Mission: Impossible

Still the king.

The series gets bigger and louder as it goes, with Tom Cruise risking life and limb in the name of realism, but I think Brian DePalma’s original hasn’t been topped.

One of the best TV-to-film adaptations, a notch below The Fugitive, this remains as whiz-bang exciting today as when it hit theaters in ’96.

Mixing spy intrigue with hanging on top of a whizzing train action set-pieces, DePalma delivers the goods.

Does the reveal of the big villain still feel a bit like a stab in the back to longtime M:I fans?

Sure, but time heals all wounds.


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