Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Trailers: Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

A couple of highly anticipated spy flicks for ya this morning... First up, Tom Cruise's long-awaited return to the Mission: Impossible franchise (it's been 5 years since the last one) and it's probably going to be a sure-fire blockbuster hit for him - at least he would hope so, considering the dude seems to have faded into the background somewhat in the last few years, with industry watchers questioning whether he's still a viable box-office draw. A few things to be excited for: The Incredibles director Brad Bird making his live action feature debut, The Hurt Locker's Jeremy Renner being groomed to take over the franchise from Cruise, and the Burj Khalifa stunts filmed with IMAX cameras.

Secondly, a less escapist, more "adult" take on the genre: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, an adaptation of John le CarrĂ©'s Cold War novel, which was previously made into a BBC mini-series in 1979. This one's armed with a rock-solid Brit cast that almost makes it a can't-miss: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Tom Hardy, CiarĂ¡n Hinds and Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock). Directed by Thomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In), the film has a paranoid '70s conspiracy thriller/The Ipcress File-feel all over it and I'm not complaining.

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