Sometimes writing about movies on the internet has some benefits. I mean, we get all the crappy straight to DVD movies you can think of and sometimes free popcorn. We make next to no money, but in return we get to see movies early and sometimes, just sometimes, we get to see bits of movies before they’re ready.
Such was the case recently when I, along with a few other journalists, got a chance to see about twenty minutes of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol projected in a true IMAX theater. If my description, reaction, and thoughts isn’t enough to get you wet with excitement, we’ve also got the new trailer for you, so come on in and read some more.
The footage we saw started in a normal aspect ratio while Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise), Benji (Simon Pegg), Brandt (Jeremy Renner), and Jane (Paula Patton) discuss an elaborate plan to convince two different people that they’ve had a meeting together while neither of them actually meets the other. To do this, they’ll need to utilize the ubiquitous masks and modify the interior of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. During the drive, the aspect ratio slowly opens up to the IMAX ratio, revealing a wide, expansive view of the desert as the team arrives in Dubai.
Next, things don’t go as planned (obviously) once they’re within the building – Benji can’t hack into the security system as planned, so Ethan Hunt has to infiltrate the server room. One problem – you can’t just walk into it, so Hunt cuts out a window and utilizes some fancy new true-life inspired gecko gloves to climb up the side of the building. Here, the IMAX really blows you away as the camera gives you a (literally) dizzying view straight down.
Again, things don’t go as planned, as one of the gloves malfunctions and Hunt once again has to show off his impressive climbing skills to get to the server room. You can probably guess that the trip down doesn’t go as planned either, which results in some of the well-known Mission Impossible building jumping and swinging.
Fast forward, or more accurately, just jump to some time later, and Hunt is now in pursuit of a mysterious man racing through the streets of Dubai in the middle of a sandstorm. The chase starts on foot with Hunt using some sort of tracking device that looks like a small tablet, but soon things go automotive as both chasee and chaser end up in vehicles, whipping through the blinding sandstorm before a well executed car crash brings the chase back to pedestrian style. Our mystery villain gives Hunt the slip by jumping onto a passing truck and dramatically rips off a synthetic face mask revealing him to be -!!! some old Russian looking dude. How he outran the young, athletic Hunt, I don’t know.
In conclusion, the footage looks pretty awesome and the IMAX sequence with the climbing of the Burj Khalifa is amazing and dizzying. It’s almost disconcerting to see. Check it out in IMAX if you can, because it’ll be worth it. Non-IMAX related, the movie looks fun, with lots of action and plenty of comedy between the team.
Sound good? Cool, check out the trailer below and see how good it might be.