Mission: Impossible (film series)

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Mission: Impossible
Missionimpossibleblurayboxset.jpg
Blu-ray box set of the first four films.
Directed by Brian De Palma (1)
John Woo (2)
J. J. Abrams (3)
Brad Bird (4)
Christopher McQuarrie (5)
Produced by Tom Cruise (1–5)
Paula Wagner (1–3)
J. J. Abrams (4–5)
Bryan Burk (4–5)
David Ellison (5)
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)
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
Ving Rhames
(See below)
Music by Danny Elfman (1)
Hans Zimmer (2)
Michael Giacchino (3–4)
Joe Kraemer (5)
Cinematography Stephen H. Burum (1)
Jeffrey L. Kimball (2)
Dan Mindel (3)
Robert Elswit (4–5)
Edited by Paul Hirsch (1, 4)
Steven Kemper (2)
Christian Wagner (2)
Maryann Brandon (3)
Mary Jo Markey (3)
Eddie Hamilton (5)
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
1996 – present
Country United States
Language English
Budget $650 million
Box office $2.096 billion

The Mission: Impossible films are a series of action spy films based on the television series of the same name, produced by and starring Tom Cruise as IMF agent Ethan Hunt. The series is the 21st-highest-grossing film series of all time with over $2 billion worth of worldwide gross.[1]

Films[edit]

Mission: Impossible (1996)[edit]

Released in 1996. 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 II (2000)[edit]

Released in 2000. Ethan Hunt sends Nyah Nordoff-Hall undercover to stop an ex-IMF agent's mad scheme to steal a deadly virus 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. Cruise reprises his role as agent Ethan Hunt of the IMF, a top-secret espionage and clandestine operation agency. The movie has strong thematic similarities with Alfred Hitchcock's 1946 spy thriller Notorious.[2]

Mission: Impossible III (2006)[edit]

Released in 2006. Ethan Hunt, retired from being an IMF team leader and engaged to be married, assembles a team to face a ruthless arms and information broker intending to sell a mysterious dangerous object known as "The Rabbit's Foot".

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)[edit]

Released in 2011. Ethan Hunt and the entire IMF are placed with the blame of the bombing of the Kremlin. He and three others must stop a man bent on starting a global nuclear war.

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015)[edit]

The IMF agency 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 Hunt assembles his team for their most difficult mission yet —to prove the Syndicate's existence and bring the organization down by any means necessary.

Future[edit]

On May 23, 2015, The Tracking Board reported that Paramount is developing a sixth Mission: Impossible film with Cruise, Abrams, Ellison and Goldberg returning to produce the film, along with Don Granger and Matt Grimm executive producing and Elizabeth Raposo overseeing development. There are reports that Paula Patton and Maggie Q are returning for future films.

On May 25, 2015, a new report surfaced saying Paramount Pictures is already developing Mission: Impossible 6. At this time, no cast members are officially set to return for the sequel, but Cruise will again be producing along with David Ellison and Dana Goldberg at Skydance Productions and J.J. Abrams at Bad Robot.[3]

On July 28, 2015, Cruise confirmed on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart that a sixth Mission: Impossible film was being developed, and will hopefully begin production in 2016.[4]

Principal cast[edit]

Character Film
Mission: Impossible
(1996)
Mission: Impossible II
(2000)
Mission: Impossible III
(2006)
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
(2011)
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
(2015)
Ethan Hunt Tom Cruise
Luther Stickell Ving Rhames
Benjamín "Benji" Dunn   Simon Pegg
Julia Meade   Michelle Monaghan  
William Brandt   Jeremy Renner
Jim Phelps Jon Voight  
Claire Phelps Emmanuelle Béart  
Eugene Kittridge Henry Czerny  
Franz Krieger Jean Reno  
Sarah Davies Kristin Scott Thomas  
Max Vanessa Redgrave  
Jack Harmon Emilio Estevez  
Hannah Williams Ingeborga Dapkunaite  
Frank Barnes Dale Dye  
Max's Companion / The Fog's Contact Andreas Wisniewski   Andreas Wisniewski  
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  
Swanbeck   Anthony Hopkins
Wallis   William Mapother
Ulrich   Dominic Purcell
Owen Davian   Philip Seymour Hoffman  
John Musgrave   Billy Crudup  
Declan Gormley   Jonathan Rhys Meyers  
Lindsey Farris   Keri Russell  
Zhen Lei   Maggie Q  
Theodore Brassel   Laurence Fishburne  
Brownway   Eddie Marsan  
Jane Carter   Paula Patton  
Kurt Hendricks   Michael Nyqvist  
Anatoly Sidorov   Vladimir Mashkov  
Trevor Hanaway   Josh Holloway  
Brij Nath   Anil Kapoor  
Sabine Moreau   Léa Seydoux  
The Secretary   Tom Wilkinson  
Marius Wistrom   Samuli Edelmann  
Ilsa Faust   Rebecca Ferguson
Solomon Lane   Sean Harris
Alan Hunley[5]   Alec Baldwin

