Magazine article Screen International

Mission Accomplished

Magazine article Screen International

Mission Accomplished

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Screen went down to London's BFI IMAX to check out some early footage of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

Paramount invited press down to see clips from Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol a month before it opens. The teaser was prefaced by a short video introduction from director Brad Bird who is currently prepping the film for its mid-December release.

Despite his background in animation (Ratatouille, The Incredibles), the director proved to be on sure footing in the high octane action scenes.

The first clip was the now notorious sequence teased in every trailer and TV spot: Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) scales the world's tallest building, Dubai's Burj Khalifa, clinging onto the sheer glass facade with nothing but high-tech adhesive gloves. Cruise's daring acrobatics, which he performed himself on location with practical stunts, make for a breathtaking, nerve-wracking experience.

That the footage was screened at BFI IMAX, Britain's largest screen, didn't hurt. The sprawling canvas only heightens the vertigo that Bird achieves with dizzying wide-angle aerial shots.

A fast-paced chase came next as Hunt is on pursuit of a man who carries world-threatening information. …

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