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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.
After PULP FICTION maybe the pop masterpiece of the 90s? Probably hyperbole, but minutes after my umpteenth viewing it's the truth.
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 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…
It's all about the scene in the third act when Ethan and Jim reunite and have a drink together. Jim is trying to convince Ethan that Kittridge is the mole, not knowing Ethan already figured out it was Jim because of the Drake Hotel bible. So Ethan, having the upper hand, narrates a flashback where he pretends to realize how Kittridge did it, all for Jim's benefit -- meanwhile, DePalma's visuals tell a different story: the way Ethan is seeing it, watching Jim take out the IMF team. And even in that sequence, there's a shot of Claire taking out Hannah, and then one of Jim taking out Hannah, because Ethan isn't sure yet of Claire's loyalty. And he can't…
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…
Building suspense, plot twists, and slow cooking the audience for a punch line? "Not quite my tempo" anymore.
Red light! Green light! Post Tom Cruise-themed birthday party viewing.
Despite a script that makes little sense and poorly-constructed motivations by the film's antagonists, Mission: Impossible succeeds due in part to director Brian de Palma's stylish and tense direction, like the night sequence in Prauge as Ethan Hunt's (Tom Cruise) team gets killed off by unknown assailants after a disc containing a list of spies off the books for various espionage agencies, along with his eye for staging thrilling action set pieces, like Hunt and new team member Franz (Jean Reno) and Luther (Ving Rhames) attempting to infiltrate the headquarters of the CIA. Cruise is no 007, but he does have a licence to thrill. Mission Accomplished.
Before I actually review, let me tell you a little story on how I first viewed this film. I think I was about 8 years old when I first watched this film and I remember a day before watching it on the TV my mother asked me “Would you like to watch Mission: Impossible? It is like James Bond” and immediately I said “Yes” as I was really getting into James Bond and we all know I am a huge fan of that franchise. But the reason why I am sharing this is because Mission: Impossible is the film that introduce me to Tom Cruise and since then I have been a fan of a majority of his films (I…
This came out when I was 13 and I think I understood it better then than I do now. Still a lot of fun almost 20 years later.
Liked this much more this time around than I did the first time. I think the first time I was expecting more of an all-action all-the-time thing, and while there are a few virtuoso action sequences, a lot of it is straight up spy thriller, complete with understatement and patience.
grand & graceful. brilliant
When my parents deemed me old enough to be able to watch these types of movies, I had already developed a dislike for Tom Cruise. I should have toughed it out.
There's a conflict that's central to Mission: Impossible. It can't decide whether to be darker than the original source material, in a way that turned off the entire original cast, or trade on Cruise's charisma, which it does, and well. It's a fun film in the end, but because it's shifting gears all the time, it doesn't make a ton of sense, and it ultimately doesn't manage to be about very much other than good times.
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.