Mission: Impossible (1996)

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Critic Consensus: Full of special effects, Brian DePalma's update of Mission: Impossible has a lot of sweeping spectacle, but the plot is sometimes convoluted.


Movie Info

After he is framed for the death of several colleagues and falsely branded a traitor, a secret agent embarks on a daring scheme to clear his name in this spy adventure. Though it drew its name from the familiar television series, director Brian DePalma's big-budget adaptation shares little more with the original show than the occasional self-destructing message and the name of team leader Jim Phelps (Jon Voight). The film focuses not on Phelps but his protégé, Ethan Hunt (a reserved Tom Cruise), … More

Rating: PG-13 (for some intense action violence)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Towne, David Koepp, Steven Zaillian, Gloria Katz, Willard Huyck
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 17, 1998
Runtime:
Paramount Pictures - Official Site

Cast


as Ethan Hunt

as Jim Phelps

as Kittridge

as Krieger

as Frank Barnes

as Golitsyn

as Zozimov

as Matthias

as Electronics Expert

as Drunken Female IMF A...

as Druken Male IMF Agen...

as CNN Reporter

as Kittridge Technician

as TV Interviewer

as Kiev Room Agent

as CIA Analyst William ...

as Max's Companion

as Dipolmat Rand Housma...

as Mayor Brandl

as Jaroslav Reid

as Denied Area Security...

as Denied Area Security...

as Sky News Man

as Flight Attendant

as CNN Reporter

as Cleaning Woman

as Kiev Room Agent

as Kiev Room Agent

as Kiev Room Agent

as Kiev Room Agent

as Kiev Room Agent

as Kiev Room Agent

as Train Engineer

as CIA Agent

as Female Executive in ...

as CIA Agent

as CIA Lobby Guard

as CIA Escort Guard

as Public Official

as M15 Agent

as Large Man

as Margaret Hunt

as Donald Hunt

as CIA Lobby Guard

as Steward on Train

as Air Stewdardess

as Kiev Room Agent
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Critic Reviews for Mission: Impossible

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (22)

The most dour, sexless piece of escapism in memory.

Full Review… | May 20, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

Despite the snags, De Palma remains a virtuoso puppet-master, pulling the strings taut in a nail-biting robbery sequence, switching from micro to macro with Hitchcockian panache, and finally letting rip with a hell-for-leather climax.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Humorless, charmless and flat.

Full Review… | January 18, 2002
Washington Post
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Too devious for its own good.

January 1, 2000
Film.com
Top Critic

There are just a few groovy special effects and a practically incomprehensible story which we finally can't work up enough energy to care about.

January 1, 2000
Film.com
Top Critic

An infinite trailer that is all effects, no affect.

January 1, 2000
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Mission: Impossible

While this film hasn't aged well, (especially when it comes to its use of computer technology), there is a reason that it is a classic action film, and has now spawned four sequels, the latest of which will be in theaters this year. Tom Cruise is probably the best action star of the past twenty years, mainly because he does his own stunts, even in an age where CGI is replacing a lot of stunt doubles. While this is saving many stunt people from injuries, the action looks fake and lowers the stakes for the audience. Tom Cruise is doing everything that you see onscreen. The scene in the vault is still relevant today because it looks and feels real for the audience. Iconic imagery from this film is still referenced today, and has informed many modern action films, probably making it the most influential action film of the decade, besides "The Matrix." The stakes of the first film revolve around the identities of a secret government agency, and Ethan Hunt (Cruise) is framed in a worldwide conspiracy. Hunt is almost completely alone in his quest to clear his name and help his other agents keep their secrecy intact. While many aspects of this film are still impressive today a lot of this does not have the same impact that it had nearly twenty years ago. Luckily the sequels are of the same caliber and incorporate modern technology and stunts.

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"I am seeing these movies in an odd order. I seen the last one first, the first one second, and the third one third oddly enough. I have yet to see the second one, but it's on my list of films to watch next. This one has been my least favorite of the ones I've seen so far. The action is good and the story is solid. I just didn't find it as good as the last nor as entertaining as the third. Which actually is a compliment to this series, cause they get better as they go. Great acting, good action, and an interesting story. One to see."

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