Quick Verdict: Mission: Begins
So this is where it all began. Back in 1996 I was an excited 13 year old boy who was about to watch one of my favourite actors in an action film. That’s right, Emilio Estevez had been cast in Mission: Impossible. To be fair I don’t think I knew he was in it till I started watching it in the cinema. I was so excited, but if you’ve seen the film you’ll know my excitement was quickly dashed.
That would be my only gripe with this film, not enough Estevez.
This is a masterclass in espionage movie making. It has plot twists, defections, an engaging plot and if you’d seen the series, from the very beginning you are told not to expect things to be the same.
To this day, people still talk about scenes from this film. The iconic jump from the water exploding cafe, the acrobatic C.I.A. infiltration and the amazing Channel Tunnel finale.
The best thing about this film is the scene at Liverpool Street station in London. This was the station I used to arrive at when going to London, so would always want to recreate the phone scene. They then took the phones away and bordered it up, and ruined my fun.