Mission: Impossible (1996)


“Can I ask you something, Kittridge? If you’re dealing with a man who has crushed, shot, stabbed, and detonated five members of his own IMF team, how devastated do you think you’re gonna make him by hauling Mom and Uncle Donald down to the county courthouse?” – Ethan Hunt

Number of Times Seen – Between 5-10 times (Theater in ’96, Cable, DVD, Video and 19 Nov 2018)

Brief Synopsis – After his team is eliminated and he is framed for the crime, a spy must find a way to clear his name and find the person responsible for incriminating him.

My Take on it – This is a film that is one of the best TV show adaptations to the screen.

I was a big fan of both the TV show from the 1960’s and the revival of that show in ’88.

When this film came out, I was quite excited to see what they would do with it, and it definitely manages to capture the atmosphere and tone of the TV show quite well.

They are able to “toss the baton” from the old to the new in an enjoyable way that shows characters from the original show interacting with the newer ones too.

The cast of this film is great and Tom Cruise is the right choice as the lead character in the film.

This film uses many gadgets that succeed in being unique yet still reminiscent of the way things were done in the TV show which adds another level of connections between the generations which in tun helps make things flow so well.

The mission itself is quite enjoyable to watch because it doesn’t stop to breathe at any point.

The Most iconic scene in this movie is the ceiling drop and they execute it nearly perfectly.

The only complain I can have about this film is the choice to besmirch the sanctity of the old shows and the characters there by trying to change the outlook certain people have of such kind of film.

Bottom Line – Great adaptation of a TV show premise for the screen. The pass the baton quite well and let us see both new and old working together. The cast is great with Cruise fitting in to this role quite well. The gadgets used here are also very reminiscent of the TV show and helps make things flow really well. The mission itself is so much fun to watch unfold and obviously the most iconic scene if the entire franchise; the ceiling hovering one is superbly executed for us to see.  The one drawback of this film is the fact that it sorta besmirches the sanctity of the old show.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – 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.  (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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