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Mission: Impossible (film series)

Mission: Impossible is a series of action spy thriller films based on the television series of the same name, produced by and starring Tom Cruise as Impossible Missions Force (IMF) agent Ethan Hunt.

Mission: Impossible
Missionimpossibleblurayboxset.jpg
Blu-ray box set of the five films
Directed by Brian De Palma (1)
John Woo (2)
J. J. Abrams (3)
Brad Bird (4)
Christopher McQuarrie (5–6)
Produced by Tom Cruise (1–6)
Paula Wagner (1–3)
J. J. Abrams (4–6)
Bryan Burk (4–6)
David Ellison (5–6)
Screenplay by David Koepp (1)
Robert Towne (1–2)
Alex Kurtzman (3)
Roberto Orci (3)
J. J. Abrams (3)
André Nemec (4)
Josh Appelbaum (4)
Christopher McQuarrie (5–6)
Story by David Koepp (1)
Steven Zaillian (1)
Ronald D. Moore (2)
Brannon Braga (2)
Christopher McQuarrie (5)
Drew Pearce (5)
Based on Mission: Impossible
by Bruce Geller
Starring Tom Cruise (1–present)
Ving Rhames (1–present)
Simon Pegg (3–present)
(See below)
Music by Danny Elfman (1)
Hans Zimmer (2)
Michael Giacchino (3–4)
Joe Kraemer (5–6)
Cinematography Stephen H. Burum (1)
Jeffrey L. Kimball (2)
Dan Mindel (3)
Robert Elswit (4–5)
Rob Hardy (6)
Edited by Paul Hirsch (1, 4)
Steven Kemper (2)
Christian Wagner (2)
Maryann Brandon (3)
Mary Jo Markey (3)
Eddie Hamilton (5–6)
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
1996 – present
Country United States
Language English
Budget $650 million
Box office $2.770 billion

Beginning in 1996, the films follow the missions of the IMF's main field team under the leadership of Hunt, who is forced to take over after the team is betrayed from within in the first film. As such, the series focuses on Hunt as the lead character as opposed to the ensemble cast structure of the television series, although some characters, such as Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames) and Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) have recurring roles in the films.

The series is the 18th-highest-grossing film series of all time, with a worldwide gross of over $2 billion to date.[1] A sixth film is currently filming, set to be released in 2018.

Contents

FilmsEdit

Mission: Impossible (1996)Edit

Ethan Hunt is framed for the murder of his fellow IMF agents during a Prague Embassy mission gone wrong and wrongly accused of selling government secrets to a mysterious international criminal known only as "Max". The action spy film was directed by Brian De Palma, and was produced by and starred Tom Cruise. Work on the script had begun early with filmmaker Sydney Pollack on board, before De Palma, Steven Zaillian, David Koepp, and Robert Towne were brought in. Mission: Impossible went into pre-production without a shooting script. De Palma came up with some action sequences, but Koepp and Towne were dissatisfied with the story that led up to those events. U2 band members Larry Mullen, Jr. and Adam Clayton produced an electronic dance version of the original theme song. The song went into top ten of music charts around the world, and was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance. The film was the third-highest-grossing of the year and received positive reviews from film critics.

Mission: Impossible 2 (2000)Edit

Ethan sends Nyah Nordoff-Hall (Thandie Newton) undercover to stop ex-IMF agent Sean Ambrose (Dougray Scott) from stealing a deadly virus to start a pandemic and sell the antidote to the highest bidder. The film was directed by John Woo and starred Tom Cruise, who also served as the film's producer. The movie has strong thematic similarities with Alfred Hitchcock's 1946 spy thriller Notorious.[2]

Mission: Impossible III (2006)Edit

Ethan, retired from being an IMF team leader and engaged to be married, assembles a team to face the elusive arms and information broker Owen Davian (Philip Seymour Hoffman) who intends to sell a mysterious dangerous object known as "The Rabbit's Foot".

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)Edit

Ethan and the entire IMF are blamed for the bombing of the Kremlin while investigating an individual known only as "Cobalt" (Michael Nyqvist). He and three other agents are left to stop him from starting a global nuclear war.

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015)Edit

The IMF comes under threat from the Syndicate, a near-mythical organization of assassins and rogue operatives who kill to order. Faced with the IMF's disbandment, Ethan assembles his team for their mission to prove the Syndicate's true existence and bring the organization down by any means necessary.

