December 25, 2011
Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol IMAX- AMC Lincoln Square 13
Erica: The cursed theater was not cursed today. We arrived early because we anticipated a packed house and boy were we smart to get there early. People were fighting for seats and there was a group in front of us where one guy was saving seats and got up only to help his mother-in-law up the stairs (what a great movie to take her to...) then his wife saved seats, gave up one of the ones she was saving, then kicked the guy out of the chair.
NOTE: IF YOU CHOOSE TO SEE A POPULAR MOVIE WHEN IT IS RELEASED IN IMAX BEFORE ANY OTHER THEATER, PLEASE SHOW UP EARLY, NOT FIVE MINUTES BEFORE SHOWTIME AND GET ANNOYED YOU HAVE TO SIT IN THE FRONT ROW.
Now, onto the cool parts. They showed the first few minutes of The Dark Knight Rises before the movie began. It was AWESOME! I just didn't want the preview to end. It looks awesome and I can't wait until July.
I have to let Mike take most of the reign on this one because this is the only Mission Impossible movie I have seen in its entirety. The reason? Simon Pegg. I watched the parts he was in in the third movie but got promoted in this one. I was very excited.
Mike: A significant part of Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol was filmed in IMAX so, purists that we are, we had to see it in New York City's only true IMAX theater - the AMC Loews Lincoln Square. The rest of the IMAX screens in NYC - and there are plenty now - are faux IMAX, or 'LIEMAX' as they're being called nowadays. Theaters retro-fit their largest screen to IMAX's laxed specifications, pay the licensing fee, and voila - a new IMAX screen. But that's not the case at Lincoln Square, so that's the only place you'll find us paying a premium to see something in IMAX.
Tom Cruise has been in a slump lately, doing mostly crappy movies when not acting like a crazy person. I liked the first Mission: Impossible movie a lot, but didn't care at all for parts two and three. So suffice it to say, it wasn't a movie I was looking all that much forward to. A new Mission Impossible movie... did we need one? I thought No, but it turns out, this one's really good.
Under the direction of Pixar vet Brad Bird, we finally get a cool, fun, grand-scaled Mission: Impossible flick again. The IMAX scenes are beautiful and jaw-dropping. I had forgotten how cool landscapes and cityscapes can look on the full IMAX screen. It's an awesome film, and definitely on par with Brian DePalma's first M:I film. Tom Cruise is a bit older now, but here he proves he's still got the stuff. Not only that, he manages to revitalize the franchise, giving a much-needed boost of energy. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol is perhaps the most fun film of the season.
I enjoyed this movie. It gave you a sort of rush that few movies can give. You definitely need to see it in IMAX to get the full effect.
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