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Mission: Impossible
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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted February 17, 2000 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie:

Brian Depalma's effort to remake the series into a feature-length picture are occasionally successful, but more often than not, the film feels like it needs a little bit of an additional kick of energy. While the action sequences fly by, there are a few too many gaps between energetic scenes. The movie also sometimes gets slowed down by a few unclear details to the plot.

Cruise is the right actor for the role though and he brings an intensity to the role of Ethan Hunt that really does help the movie along quite a bit. The plot? Well, it's best to just watch the movie and try to find enjoyment with it, because the plot is unclear, to put it lightly. After a suprise attack on a mission early in the movie where Hunt is the only agent left, he is suspected of being a traitor. It all leads to what is undoubtedly the movie's best sequence, where Hunt has to be lowered into a room at CIA headquarters to retrive files, barely able to get through the room's spectacular security systems.

The movie itself spins by a little too quickly for viewers to go deeper into the plot details. It's just an enjoyably slick-looking thriller with some solid scenes and good performances(Ving Rhames and Jon Voight turn in good efforts in supporting parts). Hopefully though, director John Woo will make a more cosistently action-packed film in the sequel, which, from the trailer, looks like a definite possibility.

The DVD

VIDEO:
Actually, in comparison to some of the other early Paramount titles that were non-anamorphic, this really is a pleasing effort, with images that are certainly sharp (although not quite as sharp as they possibly could be) and rich colors that remain problem-free. There are plenty of great looking locations and sets, and all look excellent, with very good detail. Even the darker scenes, of which there are a few in the film, look strong with good detail. Aside from the fact that the sharpness could be a little bit stronger, there really aren't many noticable flaws such as pixelation or shimmer. There's also a pan/scan edition included.

SOUND: The score sounds remarkable and dynamic, enveloping the listener throughout the presentation - it's certainly not the only highlight of the audio - there are a number of times when the film uses the surrounds really well, whether it be for loud effects or subtle, small touches. Dialogue is clear and never compressed sounding. Not "shake the house" audio, but still an impressive presentation.

MENUS:: If anything should have an animated menu to introduce viewers into the experience of the film, it should be this movie. Unfortunately, nothing much from the non-animated menus that Paramount offers.

EXTRAS: Trailer.

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