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Mission: Impossible
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Starring: Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Emmanuelle Beart, and Emilio Estivez
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Kiddie Movie: I don't think most kids will stay interested or follow it.
Date Movie: She won't be jumping in your lap scared, and when Cruise flexes his guns you may feel a little inferior, so I'd say no.
Gratuitous Sex: It's PG- 13 aside from a kiss or two what can you expect.
Gratuitous Violence: A few drips of blood here and there but nothing graphic.
Action: As good as any Die Hard movie but with better special effects.
Laughs: Nah.
Memorable Scene: Cruise chasing the bad guy while atop a speeding bullet train in a tunnel and a helicopter is following. It's hard to explain, and just simply must be seen.
Memorable Quote: Nothing really.
Directed By: Brian DePalma

Mission: Impossible
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 1:51 Long

A Review by
Stu Gotz
I grew up on the re-runs of the original TV series (1966-73), and I was even a big fan of the short lived late 80's revival of the show "Mission: Impossible." So, next to "Independence Day" there was no summer movie I have awaited for with greater anticipation than the big screen version of "Mission: Impossible." With De Palma's direction and Cruise starring, I thought there could be no way this movie could be anything but great. Unfortunately it's just average.

If you remember the original TV show, "Mission: Impossible" is based on a secret covert CIA run agency called the IMF. The IMF agents get to do the dirty work for the CIA and they also get all the cool James Bond type toys. They get the things like eye glasses with a video camera built in, chewing gum that explodes if you chew it, and little color TV wrist watches (I wonder if they can get they Playboy channel).

"Mission: Impossible" the movie has a lot of plot twists and turns, but here's how it basically breaks down: An IMF team of agents are tracking a spy trying to sell a secret list of undercover agents throughout Europe. Another IMF team of agents are tracking the first team because they believe the first team has a double agent (ooohhh... good Cold War stuff). All except Cruise and Beart get killed on their mission (I guess Emilio won't be around for the sequel), so the second team thinks Cruise is the double agent. That, and the fact that his parents who ran a failing farm just got a butt-load of money. Now Cruise has to smoke out the real double agent and clear his good name. This leads to a lot of cool explosions, chases atop high speed bullet trains, and your basic spy stuff.

Maybe I'm too hard to please, but if you're gonna charge me eight bucks ($14 total with drink and popcorn) to see what was on TV for free for years, you better thrill the shit out of me! Now I'm not saying I didn't like the movie... I did like it. I'm just a little ticked that the movie producers took what could have been average script from the original TV show, threw in a big name director and actor, and blew a wad of cash on special effects. What they wound up with was a really good "TV movie of the week" or a just OK big screen movie.

"Mission: Impossible" the movie has some great special effects, but that alone cannot make it a movie worth forking over eight bucks to see. I say you wait till it come to the cheaper theaters or have someone else pay. I give "Mission Impossible" 2 1/2 stars out of 5.  I'm Stu Gotz.  'nuff said.

 

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