Mission: Impossible (1996) Directed by Brian De Palma
Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt and Ving Rhames as Luther Stickell (not pictured)
Luther: Look, uh, I just can’t hack my way inside. See, there’s no modem access to the mainframe. It’s in what we call the stand-alone… which means I’d have to be physically at the terminal.
Ethan: Relax Luther, it’s much worse than you think. The terminal is in a black vault lockdown. The only person allowed in the room has to pass through a series of security checks. The first is a voiceprint identification, then a six digit access code. This only gets him into the outer room. Next, he has to pass a retinal scan. And finally, the intrusion countermeasures are only deactivated by a double electronic keycard… which we won’t have. Now, inside the black vault, there are three systems operating whenever the technician is out of the room. The first is sound sensitive – anything above a whisper and it sets it off. The second system detects any increase in temperature – even the body heat of an unauthorized person in the room will trigger it if the temperature rises just a single degree. Now, that temperature is controlled by the air conditioning coming in through an overhead duct thirty feet above the floor. That vent is guarded by a laser net. The third system is on the floor and is pressure sensitive. The slightest increase in weight will trigger the alarm. And any one of these systems, if set off, will activate an automatic lockdown. Now, believe me when I tell you gentlemen, all three systems are state-of-the-art.
Luther: And you really think we can do this.
Ethan: We’re going to do it.
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