2

In the movie Mission Impossible (1996) we see a scene where Ethan returns to the mission base (referred as Crow's Nest by Phelps) and after understanding that Job 3:14 was a reference from The Bible, he sends emails to Max.

enter image description here

My Question: How did Ethan know Max's email id?

My points:

  • From just the previous conversation with Kittridge we see Ethan gets to know this name "Max" and the code " Job3:14" for the first time.
  • Once he returns, and once he understands that its from The Bible, he accesses "Usenet" and tries opening "Book of Job".
  • On entering 3: 14 and pressing enter, an automatic email window opens (which may have been configured by Phelps himself)
  • But the email window doesn't open with the recipient email id already, Ethan types "Max@Job 3:14" which implies he knew what Max's email was.
  • Ethan sends many emails,but keeps the email id constant. He alters the language only.

I did a quick search in the IMDb plot holes list but the only one entry regarding sending mails to Max, doesn't quite answer this issue.

  • 1
    Re: bolded text: If you're thinking that he already had Max's email in his contacts list because "Max@Job 3:14" is not a real email address (implying it's a name string,) keep in mind that this was 1996. Email was still just getting started in the public eye, so the amount of bulls#!t movies could get away with in this regard was much higher than it is today. – Steve-O Dec 19 '17 at 16:26
  • @Steve-O..I am not thinking anything. Just wanted to confirm with any reference that this was a plot hole. Its not mentioned as a plot hole in Imdb and Ethan was not the mole, that's the whole point of the plot. My issue is simply how could he type it himself.Not what the email id was. The structure of the id doesn't matter to me as of this moment. – Sudip Biswas Dec 19 '17 at 16:35
  • I’ve wondered the same thing and am pretty sure it’s plot induced stupidity. He could not have known, and it’s silly that an email address would be so logically intuitive, much less created to be that intuitive by someone who takes great pains to hide her real life identity. As someone mentioned, in 1996 people may have not realized the silliness because internet and email were just taking off. – cola Feb 16 '18 at 0:57
2

He guessed*

It should also be noted that Ethan sends many emails to try and contact Max...not just one.

Ethan returns to the IMF safe house, where he uses the internet to find Job. Looking over the screen of his laptop, he sees a Bible on a bookshelf above the screen and deduces that "job 3:14" actually means the Book of Job, chapter 3, verse 14. Ethan begins to email as many web entities with the name Job 3:14 as he can before falling asleep.

IMDB

*Not that spaces are allowed in email addresses anyway so it would be invalid

It's already established that the arm dealer who is the target of the film is called, or at least goes by the name of, "Max".

Meeting with IMF director Eugene Kittridge, Hunt reveals his awareness of a second IMF team sent to monitor them, and learns the job was a setup to lure out a mole within IMF, who is believed to be working with an arms dealer known as "Max" as part of "Job 314." As Hunt is the only member left, Kittridge suspects him of being the mole, and Hunt flees.

Wikipedia

  • So, you are of the opinion that he guessed Max's email id. The speed with he typed doesn't make it seem so and neither did he try some other id's. But yes that's a possible route one could take to explain this. – Sudip Biswas Dec 19 '17 at 14:51
  • I've added the point that Ethan tried lots of emails... – Paulie_D Dec 19 '17 at 14:52
  • Yes Pauli_D you did, but in those emails, he merely changed the language,the email id was constant/same. He was sure of it it seems. – Sudip Biswas Dec 19 '17 at 14:53

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .