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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's been well over a decade since last time I saw this one, and what strikes me most about it now, having seen all of the sequels more recently, is just how strong a sense of espionage-induced paranoia this one has. Honestly, this isn't Director Brian De Palma's strongest effort. All the same, it unquestionably has his stylistic fingerprints all over it, and that's not a bad thing seeing how thrillers are the man's stock in trade.
The story is less complicated than those of any of the sequels, and Tom Cruise is still fleshing-out the role that he'll later deadpan his way through the next few installments. It still hold up relatively well though.
Very strong on rewatch. Powerful directing, strong script, all adding up to much more than the memorable scene. One of DePalma's strongest films, even if just an action film. The tone is pitch perfect, not self-serious but not self-aware as the latest sequels; the humor derives from the plot and characters rather than references to previous installments (of which there was not any, at this point). It is also noteworthy how strong the influence of this first movie was on subsequent efforts in dialogue, plot and, particularly, stunts, which might have become more realistic and/or CGId but they are very much of the same kind.
Oh man, this movie is way better than I remembered it to be. I remember watching this movie just about a year or two ago and saying to myself, "wtf is going on? what's happening? who's the bad guy?" Well, let's just say that I was an ignorant little chickling in those days. This film is actually really well done, and Brian De Palma was actually a perfect director for this first installment. Just visually, this film is appealing. Though the story is a bit complex, or just fast, and tightly knitted. The story works out, and it really keeps you on the edge. I liked it a lot, and recommended to any fan of espionage, spy stuff.
It feels mean-spirited to go back and criticize a 20-year old film, especially one that kicked off such a successful franchise. When it doesn't measure up, I question whether it's because I'm subconsciously comparing it to modern films with flashy CGI effects instead of viewing it in the context of it's time. Critics generally gave 'Mission: Impossible' a positive review, including the late Roger Ebert, so perhaps I'm being too harsh. But to my mind, the film does not hold up well. I'm fairly sure I saw this movie when it was released, and I don't remember reacting so negatively, so I've either grown more discerning or just crotchety in my old age.
The technology of course looks dated, with…
This is a pretty good film...until the last 10 minutes or so. For me the end "action" scene really lets this down. It's as if the studio thought there wasn't enough action and made de Palma add this.
The heist/mission scenes are a real pleasure though and for the most part it is beautifully shot....except that ugly ending.
"Everybody, out of the Chunnel!"
Ethan Hunt is the perfect spy. He has no weaknesses, except maybe for Emmanuelle Beart.
One of the single most influential films of my childhood. Still awesome.
Lo más imposible de creer de esta película es que haga casi dos décadas que se estrenó y varios de sus protagonistas sigan exactamente igual. Lo que no sigue igual es ese tufillo a Technicolor en Cinemascope que suelen tener las obras de De Palma y que a mí no termina de gustarme, pero admito que incluso le pega.
Sería un peliculón de acción como una catedral si no obligara a la suspensión de la incredulidad un par de veces; sin ir más lejos, su escena más famosa carece de sentido por algún detalle más que evidente, pero entonces no tendría tanta gracia.
Aún así, muy entretenida y con una duración que, en la última década, se nos haría incluso extraña para una película de estas características. Esto solo la hace mejorar.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Mission: Impossible was a film that made Tom Cruise an action star, despite the fact that Mission: Impossible doesn't have that much action. Does it have tension? Yes. Does it have suspense? Absolutely. But action? Not so much.
I'd argue that Mission: Impossible is more of a psychological thriller than an action movie. There's nothing wrong with this approach. In fact, it's probably why this film has aged pretty well since 1996. It doesn't bother itself with too much CGI. It's about the mind games. It's about the psychological journey of its main character, Ethan Hunt. Perhaps Tom Cruise deserves a bit more credit for going this route in his first foray into the action genre. He could have gone…
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…
Every film that has ever been nominated for a Razzie Award in any category.