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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,…
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…
Hard to believe that 19 years later this franchise is still going strong with the same lead player.
Mi number one blends action with a lot more of the spy element that it's successors, which slows it down a tad but that isn't necessarily a bad thing, especially with what directly follows.
De Palma directs with a surety you'd expect from the veteran, cruise still insists on doing his own stunts which have gotten more and more insane as the years have progressed, and theres able support from the likes of Jon voigt to compliment the mix.
This is the beginnings of a series of missions you certainly won't mind accepting.
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…
Me faltan estrellas. Menudo pepinazo se marcó aquí De Palma.
Who cares about the plot? This is all about De Palma directing the shit out of this movie. The heist sequence in Langley is unparalleled.
From its cookie-cutter characters to its very dated effects to its convoluted plot to De Palma's lackluster directing, Mission Impossible is a prime example of a film that puts visuals and style over substance and while it may have wowed audiences in 1996, in 2015 it's probably more likely to either make them sigh indifferently or merely laugh at its spectacularly implausible climax.
A wonderful pastiche of a range of films and genres. You get the horror-like opening operation gone wrong, the John LeCarre-style cloak & dagger mole hunt plot, the RIFIFI-esque heist sequence, and the James Bond-esque action set pieces. All just impeccably executed. The Langley break-in sequence in particular is just a marvel of pitch-perfect filmmaking. And highly entertaining, just like the rest of MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - from top to bottom.
P.S.: This entire review was written in Dutch angle. In case you were wondering.
A lot of exposition to sit through, but in all a solid action thriller.
A casi 20 años de su estreno sigue siendo una buena película de acción.
PD. Todavía en las películas no se sabe como funciona internet.
"Mission: Impossible" is maybe one of the best action movies ever, though that isn't saying very much. Not too many action movies are great. This movie is well shot, framed, and executed. It makes you pay attention to dialogue, which is always a great thing, and I was really interested in the story. But it does drag a bit, and there one thing that I don't really understand (no spoilers), but overall, "Mission: Impossible" is a great action movie.
I really liked Edge of Tomorrow and Oblivion, two recent films that had Tom Cruise as the lead. They were both sci-fi action films with relatively good stories and execution, both of which featured Tom Cruise acting as mostly himself, though he played against his usual typecasting a little in the former title.
Despite this, I do not really care for Tom Cruise as an actor. I don't really seek out movies with him as he seems to me to be the most cookie cutter male actor in the mainstream movie business. He's got charisma, but that's about it. He has no range: I don't believe him when he cries or otherwise tries to ellicit emotion, as his mode of…
A little dated, sure, but De Palma crafts a wonderfully intelligent film which allowed the series to grow and become the phenomenon it is today. Some great actions set pieces and a superb cast.
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.