History Film / MissionImpossible

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* ComicBookAdaptation: MarvelComics published a one-off prequel just before the film was released.

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* ComicBookAdaptation: MarvelComics Creator/MarvelComics published a one-off prequel just before the film was released.
10th Feb '17 4:16:02 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* HyperAwareness: TomCruise's character meets his IMF superior for a debriefing after a botched mission. He looks around the cafe and recognizes around him another IMF team that had also been present at the botch.

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* HyperAwareness: TomCruise's character Ethan meets his IMF superior for a debriefing after a botched mission. He looks around the cafe and recognizes around him another IMF team that had also been present at the botch.
6th Dec '16 5:14:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* IHaveYourWife: Kittridge tries this in order to get Ethan to turn himself in, but Ethan is GenreSavvy enough to see through it and even slightly mocks Kittridge on the ruse (which is part of Ethan's own ploy to keep Kittridge on the line long enough to trace Hunt to London.)

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* IHaveYourWife: Kittridge tries this in order to get Ethan to turn himself in, but Ethan is GenreSavvy clever enough to see through it and even slightly mocks Kittridge on the ruse (which is part of Ethan's own ploy to keep Kittridge on the line long enough to trace Hunt to London.)
6th Dec '16 5:14:20 AM Morgenthaler
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* OhCrap: [[spoiler:Phelps when he realized Ethan put on the video glasses, proving to Kittridge that he was still alive.]]

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* OhCrap: OhCrap:
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[[spoiler:Phelps when he realized Ethan put on the video glasses, proving to Kittridge that he was still alive.]]
6th Dec '16 5:14:02 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[IHaveYourWife I Have Your Mother And Uncle On A Trumped Up Charge]]: Kittridge tries this in order to get Ethan to turn himself in, but Ethan is GenreSavvy enough to see through it and even slightly mocks Kittridge on the ruse (which is part of Ethan's own ploy to keep Kittridge on the line long enough to trace Hunt to London.)

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* [[IHaveYourWife I Have Your Mother And Uncle On A Trumped Up Charge]]: IHaveYourWife: Kittridge tries this in order to get Ethan to turn himself in, but Ethan is GenreSavvy enough to see through it and even slightly mocks Kittridge on the ruse (which is part of Ethan's own ploy to keep Kittridge on the line long enough to trace Hunt to London.)
6th Dec '16 4:51:36 AM Morgenthaler
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[[caption-width-right:350:Need some help there, Ethan?]]

->''"Your mission, should you choose to accept it..."''

[[TheFilmOfTheSeries A series of films based on the]] classic ''Series/MissionImpossible'' series. The movies were made as continuations of the original, meaning they were not repeats of the same characters but mostly new characters working for the same agency.

Creator/TomCruise headlines each film as ace IMF agent Ethan Hunt and Creator/VingRhames plays Luther Stickell, Ethan's go-to guy for MissionControl and computer hacking. Each film outlines an ImpossibleMissionCollapse of varying kinds and it usually involves the heroes trying to fix the mess that has developed (often with regular violence, something the original show purposefully avoided).

Because of the higher action quotient, dominant focus on Cruise rather than the entire team and some liberties taken with previously existing characters, there has been a sizable backlash regarding fans of the original series. Still, the films have been embraced by general audiences and elements unique to them alone have become embedded in modern popular culture. They all have different themes and tones, too; they don't simply use a ResetButton and each film isn't mere SequelEscalation.

In the first film, made in 1996 and troped on this page, Jim Phelps is called upon for a new assignment dealing with very sensitive information regarding IMF agents and their cover [=IDs=]. He brings in his standard crew, including point man Ethan Hunt, and they plan out how to recover the info. Unfortunately, their mission was compromised horribly and Ethan finds himself the lone survivor and the top suspect as a traitor. The discovery of two other survivors doesn't alleviate his paranoia, so he goes into the list of blacklisted former IMF agents to put together another team to get to the bottom of their original mission and the conspiracy behind it. Directed by Creator/BrianDePalma, the movie became well known for the interweaving and [[GambitPileup complicated plotting.]] (And the signature image pictured above) This is the least violent Mission Impossible film, by far. And given that you can clearly see an eye gouging for a few frames and that [=DePalma=] is the one helming this one, that's saying something. The film however was (and remains) very divisive among long-time fans of the TV series (due to who the villain is, and the fact the story tends to focus on a single character, rather than a team), and was publicly disavowed by at least two cast members of the original series.

