My 100 favourite films. Entry #23: The Mission.


The Mission (1986)
directed by Roland Joffe
starring Jeremy Irons and Robert De Niro
country: USA/UK
genre: drama

Visuals: 10
Writing: 6
Everyday watchability: 3

The Mission has two people to thank for its greatness: cinematographer Chris Menges and composer Ennio Morricone. Menges previously won an Oscar for Joffe's The Killing Fields and went on to win one for his work on this film as well. It's easy to see why. These landscapes are gorgeous. The locale is fantastic by itself of course, but Menges seems to bring out something more in it. And paired with Morricone's emotional score, it works even more.

This film is a hard one to watch. There's violence and pain and personal sacrifice. But it's well worth it. Irons and De Niro prove why they're two of the best actors in the business giving perfectly understated performances.





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September 4, 2008 at 12:20 PM Ηλίας Θαλάσσης said...

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September 5, 2008 at 7:37 PM MPU said...

I don't think I'm renting that one.