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Mission: Impossible - Movie review by Rouén Robinson
By Rouén Robinson
Aug 4, 2018 - 11:23:13 AM

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Mission: Impossible

A beloved television series from the 60's and 80's given a 90's cinematic makeover.

An operative of an espionage organization embarks on a daring scheme to clear his name after he is framed for the death of several colleagues and falsely branded a traitor. He forms a team of similarly disgraced former operatives to retrieve data that can be used to flush out the true traitor in their midst.

Ethan Hunt is the point man of an Impossible Missions Force team who is the only member left alive and blamed for his team’s death which forces him to find a way to clear his name & uncover the real culprit behind the mission’s failure. Eugene Kittridge is the IMF director who blames Ethan for the deaths and believes him to be a mole looking to sell the CIA non-official cover list to a foreign government entity. Max is an international arms dealer looking to broker a deal for the NOC list to Ethan for a hefty sum of money and the identity of the actual mole who originally contacted her about the list’s existence. Jim Phelps is the respected team leader of Ethan’s original IMF team who was believed dead but managed to survive his injuries with a desire to retrieve the NOC list out of the wrong hands.

Mission: Impossible is an elaborate spy caper that keeps you guessing about who to trust while dazzling you with fun action set pieces. The amount of twists and turns that happen in this film makes it feel like a classic conspiracy thriller from the 70’s as we see things from Ethan Hunt’s point of view with him doubting himself and his surroundings. Tom Cruise captures the unsure nature of the wet behind the ears operative trying to prove himself and John Voight gives an excellent performance in the iconic role originally played by Peter Graves. Brian De Palma is at the height of his powers as he uses every directing trick at his disposal to make sure the audience was constantly questioning the nature of every interaction on screen while also casting doubt on the main characters ability to handle the dilemma he found himself thrust into. The screenplay by David Koepp and Robert Towne had nods to the source material of the television show, but made sure to modernize the action for a James Bond accustomed audience. Danny Elfman worked his usual musical magic as he updated Lalo Schrifrin’s original theme and built a strong score for the film around it. I will admit I was not happy with the way Jim Phelps was used in this theatrical release and would have much rather they had used the Dan Briggs character who was the IMF team leader in the first season of vol. 1 of the series, but that is my only complaint with this film. I rate this a rating of 4 & 1/2 out of 5.


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