11 Things You Didn’t Know About The Mission: Impossible Movies
9. Where Are The Guns – Mission: Impossible
This was truly an action movie for the 21st century anti-gun activist. While there are guns in the mix, Ethan Hunt never uses a gun to vanquish a foe, and there are no shootouts in the first Mission: Impossible film. In fact, the body count is relatively low, at a measly seven. The script focused more on the elusive nature of spies than it did the necessity of a spy sometimes shooting their way out of trouble. This trend changed rather quickly in the second film, which was directed by John Woo. Combining the names John and Woo suggests a few things. Lots of guns. Lots of explosions. Lots of violence. But for old school fans of the original Mission: Impossible series, the first film is a revamp with a somewhat similar tonality.
8. Final Cut Is How Long – Mission: Impossible II
When John Woo presented his initial cut of the film to Paramount brass, they thought he was insane. It was a well-crafted, three-and-a-half hour monster that was sure to garner an MPAA rating of “R.” Paramount told John that he had to chop the thing up, lose some violence and deliver a finished film that ran at 120 minutes or less. Ultimately, the theatrical cut hurt the film. It was disjointed, failed in the realm of continuity and possessed some obvious plot holes. Now, everyone knows why. It’s amazing that studios won’t release longer films. Sure, it’s a big ask of the audience to hang in there, but in an age where people are paying between 10-20 bucks for a movie ticket, they love the most bang for the buck. That said, Woo brought the final cut in at 123 minutes.