Mission: Impossible is a 2008 American action spy film directed by Michael Bay, based on the television series of the same name created by Bruce Geller. It is a remake of the 1996 film of the same name. The film stars Pete L. J. Dickson, George Clooney, Britney Spears, Matt Dillon, Channing Tatum, Phil Morris, Justin Timberlake, Angela Sarafyan, and Dwayne Johnson.
In the 2008 version, the story focuses on Dan Briggs and his mission to uncover the mole who framed the IMF for the murder of their elite team.
Released on January 30, 2008, the film was a critical and commercial success, eventually becoming the ninth highest-grossing film of 2008.
Dan Briggs is a young analyst at the IMF. He dreams of becoming an IMF agent just like his idol Ethan Hunt. Despite his good scores, Dan is denied the opportunity to become a field agent.
- Pete L. J. Dickson as Dan Briggs
- George Clooney as Jim Phelps
- Matt Dillon as Ethan Hunt
- Britney Spears as Cinnamon Carter
- Channing Tatum as Rollin Hand
- Phil Morris as Barnard "Barney" Collier
- Justin Timberlake as Paris
Development and writing
In 1996, Michael Bay attended the release of the first Mission: Impossible film. He disliked the film's treatment of Jim Phelps and that he walked out after the film ended.
The film held it's premiere at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2008, and was released worldwide on January 30.
Mission: Impossible was released on DVD and Blu-ray on July 19, 2008.
CinemaScore reported that audiences gave the film an "A-" grade. Fans of the original television series found the film better than the original film.
Original TV series cast
Several cast members of the original 1966–73 TV series (excluding late actor Greg Morris) reacted mixed to the film.
Barbara Bain, who portrayed Cinnamon Carter in the original television series, was moved by Britney Spears' portrayal as the Carter character. Peter Graves, who played Jim Phelps in the original series as well as in the late-1980s revival,
Original film cast
Several cast members of the original original 1996 film reacted negatively to the 2008 film.
Brian De Palma, who directed the original Mission: Impossible film, and Henry Czerny who played Eugene Kittridge, were reportedly disgusted with the film's treatment of the Hunt character, and De Palma walked out of the theater before the film ended. Tom Cruise, who potrayed Ethan Hunt in the original film and it's two sequels, also disliked how Hunt turned out in the film.
Mission: Impossible received positive reviews, scoring an 89% on Rotten Tomatoes, making it Bay's best reviewed film.