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It’s Friday, July 31, and my only question is, why are you sitting here reading this when you could be at a movie theater watching the incredible Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation? We gave you a near-perfect review, and have been raving about the film’s stunts and performances all week. Now, as you head out to finally watch the fifth Mission: Impossible, we have one more recommendation.

This one comes directly from Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation director Christopher McQuarrie, who I was lucky enough to interview at the World Premiere of his new film in Vienna, Austria. Knowing what a junkie McQ is for sound, I asked him how he’d prefer audiences hear his new movie, and to my delight, he had a reply:
[Do] Dolby Atmos. It’s mixed for Dolby Atmos, but it’s really going to sound great in whatever theater you hear it in. But if you can see it in Dolby Atmos, it’s fantastic. … The mix itself is really the best mix of any film I’ve ever worked on. It’s really extraordinary. We had a great team. [Supervising Sound Editor] James Mather and his team were really amazing. But also the score. Joe Kraemer’s score is really unique. It’s unique to Joe, but it’s also unique to the Mission films, and it adds a kind of energy like I’ve never heard before."

I couldn’t agree more. As a filmmaker, Chris McQuarrie often has played around with the way sound contributes to the overall atmosphere of his pictures. The roar of a muscle car’s engines practically became its own character in McQuarrie and Tom Cruise’s Jack Reacher, Similarly, I don’t think I’ve ever heard more explosive firepower than the mix that McQ brought to his debut film, The Way of the Gun. This video hardly does the sound of that movie justice.

In Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, the director amplifies the sounds of cars and motorcycles in the heat of massive chases to enhance the sequel’s overall experience. And he’s totally right, the new score by Joe Kraemer is an instant classic. Listen to this sample:

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is a thrill-a-minute summer blockbuster. On top of that, though, it’s one of the year’s most entertaining films. Don’t make the mistake of waiting to see it at home, on cable or VOD. See it on the biggest screen possible, and – as Christopher McQuarrie suggests – see it with a Dolby Atmos mix!

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