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1990s, Action, Drama - Conspiracy, Mission Impossible

Mission Impossible

Released 1996 Rating (UK) PG
Source of story The TV series scripted by Bruce Geller.
Writer/s Script David Koepp, Robert Towne
Writer/s Story David Koepp, Steven Zaillian
Director Brian De Palma
Starring Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Emmanuelle Beart, Henry Czerny, Jean Reno, Ving Rhames, Kristen Scott Thomas, Vanessa Redgrave
Elevator Pitch Ethan Hunt is the sole survivor of a failed mission in Prague and must go on the run because he is thought to be a mole. He engages in a complex series of operations, involving his handlers, the CIA secure facilities and a dealer in international secrets, in order to expose the real traitor.
Content Some impressive set pieces including the well known and often copied hanging from a wire scenario. And also a spectacular helicopter chase into the channel tunnel. Elsewhere a bit of Prague and some London street scenes. No nudity, sex or any other fun.
A View The film turns the whole Mission Impossible idea on its head and so was not liked by the fans of the TV series, but the theme is still great. I first saw it on a bus in Mexico and it might have made more sense in Spanish. It is 21 this year, and we have come to expect just a little more from action films, so if you have a choice watch one of the later offerings.

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