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Tom Cruise’s “Mission Impossible” opening Dubai International Film Fest

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Paramount Pictures announced that Brad Bird’s “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” the fourth installment in the action-packed spy franchise, will open this year’s Dubai International Film Festival on Dec. 7.

Well, yeah. Of course. That makes sense. So far, the sequel’s signature “move” has been showing audiences “Ghost Protocol” star Tom Cruise dangling from the side of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa building, the world’s tallest skyscraper. Cruise probably will sky dive from the tower’s apex and land on the red carpet. That’s how he rolls.

“Ghost Protocol” also will open in theaters on IMAX days later (Dec. 16), who this is an excellent platform release for what’s looking like a thrilling adventure.

The fourth installment co-stars Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist, Vladimir Mashkov, Josh Holloway, Anil Kapoor and Léa Seydoux. Bird, making his feature film directorial debut after helming animated hits “The Incredibles” and “The Iron Giant,” in and around Dubai for his sequel, photographing old town, downtown financial hub and offshore in the Palm island development.

The 8th Dubai International Film Festival runs through Dec. 14, and also includes a screening of Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants.”

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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