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Mission: Impossible (1996) Movie Information

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Brian De Palma


Tom Cruise
Emmanuelle Béart
Jon Voight
Ving Rhames
Jean Reno
Henry Czerny





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A super American spy agent must uncover the mystery why he was set up and what parties were involved with his team of spies.

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Leighann Paige 02/10/2016 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Ethan Hunt is an American spy put into the cross hairs of his own when he's mistakenly mistaken for a traitor. Throughout the movie he puts together and accomplishes a plan, with the help of others, to clear his name and put the right people in the line of fire. From the beginning I was always wondering what characters would and wouldn't be safe. Although it was safe to assume Ethan would be, given the following five films have Tom Cruise, I still worried about his character making it out okay. The score and known theme certainly helped the drama and action out. However, the plot had a few hiccups and dull spots. All in all, it was a good movie. I would watch it again if I needed a little action in my night.

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Matthew Brady 08/27/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Mission: Impossible is a smart action pack movie with a bad-ass theme song.

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Ean Vali 10/15/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Nice work. Doesn't do any harm to the old series, even has some hints to point the relation. Tom Cruise isn't my favorite player but this suits him. Only the way he runs ..... looks really silly.

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11/07/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Fun Action Scenes, Convoluted Filler

In what roughly equals one third of Mission: Impossible, I could only ask myself, "What the heck is going on?" Mission: Impossible can be so hopelessly convoluted at times, it's impossible to understand the film's plot. This is especially odd, as the plot isn't even especially complex, it's just presented in an needlessly complicated way. Still, all story and screenplay issues are easily redeemed by the thrilling action scenes and nifty (and dated) espionage scenes.

Ethan Hunt, framed for murdering his entire mission team, is out to clear his name. And while that's the gist of the film, it is very possible that you won't understand what's going on for significant portions of the film.

There are several "twists" throughout the film, but few of them really register as surprising o...

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12/23/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Mission Impossible" by Yojimbo

When a deep cover operative's entire team is murdered on a mission, he becomes the prime suspect for their betrayal and so puts together a rogue team to steal a top secret document and draw the true culprit out of the shadows. Mission: Impossible was one of the first of the new generation of conspiracy action thrillers, and it's showing its age a little. It all looks rather quaint to the point of corn in the post-Bourne era and the antiquated technology, cheap looking effects and predictable plot suffer immeasurably compared to its modern day counterparts. On the plus side it has a great cast, and despite my loathing of hack director Brian De Palma, his unsophisticated comic strip direction actually works in the context of a kitsch TV show adaptation. It has some inventive moments and goo...

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12/24/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Mission: Impossible

This is a very effective spy film because it does not fully rely on action scenes in order for it to be exciting. There's a lot of hiding, double-crosses, and technical devices that carry this film. I must salute the last twenty minutes or so of the film for being engaging even though there was barely any dialogue. A lot of people believe that this movie is confusing, especially if one goes on a bathroom break. I can see why it may seem complex for a casual moviegoer because it does have tiny details that can impact the overall, big picture. There's a lot of "Hey, that didn't really happen... did it?" or "It could have gone the other way... but did it?" and I think that is part of the film's brilliance. This is my second favourite out of the first three and I am highly recommending it for...

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