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Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

The fourth installment of the Mission Impoosible series comes from Brad Bird, the director who made animation films like The Incredibles and Ratatouille.
I saw the film twice. First at Cinemax, Ernakulam and later at the Prasads, Hyderabad. I hadn't posted the about the film earlier because I hoped to catch up with this film a second time before I gave away what I thought. The experience that I had at the two viewing where entirely different. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol only has selected footage shot using IMAX cameras but even then the viewing of the IMAX version gave a totally new dimension. Beyond the quality of a film, the experience that it gives you is something that is very hard for me to describe with the vocabulary I know. The viewing of Ghost Protocol in the IMAX screen was one such.
Ghost Protocol is a little different from the other films so far in the series. More than the freshness of the cast, the lighter tone that Brad Bird has successfully introduced with his writers is what evokes the difference. There are edge of the seat moments, change in identities and enough action just like the other parts. The film begins good. The first hour speeds its way well. But towards the last 40 odd minutes, mission impossible takes a different route altogether. The proceedings move to India and there are some shameless moments around here that seemed just too stupid.
Every time the visuals grew bigger for the IMAX experience, it was nothing short of pure awesomeness. The visuals filled my screen and the proceedings seemed to be happening right in front of my eyes. I was taken to Budapest, Dubai and India. The shots of Burj Khalifa has to be seen on IMAX and you would really know what experience I'm talking about right now.
Before actually seeing the film I was curious as to how the difference in frame sizes would affect my viewing. The surprise was it doesn't touch the experience. It just grows bigger everytime the normal shots makes way for the IMAX footages.
Mission Impossible continues to have elements that might seem silly and developments that are just about impossible. The casting is neat. The tricks and their execution well intact with the makers.

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Prologue
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