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Mission: Impossible III Review

Published May 9, 2006 in Movie Reviews
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Paramount Pictures
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After Tom Cruise’s shenanigans around Katie Holmes, War of the Worlds, psychiatry, depression and Oprah in 2005, Paramount must have realized the risk they were taking when placing the actor as returning lead in Mission: Impossible III. Fortunately for all, Tom Cruise has help this time around from a wonderful supporting cast and the incredible -- fresh off the blocks of LOST -- director JJ Abrams.

No matter what you think of Tom Cruise, however, expect to be wowed by the extremely gifted actor in the opening five minutes of the film; long before we learn of his mission… which self destructs.

M:i:III Review

In Mission: Impossible III we encounter a new Ethan Hunt who seems to care for more than just the latest leading hottie. Hunt has a relationship sure, but this time she is the one. Played by Michelle Monaghan, Julia is Hunt’s love interest and personal connection to the world away from IMF. Hunt, who has removed himself from field work thanks to Julia, finds himself back in the middle of things when one of his top operatives -- and possible previous love interest -- is kidnapped while on mission.

Due to Hunt’s previous relationship with the operative, played convincingly by hottie Keri Russell, Hunt is drawn into a mission to recover the agent from her captives. What Hunt doesn’t know is that there is something much bigger going on with one wanted arms dealer behind it all.

There are so many great aspects to M:i:III that it would be hard to cover them all. Is the film the best spy movie ever made? It depends on the viewer, but I will say that it is now a toss-up between this film and True Lies when it comes to which DVD will get priority.

Tom Cruise plays the role of Ethan Hunt as expected and even gives a little more. Phillip Seymour Hoffman, God bless him, proves once again that he is one of the top character actors out there and can quickly transition from flaming homosexual to disturbingly mean baddie. The actor steals just about every scene he is in.

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The IMF team that includes Ving Rhames, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Keri Russell (sort of) and Maggie Q are all excellent. Ving Rhames, one of the few who have been in all three Mission: Impossible movies, returns as Luther and is as witty as ever. Speaking of witty, Mission: Impossible III has its fair share of comedic lines that come just at the right time. However, the film does not get carried away with its humor; allowing the story’s tension to stick with the viewer for almost the entire running.

One thing that most male moviegoers should remember is Maggie Q strutting around in that amazing red dress that ends up flashing what looked to be, well, I am going to have to wait until the DVD before I make any claims.

When it comes to the spy aspect of the film, M:i:III features enough action, gadgets, suspense and goodies to keep any fan of the genre happy.

The pace of the film is perfect, with the slow moments only coming in to help build the characters and intricate parts of the plot. However, don’t get too comfortable in your chairs, as you never know when things will begin picking up again.

The best way to describe M:i:III is that it is a perfect combination of the best aspects from Mission: Impossible and Mission: Impossible II. The only way I can knock the film is due to some overly shaky camera work and scenes where the viewer is entirely cut out. Other than that, just sit back and enjoy the ride.


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