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Mission Impossible is a solid spy thriller that dosen't get as zany as its title implies. With only two major set pieces the film really wants you to fall in love with Ethan Hunt. Ethan Hunt is a member of the IMF (Impossible Mission Force) a subset of a subset of the CIA. His team are meant to be ghosts and when a list of all the agents in Europe is about to be stolen his men have to go in and stop it. Only problem his team all die in the process, computer nerd Jack, love interst Sarah, mentor Jim and Jims wife Sarah. With no one left but him who else is their to blame? No one. Thats a problem since he is being fingered as a highly active mole. Now Ethan has to put together a rag tag team of disavowed agents to clear his name find the mole and blow stuff up.
MI is suprisingly slow taking the first 30 minutes or so to set everything up. Even after he is fingered the paced dosen't pick up that much. The height comes in a beautifully tense break into the CIA and completly lets go once the finale is underway. While this slow build is great for tension its even better if you give a damn about these characters. You won't really other than Ethan no one grows beyond their job title Ving Rhames tries though as the flashy hacker Luther.
It surpised me that this movie is over a decade older originally coming out in 1996. It shows its age, not in its looks though the special effects aren't the greatest. What really gives it away is the technology used to make these spies super. This disconnect was rather jarring at times.
If you can get past the old tech there is no reason you shouldn't enjoy yourself watching this spy thriller.