Crew[edit]

Year Film Director Producer Writer Composer Editor Cinematographer
1996 Mission: Impossible Brian De Palma Tom Cruise
Paula Wagner
screenplay:
David Koepp
Robert Towne
story:
David Koepp
Steven Zaillian
Danny Elfman Paul Hirsch Stephen H. Burum
2000 Mission: Impossible II John Woo screenplay:
Robert Towne
story:
Ronald D. Moore & Brannon Braga
Hans Zimmer Steven Kemper
Christian Wagner
Jeffrey L. Kimball
2006 Mission: Impossible III J. J. Abrams Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & J. J. Abrams Michael Giacchino Maryann Brandon
Mary Jo Markey
Dan Mindel
2011 Mission: Impossible
– Ghost Protocol
Brad Bird Tom Cruise
J. J. Abrams
Bryan Burk
Josh Appelbaum & André Nemec Paul Hirsch Robert Elswit
2015 Mission: Impossible
– Rogue Nation
Christopher McQuarrie Tom Cruise
J. J. Abrams
Bryan Burk
David Ellison
screenplay:
Christopher McQuarrie
story:
Christopher McQuarrie & Drew Pearce
Joe Kraemer Eddie Hamilton

Reception[edit]

For more details on the reception of each film, see the "Reception" section on each film's article.

Box office performance[edit]

Film Release date Box office gross Box office ranking Budget
(million)
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 #152
#148(A)
#119 $80 [6]
Mission: Impossible II May 24, 2000 $57,845,297 $215,409,889 $330,978,216 $546,388,105 #102
#156(A)
#82 $125 [7]
Mission: Impossible III May 5, 2006 $47,743,273 $134,029,801 $263,820,211 $397,850,012 #294 #153 $150 [8]
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol December 16, 2011 $29,556,629 $209,397,903 $485,315,477 $694,713,380 #109 #49 $145 [9]
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation July 31, 2015 $150
Total $739,811,483 $1,356,836,373 $2,096,647,856 $650 [10]
Average $185.0 million $339.2 million $524.2 million
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Critical and public response[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
Mission: Impossible 62% (50 reviews)[11] 60 (16 reviews)[12] B+[13]
Mission: Impossible II 58% (142 reviews)[14] 60 (33 reviews)[15] B[13]
Mission: Impossible III 70% (218 reviews)[16] 66 (38 reviews)[17] A-[13]
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol 93% (228 reviews)[18] 73 (38 reviews)[19] A-[13]
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation 93% (177 reviews)[20] 75 (44 reviews)[21]
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Controversy[edit]

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.[22] 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."[23]

Peter Graves turned down an offer to portray Jim Phelps in the 1996 film due to the fact Phelps was going to be revealed as an antagonist.[24]

Change to theme song[edit]

The television version is in a rarely used 5/4 (5 beats to a measure) time 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.[25]

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.[25]

However, for Adam Clayton & 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.[25] 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 also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mission: Impossible Movies at the Box Office". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012-08-31. 
  2. ^ Brad Brevet. "Did You Know 'Mission: Impossible 2' is a Remake of Hitchcock's 'Notorious'? Here, Have a Look...". Rope of Silicon. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "Mission: Impossible 6 Already Developing at Paramount?". Slashfilm. 
  4. ^ "Tom Cruise Says Mission: Impossible 6 Aims to Shoot Next Year". IGN. 
  5. ^ "Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation cast list". Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Mission: Impossible (1996)". Box Office Mojo. August 31, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Mission: Impossible II (2000)". Box Office Mojo. August 31, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Mission: Impossible III (2006)". Box Office Mojo. August 31, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)". Box Office Mojo. August 31, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Mission Impossible Moviesat the Box Office". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Mission Impossible". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Mission: Impossible". Metacritic. CBS. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  13. ^ a b c d "Cinemascore". Cinemascore.com. Retrieved February 21, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Mission Impossible 2". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Mission: Impossible II". Metacritic. CBS. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Mission Impossible III". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Mission: Impossible III". Metacritic. CBS. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol". Metacritic. CBS. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation". Metacritic. CBS. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  22. ^ 'Mission: Impossible' TV stars disgruntled. CNN. May 29, 1996.
  23. ^ Martin Landau Discusses 'Mission: Impossible' Movies, MTV Movies Blog, October 29, 2009
  24. ^ Eric Ditzian (March 15, 2010). "Peter Graves And The Legacy Of 'Mission: Impossible'". MTV.com. Retrieved February 27, 2014. 
  25. ^ a b c They Shot, He Scored by Dave Karger. Published June 7, 1996. Retrieved February 11, 2011.

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