Mission: Impossible (1996) – 7/10 espionage action movie review

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Cast / crew
Ethan Hunt: Tom Cruise
Jon Voight: Jim Phelps
Emmanuelle Beart: Claire
Henry Czerny: Kittridge
Jean Reno: Krieger
Ving Rhames: Luther
Kristin Scott Thomas: Sarah Davies
Vanessa Redgrave: Max
Story Writer: David Koepp
Story Writer: Steven Zaillian
Screenplay Writer: David Koepp
Screenplay Writer: Robert Towne
Director: Brian De Palma

Mission: Impossible (1996)

Ethan Hunt is a member of an IMF, Impossible Mission Force, under the control of Jim Phelps. One night in Prague an operation goes badly wrong leaving his life in the balance. His mission, which he must accept, is to regain his pride and freedom. This plot will self-destruct in five seconds…

7/10

Action thriller that impresses, bores and excites in equal measure and boasts the impossible. Director Brian De Palma delivers three classic action sequences but the movie flags in between. He has an inate ability to make action sequences seem like ballet; his explosions and stunts look like beautifully choreographed dance sequences. He handles the wildly impossible situations with some panache and lends the film an air of authority despite the ridiculousness of some of the sequences. The opening of the movie through to the beautiful, iconic restaurant escape is essentially perfect. The second action sequence is also instantly iconic; a tense, near-silent break-in at the CIA defeating temperature, sonic and pressure sensors. The third action sequence is an astonishing visual effects masterpiece which holds up as well today nearly twenty years later as it did at the time. It, and an excellent Mission: Impossible theme remix, leaves the movie on a massive high.

This movie contains mild swear words, mild sensuality, unpleasant and gory scenes, violence

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

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24 7.21 Day 7: 4:00 AM – 5:00 AM (2009, TV) – 6/10 review

Kiefer Sutherland: Jack Bauer
Mary Lynn Rajskub: Chloe O’Brian
Cherry Jones: President Allison Taylor
Annie Wersching: FBI Acting Special Agent in Charge Renee Walker
Colm Feore: Henry Taylor
Janeane Garofalo: Janis Gold
Carlos Bernard: Tony Almeida
Glenn Morshower: Agent Aaron Pierce
Jon Voight: Jonas Hodges
Co-Executive Producer: Brannon Braga
Co-Executive Producer: Brad Turner
Executive Producer: Manny Coto
Producer: Michael Klick
Writer (Series’ Creator): Joel Surnow
Writer (Series’ Creator): Robert Cochran
Writer: Manny Coto
Writer: Brannon Braga
Director: Brad Turner

24 7.21 Day 7: 4:00 AM – 5:00 AM (2009)

Olivia Taylor proceeds with her plan to have Hodges killed. Jack and Walker push the FBI search into racially sensitive areas in order to try and get a lead in their second-guessing of what Tony and his team are planning. Tony, meanwhile, is busy coercing an innocent Muslim into posing as a terrorist to cover for his impending bio-attack.

6/10

Carefully moving pieces into position for the end of day seven (only three hours to go) and skilfully making the journey appear to be down to good luck and hard work instead of convenient deus ex machinas, this episode is a low-key outing. The varied pace of this season has been highly successful and has made the thrilling bits even more thrilling. That said, Jack still manages a number of "I’m fine"s and gets all shouty and sweaty at a possible lead. I still can’t believe he’s a goner. Elsewhere, Olivia Taylor gets a reprieve from obnoxiousness and an agreeably interesting moment of horror (I think Agent Pierce is responsible) and Tony is, unknowingly, now only one step ahead instead of two.

This 24 episode contains gory and unpleasant scenes, brief graphic violence.

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24 7.20 Day 7: 3:00 AM – 4:00 AM (2009, TV) – 7/10 review

Kiefer Sutherland: Jack Bauer
Janeane Garofalo: Janis Gold
Carlos Bernard: Tony Almeida
Glenn Morshower: Agent Aaron Pierce
Carlo Rota: Morris O’Brian
Will Patton:
Jon Voight: Jonas Hodges
Consulting Producer: Chip Johannessen
Co-Executive Producer: Juan Carlos Coto
Co-Executive Producer: Alex Gansa
Producer: Michael Klick
Writer (Series’ Creator): Joel Surnow
Writer (Series’ Creator): Robert Cochran
Writer (Screenplay): Alex Gansa
Writer (Screenplay): Chip Johannessen
Writer (Story): Juan Carlos Coto
Director: Michael Klick

24 7.20 Day 7: 3:00 AM – 4:00 AM (2009)

As soon as Jack regains control and coherence he tells Renee, then the President, of Almeida’s duplicity and betrayal. With no actual leads to work on, Jack has to second-guess his adversaries’ intentions and actions.

