Mission: Impossible (1996)

The beginning of Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise). ‘Mission: Impossible’ is what is says on the tin, although impossible when Tom Cruise is in the mix? I can’t say I’m the biggest fan of Tom Cruise, although he is what he is, a great action star and this is proven by this series of missions impossible.

1996 brings the original ‘Mission: Impossible’ where a mission has gone terribly wrong and Ethan is the only one left alive – but now he’s suspected as the traitor in the CIA. But I don’t think him calmly explaining that he isn’t the mole will solve the issue; of course a fight is ahead of them, a mystery to be solved, uncovered, who is the true traitor? And the only way to do that? Apparently by stealing the highly secretive information he’s been wrongly accused of stealing…
Mission Impossible - Ethan Hunt

Tom Cruise does execute the action in films excellently, there’s no denying that, even if I’m not his biggest fan. The storyline is really good, it’s very enjoyable and exciting to try and uncover the real culprit of the mission going wrong. Meanwhile, Ethan Hunt gathers a new team together to steal the real disk drive from the CIA. This is where we meet new characters, ex-spies Krieger (Jean Reno) and Luther (Ving Rhames). Krieger brings tension in the group, but fundamental to the mission where Ethan hangs in suspension in a room sensitive of everything (a truly great scene). Luther is a great addition, he’s funny and an enjoyable character to watch with expert hacker skills. We also see the actors Vanessa Redgrave aka the lovely innocent Claire from ‘Letters to Juliet’ and Henry Czerny the hated Conrad Grayson from ‘Revenge’!

Mission Impossible - Ethan Hunt and Claire

After watching the first ‘Mission: Impossible’, I think I’ll make it my mission to watch the others. This one was enjoyable and action-packed. Although, I’m still at a loss with the first ten minutes of the film, I haven’t got a clue what that has got to do with anything else. Additionally, with only the films moving into the present the special effects are only going to get better; to be honest for a 1996 film the effects were actually quite good already! There were moments that weren’t up to scratch, so don’t expect perfection. However, it is easy to get over and it doesn’t ruin any part of the film, it’s still enjoyable for an action film with a great plot. There are some great scenes, some twists and turns, powerful action and an interesting mystery. Is there much more needed?

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