With Mission: Impossible, De Palma made one of the most recognizable action movies of the 90s, and it has actually aged rather well. Just as fun as I remembered it.
Though...the one thing that STILL rubs me the wrong way is that they made a certain person a bad guy. That does not ring well with a fan of the old tv-series. If you read up on that, you'll know what I mean.
A classic still worth to spend time with!!!
Fun and entertaining action flick. Period!
It's a fun, cheesy action spy thriller that created some iconic scenes. Tom Cruise is having a lot of fun and the stunts are cool. The hanging scene really is great. The train scene looks a little dated but still is entertaining.
Really good action movie... Just hearing the M:I theme, well you all know it sounds awesome xD
I think there's only one thing to say here: Watch it!! ;)
Its a Decent Adaptation to the Big Screen
Tom Cruise Ethan Hunt, a secret agent framed for the deaths of his espionage team, is on the run from government assassins, as he tries to uncover the shocking who's and why's of his setup.
Cruise performs well in the role, and the support from Jon Voight, Emmanuelle Beart, Jean Reno, Ving Rhames and more is strong and definitely adds plenty of body to the film.
With some good intrigue and tension, a few breathtaking stunts and a strong conspiracy style plot; Mission Impossible is a decent adaptation of the original series, without really being too familiar.
7/10 but should have been better
I know the original cast from the TV show weren’t best pleased with this one, especially since the main man Jim Phelps turned out to be a traitor, but I find it hard to dislike De Palma’s work here. He makes it work as an action film while giving it the old-school-spy thriller vibe to set it apart from everything else.
I remembered this as being quite cheesy but aside from the final scene (where a helicopter navigates the channel tunnel…), the jokes work quite well, the action scenes stand up even 20 years (!) after the fact and the performances are solid.
I think it was good enough to convince the wife to watch all five.
it is so confusing and complex but good movie
Very fun, has some wtf moments, but overall a good spy movie.
As good as a spy thriller can get,a real thrill ride to say the least!.
When I first saw this movie I did not like it at all. My main gripe with the movie was (and is) that it did not feel like a Mission Impossible movie.
Spoilers ahead! In the original series the team always succeeded, at least in the episodes I watched. However, the movie starts off with a big failure. Then to make matters worse we learn that Mr. Phelps, one of the original lead characters, is actually a traitor. I was so disappointed!
Now when I watched it for the second time with my son I actually liked it a lot more. I still think it is sad that the script writers felt they had to introduce all these chock elements but trying to look past those this is a pretty good movie. I still do not think it is truly a Mission Impossible movie in the good old style of the series though.
It is a very good action/thriller movie though. Tom Cruise is really not bad in the role of Ethan Hunt and so are the rest of the actors. He is performing quite a few spectacular stunts and there are a decent amount of high tech stuff in the movie. Sure, some of the stunts and action scenes are perhaps a bit convoluted but it provides for some good cinemagic and it is fiction after all.
If this movie would not have been labelled Mission Impossible I would probably have given it another star but I cannot bring myself to completely overlook how far from the original inspiration it has strayed.
A suberb movie based on the hit 1988 - 1990 TV Show, director Brian De Palma (Carrie, Carlito's Way, Casualties of War, Rising Cain) gives us a suspense filled action thriller, that really captures the original TV series. Tom Cruise was well chosen to play the lead Ethan Hunt. Great film with the usual twists and turns one comes to expect from a Brian De Palma film. Original and best of the MI movies, although Ghost Protocol comes damn close.
Mission: Impossible was fun. I think I'd seen parts of it previously but not the whole thing through. The script was pretty rubbish but I wasn't expecting much else and it worked well enough as an action flick.
Although the acting is bad (Especially Henry Czerny almost unbearable performance), the movie does have moments of suspense and has you thinking "who don it" enough for you to the sit through movie.
The good: great themesong, two iconic scenes (hanging inches from the floor and exploding from a helicopter onto a speeding train), lots of action and spy-stuff.
The bad: terribly annoying plot that only consists of running from one actionscene to the next. Whenever some plotpoint gets stuck it gets solved by the fact that someone was doublecrossed, even if it doesn't make sense.
The ugly: Throughout the movie I kept expecting development in the (cardboard) characters, some overarching storyline or some surprising twists to get me emotionally involved, but this movie consists only of empty thrills. I might as well have only watched the actionsequences and skipped the rest of the 'story'. I get the feeling this movie was only made because Tom Cruise wanted to star in an actionfilm.. There is no tension throughout the film, no excitement, no funny dialogue, no romance, no emotion whatsoever: just actionscene followed by a doublecrossing, actionscene followed by a doublecrossing...