Mission Impossible [VHS] 
Tom Cruise stars as master of disguise Ethan Hunt, an IMF (Impossible Mission Force) agent hunted by his own agency after a mission in Prague goes wrong. Going to ground, he enlists the help of two discredited agents to track down the real villain of the piece, a quest that takes him to the heart of CIA operations. A hi-tech updating of the sixties TV series, with the spectacular set-pieces that are a trademark of director Brian De Palma.
Mission: Impossible was one of the best action blockbusters of the 1990s, deriving a quality unique amongst its peers from the tension between Brian De Palma's directorial stylisation and the overriding presence of its star and producer, Tom Cruise. Cruise plays Special Forces agent Ethan Hunt, disavowed as a traitor by his own superiors and forced to uncover the true mole to prove his innocence. The original 1960s television series provides not only the wonderful musical motif, but also the layered complexity of false realities and masked identities, which are revealed with the playful conjuring of a Russian doll.
This was Cruise's last movie as an angst-ridden youth (next stop was Jerry Maguire and the trials of family life) and he presents Ethan Hunt as caught between his heroic physical prowess and a trusting emotional na¨vety that is painfully punctured by the treachery of those around him. Hollywood heavyweights Jon Voight (Heat) and Ving Rhames (Pulp Fiction) are both excellent in support, while the remaining cast reads like an identikit of European cinema, including Emanuelle Beart, Kristin Scott Thomas and Jean Reno (Leon).
De Palma's trademark set-pieces include a giant exploding fishtank in Prague, a helicopter chase through the Channel Tunnel, and, most notably, a break-in to steal a vital disc from CIA headquarters in Langley. The moment in the latter when, in almost complete silence, Cruise dangles precariously from a cable and just catches a bead of sweat before it triggers the floor alarm is as sublimely exhilarating as any in American movies of the last 10 years. --Steve Napleton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
With number '5' due for release on the 7th December i felt it was time to re-trace the journey of this exciting action
movie-series starring 'Tom Cruise' ......this the first of the Five......
The opening mission goes belly-up the team directed by 'Jim Phelps' (Jon Voight) and led by 'Ethan Hunt' (Tom Cruise)
are seemingly drawn into a trap and are ambushed, they had been trying to prevent 'agent identification' falling into
the wrong hands....now, other than 'Nathan Hunt' and it seems 'Claire' (Emmanuelle Beart) the team are all dead.
'Nathan' quickly realizes his team had been betrayed by a insider, but who ? ....as things stand he is prime suspect, and
is being sought by the agency.
He is now on a mission to clear his name and find the 'mole' however the agency do not play by the rules, 'Nathan's'
Mother and Uncle are arrested on a trumped-up-charge which is well publicist to force him to surface and give himself up,
hoping his Mother will understand he has to continue his quest to uncover the truth, though there are few he can trust to
help.........he will find that everything had not been as it had seemed following the earlier mission.Read more ›
Although it was apparently Emmanuelle Beart's role that bore the brunt of the pre-release cuts, Cruise is in more danger of being overshadowed by co-stars Ving Rhames and Jean Reno, neither of whom get as many close-ups but make up for it with much more unforced charisma and screen presence.Read more ›
Tom Cruise is as always a very good actor, and in this film, even though it is not heavy, it is a film that deserves his talent.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well this is the one that started it all! An excellent franchise!Published 21 days ago by Justin Scanlon
Great film good quality sounds amazing through my soundbar can't complainPublished 4 months ago by philly
Enjoyable film, packed with tension and surprises. Will watch it again - I know I will have missed something.
Very clever action movie.