7/10

A breather episode for the audience this week as our heroes regroup in anticipation of an immediate kicking-while-they’re-down by the mysterious group of baddies. Jack still looks like he’s really going to die. While a last-minute reprieve from an incurable disease would be kinda rubbish, that’s exactly what I want and, if it happens, I must remember not to moan about it. This episode features Kiefer Sutherland’s Total Recall face, several ‘this is the only’ and ‘I’m fine’ speeches and one stupidly, outrageously over-the-top, deliriously enjoyable rant at Janeane Garofalo’s whinging techie. If this is Kiefer’s last gruff gurn as Jack Bauer, well, he’s done himself proud. Have a couple of extra stars.

This 24 episode contains mild swear words and violence.

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24 7.19 Day 7: 2:00 AM – 3:00 AM (2009, TV) – 7/10 review

Kiefer Sutherland: Jack Bauer
Cherry Jones: President Allison Taylor
Annie Wersching: FBI Agent Renee Walker
Jeffrey Nordling: FBI Special Agent in Charge Larry Moss
Janeane Garofalo: Janis Gold
Carlos Bernard: Tony Almeida
Elisha Cuthbert: Kim Bauer
Will Patton: Alan Wilson
Jon Voight: Jonas Hodges
Co-Executive Producer: Juan Carlos Coto
Co-Executive Producer: Brannon Braga
Executive Producer: David Fury
Producer: Michael Klick
Writer (Series’ Creator): Joel Surnow
Writer (Series’ Creator): Robert Cochran
Writer: David Fury
Director: Michael Klick

24 7.19 Day 7: 2:00 AM – 3:00 AM (2009)

Jack and Renee are stunned by the death of Larry Moss and that places Renee in control. Jack tags along to provide support but insists that he won’t allow his rapidly worsening condition to compromise any operations. Tony shoots himself to allay suspicion but Jack sees through that right away and declares that there must have been two people involved unaware that the second person was Tony himself. Meanwhile, Jonas Hodges has a visit from his not-terribly-happy superiors.

7/10

I think it’s clear now that 24 is slipping into some bad old ways with hope-you-won’t-notice plot devices and Jack saying "I’m alright" as he’s spacking out. At the moment, though, we’ll give them a pass as we love Jack seeing things others don’t (it takes him about two seconds to twig that evil Tony’s gunshot wound is well iffy) and we’re dying to see what evil Tony is playing at and how invading the United States and trying to assassinate the President can possibly be to anyone’s benefit (ah, yes, they may be spoilers). While I’m hoping that Tony has access to an antidote (he seemed a bit surprised that the FBI had declared Jack’s exposure incurable), Jack really is in more serious trouble than ever before in this show. There is real doubt whether he’ll make it to the end of this day (martyrdom?), let alone to a day 8. For a show built on a previously indestructible hero (and that without the benefit of Mysteron interference), to genuinely put his life in the balance is remarkable.

This 24 episode contains graphic gun violence, unpleasant scenes.

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24 7.18 Day 7: 1:00 AM – 2:00 AM (2009, TV) – 7/10 review

Kiefer Sutherland: Jack Bauer
Cherry Jones: President Allison Taylor
Annie Wersching: FBI Agent Renee Walker
Jeffrey Nordling: FBI Special Agent in Charge Larry Moss
Janeane Garofalo: Janis Gold
Carlos Bernard: Tony Almeida
Elisha Cuthbert: Kim Bauer
Jon Voight: Jonas Hodges
Co-Executive Producer: Brannon Braga
Co-Executive Producer: Brad Turner
Executive Producer: Manny Coto
Executive Producer: Howard Gordon
Writer (Series’ Creator): Joel Surnow
Writer (Series’ Creator): Robert Cochran
Writer (Screenplay): Manny Coto
Writer (Screenplay): Brannon Braga
Writer (Story): Howard Gordon
Director: Brad Turner

24 7.18 Day 7: 1:00 AM – 2:00 AM (2009)

Jack’s symptoms are progressing more rapidly than expected and have started to affect his memory and personality as well as his motor abilities. He is still able to coordinate an attack on the surface-to-surface missiles which Tony reckons he can carry out without being detected. The President meets with the eye-rolling Hodges and clinically-dead Seaton to hear their demands.

