Wednesday night the six minute prologue that will show before Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol was shown to a select audience at the the IMAX theater in Universal City. Christopher Nolan himself introduced what, just like he did with previous Dark Knight movie, turns out to be the movie’s opening scene and introduction to its villain. In this case it is Bane, played by Tom Hardy.
The overwhelming message is that what was shown was kick-ass and amazing. The main part involves Bane, an airplane and what brutality he’s willing to go through to accomplish an objective. There was a common concern that the voice of Bane was unintelligible. Bane wears a crazy mask, that actually sustains his life, but in the prologue the mask, along with his British accent rendered much of what he said too hard to understand. While most of the critics worried about this fact, or wondered if it was simply something that still had to be worked out in editing I think it’s something else.
I think Nolan will leave this flaw in tact for the movie. I think the difficulty of understanding Bane verbally will make his character even more interesting, driving a need to watch scenes over again and again and movie go-er’s all discussing what they think they heard or what he meant when the movie was over.
There is currently a viral promotion taking place at Operation EarlyBird where select IMAX theaters are showing the prologue again.
You can read a whole selection of what critics who were in attendance thought below.
July 2012 just cannot get here fast enough