Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol

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Roze-Rating: 5 / 5

This fourth Mission: Impossible instalment boasts flashy locations and intense action sequences, making it easily the best film of the franchise. Everything about this film is fun to watch, which is what makes it so good. It doesn’t take itself seriously like the previous films do, and often parodies them, as you will notice right from the start as Ethan Hunt’s (Tom Cruise) mission message fails to self destruct. The action sequences are also a lot more intense and spectacular compared to its predecessors, being set in glamorous settings. One particular setting being Dubai, which provides one of the most memorable scenes I will ever see, which happens to be on the Burj Khalifa. The fact that it’s set in the middle east and it exuding the culture makes it that much closer to me, having lived there for a large portion of my life. The cast is also a massive highlight of this film, and the team Ethan Hunt is left with prove to be a perfect match up, as I’m sure most people would agree that it would be a disappointment to see another sequel without the same group of actors. It was also refreshing to see Ethan Hunt go through a mission with a team from start to finish as opposed to being solo for most of the film.

As mentioned before, the cast is amazing, Simon Pegg playing Benji brings his humour to the film, aiding the comedy and making the situations a lot more light hearted. Jeremy Renner coming off two massive films, “The Town” and “The Hurt Locker” proved to be a rising star playing Agent Brandt, a mysterious Analyst somehow pulled into the action. He was definitely a very popular choice, for me anyways because he’s just a damn good actor. last but not least Paula Patton, who seemed quite a random pick, with limited experience as an action star, but totally proved she was tough and gritty enough to play the part as Agent Carter.

Also the great thing about this film is that everything is quite unpredictable at times, and you eventually start to question whether the plan will go smoothly or not. It’s a perfect film if your looking for a lot of fun, explosions and style along the way, popcorn stuff.

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

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Roze-Rating: 4.5 / 5

The Dark Knight Rises came with huge anticipation, after having huge success with Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. I didn’t watch the previous films until a few months ago, but after watching them I knew that the final addition to the trilogy was going to be something special, especially after seeing the additions of Tom Hardy and Anne Hatheway. Hardy of course with big shoes to fill after a great performance from Heath Ledger playing the infamous Joker, who set’s the stage for today’s Gotham City.

This film goes way back into the previous two films to capture the rise of Bruce Wayne and his vigilante side, batman. Not only does the effects of the Joker impact the ways of Gotham City, but Bruce Wayne’s past catches up with him unexpectedly when a member of the League of Shadows forces him to rev up the Batmobile for a final time. Without  knowledge from previous films, this could prove to be a very confusing two and a half hours, made apparent by a couple of girls beside me who kept asking me “what’s happening?”, “who’s that?”, “is he a bad guy?”, which made the film experience not as awesome as it could have been, but at least it tested my batman knowledge to an extent. The fact that this film explored a lot of Bruce Wayne’s past, also juggling introductions of Catwoman and Bane, made for a film with a lot of substance. For some films, this could prove to be a downfall, but the intelligent plot and fluent story telling made it entertaining and not hard to grasp at all, which wasn’t the same story for the girls beside me. The story alone was interesting enough to engage the audience but from a film with a reputation of great action, it wasn’t enough, and that’s where the film faults. If there was room for more action and darkness, this would have been the perfect film, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that it proves to be the perfect finale to a great trilogy. Tom Hardy makes previous villains of the Batman franchise proud, with an intense performance, having only the expressions from his eyes and limbs to express his character. I also fell for Catwoman, who was perfectly played by Anne Hatheway, finding the perfect balance between seductiveness and grit, there could be potential for an origin film there, which I would be totally up for.

After an epic showdown, the film ends perfectly concluding Batman’s legacy, leaving a moment which made me literally leap in excitement; a moment which will leave hardcore comic fans salivating for more. It also leaves a lot of room for possible sequels, so this might not be the end of The Dark Knight, but the birth of something really special. I just hope that the speculation towards a Batman reboot for a possible Justice League film isn’t true, because that’s just asking for some hate.

Do you guys think there is room for a sequel? and who do you think will be involved? Would you also be up for Justice League film without Christian Bale? and do you think it will live up to the success of The Avengers?