Starring Tom Cruise, Jon Voigt, Kristen Scott Thomas, Ving Rhames, Emmanuelle Béart, Vanessa Redgrave, Jean Reno, Emilio Estevez
Fast. Convoluted. Disappointing.
An action film starring Tom Cruise, directed by Brian De Palma, with this supporting cast, should be so much better than it is. Tom Cruise plays IMF agent Ethan Hunt (his signature role at this point) for the first time, setup and framed, after a mission goes awry, and everyone else on his team is assassinated. He teams up with two disavowed agents to find the real traitor and clear his name. It’s such a promising premise that as Mission Impossible unfolds with its non-existent character development and obvious twists, I couldn’t help but be incredibly disappointed. As Tom Cruise’s first big action role, Mission Impossible at least gives us a taste of things to come from the star, and the famous sequence of Cruise dangling on a line as he breaks into CIA headquarters is a sensational one.
-Walter Tyrone Howard-