Review: Mission Impossible 4 — Ghost Protocol

Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol is an action movie that dazzles and captivates for the first hour and a half, and then overstays its welcome for the remaining 45 minutes. Because Ghost Protocol executes its first two action sequences so flawlessly, it ends up hurting itself in an anticlimactic ending.

The first Mission Impossible came out 15 years ago and many people complained about its complicated plot. There have been no such problems since then, as the plot has been stripped down to an easily digestible concept. Ethan Hunt’s (Tom Cruise) IMF team has been framed for an explosion in Moscow’s Kremlin, which will lead to a nuclear holocaust between the United States and Russia. The wheels have been set into motion by Swedish-born terrorist Kurt Hendricks (Michael Nyqvist) who believes that nuclear war will eventually give way to a permanently peaceful society. Hunt’s team—consisting of computer guy Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg), former field agent William Brandt (Jeremy Renner) and seductive Jane Carter (Paula Patton)—has now been disavowed by the United States in accordance with ghost protocol and is charged with stopping him.

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Review: Amazon — Kindle Fire

KindleWhen Amazon announced in October that they were releasing a new tablet computer, many billed it as a main competitor to Apple’s iPad. Now that the Fire has been out for several months and has already had one major software overhaul, we have found out that, while the Fire is perfectly functional for many things, an iPad it is not.

And Amazon should be completely fine with that.

Now, keep in mind that I am a Mac purist. I learned how to use computers on my father’s Mac Plus. My first computer was an Apple Performa. I got the first generation iMac. I had the first video iPod, and later ditched Verizon for AT&T so I could use the iPhone. I also have a first generation iPad and a Shuffle at my disposal. So when I first started using the Fire, I compared everything to the iPad I already owned.

Like many reviewers, I had trouble with the lack of a home button and external volume controls. Also, like many who came before me, I accidentally turned off the Fire when resting it on my lap. I struggled with the touch screen, which was not as precise as the iPad. I found little to no use for the carousel at the home screen, which is essentially an undeletable cache of the programs and apps that I have just used.

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