Mission Impossible III

Mission IMpossible III MiIII MI-3. Guns Tom Cruise Philip Seymour Hoffman Ving Rhames, Billy Crudup, Michelle Monaghan, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Keri Russell, Maggie Q, Laurence Fishburne, Simon Pegg, Eddie Marsan, Aaron Paul

Mission Impossible III (M:i:III, M:I-3): the impossible missions force’s (IMF) best agent, Ethan Hunt, is brought out of retirement when an arms dealer kills his protégé, then kidnaps his fiancé. The action set-pieces are what make this film: there’s a quality raid on Berlin building; impossibly intricate Vatican mission, Shanghai rooftops, and a sustained climactic ending – action fans can’t really ask for more. The only let-down is the lack of an ‘Impossible’ break in attempt, which is the linchpin of – and arguably best things about – the previous two films. It’s far less po faced than other contemporary spies like Bourne and rebooted Bond: moments like Cruise singing “We are family”, and a few tongue-firmly-in-cheek nods to Cocktail and Top Gun are the cherries atop a full-fat everybody-having-fun cake. Even Cruise’s running is funny to watch – perhaps his version of the Arrested Development chicken dance?  Although it’s overall funnier, SeymourHoffman’s villain is the most callous and dangerous yet, he does well with his screen time. With a decent script, huge cast (Ving Rhames is back!) and another proficient director (JJ Abrams) putting his lens flared stamp all over it, Mission Impossible III is a great popcorn action movie with some gratuitous emotions thrown in; although it’s probably the least memorable or original entry in the franchise so far.

Score: 7.5/10

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Mission IMpossible III MiIII MI-3. Guns Tom Cruise Philip Seymour Hoffman Ving Rhames, Billy Crudup, Michelle Monaghan, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Keri Russell, Maggie Q, Laurence Fishburne, Simon Pegg, Eddie Marsan, Aaron Paul

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7 comments
  1. Jaina said:

    I remember really enjoying this one, but I can’t actually remember it. Much like the last 2 MI films.

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      Yep – far less memorable moments. The first one has the fish tank / security room heist. MI2 has the John Woo flare. MI4 has Barj Dubai etc… this one just feels a bit light on the awe factor.

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  2. I agree it might be the least memorable as far as action set-pieces go. Although I do think it’s the most intense and pulse pounding. It’s the most different out of the series for these reasons, and being incredibly fast paced. There’s not much room to breath. With all that said though, MI:3 is leagues better than MI:2 for me. That movie just gets too ridiculous.
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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      MI2 landed in the middle of my teenage years – at the time I didn’t think there could ever be a better movie. Slow mo, gun fu, DOVES!!! Looking back it hasn’t aged as well as the others. But as far as plot and tension, this one’s tough to beat.

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      • I can’t deny it being entertaining as hell. But watching it today, I can tell I’m entertained for the wrong reasons. That motorcycle scene is so amazingly ridiculous to watch. I love it.

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        • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

          The bit when he kicks the sand, catches the gun, and does a roll/flip makes my inner 13-year-old pee a little bit!

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          • The last 20 minutes make up for anything else in the other 1.5 hours that I might have felt indifferent about. That’s for sure.

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