If you haven't already seen the latest trailer, shame on you. See it here...
An overview of M:I-GP (as I'm calling it) trailer 2 would be that it subscribes to a typical trailer format; it starts with some plot exposition and quickly hits the mark of fast edits covering the cast so we know all the faces involved, and treats us to some tantalising snippets of action with key lines of dialogue to add to the tension.
But let's go deeper than that and break it down. What do we actually see, hear, and learn about this new 'Mission'?
PLOT: Ethan Hunt and the IMF team are framed for a bombing at the Kremlin and they must work alone to clear their names and find the true culprits.
"The Russians are classifying this as undeclared act of war... The President has initiated Ghost Protocol."'Ghost Protocol', we can now assume is a term for the shutting down of the IMF.
As for the rest of the storyline, it is all kept a mystery and that is a good thing. We don't want to be going into the IMAX knowing everything that's going to happen and why!
CHARACTERS: Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise): Hunt is taking the lead as usual, with the rest of his IMF helping out. Most of the action centres on him. Long hair, although not as layered as it was in M:I-2. Yes, this is important.
Brandt (Jeremy Renner): We don't know Brandt's role yet although Hunt includes him when he says “We’re all that’s left of the IMF”. What we do know is the men will have conflict:
"Who are you really, Brandt?"Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg): As in M:I:III, Benji appears to be the film's comic relief, although his inclusion in the trailer with dialogue suggests he'll have a much more significant role this time around.
"We all have our secrets, don't we, Ethan?"
Jane Carter (Paula Patton): Not much is known, except that she is a new character to the franchise and an IMF agent. A possible love interest for Hunt, as they are seen kissing at one point.
Trevor Hanaway (Josh Holloway): Nothing known about this character. Trailer suggests he is IMF. He appears to be filling the Jonathan Rhys Meyers role from M:I:III.
Various websites says Ving Rhames will be reprising his role as Luther Stickell form the three entries. Rhames is missing from both M:I-GP trailers, so we can only assume he has a small role in this latest outing.
Unlike the casting of Oscar winner Phillip Seymour Hoffman in M:I:III, we know nothing about the 'bad guys' at the moment. From the trailer it would appear actors Michael Nyqvist, Léa Seydoux, and possibly Anil Kapoor are taking these roles.
ACTION: The M:I series is full of spectacular action set pieces, each a signature of that particular director's filmmaking style. From this trailer, Brad Bird seems to be packing in as much action as the other 3 films combined!
Kremlin Explosion: Hunt gets caught up in the blast. CG effects look great!
Attack on the Secretary's car: Love how Bird has slowed down the crash scene here, without turning it in to something Guy Ritchie would do.
Car crash in the desert: In the previous 3 films, each trailer has shown Hunt involved in near-death stunt. Helicopter crash in the first; riding through the flames on his bike in the second; and getting thrown into a car from a missile attack in the third. Here, we see a car flip and crash, narrowly missing Hunt. Again, the effects look great.
Fight in a parking lot?: Very quick editing here, but it appears Hunt is fighting in a car as it is dropping, and he then rolls out clutching a silver briefcase. It looks like the same cylindrical building shown near the trailer’s start.
Car chase in India: Again, not much is shown here, except Hunt and Carter driving at high speed in the brand new BMW i8. Car looks superb!
Brandt does a ‘Mission: Impossible’ of his own: One shot shows Brandt replicating the famous scene from De Palma’s film where Hunt breaks in to CIA headquarters. Again, we know nothing more than this.
Burj Khalifa break-in: This is what M:I-GP has become known for in its production so far. The trailer only shows us a few glimpses of what promises to be the tentpole sequence in the movie. In the teaser we saw Hunt in free fall towards and open window, but here we see him not only jump out of the world’s tallest building, but also run down it too. Shot in IMAX, this could be the best scene in the M:I franchise to date. And that really is Cruise on the side of the building, no CGI, no stunt man.
With this little insight, watch the trailer again and count the days until its release!
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol open in the UK on December 26 in cinemas and IMAX.
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