Mission Impossible (1996)

The gritty remake of this would be Amnesty International sending a team into a closed government facility to retrieve and/or destroy the secret petabytes worth of personal information gathered on normal citizens only to find it has already been sold.

I always liked this movie.  It’s a little hard to go back and see Cruise’s constant switching between blunted-affect “seriousness” and hyena-like grinning “youthful, idealistic confidence”.  It’s still good though as far as a popcorn-movie action flick.  The irony is that public consumption of intelligence cinema is greatly enhanced by an emphasis on the self-same controversial paramilitary covert and domestic operations.

Kryptos Moment:  The panning helicopter shot of the New Headquarters Building as the disavowed Impossible Missions Force makes their approach.

Notable Moment:

“Well, you think about it Ethan, it was inevitable. No more cold war. No more secrets you keep from yourself. Answer to no one but yourself. Then, you wake up one morning and find out the President is running the country without your permission. The son of a bitch, how dare he. Then you realize, it’s over. You are an obsolete peice of hardware, not worth upgrading, you got a lousy marriage, and 62 grand a year.”