Designed to cause shit. This is not an overrated films list because opinions are subjective. However I would love to…
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.
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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.
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.
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…
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…
that mission sure was impossible
Real experience mediated by layers of artifice; loss of family, finding a friend. A thriller masterclass doubling as an eerily prescient take on living in the information age. Hollywood was rarely as exciting, or as deceptively emotive. This is a beautiful film.
First, Tom Cruise is so beautiful. Second, that is one iconic score. Third, I had to pause the movie about a hundred times during the vault sequence to scream out of frustration. Fourth, I love a good plot twist. Or two. Or three. De Palma knows how to make an entertaining film, that's for sure.
This is the possibly the coolest film that I have ever seen. Firstly, the theme tune is amazing and catchy, which makes it very exciting, and although many of the scenes and battles in the movie were completely preposterous, it was great fun to watch.
The film involves numerous spy gadgets that can easily outdo anything that James Bond has ever done, especially the face mask thing, which is brilliant! At first glimpse, this film seems to be just the action movie stereotype, which it is, however it is actually the film which caused everyone else to copy the format, so this is really genesis.
Also, the story was not at all predictable, so it was very exciting to watch throughout, so that’s why I’ll give it an 8, for being seriously cool as well as exciting and very entertaining for me.
What took me so long to watch this?! I freakin love it! Instant favorite! Tunnel scene was absolutely ridiculous but I seriously love every second. Vault scene almost game me a heart attack. I know this film isn't perfect but it sure is fun. De Palma, I like yo style! Can't wait to watch the rest even though I know I'll be disappointed.
Not the best of the Mission Impossible series, but certainly not the worst. Overall, the story's overcomplicated, and sometimes the plot drags a bit, but De Palma's stylish camera movements are the real star here, bringing extra intensity to every scene. And that break in at Langley is incredible.
Possibly the most definitive film of Tom cruise's career.
Responsable de una tensísima escena que ha sido copiada, reverenciada e imitada ya varias veces en las subsecuentes décadas, la primera película de la saga Misión Imposible (que ya cumple 20 años), es tan ilógica como sus sucesoras, pero lo que en ese tiempo se veía como un defecto ahora más bien es una declaración de los principios que rigen el universo en el que vive el IMF: no importa la trama del villano de turno, lo que importa son los "set pieces", la acción y Tom Cruise.
Tom Cruise, ese actor que se fabricó una franquicia que le sigue dando beneficios hasta ahora. Eso por sí solo es digno de reconocer. Y que las cintas, unas más que otras, sean entretenidas y que cubran un rango que va desde la perfectamente tonta y entretenida MI:2 hasta la magnífica Ghost Protocol es una sorpresa de las más agradables. ¿quién lo diría?
Coming to this film after watching much of the original tv show is rather disappointing as the only character from the original show is Phelps and for those who have seen it will know why fans of the show might not like it.
Besides the disregard for the original there are some good action scenes and a fairly good spy film overall.
My canon. In (approximate) order of favorite films, not necessarily of best action sequences.
Trying to keep a relatively open…