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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Mission: Impossible is badly written - and fairly average in most departments - whilst also being fairly outdated and lacking in any real dimension but, it somewhat claws back some of the negatives with a stylish and simple brisk coating.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…
Now to be honest, I haven't watched the original Mission: Impossible series, and I don't think any fans of the show should watch this film either, because it will be disappointing.
Mission: Impossible isn't much on character development, first of all. You don't know too much about Ethan Hunt's backstory until the first 30 minutes of the film, when he's in that restaurant.
This movie is also way too dark compared to the other Mission: Impossible films that I did see before this movie. I mean, the ways that Ethan's group members are killed one-by-one just went way to far that those moments were almost uncomfortable to watch.
This movie even lacks a lot of action. I get that it's…
A work of art. De Palma rarely has been better. The Cruiser is at his best, the whole cast works perfectly. The action sequences are flawless, brilliant. The whole thing is amazing, shining.
Love everything about this movie. The casts, story, musical score, stunts, action scenes. Everything. I enjoyed everything about this movie. Thrilling, exciting, and entertaining.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to try to and make sense of the convoluted plot of this movie.
You don't think that this film was made nearly 20 years ago until you watch it, and then it becomes blatantly apparent. Everything - the clothes, the technology, the cars, the music, the way the movie is filmed - are products of a bygone era. And you know what, it doesn't hurt the film one bit. In fact, it might just make it that much more endearing.
This first Mission: Impossible film is still one hell of an enjoyable yarn, I must say. I was surprised by just how captivated I was by it. And Brian de Palma does a bang-up job directing here, using lots of tricks of the camera to draw the viewer in, from extreme close-ups, odd…
The great thing about these films is that each has a different director who approaches the concept differently and puts his own stamp on it. This certainly feels like a Brian De Palma film with it's random camera angles and suspenseful approach.
This is a solid start to the underrated series that is somehow almost 20 years old. That period of time does show here with certain special effects and plot elements (floppy disks, payphones, the internet scenes) appearing dated, but charmingly so.
Although it's not as good as I remember it remains a fun and twisty Spy Thriller with two great action sequences. 6/10.
The later movies upped the anti but this was the closest to the original TV series
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I wish I had seen this movie before all the other espionage films I've seen. Maybe then I wouldn't have seen Jon Voight coming.
"I knew about Jim" right from the beginning. Still a good ride, though.
Cranberries at the end?
I miss '90s movies.
365, film 2
- Sharky's Machine
- Absence of Malice
- On Golden Pond
- Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip
- E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
- Pulp Fiction
- The Terminator
- The Shining
There are certain scenes that transcend the films they appeared in and become recognisable to even those that have not…
- Can't Stop the Music
- The Formula
- Friday the 13th
- The Jazz Singer
Every film that has ever been nominated for a Razzie Award in any category.