A film that does what it says on the cover. BAM BAM BAM! This is Mission Impossible and this is Tom Cruise's film. Walk away from the DVD if you're not a fan of the Cruise, because he dominates every frame of this film.
The action and tension begin right from the very first minute and it's the opening that cleverly keeps you interested through set piece after blistering set piece. Gallavanting around the world, Cruise and his team (including the excellent Ving Rhames, Maggie Q and Simon Pegg!) are out on a mission to stop evil baddie Phillip Seymour Hoffman, whose wonderful 'I'm bad and I don't give a crap!' performance, counterpoints the Cruise's hero man extremely well.
Throw in a love interest, betrayal, counter betrayal, and as many things blowing up as possible, MI3 really does swagger its way through the two hour run time. Don't expect deep and meaningful acting. Just sit back and let the pure popcorn pleasure of an action blockbuster wash over you.
Not as good as the first Mission Impossible film, (which is probably the best of the three in terms of plot and character) but certainly a worthy and loud successor, and a definite improvement over the Cruise love fest that was MI2. This film will definitely self-destruct all five of your senses... Enjoy.
"M:I-3" is the one film of the trilogy that almost never happened - delayed and cancelled so many times we thought it would never come. Ironic, then, that it is far and away the best film of the three. Where the original was a little bereft of big action sequences and the second blatantly self - indulgent in slow-mo shots of The Cruiser's floppy hair, the third strikes the perfect balance between top-drawer action, fantastic acting and an enthralling story-line. Largely due to J.J. Abrams' masterful directing, this film has blistering pace whilst taking the time to give us some truly memorable character acting. The support cast for the film is superb: despite limited screen time, Michelle Monaghan portrays a believably strong but vulnerable other half to Cruise's secret agent. And Ving Rhames' Luther Stickle is also a likeable and interesting performance. Most memorable however is Philip Seymour Hoffman as bad guy Owen Davien. He is a very, very bad man, always one step ahead of things, and the opening scene sets him up as a truly enthralling villain. But this film is all about one person: Tom Cruise. Looking at him move, run , fight, just be on the screen, it's hard to believe its ten years since the first "Impossible". He takes his character to new heights in this third outing, enhancing Hunt's humanity and showing us what really drives the man, what "pushes his buttons". This is helped by the on-screen chemistry with Monaghan, but also with Seymour Hoffman. He steals every scene with one quick knowing grin at the screen, and not just in the action sequences (almost all of which he performed himself); particularly memorable is an emotional sequence between Hunt and his wife-to-be, when The Cruiser takes up over 10 seconds of screen time in total silence, yet making it one of the most captivating scenes in the film. In simple terms, this "Mission" successfully completes the sometimes impossible task of a balanced action movie - a perfect blend of non stop, breath taking stunts with top notch acting. The Cruisr on top of his game.
`Mission Impossible: 3' is a chase marathon. An explosive adventure filled with wild goose chases--and just plain wild chases--this globe trotting adventure will please anyone not interested in seeing characters catch their breath. The plot is opaque, but uncomplicated: To avenge the death of colleague, Lindsey (Julie Harris), Ethan (Cruise) finds little time to consummate his honeymoon after taking vows with Julia (Michelle Monaghan), and, instead infiltrates the Vatican and Shanghai to catch his nemesis, Owen Davian (Philip Seymour Thomas) an arms dealer who will use a coded item (nicknamed a "rabbit's foot") to sell sensitive weapons to the Middle East. Finding treachery in his intelligence organization and a villain who kidnaps his newly wedded wife make for some nail-biting adventure.
Although familiar in its pyrotechnics and chase scenes, 'MI:3' remains a formidable adventure. And though we've seen the hero blackmailed by his kidnapped wife many times, the danger often remains palpable. Tom Cruise gives the third installment some urgency, and Laurence Fishburne as his tough, tart-tongued supervisor, Theodore Brassel, bolster the formula for this action outing.
After the disaster which was MI2, the producers wisely dispensed with the services of Mr Woo (who after looking at his CV should have been kept well away from the second film) and achieve what is seldom achieved, a film which is better than its predecessor, although Tom Cruise reading from the phone book would have been better than Mission Impossible 2. This film has a much stronger narrative and the effects/stunts are far better. That slow-motion martial arts nonsense seen in MI2 has little or no place in a mainstream spy story and it is dispensed with in favour of much more gritty and realistic stunt work.
The film is not a classic, and it's not as good as the masterful original, but it is a worthy successor to it. It's lots of fun and leaves the viewer with a sense of enjoyment which is lacking from the second installment. Ignore the fact that the second film exists, as the producers have done by choosing not to make a single reference to it, skip from part one to part three and you'll have the makings of a great film and decent sequel.