Sunday, July 22, 2018


Mission: Impossible is directed by Brian De Palma and stars Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Henry Czerny, Emmanuelle Beart, Jean Reno, Ving Rhames, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Vanessa Redgrave. The plot of the movie is an American agent, under false suspicion of disloyalty, must discover and expose the real spy without the help of his organization.    Before today I had never seen any of the Mission: Impossible films. With the sixth movie coming out soon I decided to finally watch them. This movie is a great start to the series I had a lot of fun watching it.  This movie was released in 1996 and at that time Tom Cruise was not known to be an action star. With this movie, he proved that he was an action star.  This movie focused a lot on building suspense and tension and that's one of the things I love about this movie.  One of the things this movie had that benefits it is the fact that the exposition scenes are exciting. It was fun to hear the characters talk about the Mission and what they are going to do.    Brian De Palma did a fantastic job directing this film. He does a lot of really subtle things with the way he moves the camera and frames certain shots. For example in the opening scene with the team almost always the team is framed in a wide. We don't get an obvious close-up to say who the hero is. Ethan Hunt has not yet proved himself.    Even though this movie came out in 1996 it still holds up extremely well except for one scene at the end.  The action scenes are all well crafted, it looked realistic and the pace never slows down.  Another thing I loved about this movie was how they portrayed Ethan Hunt. He's a vulnerable hero. The scene where he meets with Kittridge in the restaurant you feel that his mind is starting to snap a little.  The plot can get complicated at times unless you are really paying attention, but I think that is great. I'm sick of movies where I can check out and not miss anything.    I also love the setup for the CIA scene. With both the way Tom Crusie explains it and the way Brian De Palma shows it. It sets it up as a truly impossible task and I was getting tense. The infiltration of the CIA is one of the most suspenseful scenes I have ever seen.   The one flaw I have with the film is towards the end with the train in the tunnel. This was the early days of CGI and you can clearly tell.  4 out of 5 stars for Mission: Impossible. I hope you enjoyed my review.

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