Is Mission Impossible just any other stylish action movie? Or is it any other Tom Cruise movie? The answer to both those questions is No. The reason being, Mission Impossible revolutionized cinema in ways more than one. Before MI came into being, you either had generic action films or action as part of other genres like sci-fi or historical dramas. Mission Impossible actually made action cool again. But what about James Bond movies? Yes, they existed — they still do — but their action wasn’t on the same level. Recently, films like Casino Royale or Skyfall had better action but still the kind of style and realism Mission Impossible have, James Bond films don’t. What comes closest is actually the Bourne series of films.
In any case, here is the list of films similar to Mission Impossible that are our recommendations. You can stream some of these movies like Mission Impossible on Netflix or Amazon Prime.
10. Casino Royale
Yes, ‘Casino Royale’ deserves this spot. It was a time when Jason Bourne had taken the spy landscape by storm, and of course the Bond Franchise needed a reboot. After the massively disappointing ‘Die Another Day’, people were yearning for a reboot and a different Bond. Amidst much controversy, Daniel Craig got the role; no one expected a short, blonde actor to deliver. The rest is history. Casino Royale remains a classic example of origin stories well told. It digs into Bond’s roots, when he has just been given the OO status, and is over-confident, reckless and inexperienced. Craig captures these traits perfectly, and gels with Judi Dench as Pierce Brosnan never could. It also features Eva Greene as Vesper Lynd, the best Bond girl in the entire franchise, matching wits with James Bond, and bringing him to his knees. Wonderfully crafted, the movie grows as Bond grows, eventually transforming him to the mean, ruthless killing machine he actually is.
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