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Movie Review: Mission: Impossible

Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) breaks into the vault in

Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) breaks into the vault in “Mission: Impossible”

One of the rarest qualities in any summer blockbuster is to allow the audience used their brains. That is the case for Brian De Palma’s 1996 adaptation of the TV show Mission: Impossible. Tom Cruise stars in a compelling performance as Ethan Hunt, a sophisticated spy for the IMF (Impossible Mission Force). He and his fellow teammates are assigned by Jim Phelps (Jon Voight) to retrieve a cover list in Prague. The mission goes horribly wrong. Ethan goes on the run as a fugitive, and he gets help from computer hacker Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames) and helicopter pilot Franz Kreiger (Jean Reno) to prove his innocence. As he goes on this seemingly impossible mission, mysteries behind the failed mission begin to unravel. Featuring exciting missions, great action (the scene on top of the train), and excellent performances, Mission: Impossible might be too complex. But it’s still a fun ride. That scene in the vault of the CIA building is freaking tense!

3.5/4

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