7/10

After last week’s unconvincing climax where the President stops bombing Starkwood because the hour was up, Jack and Tony throw her yet another lifeline. The feeling that there were too many episodes left for the Starkwood stand-off also prove correct as Jon Voight’s Jonas Hodges states that the big-bad still hasn’t been revealed. The effects of Tony’s C4 on the rocket-fuel storage are laughably and crushingly bad. 24 generates one of the highest ad revenues of any show and so it was disappointing that the appropriate cash wasn’t spent on a big bang. The episode counters disappointment with it’s cliffhanger which, impressively, SPOILER I certainly didn’t see coming and it trims our regular cast by another one. First there was nine, now there are five. Blimey.

This 24 episode contains mild swear words and graphic gun violence, melee violence.

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24 7.17 Day 7: 12:00 AM – 1:00 AM (2009, TV) – 6/10 review

Kiefer Sutherland: Jack Bauer
Cherry Jones: President Allison Taylor
Annie Wersching: FBI Agent Renee Walker
Jeffrey Nordling: FBI Special Agent in Charge Larry Moss
Janeane Garofalo: Janis Gold
Carlos Bernard: Tony Almeida
Glenn Morshower: Agent Aaron Pierce
Jon Voight: Jonas Hodges
Consulting Producer: Chip Johannessen
Co-Executive Producer: Brad Turner
Writer (Series’ Creator): Joel Surnow
Writer (Series’ Creator): Robert Cochran
Writer: Chip Johannessen
Director: Brad Turner

24 7.17 Day 7: 12:00 AM – 1:00 AM (2009)

Moss is forced to withdraw from Starkwood but another insider may provide visual access to the bio-weapons for Almeida. Jack starts exhibiting symptoms of his exposure but rejects a potential lifeline out of heroic stubborness. Olivia Taylor’s dastardly dealings with her reporter friend start becoming rather more complicated than she wants and so, in the middle of a national crisis, she nips out the office to try and sort him out.

6/10

This is unquestionably the worst episode of the season so far but the remainder has been so good, we’re more than willing to give it a bye. The problem is baffling non-sensical character choices. SPOILERWhy does the reporter burn all bridges with what must be the best source in the world (the US Chief of Staff)? Why does Jonas Hodges kill his Chairman of the Board? Why does the President abort the airstrike instead of quipping "You’ll find it harder to negotiate with a missile in your mouth"? Additionally, where did Larry Moss and his strike team disappear to? Did they all go down the pub? And, it has to be said, we still don’t know what Jonas Hodges is trying to accomplish here and how arranging the death of thousands of Americans including the President can possibly be advantangeous? The audience is offered a lifeline over Jack’s predicament (his imminent unavoidable death) but he refuses it. Will he die today?

This 24 episode contains mild swear words and very strong melee violence and sexuality, mild sexual nudity.

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24 7.16 Day 7: 11:00 PM – 12:00 AM (2009, TV) – 6/10 review

Kiefer Sutherland: Jack Bauer
Cherry Jones: President Allison Taylor
Annie Wersching: FBI Agent Renee Walker
Jeffrey Nordling: FBI Special Agent in Charge Larry Moss
Janeane Garofalo: Janis Gold
Carlos Bernard: Tony Almeida
Glenn Morshower: Agent Aaron Pierce
Jon Voight: Jonas Hodges
Co-Executive Producer: Brannon Braga
Executive Producer: Manny Coto
Executive Producer: Jon Cassar
Writer (Series’ Creator): Joel Surnow
Writer (Series’ Creator): Robert Cochran
Writer: Manny Coto
Writer: Brannon Braga
Director: Jon Cassar

24 7.16 Day 7: 11:00 PM – 12:00 AM (2009)

Jack waits to discover whether he is infected with the bio-weapon and whether it has dispersed into the local area. Moss and The President have no good options, legal or otherwise, for attacking the Starkwood facility but the captured Tony Almeida catches a break that might just save the day.

6/10

So Jack gets undressed and freaks out the doctor (and later Renee Walker) with all his scars but what would have been awesome-on-toast is if he dropped his boxers and he had no privates and he just said "I lost those in ‘Nam" or "Didn’t see the first shark for about half-an-hour" or something. I suspect I might need some kind of psychiatric treatment. Of course, the big news is that SPOILERJack has only a day or two to live. Now, as an audience, we’ve seen Jack in a worse situation than this before (he died on Day 2 just before 3:00 AM, then came back from the dead and splatted everyone wearing only sweat) and so we wonder how permanent this latest setback will actually be. As it stands though, it is a strong possibility that Bauer is going to add martyrdom to his resumé.

This 24 episode contains mild swear words and strong interrogation violence.

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