Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol - The Quatro Cut
The other major scene correction occurs at the party in Mumbai. Here we find Anil Kapoor playing a very made for TV Indian billionaire character. His interaction with Paula Patton has been cut down to the essentials removing primarily the hide-and-go-seek game. Also cut here is the odd romanticism inserted between Cruise's character and Paula's character. We spend most of the movie wondering what happened to Ethan's wife making this feel very out of place.
Other than that there are a couple blink and you'll miss it corrections and the number 4 added to the movie's title to remind viewers that this is in fact a continuation not a reboot of the Mission Impossible franchise. I also wrote all the foreign language subtitles and encoded them into the film for easy streaming.
Although I've seen MI: GP at least 4-5 times before, I didn't notice any cuts in this edit, either visually or auditorily. The removal of the Agent Hannover (Josh Holloway) scene at the beginning always seemed like something that needed to happen, and I'm glad to see a version of this (still great) film without that scene there. I also liked the toned-down performance of the seduced rich guy and the fact that Ethan and Jane no longer flirt during the party scene. I gave the original film an 8 on IMDB, but this version gets a 9.
It's amazing how much difference a few minutes can make.
In the run up to Mission Impossible Fallout I rewatched the previous films but kept an eye out for fanedits that would address my issues with some of the other films. This was one of the ones I chose (the other being MI II...) and while I didn't have much of an issue at all when Ghost Protocol was originally released, after reading over Jerrick's subtle cut choices I thought it would heighten this film. This it did, highly recommended.
Ghost Protocol (MI4) is to me the strongest in the, at present, quintet that is the Mission Impossible movie series. The utterly brilliant Dubai passage, where the tension is constant from arrival to departure, beats anything the very good fifth film (Rogue Nation) throw at me (though the opera sequence is grand). What both these movies do smartly, besides the nonstop thrill, is to refrain from the romance usually inserted into other movies with the aid of a crowbar. Seldom do I find the forth (AND fifth) sequel in a series to be superior to its prequels...
Then Jerick comes along and improves it.
All the cuts are done masterfully and are invisible. The enjoyment is heightened, the narrative improved. Thus, this edit enhances my thoughts regarding MI4. A wonderful edit executed to great effect considering the few trims made. The Budapest opening is moved and reworked into a fitting use; no forced romance whatsoever; less Bollywood. Solid work.
I have no reason to watch the original in the future. This is it. Well done, Jerick!