Brad Bird all but confirmed as "Mission: Impossible IV" director

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  1. Brikar99

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    Just got back from the IMAX. It was tons of fun. And we got to see a little bit of 'The Dark Knight Rises', too.
     
  2. Saul

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    Most entertaining movie of the series. Hell of a lot of fun. Cruz plays it less seriously than before. Pegg is very funny. Fantastic action that you must watch on IMAX.

    Mission accomplished!
     
  3. Captaindemotion

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    Belfast's only IMAX cinema has closed down. So pissed off!
     
  4. Admiral_Young

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    ^ I've not seen the movie yet. I am hoping to tonight but to address your question from a few days ago...Julia (Ethan's wife) is addressed.
     
  5. Saul

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    Are there any in Ireland?
    So behind the times as usual.
     
  6. Brikar99

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    The entire Dubai sequence looks amazing. IMAX > 3D.
     
  7. Captaindemotion

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    I believe Dublin's only one, in Parnell Street, closed in 2000. Belfast's closed in 2007. So, nope. Behind the times is right.

    Developers in Ireland think consumers are only interested in pubs and shopping centres. Never occurs to them that we might like a new cinema, whether conventional or IMAX.
     
  8. davejames

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    Hmm, thought the movie was solid enough, but from the reviews I was expecting something a lot more... fast-paced and high energy. This one actually felt kind of subdued compared to the previous movies.

    It was also a bit difficult to understand what the heck the team was trying to accomplish at times, at least until it was all over. The villain's "big evil plan" seemed awfully lacking in imagination and originality as well.

    In the end, I'd have to say I thought the third movie was the stronger one.
     
  9. ColeMercury

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    I saw it today in IMAX and I'd give it a solid A-minus. My only fault with it is that the villain isn't very engaging -- but the interaction amongst the IMF team is brilliant, to the extent that I actually want to see a sequel with the same four main heroes: Ethan, Benji, Carter and Brandt.

    The action sequences are extraordinarily well done, and the movie is just really well directed in general. Acting is great, dialogue is great, comedic moments are done in just the right balance. And it never gets boring.

    So, yeah, I'd recommend. In fact, you should probably see it in IMAX because that's how the action sequences were filmed and it REALLY looks and sounds amazing like that.
     
  10. JarodRussell

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    But IMAX gives me headaches.
     
  11. Admiral_Young

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    So don't see it in IMAX then.
     
  12. Harvey

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    I thought it was terrific, wisely focusing on humor and action rather than anything more serious. The only two false notes are when Jeremy Renner explains his past and at the end, when Ethan Hunt lays it on a little thick about how great his team is. The emotions there don't work (and, to be honest, Jeremy Renner's character doesn't make much of an impression; despite the implication that he would be taking over for Cruise, the end of the movie doesn't suggest that and Renner's performance and character don't, either). Otherwise, it's excellent. The Dubai skyscraper scene had me at the edge of my seat, and Simon Pegg had me in stitches.

    Plus, there are three cameos by characters in previous films, all of which are fun.

    The IMAX was definitely worth it (especially if you go to a genuine IMAX screen, like the one at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle where I saw the movie). It's a shame the next Trek movie is heading in the 3D route rather than IMAX.

    B+
     
  13. ColeMercury

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    I reckon Cruise will do one more MI movie, which will make more of an effort to better establish Brandt as a major hero and end with Ethan retiring for good or possibly dying. Then Renner will take over as the lead in the next one after that.
     
  14. Admiral_Young

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    I remember reading some time ago that there were rumours of a MI:5 in the early planning stages. This might have changed of course but I wouldn't be surprised if Cruise did one more.
     
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    Reviews for this have been great. Looks like it will end up being best of the franchise.l
     
  16. OdoWanKenobi

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    Wow! Freaking wow! I loved practically every second of this film. It's the best in the series by a wide margin. The action scenes are incredible and original. The sequence on the skyscraper in Dubai especially needs the be seen to be believed. It's the most impressive action sequence I've seen this year, or for many years. The only reason the later sequence in the vertical car park isn't more impressive is because it's following that. There's just one excellent action sequence after another.

