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Movie Review – Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011)

Film: Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol
Released: 2011
Director: Brad Bird
Stars: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg

Ethan Hunt and his team are racing against time to track down a dangerous terrorist named Hendricks, who has gained access to Russian nuclear launch codes and is planning a strike on the United States. An attempt by the team to stop him at the Kremlin ends in a disaster, with an explosion causing severe destruction to the Kremlin and the IMF being implicated in the bombing, forcing the President to invoke Ghost Protocol, under which the IMF is disavowed, and will be offered no help or backup in any form. Undaunted, Ethan and his team chase Hendricks to Dubai, and from there to Mumbai, but several spectacular action sequences later, they might still be too late to stop a disaster

What I thought of it:
The eagerly awaited fourth installment of the highly popular Mission Impossible franchise is certainly filled with eye-popping stunts and special effects, but that’s pretty much all it has to offer, which is a shame, because it has some serious talent involved. First we have Tom Cruise who just is Ethan Hunt; then you have Jeremy Renner, who has picked up the baton as lead of the Bourne reboot; and finally Simon Pegg, who is just fantastic in everything, even when the material isn’t so great.

So what went wrong?

The plot is a bit naff to be honest. The Kremlin and a possible nuclear war? Really? That is so old hat it’s practically fossilised. And we have pretty much the same stunts again (yes, that old drop and dangle is involved yet again, but this time Cruise has stepped back to let one of his co-stars hover just above danger). It was all fairly predictable and a little disappointing, making me hope that Hollywood will just leave this series alone now.

There were one or two really great stunts though – scaling the skyscraper is one that springs immediately to mind – and it’s still a fair bit of fun to watch, just don’t expect it to tax the brain too much or you’ll be twiddling your thumbs long after you work out what’s going on (which will happen fairly early in the film).

If you’re looking for a bit of mindless entertainment, watch this. But if you fancy something a bit more challenging, don’t bother. It’s popcorn fodder and nothing more.


Movie Review: The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (2011)

Film: The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
Released: 2011
Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: (Voices) Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Daniel Mays, Toby Jones, Mackenzie Crook, Cary Elwes

Based on the characters from the comic book series The Adventures of Tintin by Hergé.

Intrepid reporter Tintin and Captain Haddock set off on a treasure hunt for a sunken ship commanded by Haddock’s ancestor.

What I thought of it:
Why this film hasn’t been nominated for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year Oscar  I will never understand! The animation on this movie is some of the most finely crafted I have ever seen. Just watching the movement of water or the reflection of light is startlingly real, but then you look at the expressions and natural movement of the characters and you get completely blown away! I swear, if it weren’t for the fact that the heads are abnormally large for the bodies, and the features exaggerated and charicature-style, you’d be hard pushed to believe that it was animated at all. If that isn’t a major achievement, I don’t know what is!

Surprisingly, the only category for which Tintin is nominated are Original Score (which, admittedly, is very good) – it has been completely snubbed for all the technical categories as well as the aforementioned Best Animated Feature. I take this as a sure sign that the world has gone completely mad, because this film is AWESOME!

The plot is exciting and fast paced, the voice talent is staggering, and, well, have I already mentioned how amazing the animation is? I think I did. Yes, I’m sure I did, but it’s worth mentioning again – THE ANIMATION IS BRILLIANT! And the writing – Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish are a triumvirate of genius who should never be allowed to part!

I sincerely hope there are more Tintin films in the pipeline because I, for one, would be dying to see them. And yes, the film is left tantalisingly open for that possible sequel, so that glimmer of hope is most assuredly burning.

If you haven’t already seen it, do so, as soon as possible, and marvel at just how far animation has come, as well as being swept along on an amazing adventure.

Hubby’s review HERE.

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