Mission Impossible Review
20 May 1996
Brian De Palma
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
Scene shot in two locations
The scene in which the water tank explodes and Ethan Hunt escapes from the Akvarium restaurant were shot at two different locations. The tank explosion and Hunt’s jump through the restaurant window were shot at Paramount Studios. The portion of the scene in which he is running into the street with the water running behind him were actually shot in Prague’s Old Town Square.
The climactic train sequence took six weeks to film at the 007 stage at Pinewood Studios.
Diehard fans of Mission: Impossible (1966)..
… were upset by the treatment of the Jim Phelps character in this film, and by the decision to turn much of the focus onto one character
..is the only character from the original series to appear in this film.
According to Martin Landau
..in an earlier treatment, the original plan was to bring back the entire original cast of the television series, just to kill them all off in the first act.
Paramount tried for years to make a film version
Paramount Pictures owned the rights to the television series and had tried for years to make a film version but had failed to come up with a viable treatment. Tom Cruise had been a fan of the show since he was young and thought that it would be a good idea for a film. The actor chose Mission: Impossible to be the first project of his new production company and convinced Paramount to put up an 80 million dollar budget.
Brian De Palma convinced Tom Cruise to set the first act of the film in Prague, a city rarely seen in Hollywood films at the time
Apple Computer had a 15 million dollar promotion linked to the film
..that included a game, print ads and a television spot featuring scenes from the television show turned into a feature film; dealer and in-theatre promos; and a placement of Apple personal computers in the film. This was an attempt on Apple’s part to improve their image after posting a 740 million dollar loss in its fiscal second quarter.
Look of the vault
The bone-white look of the vault was influenced by 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).
Out of the genre
Initially, there was a sophisticated opening sequence that introduced a love triangle between Phelps, his wife and Ethan Hunt that was removed because it took the test audience “out of the genre”, according to Brian De Palma.
Tom Cruise and producer Paula Wagner wanted to make the film was the gadgets. Cruise said, “I felt like I was 10 years old again. I thought, What would be the coolest thing to see?”
RT/Meta Critic Review
The first and still by far my favorite entry in the Mission Impossible franchise. The action is great (Who can forget the iconic vault sequence), DePalma’s direction is tight and classy, and the plot (while admittedly a bit convoluted) is full of great twists and turns.(Christopher Heim/RT)