Release year: 1996
Director: Brian De palma
Screenwriter: David Koepp, Robert Towne, Bruce Geller (based on the TV series by)
Starring: Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Emmanuelle Béart, Henry Czerny, Jean Reno, Ving Rhames, Kirstin Scott Thomas, Vanessa Redgrave
After a disastrous mission agent Ethan Hunt (Cruise) finds himself framed for the mishap. Now it takes all his skills to get to the bottom of what is going on and clear his name.
De Palma’s (The Untouchables, 1987) adaptation of the popular TV series seemed a strange way to tackle the story as it starts out with changing just about everything about it’s origin’s set-up. With that said, his tight thriller has truly stood the test of time and still appears both fresh, exciting and brilliant. Cruise (Top Gun, 1986) fits the part and thrived so well in it that he still continuous to play it with Mission Impossible 8 announced. The special effects are good but luckily never takes over, letting the clever story shine, just as it should be. The cast has some, for an action flick, surprisingly stellar names like Redgrave (Howard’s End, 1992), Voight (Midnight Cowboy, 1969) and Scott Thomas ( The English Patient, 1996) all of who are great support to Cruise. So the effects work, the acting is great but the real thrill is watching the so called impossible missions played out, oh, and then there’s THAT scene.
While filming the famous scene where Tom Cruise drops from the ceiling and hovers inches above the ground, Cruise’s head kept hitting the floor until he got the idea to put coins in his shoes for balance.
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