Mission: Impossible (1996)

Mission: Impossible (1996)
  • Time: 110 min
  • Genre: Action | Adventure | Thriller
  • Director: Brian De Palma
  • Cast: Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Emmanuelle Béart, Jean Reno, Ving Rhames, Kristin Scott Thomas


Based on the hit T.V. series. Jim Phelps was sent to Prague for a mission to prevent the theft of classified material. His wife Claire and his trusted partner Ethan Hunt were members of Phelps’ team. Unfortunately, something went horribly wrong and the mission failed, leaving Ethan Hunt the lone survivor. After he reported the failed mission, Kettridge the head if the agency suspects Ethan of being the culprit for the failed mission. Now, Ethan uses unorthodox methods (Which includes the aid of an arms dealer going by the name “Max”) to try to find who set him up and to clear his name.


  • Based on the original television series, Mission Impossible follows Ethan Hunt and his mission to uncover the mole who framed him for the murders of his entire team. I’d never really go round to watching this film, thinking it was just another bog standard action film. However I was very wrong. It’s quite a complicated film with back-stabbing, twists and surprises. While I wouldn’t call this a classic film myself I can see why it is a memorable film that will survive the test of time.

    I did find myself confused at times and found myself unsure of some characters motives at times. While I’m not sure if it’s due to any lack on concentration or the film its self, but while I was unsure about a couple things, the film overall was very entertaining, thrilling and had some great moments of unbearable tension. I now know why the scene of Tom Cruise hanging on a rope in a white room trying to extract information has been mocked so much, as it is clearly the iconic moment in the whole film and was a fantastically done. Let’s also not forget… To read the full review click here.

  • I really love the first Mission: Impossible movie, like really love it. All the action movie franchises of the 90s were sequels from the 80s, like Die Harder, Lethal Weapon 3 and Predator 2. But Mission: Impossible came along and made an original and exciting splash.

    On a quiet night in Prague, Jim Phelps (Jon Voight) is leading his deep cover team of IMF (Impossible Missions Force, a secret team within the CIA) agents to entrap a terrorist who wishes to steal and sell a list of every known deep cover agent of the CIA. After this goes wrong and nearly every team member dies, the lone survivor of the group, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) comes in for a debrief with IMF director Eugene Kittridge (Henry Czerny). Little does he know, that the mission was just to find out who the mole was in the organisation and he is now the prime suspect. Now a disavowed agent, Hunt must clear his name by finding the actual mole and is joined by disavowed agents Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames) and Franz Krieger (Jean Reno), as well as Phelps wife Claire (Emmanuelle Béart).

    I don’t think I can explain how much I love this movie. I love it even more than that other ultimate 90s action movie Goldeneye. That’s an even more blasphemous claim when you learn how much I love James Bond (just you wait for the 48 hour/24 Bond challenge). But the reason I love it is that it is so exciting. The pacing is so fast and it is well written. Brian De Palma (who also directed another of my favourites, Scarface) makes the story semi-believable, which is important for a blockbuster action movie because none of the action movies of today make much sense.

    The film also employs tension perfectly. Take for example the famous vault scene, which uses no sound. This is because the vault that they are breaking into has sound sensors (it makes sense if you watch the whole movie, trust me). Other tense scenes are when Ethan figures out the mole and when the mole is finally revealed.

    Read the full review at http://www.thatothermovieblog.blogspot.com.au

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