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Mission Impossible [HD DVD] (Bilingual) [Import]
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Mission: Impossible was one of the best action blockbusters of the 1990s, deriving a quality unique amongst its peers from the tension between Brian De Palma's directorial stylisation and the overriding presence of its star and producer, Tom Cruise. Cruise plays Special Forces agent Ethan Hunt, disavowed as a traitor by his own superiors and forced to uncover the true mole to prove his innocence. The original 1960s television series provides not only the wonderful musical motif, but also the layered complexity of false realities and masked identities, which are revealed with the playful conjuring of a Russian doll.
This was Cruise's last movie as an angst-ridden youth (next stop was Jerry Maguire and the trials of family life) and he presents Ethan Hunt as caught between his heroic physical prowess and a trusting emotional na¨vety that is painfully punctured by the treachery of those around him. Hollywood heavyweights Jon Voight (Heat) and Ving Rhames (Pulp Fiction) are both excellent in support, while the remaining cast reads like an identikit of European cinema, including Emanuelle Beart, Kristin Scott Thomas and Jean Reno (Leon).
De Palma's trademark set-pieces include a giant exploding fishtank in Prague, a helicopter chase through the Channel Tunnel, and, most notably, a break-in to steal a vital disc from CIA headquarters in Langley. The moment in the latter when, in almost complete silence, Cruise dangles precariously from a cable and just catches a bead of sweat before it triggers the floor alarm is as sublimely exhilarating as any in American movies of the last 10 years. --Steve Napleton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This film works much better than its sequel because it doesn't try to pad out the film with a useless romantic subplot. Ethan Hunt isn't a character that needs to be fleshed out and that's what makes the no-nonsense tone of MI1 so superior to MI2. Stylistically, Woo beats DePalma hands down but that's about it.
The presence of actors like Jon Voight and Henry Czerny give the first MI an almost Tom Clancy-like feel -- especially in the vein of Hunt For Red October with all the espionage and technospeak.
Also, the setting of Eastern Europe contributes a lot to the overall atmosphere of the film -- especially the opening sequence where Hunt's team is betrayed and killed off, one by one.
There are some really solid set-pieces in the movie: the aforementioned mission gone wrong at the beginning, the now-famous nearly silent break-in at CIA Headquarters, and the infamous train/helicopter chase at the film's climax. Yeah, that last one was mucho implausible but it's still a lot of fun to watch.
Most importantly, Mission: Impossible is an entertaining time waster with a lean script full of all sorts of twists and turns, a solid performance by Cruise and a great supporting cast that also includes the always reliable Ving Rhames and Jean Reno.
Alas, this DVD is very bare bones with no extras to speak of. Thankfully, Paramount learned their lesson with the MI2 DVD but it would be nice if they revisited this first one and got DePalma to do an audio commentary, throw in some deleted scenes and a retrospective featurette or two. It's about time.
Ever since the beginning of the show, it has always required smart people to watch it. It's a mystery, mysteries don't make much sense until everything is figured out. The movie itself is actually quite simple:
Ethan Hunt is working for the IMF. After one of his missions goes bad and everyone is killed but him, the IMF suspects he is the mole they've been hunting for two years. Ethan, being innocent, runs and hides from the IMF. He goes through difficult tasks such as breaking into CIA headquarters at Langley, making negotiations with arms dealers, and avoiding the law. In the end, Ethan finds that the mole is none other than his old boss, who had faked his death to frame Ethan.
Overall, I give this film four stars. It didn't quite reach five, a few lines didn't clearer make sense or agree with each other.
Mission Impossible does not disappoint with its action, but its plotline stands rather simply as a betrayal and vengeance formula, and worse, one rather implausible to the legions of fans of the television series. Without giving away too much of the plot, a most trusted member of the Impossible Mission Force betrays his team and country for ... money. Though the nature of the betrayer makes for a much greater indignity at his crime, it leaves fans of the series feeling as if the film simply lops off its head to begin anew, discarding the roots that made the movie itself possible.
Tom Cruise still delivers an excellent performance as a slick and capable member of the IMF, and fans of action films will certainly enjoy this picture. However, if you feel more than an inkling of loyalty to the series, perhaps you should skip to the second film, which in the end has much more the feel of Mission Impossible than does this movie.
But if you like the TV show, this is a lousy movie. It has little spirit from the TV show and what they do to Phelps is a crime. If Hunt's character is created new for the franchise couldn't they have used another character - instead of Phelps - to play the role they designed?
When you remake a television show there are certain elements that should be true to the remake - otherwise totally remake them. Putting in new characters? OK - just don't play with the believability and the make up of the old ones. Of course when a show is as old as Mission you aren't going to want the same leads playing their old characters, at least not if they are in a lead role. Voigt is not Jim Phelps - appearance: wrong; style of speech: wrong; leadership ability: wrong.
This isn't to say that Mission is so sacred that it can't be changed. But if the plan is to use the popularity of an old TV show to stir interest, why insult that popularity in the manner in which they did? Dan Ackroyd used the Dragnet franchise to make a comedy years ago - but he honored the spirit of the show in doing so.
The long technical moments showing Barney and Willy or some other character from TV are missing here and probably rightfully so. They could be boring on the big screen, especially if not done right - and it appears that the director and star weren't planning on doing it right.
This is a star vehicle for Cruise and he handles it well. But they had no business messing with the franchise. At the least, they should have made up for it in the sequel.
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The film itself is one of my all-time favorites in the spy genre. The three stars are merely to send some sort of message to Paramount so they may upgrade the visual and audio... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Simon Bergeron
Casing was not the same as what was advertised. I just got the normal version.Published 11 months ago by James Chang
Ahhh the memories on this one. What a flick. Try out Prime, grab some buds, buy this and get it the next day and enjoy!Published on July 4 2014 by Evan Polson
1996 American spy film directed by Brian De Palma and starring Tom Cruise. Based on the television series of the same namePublished on March 23 2013 by T
Movie was good, as expected. Blu ray quality (image) was inferior which took it down a notch. Tom Cruise was his old self.Published on Feb. 8 2013 by Dave Pringle
Great movie! Full of action and suspense. Loved every minute of it! By far the best Mission: Impossible movie (exept the 4th one)! It's a must buy!Published on April 11 2012 by R. Baldwin
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