Movie Review: Mission Impossible

[ MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE POSTER ]Mission Impossible?! We’ll see about that!

Tom Cruise is special agent Ethan Hunt and after a mission gone wrong turns the CIA against him, Hunt starts his own mission to discover who set him up.

When you think of Harrison Ford, you think of Star Wars and Indiana Jones. When you think of Arnold Schwarznegger, you think of the Terminator films and when you think of Sylvester Stallone, you think of the Rambo and Rocky series. Moving on, the Mission Impossible films are the highlights of Tom Cruise’s career, at least for me. With Mission Impossible being such a distinct saga, Cruise’s action bonanza and utilization of Hunt’s iconic character shot him into stardom or at least into the Hollywood spotlight a little more so than he already was.

Despite Cruise’s controversial personal life, Cruise is one of my favorite actors, with Mission Impossible serving as exhibit A. He’s talented enough to turn personas on paper into three-dimensional characters, fully embodying the nature of the individual roles he takes on.

While perhaps similar to the plots of James Bond films, Mission Impossible still carries some creativity, complexity and ingenuity so the viewer is not taken along the path of familiarity and clichéd action films. It’s a distinct illustration of the super spy and one worth seeing if for some reason you’ve never seen it before. Regardless of your specific reason, I forgive you.

Hunt’s serious, ambitious and skilled in the arts of super spies, which provide for some cool action scenes and anxious plot mystery during the cinematic thriller. It’s engaging and tension-building and I don’t know how you can’t be having fun being a part of it.

Cruise is aided by a concrete cast that includes Jon Voight and Ving Rhames who serve as Hunt’s mentor and computer-wiz, respectively. The rest of the supporting cast does what it needs to do but most aren’t on the screen long so they can only do so much. What they can’t do Cruise does because he’s Ethan Hunt. What can’t he do?

Once again, if you’re new to my blog,  I’ve always ranked movies on a scale of 0-100 (I don’t know why, I just always have). Here’s the grading scale.

 90-100  It’s a great movie and definitely one worth buying. (ScroogeThe Secret Life of Walter MittyThe Green MileThe Lord of the Rings: The Two TowersThe Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)

80-89   It was a pretty good movie and definitely one worth seeing, but it doesn’t quite scratch my top ten percentile. (Iron ManLone SurvivorThe Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the RingThe Next Three Days, Basic)

70-79   It’s okay but I’ve seen better. It has its moments, but it has its flaws, too. (21 Jump StreetEscape PlanCaptain America: The First AvengerDawn of the DeadFlyboys)

60-69   It’s got plenty wrong with it but I still got enjoyment out of this one. (Pacific RimThe Long Kiss GoodnightDisaster Movie)

50-59   This movie isn’t intolerable but it’s not blowing my mind either. I’m trying really hard to get some sort of enjoyment out of this. (AliensAlien ResurrectionFull Metal JacketThorYou’re Next)

40-49   This movie is just mediocre. It’s not doing anything other than the bare minimal, so morbidly boring that sometimes I’m actually angry I watched this. (Patriot GamesThe Great GatsbyPitch BlackAlienSerendipity)

30-39   Definitely worse than mediocre, the 30’s ironically define the 1930’s, full of depression, lack of accomplishments, poverty and just so dumb. (The ContractPride and PrejudiceRedemption)

20-29   What did I just watch? Cliches, stupidity, nothingness, did I mention stupidity? Just…wow. (The Sum of All FearsThor: The Dark World)

0-19      Watching this movie resulted in one or more of the following: seizure, loss of brain cells, falling asleep/unconsciousness, feel you wasted your time/day, accomplished nothing for you, left the movie knowing less about it then you did going into it, constantly asking yourself why you came to see this movie, or near-death experience. In short, staring at a wall was just as entertaining as watching this movie. This movie deserved a sticker or a label that said, “WARNING: EXTREME AMOUNT OF SUCKAGE.” (Midnight CowboyDark FuryAlien 3Open Grave)

My score for Mission Impossible: 93.

Mission Impossible is hardcore action hero fun. If you don’t see it, you’re missing out.

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