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Mission: Impossible (1996) Film Review | 365 Day Film Challenge – Day 63

I know, I know. YOU JUST NOW SAW THIS FOR THE FIRST TIME, ALYSSA?! Yes, and for the most part I enjoyed it. The story of M:I is based off of the TV show of the same name and focuses on an agent named Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise), who works for the IMF. During one mission, his entire team (besides himself and a fellow agent named Claire Phelps) is killed off, and he must recover the Noclist (a list of every agent in the IMF) before it’s leaked.

Tom Cruise is utterly charming as Hunt, and makes the film an incredibly fun watch. The stunts he pulls off and his personality make the movie shine. Also great in this film are Jon Voight, who plays Jim Phelps, the leader of Hunt’s team and husband to Claire (Emmanuelle Beart).

I adored Brian de Palma’s directorial flair, and his unique approach to film-making. He utilized different perspectives and special effects, and that greatly benefits M:I. I did have a few issues with the pacing of the film, though. Sometimes it was a fun, exciting roller coaster, while other times it screeched to a halt and my attention would start to wander.

Overall, I had fun with Mission:Impossible. There were awesome stunts, great performances, and unique film-making techniques with special de Palma flair. The pacing does drag the film down, though, and holds it back from being truly great.

Verdict: 3.5/5

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