I was surprised that I hadn’t heard about this film. It seemed like something that would have popped up on my radar; sci-fi, dystopian, Bill Murray and Tim Robbins.
I managed to watch half of it on the aeroplane, and then I had to rent it from iTunes to watch the whole film, from the start, with the kids, in a timezone mixup at 4am in a renovated palace-becomes-hotel in Poland.
I quite enjoyed it, and so did the kids. But something is missing that I can’t put my finger on, and it ends up being quite forgettable.
To make matters worse I watched this on a small aeroplane seat screen and it had been poorly censored, including dubbing and cutting.
“I’m looking for the captain's BRAINS. Has anyone seen his BRAINS? … They look like little girl BRAINS, if little girls had BRAINS.”
Um, good work.
“I can’t believe you just used the F word.”
That’s right, sister. I did.
The censoring was so obvious it was funnier than the film, in retrospect; while watching…
What did I learn from Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol? Let me see. There are a lot of BMWs in Dubai and Mumbai (coincidence?) and they have safety features you can trust, and cool start controls, and cool wheels and cool grill-lights, what? I haven't seen such gross product placement in a while. Oh yeah, and iPhones. iPhones are cool, iPads are cool, apparently USB cables are cool; but iPhones in rubberised cases? I guess they might knock them around…
I've bought the DVD, the soundtrack, watched the making of and dreamed about Kelly McGillis more than one time. The film that did more for Air Force enlistments than anything else will do the same for you.
If you've ever been holding on too tight with a bunch of oiled up dudes then you will lose your edge over Top Gun again and again.