President of the Russian Federation.) IMF, a secret part of the CIA, is being blamed for the bombing so they send Hunt and his team in deep cover in order to clear its name.
The series is well known for its iconic theme song, explosive action sequences along with Tom Cruise starring as the main role. For the fourth installment, new cast members have been added like, Jeremy Renner from The Hurt Locker, for the role of Brandt. Along with him, comes Josh Holloway, a usual in the works of J.J. Abrams.
Halloway is best known as Sawyer from Lost. Ving Rhames (Dawn of the Dead, Pulp Fiction will be returning to the cast for the fourth time along with Simon Pegg (Hot Fuzz, Star Trek) for his second time.
Ghost Protocol is Brad Bird’s first live action movie. Coming from an animation background in Pixar, Bird has directed Ratatouille, and the Incredibles. J.J. Abrams, commented on Bird’s style to MTV News.
“It’s so weird to watch scenes for a movie by a director that feels so of that director’s style, and yet you realize you’ve never ever seen a live-action film by that director. You watch moments where you go, ‘That’s so Brad Bird!’ And then you realize, oh, it’s so weird to have seen a Brad Bird moment with actual flesh and blood actors.’”
When the trailer leaked there did not seem to be many moments that seem like they were directed by Bird, but being that its only the trailer, it’s far too early to judge.
J.J. Abrams has had a history with the Mission Impossible Franchise. As director of the third installment, Ghost Protocol will have that certain Abrams feel to it. Tom Cruise, having produced the last three installments is also on board producing.
The movie was shot, and will be playing in IMAX. Many fans feel like it will be worth the money to see it. One scene shot on the IMAX cameras is when Hunt is climbing the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The shot is so intense that seeing that shot in IMAX would be breathtaking.
Mission Impossible fans have been waiting six years for a new piece of the franchise to come out. With new IMAX cameras being utilized the cinematography will be a sight for sore eyes.
The only thing that is intriguing people is how will Brad Bird transition from animation to live action? Protocol is about 4 months away, releasing on December 21 and the hype is starting to set in.
Ethan Hunt has been in trouble before but will he be able to get himself out of trouble again?