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.