Mission: Impossible 6 (2018)Edit

Principal castEdit

Character Film
Mission: Impossible
(1996)
Mission: Impossible 2
(2000)
Mission: Impossible III
(2006)
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
(2011)
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
(2015)
Mission: Impossible 6
(2018)
Ethan Hunt Tom Cruise
Luther Stickell Ving Rhames
Jim Phelps Jon Voight  
Claire Phelps Emmanuelle Béart  
Eugene Kittridge Henry Czerny  
Franz Krieger Jean Reno  
Sarah Davies Kristin Scott Thomas  
Max Vanessa Redgrave  
Sean Ambrose   Dougray Scott  
Nyah Nordoff-Hall   Thandie Newton  
Hugh Stamp   Richard Roxburgh  
Billy Baird   John Polson  
John C. McCloy   Brendan Gleeson  
Dr. Nekhorvich   Rade Šerbedžija  
Owen Davian   Philip Seymour Hoffman  
Benji Dunn   Simon Pegg
Julia Meade   Michelle Monaghan   Michelle Monaghan[3]
John Musgrave   Billy Crudup  
Declan Gormley   Jonathan Rhys Meyers  
Lindsey Farris   Keri Russell  
Zhen Lei   Maggie Q  
Theodore Brassel   Laurence Fishburne  
William Brandt   Jeremy Renner  
Jane Carter   Paula Patton  
Kurt Hendricks   Michael Nyqvist  
Ilsa Faust   Rebecca Ferguson
Solomon Lane   Sean Harris
Alan Hunley   Alec Baldwin

CrewEdit

Role Film
Mission: Impossible
(1996)
Mission: Impossible 2
(2000)
Mission: Impossible III
(2006)
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
(2011)
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
(2015)
Mission: Impossible 6
(2018)
Director Brian De Palma John Woo J. J. Abrams Brad Bird Christopher McQuarrie
Producer Tom Cruise
Paula Wagner
Tom Cruise
J. J. Abrams
Bryan Burk
Tom Cruise
J. J. Abrams
Bryan Burk
David Ellison
Dana Goldberg
Don Granger
Writer David Koepp,
Robert Towne
(screenplay);
David Koepp,
Steven Zaillian
(story)
Robert Towne
(screenplay);
Ronald D. Moore,
Brannon Braga
(story)
Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & J. J. Abrams Josh Appelbaum & André Nemec Christopher McQuarrie (screenplay);
Christopher McQuarrie & Drew Pearce (story)
Christopher McQuarrie
Composer Danny Elfman Hans Zimmer Michael Giacchino Joe Kraemer
Editor Paul Hirsch Steven Kemper
Christian Wagner
Tony Ciccone
Stuart Baird
Maryann Brandon
Mary Jo Markey
Paul Hirsch Eddie Hamilton
Cinematographer Stephen H. Burum Jeffrey L. Kimball Dan Mindel Robert Elswit Rob Hardy
Production companies Cruise/Wagner Productions Bad Robot Productions
Skydance Productions
Bad Robot Productions
Odin
Alibaba Pictures
China Movie Channel
Skydance Productions
Skydance Productions
Bad Robot Productions
Distributor Paramount Pictures
Running time 110 minutes 123 minutes 125 minutes 133 minutes 131 minutes TBA
Release date May 22, 1996 May 24, 2000 May 5, 2006 December 16, 2011 July 31, 2015 July 27, 2018

ReceptionEdit

Box office performanceEdit

Film Release date Box office gross Box office ranking Budget
Ref(s)
Opening weekend
(North America)
North America Other territories Worldwide All time
North America
All time
worldwide
Mission: Impossible May 22, 1996 $45,436,830 $180,981,856 $276,714,503 $457,696,359 #198
#158(A)
#170 $80,000,000 [4]
Mission: Impossible 2 May 24, 2000 $57,845,297 $215,409,889 $330,978,216 $546,388,105 #136
#168(A)
#123 $125,000,000 [5]
Mission: Impossible III May 5, 2006 $47,743,273 $134,029,801 $263,820,211 $397,850,012 #362 #213 $150,000,000 [6]
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol December 16, 2011 $29,556,629 $209,397,903 $485,315,477 $694,713,380 #143 #78 $145,000,000 [7]
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation July 31, 2015 $55,520,089 $195,042,377 $487,251,151 $682,293,528 #169 #80 $150,000,000 [8]
Total $219,330,695 $933,349,812 $1,836,828,407 $2,770,178,219 #23 #18 $650,000,000 [9]
Average $43.9 million $186.7 million $367.4 million $554.0 million $130 millon
List indicator(s)
  • (A) indicates the adjusted totals based on current ticket prices (calculated by Box Office Mojo).

