Mission Impossible is an action/spy movie based on the TV series and starring Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Ving Rhames, Emmanuelle Beart, Jean Reno, Vanessa Redgrave, and Henry Czerny. Kristin-Scott Thomas and Emilio Estevez stop by for cameos before dying.
Ethan Hunt (Cruise) is a government agent in the Impossible Mission Force, under the command of Jim Phelps (Voight). After a disastrous mission to stop the sale of a NOC List (detailing the code names and real names of undercover operatives) in which all of the rest of his team is seemingly killed, Hunt goes rogue and, with fellow survivor Claire (Beart) and disavowed agents Stickell (Rhames) and Krieger (Reno), goes to steal the real NOC list for an arms dealer (Redgrave) in order to lure out the mole in the IMF. Said mole, of course, turns out to be Jim, selling out, but there's a big chase with a train and a helicopter and all the bad guys blow up.
Having never watched the TV show, I can just appreciate the movie for what it is - a fairly good spy movie without a ton of the casual misogyny that we get in Bond films. That's not to say women get treated well; most of them die, though Redgrave's Max does pretty well for herself. Cruise is the star, of course, and gets to run around a lot, which he likes. The best sequence in the movie is the heist at the CIA, and I'm a little sad there was another mission set-up like that to really show us what IMF teams are good at.
It's aged pretty well, though anything computer-related just looks laughable (need to find an arms dealer named Max - quick, search "max.com!").
My Grade: B+
Rewatch value: High
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