The movie was followed by four sequels:

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* ''Film/MissionImpossibleII'' (2000)
* ''Film/MissionImpossibleIII'' (2006)
* ''Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol'' (2011)
* ''Film/MissionImpossibleRogueNation'' (2015)
[[/index]]

This series is also the TropeNamer for the famous MissionImpossibleCableDrop.

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[[caption-width-right:350:Need some help there, Ethan?]]

->''"Your mission, should you choose to accept it..."''

[[TheFilmOfTheSeries A series of films based on the]] classic ''Series/MissionImpossible'' series. The movies were made as continuations of the original, meaning they were not repeats of the same characters but mostly new characters working for the same agency.

Creator/TomCruise headlines each film as ace IMF agent Ethan Hunt and Creator/VingRhames plays Luther Stickell, Ethan's go-to guy for MissionControl and computer hacking. Each film outlines an ImpossibleMissionCollapse of varying kinds and it usually involves the heroes trying to fix the mess that has developed (often with regular violence, something the original show purposefully avoided).

Because of the higher action quotient, dominant focus on Cruise rather than the entire team and some liberties taken with previously existing characters, there has been a sizable backlash regarding fans of the original series. Still, the films have been embraced by general audiences and elements unique to them alone have become embedded
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"This tape will self-destruct
in modern popular culture. They all have different themes and tones, too; they don't simply use a ResetButton and each film isn't mere SequelEscalation.

five seconds."'']]

In the first film, film in the ''Film/MissionImpossibleFilmSeries'', made in 1996 and troped on this page, 1996, Jim Phelps is called upon for a new assignment dealing with very sensitive information regarding IMF agents and their cover [=IDs=]. He brings in his standard crew, including point man Ethan Hunt, and they plan out how to recover the info. Unfortunately, their mission was compromised horribly and Ethan finds himself the lone survivor and the top suspect as a traitor. The discovery of two other survivors doesn't alleviate his paranoia, so he goes into the list of blacklisted former IMF agents to put together another team to get to the bottom of their original mission and the conspiracy behind it. it.

Directed by Creator/BrianDePalma, the movie became well known for the interweaving and [[GambitPileup complicated plotting.]] (And the signature image pictured above) This is the least violent Mission Impossible film, by far. And given that you can clearly see an eye gouging for a few frames and that [=DePalma=] is the one helming this one, that's saying something. The film however was (and remains) very divisive among long-time fans of [[Series/MissionImpossible the TV series series]] (due to who the villain is, and the fact the story tends to focus on a single character, rather than a team), and was publicly disavowed by at least two cast members of the original series.

The movie was followed by four sequels:

[[index]]
* ''Film/MissionImpossibleII'' (2000)
* ''Film/MissionImpossibleIII'' (2006)
* ''Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol'' (2011)
* ''Film/MissionImpossibleRogueNation'' (2015)
[[/index]]

This series is also the TropeNamer for the famous MissionImpossibleCableDrop.
series.



