De Palma brings “Mission: Impossible” to the big screen. De Palma’s approach is a little old school, with some classic espionage elements and even a hint of noir. It all comes together quite well, but the film is most definitely a product of its time, and somewhat controversial given the choice of villain.
Casting is strong. Although Cruise bugs me in real life, I do think he always puts in 110% for his performances. Voight is always good, and Czerny is your quintessential government suit. Rhames is smooth and my personal favourite of the team.
The film brings some of the classic M:I elements to the big screen – self-destructing tapes, disguises, cons – they’re all welcome, though some do make it a little cheesy. Still, they’re part of M:I. The film does rely more heavily on action instead of strategy, but it still manages to keep things rooted in a more espionage-heavy story, whereas later entries would become far more action-oriented.
Some of the earlier action is positively small scale by today’s standards, but it works. The finale is a bit cheesier due to some CGI that shows its age a bit. Still, the film entertains and successfully sets the stage for the future.
FORMAT: 4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY
The Blu-ray looked pretty average, but this new 4K scan makes M:I look as good as it ever will. It still retains a bit of that flat 90’s look, but there’s significantly more detail, more accurate and vibrant colours, and levels are good.
Finally, we get a lossless track. The 5.1 mix is solid with clear dialogue, a well-mixed soundtrack, and decent bass. Surrounds are a little underused though, and the mix doesn’t have the finesse or scope of a modern mix.