Brian De Palma's eagerly awaited big-screen adaptation of the classic TV series is a gutsy attempt to reconfigure the timeworn espionage formula. Although this presold blockbuster is far from a complete success on De Palma's terms -- it doesn't subvert the genre but
gives it a surprisingly gentle goose -- it's nimble, expertly contrived summer entertainment that doesn't insult the intelligence. Tom Cruise stars as Ethan Hunt, member of the elite Impossible Mission Force led by grizzled patriarch Jim Phelps (Jon Voight). After most of his team is ruthlessly
sacrificed during what turns out to be a decoy operation, Hunt turns renegade. He assembles his own crack but ...