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[[folder:In General]]
!!This series as a whole provides examples of:
* BadassCrew: All of them are the very best at what they do & are also trained for tactical & close-quarters combat in case the mission goes to hell(which often does).
* CaliforniaDoubling: Averted in that for the most part they film on location: Prague in the first film, Utah and Australia in the second, China in the third and Dubai in the fourth. Although except for the Kremlin scenes, Moscow in the fourth film was filmed in Prague.
* DeadStarWalking: Almost every installment features instances of this - [[spoiler:Emilio Estevez and Kristin Scott Thomas]] in the original film, [[spoiler: Keri Russell]] in the third film, and [[spoiler:Josh Holloway and Tom Wilkinson]] in ''Ghost Protocol''.
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:Julia]] does this once each in both the third and fourth installments!
* {{Fanservice}}: It's remarkable how many IMF operations involve their female operatives wearing revealing cocktail dresses (especially noticeable in the third, fourth and fifth films). On the other side of the coin, Tom Cruise's physique usually gets some sort of exhibition, whether it's going sleeveless, or tight shirts, or both.
** Jeremy Renner joins in ''Ghost Protocol'', wearing very fitting suits, and doing a whole series of stretches and bends to accentuate his physique.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Flashes of images from the rest of the film are spliced into the opening credits sequence of the first film, and again in the fourth and fifth films, [[MythologyGag just like the original show]].
* GuileHero: The team, like actual spies, tries to accomplish their missions with as little fuss as possible, preferring to infiltrate and deceive. While typically this goes drastically wrong, this is most notable in the first movie; No firearm is fired by Ethan or any good guy, which makes for a jarring change in ''M:I-2'' when he's dual-wielding pistols.
** In ''Ghost Protocol'' Team Hunt expends ''less than ten rounds'' of ammo for the entire film.
* HairTodayGoneTomorrow: Ethan switches off each movie between having long and short hair.
* HeroInsurance: In four of the five films, Ethan is forced to become a rogue agent and perform all sorts of criminal actions, but since he brings in the bad guy he's exonerated. (This is PlayedWith in ''Ghost Protocol'' - he deliberately [[spoiler:leads the Russian spy to him right after he kills Hendricks so that his name will be cleared]].) It might be also that IMF is an extremely secret organization, so much that the agents themselves don't explain everything they do to the agency, so Ethan is not acting entirely different than if he wasn't cut off.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: Ethan gets framed and chased by the government in four of the five films. You would think they would trust the guy a little more.
* HighTurnoverRate: The leader of the IMF is a different person in each film, usually played by a prominent actor (notably Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence Fishburne, Tom Wilkinson, and [[spoiler: Alec Baldwin]]). The position appears to be political in nature (akin to a cabinet secretary), so given the 4-6 year gap between each film, it is plausible that the position changes every election cycle or so.
* ImpossibleMission: Were you expecting anything less?
* InspectorJavert: Kittridge in the first film, Brassell in the third film, Anatoly Sidorov in the fourth and Hundley in the fifth. They're only chasing Ethan down because they really believe he's the culprit.
* LargeHam: Tom Cruise does his fair share.
-->''"Wake up, Claire! They're dead! THEY'RE ALL DEAD!"''
-->''"[[PunctuatedForEmphasis THE LIST! IS OUT! IN THE OPEN!]]"''
* LatexPerfection: The series provides probably the most famous examples ever. By the third film, the audience gets to see how latex faces are made [[TechnologyPorn in minute detail]].
** Subverted in the fourth film. The machine making the masks (of Sabine and Wistrom) breaks down most of the way through, forcing Carter to go into her meeting with Wistrom as herself. While their enemies use those masks a few times, none of the team members do (though Ethan does use some make-up effects to impersonate a Russian General, but it is still recognizably Ethan).
* LongRunnerTechMarchesOn: The first film, made in 1996, featured the then-current computer tech of the mid-90s. As the franchise went on, the technology upgraded with it, such as ''[[Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol Ghost Protocol]]'' and ''[[Film/MissionImpossibleRogueNation Rogue Nation]]'' prominently featuring tablet [=PCs=] and other smart devices.
* MadeOfIron: In every installment, Ethan sustains some pretty cringe-inducing hits, but always gets right back up again.
* MissionControl: Stickell, although he gets some action (some more about suspense than actual bullets flying) in each of the films.
** In ''Ghost Protocol'', all four team members either discuss or are depicted on-screen as being in the Mission Control position.
* MissionImpossibleCableDrop: The originator and TropeNamer, as seen in the page image. It has since become a RunningGag [[OnceAnEpisode in each film]].
** UnbuiltTrope: In the original movie, this was the result of the heroes nearly getting screwed because there was a rat in the vents, which made Krieger, who was holding the rappelling rope, sneeze. At the end of the scene, they're nearly done in by simply dropping something (Krieger's knife).
* TheMole:
** In the first film, [[spoiler:the team leader Jim Phelps. Claire and Krueger as well]].
** Shawn Ambrose in the second, though IMF are on to him early on.
** [[spoiler:John Musgrave]] in the third film.
** In the fourth film, [[spoiler:Brandt is totally innocent, but his mysterious behavior hinted at him being one throughout, thus bucking the trend of a mole per movie]].
** [[spoiler:Ilsa Faust is one for the heroes]] in the fifth film.
* MusicalNod: The first, third, fourth and fifth films use "The Plot," a music cue from the original series that is only familiar to fans. It's also quoted on two of the tracks in the fourth.
* OnceAnEpisode:
** Just like the series, every movie has a mission briefing that ends with the device giving them their orders self-destructing. Jokingly played with in the fourth, where one device fails to detonate and Ethan has to [[PercussiveMaintenance slam it to get it to work.]]
*** Also {{Foreshadowing}} since from that point on, pretty much anything than can go wrong with the mission, does.
** Every movie has somebody (usually Ethan) doing a MissionImpossibleCableDrop. While the first movie has a reason for the sprawled position (making sure not to touch the weight sensitive floor) the other films don't have any such justification except as an internal homage. Played with in ''Ghost Protocol'': Brandt is seen in the signature pose, but no cables are involved; instead he is actually being pushed up by a large magnet below him and a magnetic suit he's wearing.
** All of the movies feature [[spoiler:spies who turned rogue]] as villains, except the fourth which bucks the trend (See its entry under TheMole). In all cases but ''Rogue Nation'', the spies in question are [[spoiler:former IMF Agents]].
* OutrunTheFireball: In the first film, [[spoiler:Ethan out''jumped'' a fireball (specifically, he used the explosive force to throw him back to a train).]]
** Subverted in the third film, as Ethan tries to outrun a fireball only to be blown ''sideways'' into a car.
** In ''Ghost Protocol'' once Ethan catches on that the bomb was about to go off he started running, only to be caught in the outer edge anyway and knocked out. The explosion was unique in that it wasn't a fireball, just concussive.
* RecruitingTheCriminal: Sort of a RecurringElement:
** In the first film, Ethan turns to a list of disavowed agents to assemble a new team to strike back against the conspirators, both of whom have dirty records that explain their blacklisting. One of them, Stickell, ends up being acquitted of his previous charges, becomes one of Ethan's best friends and is the only other character to be in all the films.
** In the second, Ethan is directed to recruit a ClassyCatBurglar, but assumes it's for her skills - and gets egg on his face because she's actually the BigBad's OldFlame, recruited to spy on him.
** In ''Ghost Protocol'', [[spoiler:''Ethan'']] is the Criminal who gets Recruited, as he's in prison for [[spoiler:killing the group of Serbian spies who slew his wife.]]
** In ''Rogue Nation'', [[spoiler: this is the concept behind the formation of the Syndicate.]]
* RevolvingDoorCasting: Each film pretty much jettisons the previous one's entire surviving supporting cast ([[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome sometimes without even mentioning them]]) with the exception of Tom Cruise and Ving Rhames who have appeared in every film in the franchise. This fits with the original concept from the TV series in which [=IMF=] teams were supposed to be assembled on a per-mission basis from a pool of available operatives.
** Extends to behind the camera when you throw in the fact that all five films have different directors using completely different styles.
** The transition from ''III'' to ''Ghost Protocol'' is a little less jarring, as there is less turn-over in characters (Benji stays), and plot and staff (Creator/JJAbrams). The fifth film averts it completely, as the entire IMF team from ''Ghost Protocol'' returns, with the exception of Luther subbing in for Jane.
* RogueAgent: Invoked in every film. [[spoiler: Phelps goes rogue in the first; Ambrose, the BigBad in the second is a former IMF agent; Musgrave is in league with Davian in the third (and he tries to set up Brassel and Ethan as such to cover it up); Ethan himself is made to look like this in the fourth; and he actually is such in the fifth (and The Syndicate is entirely made up of rogue agents).]] Just a bit heavily used.
* RuleOfCool: The films regularly chuck logic and physics out the window.
* RunningGag: In 1, 3, and 5, Ethan's superior delivers a somewhat flowery speech about him going rogue, usually to him.
-->'''Eugene Kittridge''': All right, Hunt. Enough is enough. You have bribed, cajoled, and killed, and you have done it using loyalties on the inside. You want to shake hands with the devil, that's fine with me. I just want to make sure that you do it in hell!
-->'''Brassel''': You can look at me with those judgmental eyes all you want, but I bullshit you not. I will bleed on the American flag to make sure those stripes stay red.
-->'''Hunley''': Hunt is uniquely trained and highly motivated - a specialist without equal - immune to any countermeasures. There is no secret he cannot extract, no security he cannot breach, no person he cannot become. He has most likely anticipated this very conversation and is waiting to strike in whatever direction we move. Sir, Hunt is the living manifestation of destiny [...].
* TheSpook: Kitridge in the first film has a nice monologue about how all the IMF agents are trained to be ghosts, such that even if they cut them off from agency support they can still operate with little concern. All of their most dangerous enemies are the same way.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Surprisingly Ethan Hunt provides the role of the original Jim Phelps.
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: During Ethan's jump onto the helicopter in the first film, and his escape from the Bare Island complex in the second
* ThisPageWillSelfDestruct, of course.
* TookALevelInBadass: Ethan Hunt through the first three movies. He never fires a single firearm in the first film, dual-wields pistols and does some RuleOfCool martial arts in the signature Woo style in the second, and goes full tactical-gear and firearms in the opening setpiece of the third film.
* TwoPartTrilogy: In a surprising aversion, each film stands completely alone with only a bare connective thread between them. They have distinctive plots and have different directors, giving each film it's own "flavor" of sorts. As well each movie has a 4-6 year gap between them, which is very unusual with the common practice of 2-3 year ''maximum'' gaps for sequels.
* TwoferTokenMinority: One mixed-race woman has been on each of Ethan's teams from M:I-2 to Ghost Protocol - Nyah (Creator/ThandieNewton), Zhen (Creator/MaggieQ) and Jane (Paula Patton).
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: The final gambits of the first two movies.
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6th Dec '16 4:10:29 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: In the elevator scene at the beginning, the team panics when Golitsyn suddenly takes the elevator down, blocking off Ethan and Sarah's escape route. [[spoiler: Jack can't get the elevator doors open so Ethan and Sarah can hide beneath the box, but fortunately Jim saves the day from his hotel room. This shows that Jim has superior access over the elevator. So when Jack dies minutes later in a freak elevator 'accident', it becomes rather obvious who the actual mole is.]]

