All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…
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.
"Would you like to watch a movie?"
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…
This undeniably has one of the most suspenseful and iconic action set pieces of the last couple decades and the ending is a lot of fun with characters shifting identities leading to a helicopter chase through a tunnel. But there's a lot of spy exposition here that just didn't do all that much for me. And I really missed De Palma's more political edge as the government agencies chasing Hunt never really acted wrongly or anything in their assumptions about him possibly being a traitor (which admittedly isn't at all a fair critique since the movie strives to be more of a straightforwardly told spy movie, just saying I felt the lack of that distinctive trait of so many of his films). It's all just one big game of characters trying to outmaneuver and outsmart each other that I wish consistently had the energy of its justly praised heist and final scene.
A intense, exciting, and thoroughly visually inventive spy action-come-thriller that has enough creative energy (and an adequately compulsive whodunit hook) that sees that it survives its otherwise dull and uninteresting lead characters. Though enough tension, thrills, and spills are included to meet the genre's median expectation, it's the uniquely iconic set pieces that truly elevate the work, differentiating it from the typically rote Hollywood remake/adaptation that it could have been, and the Brian de Palma film it very specifically turned out to be.
There are definitely better movies in this franchise, but still, this is the one that got it all started. I do find it reprehensible though, that they decided to take the main hero from the TV series, and turn him into the villain. And casting Jon Voight in that role is really a slap in the face.
Well, that was a Movie
A pleasing action movie starring Tom Cruise.
Remember in the 90s when PG-13 action movies could be shockingly violent and still be PG-13?
Brian De Palma is one of the best directors ever.
The last time I watched this it was either -98 or -99 and I remember liking it then, well I should have left this to the past because now this just felt like a bad agent/action movie that had its moments.
The movie makers were so drowned in its world that they forgot us watchers. Most of the time I had no idea what's going on, unlike the characters. It felt that there is no sense in this movie and if there is, it definitely has lots of things to improve. And the casting wasn't very successful either: especially Ving Rhames amused me because he just wasn't convincing at all as a computer nerd and mostly he just looked like…
I was expecting more action than what I got, but the action that is there is exciting and well made. The best scene in the movie however isn't really an action set piece, but is instead when Cruise hangs from the ceiling in complete silence which makes me feel just as nervous as he does.
The biggest problem I have with the movie is how poorly the dialogue is written, it just feels so clunky and disjointed. Even then the scenes are well acted.
Mission: Impossible is an action movie worthy of sequels, I thought it was a good movie.
Definitely feels dated in some ways, but 90s stuff always feels the most "dated" to me for some reason. That said, it also feels wonderfully De Palma, which is a huge plus.
A list of films compiled from every response to "What Have You Been Watching" on r/TrueFilm in 2015.
I'm pretty sure I forgot a dozen titles and don't ask why some films count and others don't (also the…