THE LATE LATE REVIEW: MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE

What’s a better way to recover from Glastonbury weekend and distract from the post festival blues than chucking on a movie and lazing on the sofa? This week, we’re talking Mission: Impossible.

Release Date: 1996

Awards: Nominated for a smattering of awards (but, if we’re being honest, none of the big ones), however it did net Danny Elfman the BMI Film Music award.

Rating: 63% on Rotten Tomatoes, B+ on CinemaScore and 59% on Metacritic, this is a fairly middle of the road rating. Despite this, it was apparently successful enough to warrant 5 more films.

You can basically guess this from the title, it’s about some spies who undertake a challenging mission. A seemingly impossible mission, you might say. Guns, explosions… More guns – it’s basically a typical spy movie.

You heard it here first, people. You weren’t a true ’90s kid if you didn’t own at least one or two Now That’s What I Call Music! compilation albums. In Now 34 (an album I got for my birthday in 1996), track 6 on disc one was Theme From Mission: Impossible. You know the one, it makes you involuntarily roll around on the floor with your hands gun shaped? Anyway, that’s the most convoluted way of saying it’s a well-known theme.

You’re wondering about the cast, aren’t you? We’ve got Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt, who is the world’s worst point man (military speak for “human shield” basically) as proven when he outlives his team who are seen to be blown to smithereens, shot or strangled within about 10 mins of the film starting. Other recognisable names (as in, names I recognise) include Vanessa Redgrave, Kristin Scott Thomas and Emilio Estevez. I’m sure that there are other famous names, but I can’t see them, and I’m writing this, so go away.

This is the movie with the scene where Cruise gets suspended by wires from the ceiling in a vault. I’ll be honest, I can’t remember what he needed from the vault. Might have been a list of names or something. There’s also a train fight scene including a helicopter which is surprisingly good at tunnels, it has to be said.  

There’s plenty of drama and tension in this film to make it entertaining, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I did Die Hard, for example. That said, it doesn’t really require that you pay close attention or anything, which makes it a great Sunday afternoon watch.

Is there an iconic film or album you think I should have experienced by now? Let me know @MoveToTRASHUK #latelatereview

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