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: {{Foreshadowing}}:
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In the elevator scene at the beginning, the team panics when Golitsyn suddenly takes the elevator down, blocking off Ethan and Sarah's escape route. [[spoiler: Jack can't get the elevator doors open so Ethan and Sarah can hide beneath the box, but fortunately Jim saves the day from his hotel room. This shows that Jim has superior access over the elevator. So when Jack dies minutes later in a freak elevator 'accident', it becomes rather obvious who the actual mole is.]]
6th Dec '16 4:08:02 AM Morgenthaler
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** ''Film/MissionImpossibleIII'' has Hunt's team infiltrate an event at an Italian palace in order to abduct an arms dealer IMF has been after for a while who killed one of Ethan's proteges.
6th Dec '16 4:05:36 AM Morgenthaler
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In the first film, made in 1996 and troped on this page, Jim Phelps is called upon for a new assignment dealing with very sensitive information regarding IMF agents and their cover [=IDs=]. He brings in his standard crew, including point man Ethan Hunt, and they plan out how to recover the info. Unfortunately, their mission was compromised horribly and Ethan finds himself the lone survivor and the top suspect as a traitor. The discovery of two other survivors doesn't alleviate his paranoia, so he goes into the list of blacklisted former IMF agents to put together another team to get to the bottom of their original mission and the conspiracy behind it. Directed by Brian [=DePalma=] (yes, ''[[Film/{{Carrie 1976}} that]]'' [[Film/{{Scarface 1983}} one]]), the movie became well known for the interweaving and [[GambitPileup complicated plotting.]] (And the signature image pictured above) This is the least violent Mission Impossible film, by far. And given that you can clearly see an eye gouging for a few frames and that [=DePalma=] is the one helming this one, that's saying something. The film however was (and remains) very divisive among long-time fans of the TV series (due to who the villain is, and the fact the story tends to focus on a single character, rather than a team), and was publicly disavowed by at least two cast members of the original series.

