Mission: Impossible (film series)
Mission: Impossible is a series of American action spy films both based on and a follow-on from the television series of the same name created by Bruce Geller. The series is co-produced by and stars Tom Cruise, whose character is Ethan Hunt, an agent of the Impossible Missions Force (IMF).
|Mission: Impossible film series|
Blu-ray box set of the six films
|Directed by||Brian De Palma (1)|
John Woo (2)
J. J. Abrams (3)
Brad Bird (4)
Christopher McQuarrie (5–8)
|Produced by||Tom Cruise|
Paula Wagner (1-3)
J. J. Abrams (4-8)
Bryan Burk (4-5,7-8)
David Ellison (5)
Dana Goldberg (5)
Don Granger (5)
Christopher McQuarrie (6-8)
Jake Myers (6-8)
|Music by||Danny Elfman|
|Cinematography||Stephen H. Burum|
Jeffrey L. Kimball
|Edited by||Paul Hirsch|
Mary Jo Markey
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
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Beginning in 1996, the films (taking place starting six years after the events of the previous TV sequel series) 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 during the first film. 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 (played by Ving Rhames) and Benji Dunn (played by Simon Pegg) have recurring roles in the films.
The series has received a positive reception from critics and is the 16th-highest-grossing film series of all time, with a worldwide gross of over $3.5 billion to date. The sixth and most recent film, titled Mission: Impossible – Fallout, was released in July 2018, and was written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie. All of the Mission: Impossible movies are rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America.
Mission: Impossible (1996)Edit
Ethan Hunt is framed for the murder of his IMF team during a botched mission in Prague and accused of selling government secrets to an arms dealer known only as "Max". On the run, Ethan seeks to uncover the real traitor and clear his name.
Mission: Impossible 2 (2000)Edit
Ethan sends international thief Nyah Nordoff-Hall (Thandie Newton) undercover to stop rogue IMF agent, and Nyah's former lover, Sean Ambrose (Dougray Scott) from stealing a deadly virus to start a pandemic and sell the antidote to the highest bidder.
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
Ethan Hunt comes under threat from the Syndicate, a near-mythical organization of rogue agents who kill to order. Faced with the IMF's disbandment, Hunt assembles his team for their mission to prove the Syndicate's existence and bring the organization down by any means necessary.
Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018)Edit
When an IMF mission to recover plutonium ends badly, the world is faced with the threat of the Apostles, a terrorist organisation formed by former members of the Syndicate. As Ethan Hunt takes it upon himself to fulfill the original mission, the CIA begins to question his loyalty and his motives.
In January 2019, it was announced that both a seventh and an eighth Mission: Impossible are in development with Christopher McQuarrie returning to write and direct both films. The projects will reportedly film back-to-back, and are scheduled for July 23, 2021 and August 5, 2022 release dates.
Cast and charactersEdit
Additional crew and production detailsEdit
Box office performanceEdit
|Film||Release Date||Budget||Box Office Gross||All Time Ranking||References|
|Mission: Impossible||May 22, 1996||$80 million||$180,981,856||$276,714,503||$457,696,359||248||237|||
|Mission: Impossible 2||May 24, 2000||$125 million||$215,409,889||$330,978,216||$546,388,105||176||174|||
|Mission: Impossible III||May 5, 2006||$150 million||$134,029,801||$263,820,211||$397,850,012||442||288|||
|Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol||December 16, 2011||$145 million||$209,397,903||$485,315,477||$694,713,380||187||115|||
|Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation||July 31, 2015||$150 million||$195,042,377||$487,671,890||$682,714,267||214||117|||
|Mission: Impossible – Fallout||July 27, 2018||$178 million||$220,159,104||$570,956,000||$791,115,104||159||84|||
|Mission: Impossible||63% (57 reviews)||59 (29 critics)||B+|
|Mission: Impossible 2||57% (148 reviews)||59 (40 critics)||B|
|Mission: Impossible III||70% (221 reviews)||66 (42 critics)||A−|
|Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol||93% (240 reviews)||73 (47 critics)||A−|
|Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation||93% (306 reviews)||75 (46 critics)||A−|
|Mission: Impossible – Fallout||97% (400 reviews)||86 (60 critics)||A|
Some fans of the TV series were upset that Jim Phelps, team leader in the series, became a traitor in the first film, 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. 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."
Change to theme musicEdit
The television version is in a rarely used 5/4 time (an unusual time signature with five crotchets to a bar) and is difficult to dance to, 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 six films are stylized renditions of Schifrin's original iconic theme, preserving the 5/4 rhythm, by Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer, Michael Giacchino, Joe Kraemer and Lorne Balfe, respectively. Most of the versions included in the score also retained the 5/4 time signature.
However, for Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen, Jr.'s version featured on the first film's motion picture soundtrack, the time signature was changed to standard pop 4/4 (four quarter-notes to a measure) time to make it more dance-friendly, although the intro is still in 5/4 time. 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.
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