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When Ethan Hunt, the leader of a crack espionage team whose perilous operation has gone awry with no explanation, discovers that a mole has penetrated the CIA, he's surprised to learn that he's the No. 1 suspect. To clear his name, Hunt now must ferret out the real double agent and, in the process, even the score.
|Studio :||Paramount Pictures, Cruise/Wagner Productions,|
|Crew :||Art Department Coordinator, Art Direction,|
|Cast :||Tom Cruise Jon Voight Henry Czerny Emmanuelle Béart Jean Reno|
|Genre :||Adventure Action Thriller|
Wonderful character development!
The film creates a perfect balance between action and depth of basic needs, in the midst of an infertile atmosphere.
It’s not bad or unwatchable but despite the amplitude of the spectacle, the end result is underwhelming.
One of the film's great tricks is that, for a time, you think it will go down a rabbit hole of unrealistic glorification.
The bounty of slick dialogue (delivered well by the solid cast) and the brooding, twist-filled espionage plot make it a little hard to follow at points (see the double mole-reveal near the end) but give the film a certain class and timelessness that mask its dated effects and on-screen technology, and elevate it above other 90s action flicks (though the action of the CIA heist was certainly a highlight). Tasteful underlying humour ("Relax Luther, it's much worse than you think") rounds it out.7.5/10
I went back and watched this movie after seeing the most recent three M:I films. That certainly puts me at a strange perspective, since I saw the movies out of order and this one more than twenty years after it was released. No doubt, I have been spoiled by the excellent improvements in special effects and stunt execution in movies of the past 20 years. Going back to watch the old one is a step down in some respects. But, I was delighted to find how well this movie holds up. The action sequences and special effects still look excellent, and the thrills and suspense have stood the test of time.A lot of credit needs to go to director Brian De Palma. He makes this movie very much about style and momentum. The alluring vibe is the movie's strength, and it definitely takes the focus. This is only borderline an action movie. It's more of a cool spy thriller. Ethan Hunt has not yet become the famous super spy that we know in later films. Here he is very much a part of a team. At first, he is presented merely a grunt work man. His smirk and cocky jokes suggest that he doesn't take the matters all that seriously.Throughout the film, he slowly reveals himself to be sharp, acutely aware of his surroundings and smarter than everyone else in the room. Not until the third act do we fully realize how stellar Hunt is at this work. He figures out who set him up and how they did it, which is a miracle because this plot is largely incomprehensible. Ethan Hunt may be the only person in the movie or watching the movie to understand what the heck is going on. There are so many betrayals and double crosses that it's nearly impossible to know which characters are working together. And yet, the film still works. Viewers will eventually understand who is the hero and who he must defeat to save the lives of many innocents. Understanding the plot on that level, is all you really need.This movie seems to have improved with age, and I imagine the critic scores would improve upon a re-watch. It's worth your time.
Famous director brian de Palma presents us a great movie with Tom Cruise, Jon Voight and Emmanuelle Béart performances
So our dear Mister Tom Cruise found himself a golden goose by making a franchise of their borrowed, highly successful title. However in all those 5 or 6 ? parts, the very best for me is the very first one. Why - because it has many unforgettable elements that are still being re-enacted in comic acts, satire, action etc. Also the cast is able to showcase that mystery , that air of suspense that isn't there anymore in the sequels . What happened is that everyone has shifted their expectations of a flawless story into flawless stunts. It became a victim of its own succcess, just like with many other blockbusters. Tom Cruise , with all his running here, there and everywhere, has been and always is eye candy. Jon Voight as the ultimate nemesis is no surprise as the man has plenty of character. Vanessa Redgrave as Max has to be crowned as the queen of scenestealing because she owned the character, Max and Max owned her. Highly entertaining value even after twenty years.