U.S. theaters will be crammed-full with anticipated sequels and literary adaptations throughout the last month of 2011. Among the titles that moviegoers will be flocking to are Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and Oscar-nominated filmmaker David Fincher’s adaptation of the international best-seller, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
A (collective) handful of TV promos have already been unveiled for both these titles. Today, we add a second TV spot for the fourth Mission: Impossible – along with a 60-second-long Girl With the Dragon Tattoo clip, complete with new footage.
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
Here is the lowdown on the plot of Ghost Protocol:
The Kremlin has been bombed, and the blame has fallen on the IMF. As a result, the president initiates Ghost Protocol, and accuses Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his team of placing the bomb in an attempt to incite a global nuclear war. Now in order to clear the IMF of terrorism charges, Ethan assembles a new team to uncover the truth by using every high-tech trick in the book. But this time they’re on their own, and should they be caught, the entire world could be plunged into a nightmare from which there is no waking up.
Now check out the latest TV spot for the film below:
Moviegoers are forgiven if they’ve grown tired of watching Cruise basically save the world. However, between the actor’s (literal) death-defying stunts and what appears to be energetic direction on the part of animation guru Brad Bird (The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, Ratatouille), Ghost Protocol looks to deliver some genuinely exhilarating thrills.
Ghost Protocol also has the benefit of a cast that includes people like Simon Pegg, Paula Patton, Tom Wilkinson, and Jeremy Renner. Several of the film’s more ridiculous (re: entertaining) set pieces should also be all the more fun to watch in the full IMAX format… and not just because you may get to see the Dark Knight Rises‘ prologue at the beginning.
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Read on for a quick summary of Fincher’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo adaptation, which was scripted by Oscar-winner Steven Zaillian (Schindler’s List, American Gangster, Moneyball):
The film is based on Stieg Larsson’s internationally best-selling novel centering on a murder mystery looking as far back as 40 years at the disappearance of Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden’s wealthiest families. All these years later, her aged uncle (Christopher Plummer) continues to seek the truth. He hires Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig), a crusading journalist recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate. He is aided by the pierced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara). Together they tap into a vein of unfathomable iniquity and astonishing corruption.
Now watch the new sixty-second Dragon Tattoo promo below:
Fincher’s take on Girl With the Dragon Tattoo looks to feature a sophisticated visual style and grainy color palette that was simply lacking in Swedish director Niels Arden Oplev’s well-liked adaptation of the story. Similarly, Mara appears to have made the role of Lisbeth her own by capturing the anti-heroine’s disturbingly introverted nature and “dangerous” appearance. Craig, for all intents and purposes, seems solid enough (if less impressive) as Blomkvist.
Another important factor that should help distinguish this new Dragon Tattoo adaptation from its Swedish counterpart: a good chunk of the narrative material present in Larsson’s original novel was not present in the Swedish film. Seeing how Zaillian is drawing solely from the Dragon Tattoo book, it does not seem a stretch to say that Fincher’s project could feel more like a truly unique and quality take on Larsson’s captivating neo-Noir tale.
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol opens in IMAX theaters around the U.S. on December 16th, 2011. It will expand wider five days later on the 21st.
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo likewise hits U.S. theaters on December 21st, 2011.