Trailer for ‘Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol’

The trailer for “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” has come out, and it looks interesting, though isn’t that the point of a trailer?

I thought that the first Mission Impossible film was OK; not so much the second, despite being directed by John Woo.  The third, by J.J. Abrams, felt a bit more in the spirit of the original television series as well as  less staged and more kinetic that the first two films, though–like the others–it bothered me that it was less an ensemble film than ‘The Tom Cruise Show.’

Here’s the trailer for the original television series, and you’ll notice that the focus isn’t on any one character because the IMF (Impossible Missions Force, not International Monetary Fund) was all about the team.

Though what interests me most is that the new film is directed by Brad Bird (“The Incredibles,” Ratatouille,” and “The Iron Giant”) and one of the writers is Christopher McQuarrie (“The Usual Suspects,” “Valkyrie,” “The Way of the Gun”).

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