A new trailer for Brad Bird’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol has been released. The fourth installment in the espionage franchise finds Ethan Hunt and his new team going undercover to clear their organization’s name. If you missed the featurette we posted earlier showcasing Tom Cruise hanging off the tallest building in the world, click here to check it out.
Hit the jump to watch the new trailer. The film also stars Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, Simon Pegg, Josh Holloway, Michael Nyqvist, and Tom Wilkinson. Previews for Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol begin in select IMAX and conventional theaters on December 16th, with the film opening wide on December 21st.
While the trailer features some of the same action sequences we’ve seen before, I’m definitely getting that Mission: Impossible feeling now. Perhaps it’s because the release date is getting closer. Or maybe it’s the always-welcome humor of Simon Pegg also featured in the trailer. Or the way they’re trying to highlight Jeremy Renner’s character even more. Whatever they’re trying to do, it’s working. Yahoo has it in HD.
Below the footage is Christina’s reaction to seeing a few scenes in IMAX.
By Christina Radish
Upon seeing two action sequences that totaled just over 20 minutes of footage of Mission: Impossible 4 – Ghost Protocol, directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille), the thing that struck me most was just how effective it was to see that specific footage shot with IMAX cameras. Shot around the world – in Dubai, Mumbai, Prague, Russia, Vancouver and Los Angeles – the film has a truly international feel this time around, with the scenes that we saw taking place on the streets of Dubai, as well as the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.
This time around, IMF operative Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) has been disavowed along with the rest of the agency when the President initiates ghost protocol, leaving him without any resources or backup, and with a team of fellow IMF fugitives (played by Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton and Simon Pegg, bringing much of the humor in the sequence), who have only each other to rely on. When things don’t go quite the way they’d hoped, Hunt is forced to scale the outside of the building with nothing but sticky gloves to help him. The sweeping shots from the top of the building down, not only made me feel the onset of motion sickness and vertigo because it really puts you right there, but it also emphasizes just how high up Tom Cruise is, and that it really is him doing the stunt work. It makes you realize how truly dedicated he is to make the heart-stopping action as real as possible. Although I know Tom Cruise is alive and well, and currently filming another movie in Pittsburgh right now, his return descend still admittedly made my heart skip a beat.
The second sequence had Hunt literally in the middle of a sandstorm, fighting the elements with no clear line of sight, dodging a flipping car and doing everything he can to hunt down the bad guy. While this didn’t have the obvious danger of Cruise dangling more than 100 floors up in the air, it was equally as heart-stopping, as you never know where or when the danger will come.
The film opens in theaters nationwide on December 21st, but I highly recommend catching it in IMAX five days early, when it debuts on December 16th. I have a feeling that you won’t be sorry.
Here’s the official synopsis for Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol:
This is not just another mission. The IMF is shut down when it’s implicated in a global terrorist bombing plot. Ghost Protocol is initiated and Ethan Hunt and his rogue new team must go undercover to clear their organization’s name. No help, no contact, off the grid. You have never seen a mission grittier and more intense than this.