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Mission Impossible III (Two-Disc Collector's

Action & Adventure movie directed by J.J. Abrams

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Wow! Best in the series thus far; criminally underrated

  • Sep 24, 2010
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The Tom Cruise vehicle that has been the "Mission Impossible trilogy" (based on the classic television series) has for the most part been an uneven (often lackluster) film experience. `Mission: Impossible' released in 1996 directed by Brian De Pama had some action scenes that have since its release been parodied countless times, but its script lacked serious focus; often M:I becoming unnecessarily confusing for an inattentive audience member (or even an attentive viewer). Then John Woo gave it a fling with `Mission: Impossible: II'; a poor post-Matrix action movie which lacked a coherent plot and was riddled with pointless action scenes.

Now, with a third movie a third man takes the director's chair. J.J. Abrams (TV's Lost, and 2009's Star Trek) takes the helm of this thus-far iffy series to try and return steer it back from the comic-book goofiness that was Woo's Mission: Impossible: II.

I can say, without a doubt in my mind, that he's succeeded where both of the two previous directors have failed. `Mission: Impossible: III' (M:i:III) takes the best from the previous two films and leaves behind the bad creating an absorbingly entertaining film going experience. Tight action scenes tied in with great performances from Cruise and the supporting cast (which includes Academy Award winner Philip Seymour Hoffman) balances what could have been a dumb action flick.

This time around Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) has retired from IMF to try and lead a quieter life, opting to continue his contribution to the community by training future agents. Engaged to the love of his life, Julia (Michelle Monaghan) he wishes to avoid danger, but when he learns that his favorite student, Lindsey Farris (Keri Russel) has gone missing on an investigation of a vicious arms dealer he decides to lead his old team back into action.

But when a rescue mission goes horribly wrong Ethan finds breaking off his retirement- taking the task of pursuing the arms dealer, Owen Davian (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) who is more powerful than they had predicted. This arms dealer is as well-informed as he is heartless and Hunt will learn that his skills will be put to the test both mentally and physically if he is to have any hope of bringing the criminal mastermind down.

This film has the most grounded plot in the trilogy as well as having the best performance from Cruise. In the first film Ethan Hunt was very typical secret agent. In the second he was James Bond-meets-The Matrix. M:i:III Ethan Hunt is portrayed as an actual human being who has emotions yet knows that he has a job to do and that he's the only one who can do it. It's not a landmark performance, but it is a vast improvement over the last two interpretations by Cruise which seemed wooden; vehicles for action who the audience couldn't legitimately relate to on any level.

A strong supporting cast improves since their last appearances in M:i:II, but the show comes close to being stolen by Hoffman's portrayal of Owen Davian. This is a GREAT villain! No doubt about it. He's more vicious than a Bond villain, yet just as well-cultured if not more so and he always keeps a menacing calm in his tone. Hoffman always seems to talk-down to everyone around him even when he's being held captive- it's like he feels himself to be a higher level of human being. Hoffman gives this character a great deal of depth, even though he could have easily pulled something cheesy or uninspired (given that the writing for the character is rather weak).

For these reasons M:i:III is my favorite thus far in the series. I give the movie a 9/10 star rating.

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review by . March 12, 2010
The Tom Cruise vehicle that has been the "Mission Impossible trilogy" (based on the classic television series) has for the most part been an uneven (often lackluster) film experience. `Mission: Impossible' released in 1996 directed by Brian De Pama had some action scenes that have since its release been parodied countless times, but its script lacked serious focus; often M:I becoming unnecessarily confusing for an inattentive audience member (or even an attentive viewer). Then John Woo gave it a …
review by . December 18, 2006
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Mission Impossible is now on the long list of films based off a show or a book much like the Bourne Identity, James bond and so on. There're are two types of fans that go see films like this, those who started watching the films and don't care and don't know anything about the original books or show and those that do and are completely loyal. In no way do I show disrespect to the people that loved the show or books because there have been plenty of films that had a great show and it completely disappoints …
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At the time of its release,Mission: Impossible III's box office was plagued by the publicity backlash against couch-jumping star Tom Cruise. It's too bad, because this third installment of the spy thriller franchise deserved a better reception than it got. First-time feature director J.J. Abrams (bigwig TV director/producer ofLost,Alias, &Felicity) proves more than able-bodied in creating aMission: Impossiblethat's leaner and less over-stylized than John Woo's sequel and less confusing than Brian De Palma's original. Plot is still a throwaway here (Cruise's Ethan Hunt rescues his kidnapped former trainee and works to steal a device that... well, we don't really know what it does, but it's something about mass destruction that costs $850 million), but the action sequences, particularly one where Ethan faces down a helicopter on a bridge and gets flung hard against the side of a car, are particularly impressive since Cruise, at 44, is still doing most of his own stunts and shows no hint of the weathered look that's struck his action-star peers. (Though noMission: Impossiblestunt will ever be quite as simultaneously nail-biting and funny as the first film's wire-dangling break-in of CIA headquarters.)

Mission: Impossible III boasts a pedigreed cast, particularly Oscar® winner Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote) as baddie arms dealer Owen Davian. Hoffman plays Owen all teeth-clenched and cool, especially when threatening to kill Ethan in front of his lovely new wife (Michelle ...

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Director: J.J. Abrams
Genre: Action, Adventure
DVD Release Date: October 30, 2006
Runtime: 126 minutes
Studio: Paramount
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