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When Ethan Hunt, the leader of a crack espionage team whose perilous operation has gone awry with no explanation, discovers that a mole has penetrated the CIA, he's surprised to learn that he's the No. 1 suspect. To clear his name, Hunt now must ferret out the real double agent and, in the process, even the score.
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Usually a respected auteur like Brian De Palma doesn't get credit for delivering a great piece of pop blockbuster entertainment unless he or she subverts it in some way, deconstructs the genre or introduces some kind of wildly transgressive element like Verhoeven's satire or Scott's formal mayhem, but that's not what De Palma does here. This is more like his Manhunter, where a great director takes pulpy source material and turns it into a meditation on the act of watching, and the romance and excitement of movies themselves. In the opening sequence, IMF are basically established as a film crew, creating a fake scenario in order to get the name of a spy…
After PULP FICTION maybe the pop masterpiece of the 90s? Probably hyperbole, but minutes after my umpteenth viewing it's the truth.
Mission: Impossible is delightfully cheesy, aged to perfection and surrounded by the meatiest strip of bacon ever crafted. It's a tasty and junky blast, from the first frame to the last. Brian De Palma has always been known for his sensual and gleefully silly ventures, all of which possess immaculate form and content. but this is easily his most delicious in regards to spookiness. The set-pieces here are just magnificent, relishing in flawless camerawork and ingenious pacing, and it's all enhanced by Danny Elfman's peerless score. In spite of its commitment to tone, De Palma's film also has a rat complicating things and dangerous chewing gum. Fun, fun, and fun.
One of the most popular films of the 1990s that catapulted Tom Cruise into the league of Hollywood's biggest stars, Mission: Impossible is an intriguing, entertaining & seemingly engaging spy-thriller that packs in enough action spectacle to satisfy its viewers but also suffers due to its convoluted premise, illogical twists & unfleshed characters.
The story of Mission: Impossible follows Ethan Hunt; the point man of a secret government agency who's suspected to be the mole within the organisation after he turns out to be the sole survivor of a mission gone wrong. Fleeing from the scene to avoid arrest, Hunt enlists the help of two former agents to find out the real culprit and prove his innocence.
Helmed by Brian De Palma…
It took three decades to bring Mission: Impossible, perhaps the most beloved piece of 1960's escapism US TV produced behind Star Trek, onto the big screen and to many, what Brian De Palma served up wasn't what they quite expected - including former stars Greg Morris, Martin Landau & Peter Graves, who turned down the chance to reprise his legendary role as Jim Phelps, head of the IMF (Impossible Mission Force), when he learned the tone of the adaptation. Where the original series favoured an ensemble team approach of light hearted psychology, De Palma brought to life something darker, more reflective of the murky post-Cold War era of shadowy back alleys in Eastern European cities & the corruption & paranoia of modern espionage,…
Smart, well-cast, and thoroughly entertaining, Brian De Palma's "Mission: Impossible" takes its small-screen origins and expands them into blockbuster spectacle. Combining geo-political intrigue with rollicking set-pieces, the action film is swift, electric, and fully engaging.
Tom Cruise stars at Ethan Hunt, spy, in a narrative that finds the espionage operative under suspicion of taking down his own team. The compelling plot finds Hunt putting together a new team to clear his name and save the day.
De Palma and company put together spry and memorable action beats underscored by genuine tension and savory conflict. The film uses its global locations skillfully, evoking grand spy sagas but setting down its own path. A mix of cobblestone streets and techno-sleek interiors are…
From an adaptation standpoint "Mission Impossible" has the ability to anger TV source material fans as well as garner hatred from original cast members.
This is an action movie, or in better moments a suspense-thriller (I mean this is De Palma, he is a Hitchcock fan) "Mission Impossible" the TV series was a procedural drama. Although under more intense scrutiny, "formula drama" with "process depiction filler" would be a more truthful description. This film certainly has those "process" centered moments but much shorter and "heightened" for brisker "modern" pace. The only element of the original show that could be carried over without being "spiced up" for modern audiences would be the series' more sophisticated "mind game" plots, which is oddly…
Although he does well with the stunt work its not enough for Cruise to carry the picture. He seems to be in every scene. Good that they have used the original theme tune - a classic.
A revisit of this childhood favourite still proves to be an entertaining watch, but also one that sadly hasn't aged too well - some dated camera work, Cruise overacting and staid humour marring what is otherwise still a competent thriller.
Hacía años que no veía esta película y la verdad es que no ha envejecido muy mal. Es cierto que ahora que la he vuelto a ver creo que es mala hasta decir basta, pero la verdad es que es muy entretenida.
LP has decided he wants to watch spy movies. He likes this one "more than [he] thought [he] would"
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That was me impersonating the theme song from Mission: Impossible.
Pretty impressive right?
The first installment in this franchise is intense, packed with plot twists, betrayals and iconic moments. What is that "Into the Vault" scene?
Holy balls! I got TRULY nervous.
Tom cruise gives the performance you expect.
Charismatic, funny and with a whole bunch of running.
He is the master of running: www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJdMDvjfyQ0 (please check out this video).
Brian de Palma knows how to direct action, and in here he uses great camera angles to suitable scenes, such as for a dream sequence or espionage ones. I actually loved the filmmaking!
It's not revolutionary, but is made with a immense passion.
Resulting in a bad-ass action film.
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After having a little marathon of De Palma films over the last few days, I appreciate this film a lot more than I had done previously, noticing a lot of De Palma-isms within it and how it's actually quite different then the other 4 MI instalments. And for a film that's 20 years old, the CGI surprisingly still kinda holds up.
Also, a Brian De Palma film without any tits in it? No, I refuse to believe it.
Haven't watched this in years.
It's amazing to see how far the franchise has come since this one - Tom Cruise is now climbing real planes and helicopters, rather than CGI ones, for example - but it's surprising how well this holds up.
I was more interested in seeing how much De Palma was actually in this De Palma movie, though. Especially after being underwhelmed by The Untouchables recently, I was expecting this to sort of disappoint in that arena.
But, I was so wrong. The plot is a mess this time not because De Palma wrote it, but because it was a mess behind the scenes, allowing him to let his freak flag fly when it comes to cinematography…
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