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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.
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…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I have always been a fan of the mission impossible movies. As we now own them on blu ray I felt it was time to revisit the franchise. I can't believe that this film came out over 15 years ago!
The script is still one of the best scripts out there. Plot, character development, tension levels and not one swear word in the whole movie. Who says a great script needs bad language? De Palma's direction is superb. The close face shots at strange angles is somewhat hypnotic and this is something that usually doesn't work but in this case it does.
This film is much more that a Tom Cruise movie. Yes, he is nearly in every scene and…
Brian De Palma has over the years delivered some incredible films. From the savagery of "Scarface" to the perfectly set 20's gangster film that was "The Untouchables" he can hone his craft to different time periods and genres.
Mission Impossible was the first film that tempted Tom Cruise to start a franchise and has so far delivered 3 sequels that have been bigger and better than this original. Featuring an eclectic mix of a cast that included Jon Voight, Ving Rhames and Jean Reno this had all the hallmarks of the sixties tv series and the futuristic gadgets to match. Staying just this side of ridiculous,the plot has tension,action and thrills galore as Cruise and Co. up the drama to…
Very run of the mill by today's standards. The vault sequence is classic cinema, for sure, and the bullet train finale is still cool, but everything else is sadly dated. It simply can't live up to how action films have progressed over the years.
Compare this to Ghost Protocol and you'll see how tame it is in pretty much every area (apart from the female co-star; Emmanuelle Béart is smokin hot). Everything is bigger and better now. Stunts, locations, gadgets, dialogue, suspense, action, all-around writing and production value, etc.
This just isn't nearly as much fun as Ghost Protocol, or other similar action thrillers of today. It's still a good film, however, and enjoyable in its own right. I particularly…
December Project: Film #1
Looking back on the Mission: Impossible series, it's very strange to see how a franchise based on a long running television show (and one my grandfather constantly watched reruns of) became one of the most popular movie series of all time. Most TV to Film adaptations just seem to suck.
Although to be honest, I really feel that the series has yet to have a truly GREAT film. Each of them, while all featuring some great memorable factors, hasn't really found that combo that has everything a good action film needs. They're either missing a worthy villain with a good dispatch (see Mission Impossible 2 and Ghost Protocol), or the action is very lacking (See Mission:…
This is a prime example of a director taking an "average at best" script and doing the best he can with it, ultimately turning the film into something a bit above average. In the hands of any other film maker, this movie would be forgettable. Instead, it becomes a good film. Kudos.
Baby Tom Cruise stumbles and fumbles his way thru a terrible spy mission and a terrible clean-up of it, always at least one step behind.
some goofy things, occasionally overly complex, but generally a tight and well-done spy flick.
The first - and still the best - in Cruise's M:I series. What still feels fresh is the confident way it goes about assembling its various clandestine parts and then moving them back and forth across the globe with scant regard for the short attention spans of summer audiences. The plot, though trumpeted at the time for its apparently unfathomable complexity, is not all that that hard to piece together - but De Palma is intent on making you feel like you're more in the dark than you are. And that's no bad thing. In retrospect, it actually feels a lot closer to De Palma's 80s meta-thrillers, especially Blow Out and Dressed to Kill, than the subsequent Missions, with characters…
Me gustan más los tour de force de acción que suponen MI3 y MI4, pero la primera parte es sin duda la más elegante de la saga.
Still the best in the series, it's tech has sadly dated it somewhat (though I always found the "emailing every Bible newsgroup" ridiculous) but it's action scenes still remain a benchmark almost 20 years on.
How refreshing to see a SFX-filled fight on top of a train, that looked brilliantly innovative in its day, but still holds up now. And no one except dePalma could create so much tension from a man dangling from a cable while a drop of sweat drips down his specs.
Brian De Palma delivers a kinetic live wire suspense filled espionage thriller to open the Mission Impossible franchise. The camera work is exceptional with De Palma's trademark sense of motion applied to suspenseful heists and an amazing train ride sequence during which you really get the sense of speed and danger. Also created is one of the most iconic images from any thriller of recent times Tom Cruise suspended mid heist inches from a pressure sensitive floor. Cruise lives up to his star billing and for me really nails the Ethan Hunt character, Jean Reno, Ving Rames and the stunning Emmanuelle Beart provide able support.
My one problem with this film and unfortunately quite a big problem is that the…
Slightly better than I remember.
Mission: Impossible does a number of things right, the biggest one being its tone. This movie has all the trappings of a successful summer blockbuster, and yet, it doesn't really behave like a blockbuster we're used to seeing each and every summer. Instead, it plays the game much more coolly, calmly and efficiently. In fact, while watching this movie again, it occurred to me just how much Mission: Impossible resembles not only an old-school thriller, but a Hitchcock film as well. And seeing as how Alfred Hitchcock is one of my five favorite film directors, I found myself more caught up in Mission: Impossible this time than I have been in any of my previous viewings.
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