Mission 1: Impossible still has one of the biggest pieces in the action set
To clear his name, Cruise is essentially going to have to double down on in fact steal the other half of the NOC list. If you are wondering why, you are asking the wrong question. The whole call of the Impossible mission movies is How? ‘Or’ What. And the how is a marvel to see here.
Five years before Steven Soderbergh got credit for reinventing the heist genre with his Ocean 11 remake, many conventions were first implemented by De Palma: a voiceover narration by the protagonist, listing the obstacles and worst-case scenarios his team is about to face? Check. The movie then intersected the actual mechanics of the heist with the team still discussing how they’re going to pull it off? Yeah. And an emphasis on a brand whose life they are about to ruin? Just look at this poor bastard played by Rolf Saxon, a nine to five schmuck who after being momentarily distracted by Emmanuelle Béart (it happens) spends the rest of his screen time throwing up in trash cans and be banished to the North Pole. by superiors.
It’s all there, but above all, there is an almost dizzying embrace of the art of filmmaking and the creation of tension. For most of his career, De Palma chased the long shadow of Alfred Hitchcock and his masterful cinematic thriller games. Although this particular Impossible mission the scene doesn’t mix with look-alikes and murder – two other De Palma motifs from Hitch that come up elsewhere in MID– he does one of his biggest suspenseful streaks inside the CIA vault nonetheless, and it looks quite original.
As Saxon’s CIA analyst grapples with repeated emergencies in the bathroom, Cruise is forced to swing from a vent above a CIA safe with security so high that ‘in addition to the ground being sensitive to pressure, he should remain as still as possible or risk his body. increase the overall temperature of the room. Meanwhile, if a sound louder than a whisper is made, the computer Ethan hopes to hack will be shut down and all exits to the building will be locked.
So Cruise swings through the air for nine grueling minutes, floating with graceful, slender precision in a cold, sterile void. With a binary color palette of white walls offset by Cruise’s tight-fitting black shirt and silver-gray gloves, the visual palette is as purposefully toned down as the characters’ lips. There’s no scoring, almost no dialogue, and every time the decibel meter on Ethan’s wrist goes up, or the temperature in the room rises by a fraction of a degree, the audience gasps.
In the same summer movie season that gave us aliens blowing up the White House in Independence DayAnd a roaring tornado like it’s a fucking lion Tornado, the restraint and intelligence of this Impossible mission showstopper was shocking. It still does, as the business side of the industry continues to move the other way – to the point where the idea of a blockbuster starring scientists chasing a tornado seems downright. irreproachable.