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Mission: Impossible (1996)

Succeeded by: Mission: Impossible II (2000)

Director:
Brian De Palma
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Action/Spy
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Mission: Impossible

RUNNING TIME
110 minutes

Producer:
Tom Cruise
Paula Wagner
Screenwriter:
David Koepp
Steven Zaillian
Robert Towne


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Ethan Hunt Tom Cruise
Jack Emilio Estevez
Jim Phelps Jon Voight
Claire Emmanuelle Beart
Kittridge Henry Czerny
Krieger Jean Reno
Luther Ving Rhames
Sarah Davies Kristin Scott-Thomas -
Max Vanessa Redgrave
Frank Barnes Dale Dye -

 

Review

Mission: Impossible is back stripped of deeper meaning and morals. Nothing is new here, just better, bigger and wilder. "Be clever, but not too clever" that seems to have been the motto for the screenwriters, who are numerous and remarkably decorated. They even lured old-timer Robert Towne in to work on this. Koepp, Zaillian and Towne may sound like a case of too many cooks, but the script and film run smooth like clockwork. We're served some great high-tech concoctions and cunning set-pieces, like the one in CIA's head quarters in Langley. And there's also some brilliant action sequences, on par with what we were given in Goldeneye a year ago. That final journey by train and helicopter may just be the boldest of its kind in Hollywood history. You get what you ordered: Tom Cruise flying through the air from an exploding helicopter before catching up with a train moving away from him at 100 mph. Of course he hangs on, and saves the day. It's worth mentioning that Cruise does many of his own stunts in here such as when he jumps through a restaurant window, which is among the least extravagant but most pleasant of the action scenes. With an inventive script which twists and turns like a spy/action story should, Mission: Impossible is a welcome energy boost in an otherwise often too stale action genre.

Copyright 01.09.1996 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang
(English version: 01.11.2020 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang)
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