1. Analysing and comparing the four title sequences
Within Mission Impossible 4: Ghost protocol, the title sequence signifies the ideology of
how a film is represented by the film title meaning it gives a clue towards the audience and
keeps them interested. The films genre indicates that it’s an action, adventure and thriller
film compared with Hancock title sequence which its genre signifies action, crime and
fantasy where Hancock has natural powers to fly from one place to another... this can’t be
true in reality as no human being cannot fly unless they are powered by a force so it has to
be a fantasy. The difference between both films is the stunts and entertainment both films
bring to the agenda towards the audience.
On the other hand, Rush hour 3 is a martial arts/action-comedy film, where two detectives
investigate on a case that is set in Los Angeles, Paris and Hong Kong. There are two ethnic
characters in this film which enlightens the entertainment via their racial behaviour by a
Chinese and Black man characters whose names are Lee and Carter who head to Paris to
protect a French woman with knowledge of the Triads' secret leaders. In contrast towards
the film Sherlock Holmes this signifies an action, adventure and crime genre. Where
Detective Sherlock Holmes and his strong partner Watsons keep in a battle of intelligence
and strength with a fate whose plan is a threat to all of England. The genres are different
from all four films but they have their similarities such as Rush Hour 3 and Sherlock Holmes
are both detective films that are packed with action, drama... blood, sweat and tears. There
is always a villain in films like these and someone will win, that’s normally opposing to the
main characters that always fights until the end of the film. Sherlock Holmes and Rush Hour
are both similar and different in a way, where firstly, both films dedicate to detective work
and the difference is the age of the films, we know the Sherlock Holmes is a novel turned to
a movie and the timing of Sherlock Holmes is very old compared to Rush Hour which is
recent but old, it came out in 1998. The timing for Sherlock Holmes is rereleases of films,
recently came out in 2009.
In addition, the four films have super powers they use to have an advantage against their
opponents such as Hancock who is a super hero who can jump from the ground towards the
sky by using his physical presence and Mission impossible is to do with stunts that go from
extreme lengths to life and death. This makes their target audience more appealing for
them to watch the films. Furthermore, ethnicity has a part in films where the black
characters are normally stereotype of a gangster who tries to act hard and they always
appeal to props like guns to make their character appeal more to a realistic level. The film
could be Rush Hour 3 where the two detectives use guns to shoot their enemy but they
each have different characteristic such as lee is Chinese which signifies his representation as
a martial artist and intelligent individual just like how we believe their ethnicity represent
their culture. Whereas the film Hancock, the same stereotype is used on the character but
2. as a bad ghetto trampy character who has its special powers. However, as a whole it brings
life in the film and its realism.
Nevertheless, some of the films do have disability issues such as Sherlock Holmes, where he
has to fight against the beast of a man who is twice the size as Sherlock that has a weapon
in his hands that he tries to beat Sherlock with. The beast of the white man has height
issues and weight problem but its accolade with the ladder, log and ship to his advantage
height. In contrast towards Rush Hour 3 where there is a height issue with an ethnicity of a
Chinese man being tall and skinny. The both characters have an advantage in strength and
ability to hurt their opponents.
In Mission Impossible 4: Ghost protocol they use the latest technology such as touch screens
and gadgets compared to Sherlock Holmes which is old fashioned fighting by hands, where
Sherlock Holmes uses his physical presence to his advantage in the ring against a white
drunken guy. As you can see there is a difference in time difference and the latest
technology used: 21st century technology and the stunts used in Mission Impossible 4 are
incredibly done for example when Ethan fell from Burj khalifa building to get towards the
window, this took bravery and courage.
In addition, class comes to agenda for Mission Impossible due to the technology and the
latest car such as the electronic futuristic BMW car in the film mean that their class is high
and how they dress is a factor on attending posh events and dressing smart events.
Whereas Sherlock Holmes wears traditional clothing that’s associated with high class by
their smart suits which shows towards the audience that both films are high class but in a
different format in time difference.
Sometimes films become emotional such as the Hancock where the character hides his
emotion and let’s it out in a private place. This signifies gender where men normally hide
their emotions behind closed doors. Although this will make the audience feel
uncomfortable where Hancock feels upset on what happened in the scene. In comparison to
Rush hour 3 where Carter shows his affectionate side of his character by trying to flirt with
Genevieve (French women) who brings laughter and happiness in the scene. This shows
that the two films are different in many ways and how it’s set out to do so. Difference is the
diversity of characters that are shown in Rush Hour compared to Hancock which is only one
main character bringing the drama, the heroic and comedy to the scene for the audience to
be attracted by. In comparison to Rush Hour we both of the ethnic stereotypical counter
part of a black and Chinese men working as a team, not single handed like Hancock.
Overall, the films illustrate happiness and trust on which you should be friends with and not
the enemies. The victims are always on the good vs. bad: a division of brutality and strength.
Victim’s bad side of the film are enemy they want to be beaten by sometimes having a cliff-
hanger; a big fight at the end of the film where they originally lose the fight such as in Rush
Hour 3 Kenji and his men lost against the 2 detective’s lee and carter. Also in Mission
3. Impossible 4: Ghost protocol, where Ethan stopped the bad man from getting the protocol.
It’s a happy ending for everyone. The films are continues stories but still has the same
routine like Rush hour and Sherlock Holmes into trying to solve the investigation and bring it
to a climax.