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'Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol' begins to look for acceptance [Trailer]

June 29, 2011 |  2:18 pm

The new trailer for Tom Cruise's "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol" opens with some highly specific plot setup: An attempt to blow up the Kremlin has resulted in the U.S. government disassociating from all members of the Impossible Mission Forces espionage agency. The team will get framed for it, but then be given a chance to escape.

It's an intriguing premise, and almost makes up for the moments that follow, a quick succession of fade-outs that seem cut to both maximize style points and headaches. There are some cool shots, particularly one involving Dubai's Burj Khalifa skyscraper, and a welcome first  glimpse of Jeremy Renner (as a possible rival, not successor, to Cruise's Ethan Hunt). The trailer also gets an extra dose of street cred, courtesy of the Eminem-Pink collaboration "Won't Back Down." But it's mostly a cursory collection of explosions and chases.

Animation guru Brad Bird ("The Incredibles") makes his live-action debut with the latest "MI" film, which opens over Christmas after a nearly six-year hiatus for the franchise.


Why can't Tom Cruise escape himself?

--Steven Zeitchik


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