Jim Phelps was sent to Prague for a mission to prevent the theft of classified material. His wife Claire and his trusted partner Ethan Hunt were members of Phelps’ team. Unfortunately, something went horribly wrong and the mission failed, leaving Ethan Hunt the lone survivor. After he reported the failed mission, Kettridge the head if the agency suspects Ethan of being the culprit for the failed mission. Now, Ethan uses unorthodox methods (which includes the aid of an arms dealer going by the name “Max”) to try to find who set him up and to clear his name. –IMDb
Brian De Palma is one of the well-known directors who spear-headed the new movement in Hollywood during the 1970s. He is known for his many films that go from violent pictures, to Hitchcock-like thrillers.
Born on the 11th of September in 1940, De Palma was born in New Jersey in an American-Italian family. Originally entering university as a physics student, de Palma became attracted to films after seeing such classics as Citizen Kane (1941). Enrolling in Sarah Lawrence College, he found lasting influences from such varied teachers as Alfred Hitchcock and Andy Warhol.
At first, his films comprised of such black-and-white films as Bridge That Gap (1965). He then discovered a young actor whose fame would influence Hollywood forever. In 1968, de Palma made the comedic film Greetings (1968) starring Robert de Niro in his first ever credited film role. The two followed up immediately with the film The Wedding Party (1969) and Hi, Mom… read more
The weird sexual tension between pretty much every two characters with eyes and a mouth might be trademark De Palma, but it's kinda distracting here... Nevertheless, what the original "Mission: Impossible" has going for it is a deft blend of intelligent cloak-and-dagger chills and full-blown action sequences, where the later sequels (and most spy films in general) have tipped entirely in favor of the latter. De Palma remains the most skillful filmmaker to touch the franchise, and his contribution to the atmospheric and suspenseful qualities of the film can't be praised enough. Most importantly, these people feel like real spies, not invincible gods with machine-guns.
I think it's a pretty satisfying action movie, but I'm on the fence about whether I like the helicopter in the tunnel. Cool, yes. Believable? Not even close.
Kind of perfect for De Palma's sensibilities. Still, maybe rethink the train and helicopter tunnel fight? Nice touch though: the news report at the end transforms the fantastically moronic climax, the gnashing of dull action images, into something benign. Don't trust the image.
Awesome spy-thriller with both Cruise and De Palma on their finest form. The script is well put together and the supporting cast is great. De Palma plays every scene to its fullest and Cruise brings his trademark intensity to his role as Ethan Hunt. Hitchcock would have been proud and green with envy.