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In the first film, made in 1996 and troped on this page, Jim Phelps is called upon for a new assignment dealing with very sensitive information regarding IMF agents and their cover [=IDs=]. He brings in his standard crew, including point man Ethan Hunt, and they plan out how to recover the info. Unfortunately, their mission was compromised horribly and Ethan finds himself the lone survivor and the top suspect as a traitor. The discovery of two other survivors doesn't alleviate his paranoia, so he goes into the list of blacklisted former IMF agents to put together another team to get to the bottom of their original mission and the conspiracy behind it. Directed by Brian [=DePalma=] (yes, ''[[Film/{{Carrie 1976}} that]]'' [[Film/{{Scarface 1983}} one]]), Creator/BrianDePalma, the movie became well known for the interweaving and [[GambitPileup complicated plotting.]] (And the signature image pictured above) This is the least violent Mission Impossible film, by far. And given that you can clearly see an eye gouging for a few frames and that [=DePalma=] is the one helming this one, that's saying something. The film however was (and remains) very divisive among long-time fans of the TV series (due to who the villain is, and the fact the story tends to focus on a single character, rather than a team), and was publicly disavowed by at least two cast members of the original series.
5th Dec '16 2:16:05 PM Morgenthaler
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* WhyWeAreBummedCommunismFell: [[spoiler:When Phelps lies that Kittridge is the mole, he claims he betrayed them because he had become useless after the fall.]]

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* WhyWeAreBummedCommunismFell: [[spoiler:When Phelps lies that Kittridge is the mole, he claims he betrayed them because he had become useless after the fall. He's actually talking about himself.]]
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