Mission: Possible at the Falmouth Cinema Pub
By: Brent Runyon, December 27, 2011
COURTESY PARAMOUNT PICTURES - The IMF is shut down when it's implicated in the bombing of the Kremlin, causing Ethan Hunt and his new team to go rogue to clear the organization's name. Of course, no one cared that they bankrupted Africa and South America...
I went to see Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol last night at the Falmouth Cinema Pub. I hadn’t been to a “cinema pub” in years because I've always hated the experience, but this was a good movie to see there.
First of all, let me say that I’m a movie snob. I love going to movies, but I used to work as a projectionist, and I hate when movie theaters botch things. In my experience cinema pubs tend to care more about the pub and not enough about the cinema. The screens are small and dark and crappy, and the waitress is always trying to spill nachos down your back.
But not at the Falmouth Cinema Pub. The screen was nice and bright, and they’ve pretty seamlessly integrated the food service into the cinema. In the old days, they would leave the lights up, which was annoying, but this time the wait staff took my order during the previews and brought my pepperoni pizza within 20 minutes. The chairs are comfortable and the food was good – a bit greasy, but good.
The movie was a little greasy too.
It’s the fourth Mission: Impossible movie staring Tom Cruise, who plays Ethan Hunt. That’s a nice masculine name, isn’t it? The movie is full of “rip roaring” stunts and “heart pounding” action, I guess, but it’s also got a few laughs and some cleavage, which are all important to making movies successful.
There is some sort of plot involved too: some European dude wants to detonate a nuclear weapon on American soil. It is up to Ethan and his crew of elite spies to stop the guy. You have to listen closely, because when Ethan says the European guy has an IQ of 190 and a billion dollars, that guy is the bad guy.
Why exactly does a smart guy with a lot of money want to blow up the world? Je ne sais pas. I think it might have something to do with the IMF.
But it doesn’t matter. The movie has more energy, humor, and visual flair than most of Mission Impossible movies. Maybe because the director is Brad Bird, who made Iron Giant and the Pixar movies Ratatouille and The Incredibles .
Also Simon Pegg from Shaun of the Dead plays one of the sidekicks, providing some comic relief.
The best part is when they go to Dubai to do a bunch of stunts on the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. It’s pretty entertaining watching Tom Cruise hang outside and run around the building. He almost falls! More than once!
The movie is a little bit tough to follow, though, I guess because there are just so many plot points and characters that pop up. Plus there’s a sandstorm, masks, a bunch of guys punching each other in the face, and crashing cars.
All in all, the pepperoni pizza might be more memorable than the movie, but it was a fun thing to do on a winter weekday night.