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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.
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…
"Would you like to watch a movie?"
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.
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…
I was looking for another excuse to not watch American Gangster.
After quite enjoying and absolutely loving the most recent two instalments of this series, I thought I'd have another go at an original I hadn't seen for over 15 years. No, I won't be doing the same with John Woo's sequel.
Now, having commented on just how young Tom Cruise is still looking, it really is remarkable to go back 18 years and see how young he looked here. He's the epitome of the fresh faced and cocky little shit you need for a film like this. He looks about 17. I just wanted to get that out of the way first.
Seeing Brian De Palma (fanboy in the…
Part 1 of "Your mission, should you choose to accept it..." RANKING THE MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE FRANCHISE
The Mission: Impossible TV series was made on the simple basis of giving the USA their own super spy, in the same vein as 007 is for the English. The Spy genre, especially since Dr No in the 60s, has been on the rise, with many super sleuths in many shapes and forms, adorning the cinema screen.
But it was only in 1996 that Agent Ethan Hunt would make his big screen debut. Taking on this role, would be Tom Cruise, one of the more "established" actors of the generation, but one that had not totally taken on a traditional action movie... until now...…
Great pacing, but other than the famous ceiling suspension scene, nothing too memorable. the helecopter/train sequence does not hold up very well and looks flat-out terrible during most of the final climax.
A solid beginning to what turned out to be a pretty good espionage/action franchise. With the exception of II, which is like a Mountain Dew Commercial at the dawning of the Millennium, I like most of these movies.
I recently realised that I have never seen a Mission: Impossible film, which is a bit ridiculous considering that, as a general rule, I really like spy movies. So, with the latest in the cinema, I decided now was as good a time as any to catch up with this franchise.
And I'm very glad I did because this movie is a lot of fun! I mean, any film with a chase scene involving a helicopter attached to a high speed train in a train tunnel is good by me. (And I usually find chase scenes really boring but, well, it was hard to be bored with that one).
I also approve of the extreme Dutch angles.
An interesting medley of a De Palma/Hitchcockian thriller and a Bond-type spy film. Has the usual trappings of a De Palma effort (shot borrowed straight from Vertigo, train fixation, dutch angles), but fits comfortably into Cruise's action oeuvre. The scene in the vault is tense as can be, and features absolutely iconic imagery.
”Can I ask you something, Kittridge? If you're dealing with a man who has crushed, shot, stabbed, and detonated five members of his own IMF team, how devastated do you think you're gonna make him by hauling Mom and Uncle Donald down to the county courthouse?”
One has to admit that it is pretty impressive the fact that nearly twenty years after its birth, the Mission Impossible franchise is still able to bring people to the theaters. I mean Tom Cruise is already over fifty years old and he still seems to be Hollywood’s biggest movie star. And everything started here, at least in a more serious fashion. Yes Cruise had done a lot of popular work prior to this,…
Another Marathon this time for Mission Impossible. Since Rouge Nation is out I will watch all the Mi movies for preparation. It's a pretty fun start to a movie franchise. The movie may not make the most sense. Plus it kinda looses appeal after the hanging scene Mission Impossible is still a good watch.
I like this movie more and more every time I see it.
The helicopter climax is a bit dated nowadays, but still thrills, and the Langley heist is perfection.
There are certain scenes that transcend the films they appeared in and become recognisable to even those that have not…
Every film that has ever been nominated for a Razzie Award in any category.