Mission: Impossible (1996 - 2015)
Directed By: Brian De Palma, John Woo, J.J. Abrams, Brad Bird, Christopher McQuarrie Starring: Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, Michelle Monaghan, Jon Voight, Dougray Scott, Thandie Newton, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Billy Crudup, Maggie Q, Lawrence Fishburne, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist, Rebecca Ferguson, Sean Harris
Certificate: 15 Running Time: Approx 622 minutes (so far)
The subject of espionage is one that has been approached countless times in the world of film and television over the years, and one of the first such examples I remember hearing about, other than the adventures of a certain Martini-loving Brit of course, was Mission: Impossible. Though starting out as a popuar American TV series that ran from 1966 - 1973, the name is probably better known today for the film series that it spawned when the iconic name was dusted off some 25-odd years later, this time starring Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt, the hero out to save the world. With the exception of the Cruise-haters, reaction to the films has generally been very positive.
Like most action-adventure films, the plots and scripts aren't always of the highest quality but the acting is usually decent enough, the casting great, and the action and suspense is top-notch for the most part, especially on the part of Cruise himself whose dedication to the action scenes is remarkable and sees him performing all manner of insane stunts (climbing a sheer rock-face without a safety net, scaling the outside of the Burj Khalifa, and most recently, hanging on to the outside of a plane as it takes off, to name but a few).
The fifth film in the series was released recently (which I watched in the Universal Studios cinema in LA - heee!) and it was met by a very positive reception, and that got me wondering... Was it the best one so far? If not, which was? I figured one way to find out was to revisit the previous instalments as well. So, having now seen them all again, here is what I thought of them:
Mission: Impossible (1996)
Mission: Impossible II (2000)
Mission: Impossible III (2006)
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)
And that's it... for now! But until the already-confirmed sixth film arrives, the spiffing Rogue Nation is the newest instalment, so here's a trailer for it: