Brian De Palma directed this first instalment of the action thriller franchise that rebooted the American TV series (which ran from 1966 to 1973).
Tom Cruise stars as agent Ethan Hunt, member of America's elite IMF team (that's the undercover spies of the Impossible Mission Force; not the international financiers).
Hunt and a group of colleagues are sent to Prague to both prevent a list of undercover agents' real identities from being disclosed, and to reveal who within the IMF has turned traitor. But things go disastrously wrong and all but one of the team are massacred.
As the sole survivor, Hunt must now try to prove his innocence and discover the real betrayer before he is terminated by his own government.
And thus begins a top-class, high-octane chase thriller, packed with jaw-dropping special effects and stunts.
Also starring Emmanuelle Beart, Jean Reno, Vanessa Redgrave, Jon Voight and Kristin Scott Thomas.