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.
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…
Great film! The most suspenseful and intriguing one in the series!
Brian De Palma's use of dutch angles, cross dissolves and fade-outs really set the tone of the film and gave it a more old-fashioned approach. Filled with great action scenes that still hold up after 20 years, like the opening sequence; the dinner scene or the final sequence on the train. The scene at the CIA headquarters is one of the best action scenes ever made, so suspenseful, it always keeps me on the edge of my seat, holding my breath!
Tom Cruise proved himself as an action star in this film! He did great stuntwork and he was a likeable but vulnerable hero. He did an excellent job…
Packed with nail-biting suspense, pounding action sequences, and featuring a reliably committed performance from Tom Cruise, the original Mission Impossible is up there with great heist movies like Rififi (in fact one scene is almost borrowed verbatim from that film). A must watch.
After Scarface and Carrie, I was sorely disappointed with this movie. Mission: Impossible has a narrative completely unlatched to the characters it created. The first 15 minutes or so created an attractive atmosphere that drew me in, but Brian de Palma throws all of that out for a twist. This is the primary flaw; and it keeps happening throughout the movie.
We saw a trailer for a documentary about Brian de Palma, looked up what films he had made and found out this one was among them.
Somehow I got really excited to watch it again as I remembered that I had really liked it when I watched it back as a kid.
I still liked it a lot, it's suspenseful and has some interesting James-Bond-like gadget stuff. It also has a heist which is always a plus and the story isn't too shabby either.
I do think that this is a movie that can only be thoroughly enjoyed on the first watch, becaus the big reveal is pretty amazing then. Unfortunately I still remembered who the mole was and roughly how it played out, so I couldn't get the surprise out of it.
"hasta-lasagna, don't get any on ya."
One of the most notable roles in Tom Cruise's career as well as one of the most successful box office hits of Brian De Palma's filmography, both for reasons I never understood completely. That's not to say Mission: Impossible is a bad film because it's very far away from that, but the trademarked name seems to be from what I'm seeing is the only reason to remember it but what about it makes everything a standout? As a particularly big Brian De Palma apologist, I've always struggled with the reputation that Mission: Impossible had formed. At least given its success the fact it managed to spawn a franchise is understandable, but is the original really as special as some say…
Mission: Impossible is a slick, tense film that gets right to it with a breakneck pace. That doesn't mean it's too fast for suspense, though, as we are nearly always on the edge of our seat. It's well acted, well written, and contains a great cast of characters to fuel the intrigue. Tom Cruise does a wonderful job (although I must admit the cocky asshole stuff that pops up form time to time feels a little odd) and you can tell he is totally dedicated to making the film as good as it can be. There aren't many straight up action scenes and no shootouts, which I think makes the film even more of a standout. I kind of saw…
My Son wanted to watch this. I hadn't seen it in years. He was a bit bored to be honest, and I could see why. It didn't have half as much action in it as I had expected, instead there is quite a lot of plot heavy dialogue. Perhaps this is also true of the TV series. I don't know, and am unlikely to find out.
That said, there's lots of De Palma camerawork and style throughout, which I have a lot of time for.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
That music over the Paramount logo at the beginning is perfect, setting a tone of intrigue and suspense that the film maintains throughout.
There are two quintessential sequences that rival the best of any spy film: The sequence where the team is picked off one by one, which is tense and tragic (the movie does a great job of establishing the characters and making them likable in a very brief amount of time), and the infiltration of the computer vault, which uses silence and cross-cut editing to great effect.