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2,177 Ratings

Mission: Impossible

Directed by Brian De Palma
United States, 1996
Thriller, Action


An American agent, under false suspicion of disloyalty, must discover and expose the real spy without the help of his organization.

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Mission: Impossible Directed by Brian De Palma
While the franchise has passed through many hands over the years, you never forget your first, and in these hair’s breadth escapes the movies still bear the imprint of the perverse pasticheur De Palma, who’d made a speciality of stretching time to the agonising breaking point in the Hitchcockian rush-to-the-rescue sequences of Blow Out, Body Double (1984) and Raising Cain (1992).
July 27, 2018
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De Palma’s biggest commercial hit may be a slick and glossy franchise one-off, but it remains the nimblest and most endlessly rewatchable picture in that durable Tom Cruise franchise: It’s a movie I keep coming back to — each time grasping a bit more of the head-spinning plot, each time realizing how little it matters.
June 10, 2016
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Then there’s the invasion of CIA headquarters by Ethan Hunt’s scratch team in Mission: Impossible (1996). In [De Palma’s] search for pure cinema, this might be the purest of all. The invasion sequence runs an astonishing eighteen minutes and, as typical of a film’s Development section, constitutes almost pure delay. You can imagine doing it in a couple of minutes, or a lot more.
December 07, 2014
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