Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Tractor Tire Award of the Week - Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

Have you ever watched a trailer and had that one scene, that one shot that made you go "Wow, that was cool!"? Or maybe there was something you saw that stuck with you, something that for some reason was in the back of your head and despite how insignificant it was you were waiting for it to show up in the final cut of the film. But when you watched the movie that scene was nowhere to be found or has been altered in a significant way. Well, that is what the Tractor Tire Award of the Week is all about. We try to track down those scenes that didn't make it into the final version of the film and make sense of them. Where in the film was it supposed to be? Why might it have been cut? Why has it been changed? We may not always have the answers for you but at least you will have your piece of mind and know that you aren't crazy. So, this weeks award goes to Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol!

Cut Scene #1
Hanaway was disavowed?

Cut Scene #2
When did we ever see politicians?

I am going to be up front here, neither of these two very insignificant scenes is of any real interest. The first cut scene is nothing more than a way for the trailer to show us real quick who the team members are going to be and that's it. The only real bit of interest derived from it is the fact that they show agent Hanaway amongst the team members and that he, unlike the others listed, is disavowed for some reason. Other than the fact that Hanaway is only in the opening scene which never gives him enough time to become disavowed, it was just a very strange ruse to convey to us that things will go wrong at some point in the film. The second scene is of even less importance, but it did raise an interesting thought. With all the talk of nuclear war going on and warring countries it was a little odd we never got the obligatory scenes of politicians yelling at each other. You know what though, I was happy the film didn't go down that route and thus the loss of this (or any) scene involving politicians was a good thing. Normally I would try to place these scenes in some type of context in the finished film but both reek of what I call "trailer moments", where they were put in the trailer and never intended to be in the actual film.

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol trailer:
Cut Scene #1 :40
Cut Scene #2 :37


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