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…
Its up there with GoldenEye 007 when it comes to a kick ass post cold war thriller with superb action and suspense, and many people seem to forget that this was an adaptation from the 1960s mission impossible TV show so this movie has lots of credit to be given, it managed to successfully adapt a classic TV show and managed to create a strong movie series lasting 20 years.
Very happy to be living in a world where the Mission Impossible series exists. I'd still say McQ's entry is better, but this is almost as dazzling for the time. It's all about the setpieces, and the 3 here are great, the second gets all the deserved praise but I love the bait and switch of the first 30 minutes. I think I "get" De Palma now, 23 movies in.
Childhood fave that's actually held up pretty well.
There are some really fucking strange one liners in this film, and the ending is totally batshit. I would have liked to see more De Palmaisms, but this was fun overall.
A classic for its time. Definitely a great movie. Tom Cruise was great in the first of the series.
Overall Rating: 4/5
Sound Quality: 3/5
Picture Quality: 3/5
Media Type: Blu-ray
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It has a good amount of mystery, thriller and even though it has no romance, all in all, it is a really good movie. Romance didn't seem that necessary but the bonding of 5-10 minutes between the characters that die was inevitable. It was a bit sad for me to see Jack die in a brutal way but people move on. The action was AMAZING, just like a 1996 movie should be. To the point. Hats off.
250MB floppy disks. Those were the days.