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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.
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,…
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…
Director: Brian De Palma (First Film)
Mission: Impossible is badly written - and fairly average in most departments - whilst also being fairly outdated and lacking in any real dimension but, it somewhat claws back some of the negatives with a stylish and simple brisk coating.
This stylish film manages to work solely on that, with a little help from a quick pace, the occasional suspenseful (and equally so, thrilling) moments and some of the cast. Most notably the leading man - Tom Cruise, and Emmanuelle Béart (oh certainly she is beautiful). Cruise has a funny habit for running and the occasional moment where it looks like he has literally dislodged his own jaw but as he often…
It's been a while since I last saw Mission: Impossible but watching again today I became aware of just how much popular culture has restructured my memory of it. As the words subtlety and Brian De Palma are practically polar opposites it may feel a little odd for me to suggest that he underplays the action here but, for a film so clearly set up as a fast-paced blockbuster, it's surprisingly lifeless in places.
The vault break-in sequence is so heavily emphasised that it feels like all of the other scenes are only in place to allow the narrative to come to this point. This is De Palma's time to shine, and he most certainly does, but he puts so…
Director: Brian De Palma
Screenwriters: David Koepp & Robert Towne
Based on Bruce Geller’s TV show of the same name
Cast: Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Emmanuelle Béart, Ving Rhames, Jean Reno, Vanessa Redgrave & Henry Czerny
Runtime: 110 min // Certificate: PG
I loved this film when I was a kid but it hasn’t aged particularly well, all things considered. There’s nothing wrong with it as such, but it’s very run of the mill compared to how I remember it, though that doesn’t mean it doesn’t come without its charms.
Based on the classic TV series of the same name and directed by Brian De Palma (Carrie), Mission: Impossible starts off as a pretty slick espionage thriller but it soon descends into…
Action films at their best.
It has been quite a while since I watched a Mission: Impossible film.
Mission:Impossible it the kind of action films I love.
Great plot, great cast, terrific set pieces and action scenes and likeable characters.
No need for overblown explosions and stupid cardboard characters.
Mission: Impossible knows what it is suppose to do. Entertain its audience with constantly twisitng story, and captivating action scenes.
Nothing more, nothing less. And its exactly what we get.
While considered De-Palma's last good film (I actually like Snake Eyes), it is fun to see him in a film like this.
A film that is far away from a Hitchcock rip-off/homage/remake, yet has the visual…
Amid physical prowess and globetrotting intrigue, these Mission: Impossible movies boast villains specializing in emotional and state-sponsored terrorism. As traitorous team leader Phelps, Voight revels in sotto voce sins from the start. He nonchalantly offers his wife as a sexual flytrap on missions (later smugly touting her prowess "having tasted the goods") and psychologically exploits hero Ethan Hunt's paternal respect. Before he's crushed under a helicopter, Phelps lands a few blows on Ethan—strutting off like a surly old cuss. Ethan's suspicions give him an upper hand on Phelps, but he holds no advantage over arms dealer Davian, even when dangling him from an airplane. That only emboldens Davian's resolve to deliver death by 1,000 cuts to Ethan and his fiancée:…
An iconic spy movie and deservedly so.
Some effects look a little dated, along with a few slow parts here and there, but the original MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE is still an enjoyable action blockbuster with cool set pieces, entertaining sequences, a decent plot, and a good performance from Tom Cruise.
They don't make 'em like this anymore. Exploding gum!
A thrilling and twisted journey, "Mission Impossible" is my favorite spy movie. Tom Cruise is wonderful as Ethan Hunt, the protagonist just trying to clear his name. While not completely unpredictable, the twists heighten the stakes and my adrenaline levels as Ethan Hunt races against time to save the day.
For most of this movie, we're wrapped up in a spy thriller and we only know what Tom Cruise knows. And then comes the point when we (the audience) are let in on all the shit he doesn't know and it's pretty goddamn cool.
Also, there's some pretty tense scenes and some cool special effects near the end that hold up well.
I didn't remember this movie, so it's because this I saw again. It's a good action movie, and I was boring...
A long-overdue first viewing of this classic of the spy/action genre, doesn't disappoint (though one of the scenes near the end def verges on highly ridiculous). Guessed how Hunt had been set up easily enough but still fun joining him in bringing the baddies to justice : ) And what a great cast!
Special mention to Danny Elfman's (!) score, the CIA break-in scene (beautifully tense) and the city of Prague.
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