The year is 1996 and the world has no idea what is about to hit it like a bullet train: Tom Cruise, the adrenaline junkie. Director Brian De Palma is simply making yet another movie about bad people doing bad things but inadvertently launches an action movie phenomenon so large, it makes our heart race even today.

While the thing about series maybe that you start with the first part and continue with each of its successors, my introduction with the Mission: Impossible franchise was quite different. I watched the third one first and I still, to this day, maintain that it was the absolute best of the lot. In a confusing, messy sequence, I managed to watch the entire series except one, the first.

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