‘Tis the Season for Action, Adventure and Thrills

This is a short story I wrote for my News Writing, Reporting and Editing class that was published in UNT’s 2011 Holidaily. The Holidaily is a holiday supplement to the North Texas Daily, a daily student newspaper from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas.


‘Tis the Season for Action, Adventure and Thrills: Holiday Must-Sees

Tanya Nguyen
Contributing Writer

With all the highly anticipated blockbusters premiering this holiday season, which movie is causing the most excitement among viewers?

Is it Robert Downey Jr.’s return as London’s highly intelligent and questionably manic detective, Tom Cruise reprising his role as Impossible Missions Force agent Ethan Hunt, or the English-language adaptation of an award-winning Swedish crime novel that centers on graphic and grotesque sexual violence against women?

Answers will vary, but Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and Girl with the Dragon Tattoo are three of the most highly anticipated and heavily promoted movies to be released this December.

Chris Hiller, a 21-year-old RTVF major, says he thoroughly enjoyed the first Sherlock Holmes movie, applauding Guy Richie’s directing, the acting and plot line.

“The original Sherlock Holmes brought the character that I imagined from the books into life on the big screen,” Hiller said, “I’m hoping and wishing that the next film will be even more fulfilling to me than the first one.

Set six months after the events in the first movie, viewers find detective Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) uncovering the presumed suicide of Austria’s crown prince to actually be a murder that is a part of a devious, history-changing scheme. Holmes reunites with Dr. Watson (Jude Law) to hunt down Moriarty (Jared Harris), a conscienceless criminal mastermind who is Holmes’s intellectual equal. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows premieres in theaters December 16, 2011.

Another contender also vying for ticket sales in the action genre this holiday season is the fourth movie in the Mission: Impossible series. Tom Cruise returns as the perpetually wrongly accused Ethan Hunt, who must now clear the reputation of his disavowed agency for the terrorist bombing of the Kremlin.

Cameron Ludwig, 21, enjoys seeing the various unique and high-tech gadgets found in many major Hollywood action flicks, though not nearly as much as the “sexy cars, big explosions, and hot women” that tend to be staple products to this genre. He says these are the main attractions initially drawing him to Ghost Protocol, a sentiment shared by many other male moviegoers.

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol is the live-action directorial debut of Brad Bird, of The Incredibles and Ratatouille fame, and opens nationwide December 21, 2011.

Premiering the same day is the English-language adaptation of the award-winning Swedish crime novel centering on graphic and gruesome themes of sexual violence against women.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, crediting director David Fincher (The Social Network and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), tells the tale of discredited journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) and his journey to solve the 40-year-old unsolved murder. Aided by bristly computer hacker Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara), the two delve into the plagued past of a wealthy family whose members will go to great lengths to keep their secret buried.

Amber Pezet, a 22-year-old economics major whose favorite director is Fincher, says she plans to see the adaptation because the novel was a great read.


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