    Then there's another major element to the film that I really wasn't expecting: the humor. This is a really, really funny movie. But it works. The humor never ever seems intrusive, is always perfectly timed, and is actually laugh out loud funny. This movie goes the whole mile when it comes to entertaining.

    The only thing I could possibly gripe about is that the villain and his evil plot are from the cliche book. It's essentially just the "madman steals a nuclear weapon and wants to blow up the world" plot, but who cares? This movie is so astonishingly entertaining that the routine plot just doesn't matter. Do NOT miss this one. It's the best damn time at the movies I've had all year, and I've had a damn good time at the movies this year.
     
  17. Dream

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    If they do any more they should get started quickly, but ending the franchise with this movie on a high note seems like a good way to go.
     
  18. DarKush

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    Liked MI4, but I didn't think it was better than the third film. The positives were the big action set pieces, Simon Pegg's expanded role added some humor (though some of it didn't work for me), and Paula Patton. Tom Cruise is also in amazing shape. The threat was clearer than in #3, but I liked Owen Davian's character better than Hendricks. For one, Hendricks barely had any dialogue at all-it was an extreme of case of tell, not show. Though I did enjoy how he lunged to his end, that fanatical look on his face conveyed a lot about him. The female assassin Moreau left more of an impression. Hendrick's henchmen wasn't bad either.

    I don't think Renner added much to the film. At first I was thinking that Cruise was passing the torch, and maybe that was in the intention. If so I don't think the movie set him up well. He needed help taking out Hendricks' underling in the end and the main thing that stood out about him, his tortured soul, was resolved-a bit too easily IMO-at the end of the film. Watching the film, I didn't get the feeling that Cruise is going to be hanging up this franchise anytime soon. And why should he, if its profitable and he can handle the physical demands.

    What I was hoping for was that he would be Jim Phelps, Jr., and take the reins over from Cruise-putting a Phelps back at the lead of the series. Oh well.

    Few gripes:
    -How did Hendricks tap into the IMF's communications? Was there another IMF mole? I can see why they might not want to go there since that has been a plot/subplot in every film thus far, but why not break with tradition.
    -Why did Hendricks impersonate his own underling in Dubai? Was it an issue that he didn't trust the man or no one else with the info? So little was done with his character that that move didn't make much sense. I took it as an attempt to make it a mano-a-mano thing with Cruise.
    -Cruise's hunches were a bit too much on the mark. It definitely didn't make sense for all of those soldiers to fire at his decoy. It seems they would've fired in the opposite direction of the decoy, or had some firing in all directions. They had enough troops to do that. His second hunch with the Indian mogul was more tolerable, because they did play the guy up as an eccentric.
     
  19. Trekker4747

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    I saw this last night and really enjoyed it, probably the second best of the series (I'd rank the first one at the top.) Lots of cool scenes (the "holo-wall" scene, the wall-climbing scene, the parking-garage disc-changer scene, the Indian playboy scene), there was a lot more espionage and sneaking around in this movie than there have been in the previous two.

    This one worked very well for me, I think Simon Pegg did very well, Tom Cruise was tolerable (which is the most likable he's been for me in ages), and pretty much the entire cast did very well.
     
  20. davejames

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    Agreed. Hoffman's twisted, diabolical villain was lightyears more interesting than this one was, and his face-offs with Cruise were just electric.

    The flare thing I thought made some kind of strange sense. Those soldiers are probably operating mostly on instinct, and if they see something moving, they're gonna shoot at it.

    But there were a LOT of other contrivances in this movie-- the idea of these expert assassins going to a meeting with no idea what someone looks like, the fact no one else walked in while Hunt and Benji were doing their hallway trick, the fact Benji can so easily sneak into these underground control rooms or next to sensitive areas...