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Expect the Impossible.
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.
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…
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.
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…
If bullet time never existed, the Langley break-in would be the most iconic action sequence of the last twenty years. Second place ain't too shabby.
DePalma would've been perfect for Man From U.N.C.L.E.
While it's not as bombastic as the globetrotting sequels that follow, Mission Impossible is a riveting paranoid spy thriller with a few high wire stunt acts thrown into the mix for good measure. The Langley heist sequence, which is done in almost near silence, is still my favorite "Impossible Mission" of the franchise with all the intricacies of the heist adding up to an insurmountable level of tension.
Now this is what I'm talking about. This is how a Mission Impossible film should be. Espionage, gadgets, missions, and Tom Cruise running. Not braggadocious stunts, explosions, and guns everywhere. There's only one "crazy" set-piece here (train sequence) and it's not over-the-top--it's just right.
After watching the abhorrent Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation I wanted to go back to the franchise's roots and to what I remember to be my favorite installment. Yes I may have only given Mission Impossible 3 stars--and thats because it truly is an average film on the whole--but it is my favorite and the best one. Maybe I'm just imagining it to the best because I'm sick of needless sequels.
Often times when I watch…
Great entry-title to what will become Tom Cruise's pioneer franchise, and one in action movies as well. The movie (especially its score) aged quite badly, however...
As when watching Terminators 5 and 1, watching this first Impossible Mission surprised me with how many details from the first found their way into the newest entry. This movie wasn't an origin story in its day, but it reads as a pretty weird origin tale for the Ethan of 20 years hence.
Also, Jon Voight is just 4 years older in this movie than Tom Cruise is in part 5.
Nunca tinha parado pra assistir “Missão: Impossível”. A única coisa que conhecia do filme, obviamente, é o tema instrumental, que já pode ser considerado imortal. Hoje finalmente pude matar minha curiosidade e olha: adorei.
Funciona! É um filme de ação que entrega cenas eletrizantes, tensas, de tirar o fôlego – o roubo da lista é disparada uma das melhores que já vi no cinema. Gosto muito da sequência que desencadeia toda a trama do filme, que são os eventos trágicos que envolvem os membros da missão em Praga. E os momentos finais, em cima do trem, são impecáveis – efeitos especiais muito dignos, ainda mais levando em conta o ano de produção.
Achei o longa bem pontual também. Os twists…
Maybe one of the most suspense filled movies of all time. Loaded with familiar faces that make up a story of unpredictable characters with twists and turns from begining to end. There's a reason they made 5 more. Its a must see more then once.
Stupidly complicated plot.
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