Mission Impossible - Series Part I

 Mission: Impossible

My Mom was a little confused

How the DEA could mistake her and uncle Donald

for a couple of dope smugglers 

in the Florida Keys!

This movie was released on 20 May 1996.

 Based on the Television series created by Bruce Geller.

Jim Phelps (Jon Voight) and his team Impossible Mission Force are assigned to stop theft of the CIA non-official cover (NOC) list from the American embassy in Prague by a rogue agent Alexander Golitsyn. However, unfortunately, something goes wrong and the mission fails.

The list is stolen. One by one, a member of team Phelps is shot, his wife Claire and another agent die in a car bombing and the rest of the team are eliminated with Ethan Hunt being the sole survivor. The head of the agency suspects Ethan of being the culprit for the failed mission and is wrongfully framed for the death of several of his IMF colleagues.

Now on the run, Hunt recruits a couple of ex IMF agents to find out who the real traitor is, eventually helping him to clear his name.

The plot is intricate but very entertaining. Brian De Palma directed this movie and it stars Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt, at the time of this movie's release he was not known to be an action star, yet with this movie, he proved that his stunts were realistic and he did it with added charisma.

You will get goosebumps every time you see the knife drop and with Ethan hanging from a rope with almost no sound.

The final chase involves a helicopter following a high-speed train into a tunnel, which is a sight for sore eyes.

This movie is almost 24 years old, it still holds up extremely well, the action, which is so very well constructed it still looks realistic. The editing is so superb that the speed never slows down.

A remarkable thing about this movie - there are no shootout scenes and Ethan Hunt never once fires a gun. 

All the characters are entertaining, especially Ving Rhames as Luther Stickell.

Mission Impossible II

Every search for a hero must begin with 

something that every hero requires, a Villain!

This movie was released on 24 May 2000, directed by John Woo.

The basic plot of Mission Impossible II is that Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is on vacation climbing mountains. His boss interrupts him by assigning him a new mission which involves the recovery of a stolen item, designated a virus that has been created called Chimera. A deadly biochemical substance. He can select any two members for this mission but the third team member must be Nyah Nordoff-Hall (Thandie Newton) a highly capable professional thief. Nyah will have to pretend to return to her former love Ambrose to make the mission work.

Ethan Hunt and his team's job is to find out all traces of said virus and eliminate it. But there is also a rogue agent Sean Ambrose played by Dougray Scott who is out to find this virus to get rich out of it and spread it throughout humanity because he has the cure. Therefore if he gives everyone this virus its cure is going to be worth a lot of money. However, he does not have the virus. He plans to manipulate the IMF to accomplish the task for him.

The beautiful action and dramatic sequence make this movie an absolute pleasure to watch. Some stunts were just incredible, like the one when Ambrose and Ethan go full speed on the motorcycle and jump on each other.

Ving Rhames was by far the best secondary character in the first movie. In this one, Luther is just a computer nerd, and his fun personality is absent.

Dougray Scott does a fine job of playing a villain. The soundtrack was awesome as it is in every Mission Impossible movie.

Mission: Impossible III

The good news is whatever it is, 

The Rabbit Foot is small, so we can steal it

The bad news, we got to steal it!

This movie was released on 3 May 2006, directed by J.J. Abrams. This was the first feature film that he directed and he has done a really good job, for the most part, helming the action scenes and even the dramatic scenes.

Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt is about to get married to Julia (Michelle Monaghan). This girl is everything to him. She is showing him what life is beyond the IMF. Julia, a nurse who is unaware of Ethan's true job. She believes that he works for the traffic department. 

Ethan Hunt is called back into action to recover a missing IAF Agent, a former protege named Lindsay (Keri Russell). She has been kidnapped in Berlin by Owen Davian (Late Philip Seymour Hoffman). Davien is planning to be in the Vatican, and the outfit formed by stalwarts specialists (Ving Rhames, Maggie Q, Jonathan Rhys Meyers) execute a dangerous operation to abduct her. But Julia, Ethan's recent wife is also kidnapped, complication arises when Owen Davian holds his fiancee hostage. To safely get her back Ethan must go to retrieve the "Rabbit Foot". Cruise is running along the streets of Shanghai trying to catch this Rabbit Foot device.

 The cinematography is great, the lighting was brilliant and the actions are very intense.

Ving Rhames as Luther Stickell is back and he is one of the best parts of all these movies.

J.J.Abrams direction is brilliant, he maintains the quality of the first two Mission Impossible movies.

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  1. Nice narration of all three movies!! Mission Impossible!!