Trailer Breakdown: Mission Impossible IV: Ghost Protocol

Release Date: December 16, 2011

I’m salivating for MI:4.  The reason is not to see Tom Cruise have countless near death experiences. The reason is not to see self-destructing mission assignments. Why the drool? I can’t wait to see Brad Bird in his live-action directorial debut.  Bird has directed three animated feature films (‘Iron Giant’, ‘The Incredibles’, ‘Ratatouille’) that all received critical acclaim.  Bird’s average score on Rotten Tomatoes in these three films is a 96.7%.  The big question is whether or not Bird’s success can translate from a animated cooking rat to the live-action Mission Impossible saga.

I’ve been a big fan of Jeremy Renner as of late, and I’m interested to see how they weave him into the franchise.  He is being brought into eventually replace Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt character. Renner has been on a bit of a hot streak with his last two movies, ‘The Hurt Locker (97%) & ‘The Town (94%), earning Oscar nominations in both.

I enjoyed the trailer. Eminem’s song in the background got me hyped. Tom Cruise yet again climbing a tall glass building as one of the feature stunts…not so much.  J.J. Abram’s third installment was the best. Can Brad Bird pick up where the Lost guru left off?

Breaking Down the Mission Impossible Series (Rotten Tomatoes/MetaCritic):

Mission Impossible – 60/60

Mission Impossible II – 57/60

Mission Impossible III – 70/66

Mission Impossible IV: Ghost Protocol – ?

Let’s here your predictions for Mission Impossible IV: Ghost Protocol. Grade Prediction. Thoughts on Bird. Thoughts on the series.  Thoughts on the trailer. Go!


Posted on July 7, 2011, in Trailers and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I actually thought the 1st Mission Impossible was the best of the franchise, with the second being not too far behind it. The 1st had a satisfying level of complication to the plot with and used lack of information to the viewer effectively. The second was much more straight forward as an action movie, but still felt cohesive enough as a story. I thought the third was kind of a mess. It’s been a while since I’ve seen it, but I remember not being impressed by it and thinking Mission Impossible was kind of just slapped on as a name; it could’ve been any action movie.

    So I wait with a jaded attitude for the 4th to come out.

  2. m_rail…I am honored that you are the first to comment on the Tomato Monster.

  3. This article was really good. I look forward to reading another one.

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