Mission: Impossible III
Tom Cruise returns as Special Agent Ethan Hunt, who faces the mission of his life in "Mission: Impossible III." Director J. J. Abrams ("Lost", "Alias") brings his unique blend of action and drama to... View more >
intense sequences of frenetic violence & menace, disturbing images & some sensuality
Starring Tom Cruise, Keri Russell, Ving Rhames... View more >
2006-03-28: Added more videos: TV Spots #1-4, and featurette with Director J.J. Abrams
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Five Stars: Mission Impossible III is the one we’ve been waiting for!
Mission Impossible III is an action-adventure with the breadth of nuanced direction, subtle acting, an engaging romantic interest and – of course – the requisite spectacular effects and stunts. This film rivets you to your seat from the get-go, opening with flash-back of agonizing suspense that lays the plot foundation: will Ethan Hunt/Tom Cruise prevent brilliantly sadistic Owen Davian/Philip Seymour Hoffman from possessing the dreaded “Rabbits Foot” (Death Star) – going to far as to allow the murder an innocent hostage? The tension ratchets up several notches in the second scene, an otherwise innocuous engagement celebration for Agent Hunt and fiancée Julia Lindsey/Michelle Monaghan – for reasons that become apparent.
Stupendous action sequences alternate with intrigue and suspense as the plot cascades from the US to Europe, to Asia, to the Vatican and back – under the relentless threat of absolute deadlines with horrifying consequences. Unlike most action-adventures, the romance and emotional involvement of Mr. Cruise and Ms. Monaghan is poignant and credible: you want them to marry, and you want her protected from his outré-existence and the diabolical Owen Davian. Philip Seymour Hoffman’s chilling performance as Davian is a mastery of sociopathic understatement: he creates one of the most believable and terrifying villains in film history, and his character stays with you long after you’ve left the theatre. Tom Cruise gives a revealing performance rarely seen in action characters, while performing action stunts that worthy of an Oscar in their own right: be aware as you watch that Mr. Cruise actually did all the major stunts you see him perform – while doing a superb acting job.
The other “real star” of the movie is director/co-writer J.J. Abrams, author of five screenplays, including Armageddon, Forever Young and Regarding Henry – and director of . He delivers: this is the best Mission Impossible thus far – with characters of far greater depth, relatively few plot holes and a film that delivers far more than a visceral thrill-ride. These are characters – not just a collection of stunts and action sequences – that you want to see again… perhaps the dreaded Owen Davian has a twin-brother that would bring back Philip Seymour Hoffman for Mission Impossible IV… I’d buy my ticket now. Credulity, of course, is strained throughout – of the “they couldn’t possibly get there/put that together that fast” nature, but Mission Impossible III is tightly scripted, superbly acted, deftly directed – and thoroughly deserves a trip to the big screen. Thank you, Tom, Philip and JJ.
Personal note: Tom Cruise is much-maligned by some members of the critical press for things that have nothing to do with his acting. Why are Tom-Cuise-Haters bothering to review this movie? – Other than in the hopes of financially punishing all those who have worked on the project… They most assuredly can not present a reasonably objective viable review of the film when their critiques are sprinkled with personal invective. Do your jobs, kids – or park your laptops. Twenty-five years ago, following a Madison Square Garden Concert, Billy Joel was pounded by a few select critics that didn’t care for his music. When asked for a response by a reporter, Mr. Joel replied that he never understood why someone who hated opera would bother to review an opera…
one a scale of 1 to 10, stunts get a 9. plot gets a 2.
"Mission Impossible III" or I would like to call it "Tom Cruise's Stunt Spectacular" is a movie long on stunts and hype and love on acting and story. I love to see Tom Cruise juming from building to building and dodge explosions, but I like to see a credible script that really sticks to the movie. I liked the first Mission Impossible movie that was released in 1996, but II along with III doesn't add much. I was hopeing for better but I didn't get it. Aonther reason why I disliked "Mission Impossible III," is the way the filmmmakers had treated Keri Russell, a talented actress who I admired deeply. She could've been a major part of the movie but they did nothing but put her in a corner. Her character died before the end of the first reel. Another reason why I'm saying "No" to "Mission Impossible III."
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