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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…
It gets a little over complicated by the end and the cutting edge tech has not aged well, but its tone is so perfect. Special mention to Henry Czerny just chewing the hell out of the scenery as Kittridge and inspiring Hugo Weaving's Agent Smith.
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Here's a very rare example of an auteur working on a big studio picture and actually getting to make it his way and do it well.
WOW. A 19 year old movie and yeah to be honest some of it doesn't hold up. The spy gagets still hold up. The other tech doesn't.
But damn this movie is so GOOD. They managed to revive a old tv show but unlike Charlies Angels and 21 Jump Street. They took it seriously even though Ethan works for a agency called the "Impossible Mission Force" and they pulled it off almost perfectly.
The entire cast is great without a weak performance. The special effects are still very good but they are starting to show their age with the most noticeable one is the train scene.
This movie restarted a long lasting mostly great franchise. I would reconmend this film. Check it out.
Not as much a big budget spy movie as a big budget Wrong Man movie that happens to have a super-capable spy at its center. De Palma gets his biggest canvas to work on his pet themes in a blockbuster. It's all Hitchcock, voyeurism, guilt, subverted incest, and obsessive control trying to tamp it all down. The Prague sequence plays out with the illogic of a nightmare and the rest of the movie is Cruise in total-focus mode trying to out-control a foggy universe of uncertainty and chaos as revenge.
Holds up really well. Not my favorite but a very decent movie by DePalma. It's more grounded in the spy element rather than in action like the other parts, and that's what appeals to me in this first movie in the series. It has it's flaws but it's a fun watch.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Mission Impossible is a good start and was bale to kick off the franchise, that is still going. Without this film, Tom Cruise wouldn't be a action star, no Edge of Tomorrow, no Ghost Protocol, and no Rogue Nation (of Awesomeness). Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt nails it, he gives the best performance. The tension and the suspense in this film is brought to such a high degree. The first ten minutes are full of tension, and the character development with the IMF team are fully finished, I automatically cared about them all....until later in the film, you find out that Jim is the villain. Anyways, the famous scene with Ethan suspended on a rope and is almost about to…
The risky beginnings of an franchise without any guarantees of success, Brian De Palma's Mission: Impossible is really impressive for its full embrace of 60's spy roots and that bravura set piece (you know which one I'm talking about).
Ends with Ving Rhames & Cruise having a beer while Dream by The Cranberries play. The perfect ending.
Director Brian De Palma gets all Hitchcockian with some magnificent camera work. Good cast gives strong performances.
Every film that has ever been nominated for a Razzie Award in any category.
There are certain scenes that transcend the films they appeared in and become recognisable to even those that have not…