Mission: Impossible – Retro Review

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Movie Review – Mission: Impossible

With Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation coming July 31, let’s look back at the movie that started the franchise in 1996, Mission: Impossible.

The film, based on the 1966 TV show of the same name, follows the adventures of Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his Impossible Mission Force team as he tries to find who’s responsible for sabotaging a mission that doomed all of Ethan’s colleagues, leaving him the sole survivor and leading suspect for being the mole. While the show focused on Jim Phelps, who was played by Peter Graves on the TV show, the film represents a passing of the torch of sorts with Jon Voight playing the role this time. Graves was initially offered to reprise his role, but ultimately refused.

Hunt assembled his new team: Claire Phelps (Emmanuelle Béart), who was revealed to have survived the mission; Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames); and Franz Krieger (Jean Reno). Their mission, which they chose to accept, was to continue on and recover the NOC list that potentially compromised every IMF agent in the field, while Hunt maintains contact with Max (Vanessa Redgrave).

Director Brian De Palma helmed the project, while David Koepp and Robert Towne wrote the screenplay. Music was provided by Danny Elfman and the theme was an electronic remix composed by U2 band members Larry Mullen, Jr. and Adam Clayton.


The film remained true to its spy origins from gadgets, stunts, special effects and twists galore. While the film became convoluted at some points, it does provide enough satisfying action to never really drag too long.

Tom Chang
Sci-fi and technology geek since the NES days, Tom loves everything from the cult classics, the contemporary hits to the beast with two backs that is Disney and Marvel. His life's mission is to be the ultimate nerd savant sitting on the iron throne as CEO of Skynet while masquerading as a vigilante at night wearing hockey pads.


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