Posted on 5/06/06 11:19 AM
10. The windmill farm, the bridge (a tribute to True Lies), the Shanghai skyscrapers.
9. How these totally ludicrous face masks are rationalized (and are now transformed into something more retro-cool and plausible).
8. The macguffin called the "Rabbit's Foot". They couldn't have picked a sillier name, which is exactly the point.
7. Maggie Q in a red dress. They should burn her at the stake for inducing lust in the Vatican.
6. Lawrence Fishburne royally reaming out Prefontaine and Hunt.
5. Michelle Monaghan compared to the giant miscast of Thandie Newton (ranks up there with Sofia Coppola in Godfather 3 and Mrs. Tom Cruise in Batman Begins). Monaghan kicked butt instead of moped around nobly trying to kill herself for the good of mankind (at this point please insert two fingers down one's throat).
4. Michael Giacchino's score. He did great John Barry in "The Incredibles", he does great Lalo Schifrin here.
3. Philip Seymour Hoffman. He only had two big scenes but his chilling, minimalist menace spread through the film like cancer. He was ten steps ahead of Hunt all the way till before the end. Maybe they could do a spinoff called "Davian's Brain"?
2. A writing team who has been doing spy thrillers and who grew up on the original show (Abrams, Kurtzman & Orci) as opposed to writers who have done dinosaurs, noir and chess (Koepp, Towne and Zaillian in M:I) and Star Trek (Moore, Braga and Towne in M:I 2).
1. Simon Pegg talking about the anti-God.