Critical and public responseEdit

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
Mission: Impossible 63% (51 reviews)[10] 59 (29 reviews)[11] B[12]
Mission: Impossible 2 57% (143 reviews)[13] 59 (40 reviews)[14] B+[12]
Mission: Impossible III 70% (219 reviews)[15] 66 (42 reviews)[16] A-[12]
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol 94% (231 reviews)[17] 73 (47 reviews)[18] A-[12]
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation 93% (279 reviews)[19] 75 (46 reviews)[20] A-[12]

ControversyEdit

Some fans of the TV series were upset that Jim Phelps, team leader in the series, became a traitor in the first movie, selling the details of government agents to an arms dealer. Actor Greg Morris, who portrayed Barney Collier in the original television series, was so disgusted with the film's treatment of the Phelps character that he walked out of the theater before the film ended.[21] Martin Landau, who portrayed Rollin Hand in the original series, was equally negative concerning the films. In an MTV interview in October 2009, Landau stated: "When they were working on an early incarnation of the first one – not the script they ultimately did – they wanted the entire team to be destroyed, done away with one at a time, and I was against that", he said. "It was basically an action-adventure movie and not 'Mission.' 'Mission' was a mind game. The ideal mission was getting in and getting out without anyone ever knowing we were there. So the whole texture changed. Why volunteer to essentially have our characters commit suicide? I passed on it. The script wasn't that good either."[22] Peter Graves turned down an offer to portray Jim Phelps in the 1996 film because of Phelps being an antagonist.[23]

Change to theme songEdit

The television version is in a rarely used 5/4 (5 beats to a measure) time and is difficult to dance to,[24] as was proven by a memorable segment of American Bandstand in which teenage dancers were caught off-guard by Dick Clark's playing of the Lalo Schifrin single release.

The opening theme music for the first three films are stylized renditions of Lalo Schifrin's original iconic theme, preserving the 5/4 rhythm, by Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer, and Michael Giacchino respectively by the films' chronology. Most of the versions included in the score also retained the 5/4 time signature.[24]

However, for Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen, Jr.'s remix featured on the first film's motion picture soundtrack, the time signature was changed to standard pop 4/4 (4 beats to a measure) time to make it more dance-friendly, although the intro is still in 5/4 time.[24] Also, the Limp Bizkit song "Take a Look Around" from the soundtrack to the second film was set to a similar 4/4 modification of the theme, with an interlude in 5/4.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Mission: Impossible Movies at the Box Office". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  2. ^ Brad Brevet. "Did You Know 'Mission: Impossible 2' is a Remake of Hitchcock's 'Notorious'? Here, Have a Look...". Rope of Silicon. Retrieved October 5, 2015. 
  3. ^ Patrick Hipes. "Michelle Monaghan Returning For ‘Mission: Impossible 6’". Deadline.com. Retrieved June 13, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Mission: Impossible (1996)". Box Office Mojo. August 31, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Mission: Impossible II (2000)". Box Office Mojo. August 31, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Mission: Impossible III (2006)". Box Office Mojo. August 31, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)". Box Office Mojo. August 31, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)". Box Office Mojo. August 1, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Mission Impossible Moviesat the Box Office". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Mission Impossible". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Mission: Impossible". Metacritic. CBS. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  12. ^ a b c d e "Cinemascore". Cinemascore.com. Retrieved February 21, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Mission Impossible 2". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Mission: Impossible II". Metacritic. CBS. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Mission Impossible III". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Mission: Impossible III". Metacritic. CBS. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol". Metacritic. CBS. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved August 12, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation". Metacritic. CBS. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  21. ^ 'Mission: Impossible' TV stars disgruntled. CNN. May 29, 1996.
  22. ^ Martin Landau Discusses 'Mission: Impossible' Movies, MTV Movies Blog, October 29, 2009
  23. ^ Eric Ditzian (March 15, 2010). "Peter Graves And The Legacy Of 'Mission: Impossible'". MTV.com. Retrieved February 27, 2014. 
  24. ^ a b c They Shot, He Scored by Dave Karger. Published June 7, 1996. Retrieved February 11, 2011.

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