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Old December 28 2011, 10:23 PM   #91
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Re: Brad Bird all but confirmed as "Mission: Impossible IV" director

When you say "lip service" do you mean an espionage scene?

In this one there's one at the beginning involving an attempt to extract information at the Kremlin. There's also a neat scene later in the movie where a ruse is played to try and get information from an informant.

I think this movie probably had the best espionage scenes of all of the movies.
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Old December 28 2011, 10:31 PM   #92
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I think "lip service" in this sense means homage given what Aldo's post was about.
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Old December 29 2011, 03:39 AM   #93
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When you say "lip service" do you mean an espionage scene?

In this one there's one at the beginning involving an attempt to extract information at the Kremlin. There's also a neat scene later in the movie where a ruse is played to try and get information from an informant.

I think this movie probably had the best espionage scenes of all of the movies.
Indeed, I quite liked the dual-deceptions in the hotel sequence.
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Old December 29 2011, 04:24 AM   #94
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Yeah the dual deception bit was neat and gave us our obligatory "Ethan Hunt performs a death-defying stunt using an apparatus allowing him to circumvent gravity" scene that all of these movies have had.
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Old December 29 2011, 07:03 AM   #95
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Obligatory, definitely, but also incredible in IMAX. I wonder if the blu-ray will switch aspect ratios like the 'Dark Knight' and 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' for IMAX sequences.
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Old December 29 2011, 05:35 PM   #96
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i enjoyed it immensely. definitely one of the best in the series.
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Old April 29 2012, 03:41 AM   #97
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I don't expect the movies to be exactly like the show. But each of the previous three films had at least one sequence that payed lip service to the show. In the first one it was the mission at the Embassy that went tits up. In the second one it took place at a race track. And the third one was the sequence in the Vatican.

My question is does this film have at least one sequence like that?
Just watched this today for the first time. As my post above shows, I've long given up the idea that the movies will play out like the show at all. But I was really surprised with this one, it felt the the most like the show, and it was nice seeing Cruise share the screen with an actual team this time. Unlike Ethan being the sole star of the previous 3.

Probably my favorite since the first, and I'm really kicking myself for not seeing it in theaters. I say bring on a fifth film!
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Old April 29 2012, 01:09 PM   #98
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As much as I hate this "remake" fad, I'd much rather see a new trilogy that only keeps some elements of the movies and instead tries to pay tribute to the original show (similar to how the 80's sequel treated the original with the respect it has earned).
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Old April 29 2012, 02:42 PM   #99
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Just watched this today for the first time. As my post above shows, I've long given up the idea that the movies will play out like the show at all. But I was really surprised with this one, it felt the the most like the show, and it was nice seeing Cruise share the screen with an actual team this time.
Yes. As I said in my own review, Brian DePalma made a DePalma-style spy thriller, John Woo made a Woo-style spy thriller, J. J. Abrams made Alias: The Movie... but Brad Bird went and made an actual Mission: Impossible movie. (Although it's still an Ethan Hunt movie and includes the tropes of that series as well.)
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Old April 29 2012, 07:46 PM   #100
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I never really read through this thread when the movie was in theaters as I didn't want to spoil myself, so I must have missed your thoughts on the film.

You are right though. Do disagree with your assessment of the first film. It is a pretty good adaption of the show, until Ethan is set up and must go on his own.
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Old April 29 2012, 08:28 PM   #101
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I saw this last night on blu-ray; I'd missed it in the cinema (the first one I didn't see on the big screen sadly) and this was my first rental in some time. Loved it. The scene in Dubai especially was brilliant, as was the climactic fight in the car factory. Great plot twists, clever use of technology (it served the plot, rather than vice-versa) and some nice humour. Great support from Renner and Pegg in particular and the cast in general. Oh and a couple of welcome cameos at the end, both of which came as a total surprise to me.

I've always thought that the series got progressively better - II was better than MI and III was better still. Not sure if I prefer this movie to III or not. Great and all as my new 46" widescreen HD tv is, it's not quite as good as the cinema, which is probably why I'm still tending towards III (plus III had a better villain). But I'll be sure to catch V in the cinema!
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Old April 29 2012, 08:34 PM   #102
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that car factory was a car park.
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Old April 29 2012, 09:01 PM   #103
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^ Too much wine last night while watching the movie clearly!
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Old April 30 2012, 12:49 AM   #104
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Which was also one of the best fight scenes I've seen in recent memory. I always like it when movies take a standard movie conceit (hero vs. villain) and make it look original.
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Old April 30 2012, 06:25 AM   #105
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Which was also one of the best fight scenes I've seen in recent memory. I always like it when movies take a standard movie conceit (hero vs. villain) and make it look original.
Indeed. If the carpark fight had been in any other movie, it would have been the scene getting all the attention. As it is though, it's in the same movie as the Dubai sequence which is also just phenomenal. This movie was just great, with two of the best action set-pieces I've seen in any action movie.
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