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Overall Rating
3.57

Awesome: 20.29%
Worth A Look42.03%
Average: 16.67%
Pretty Bad: 15.94%
Total Crap: 5.07%

12 reviews, 66 user ratings


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Mission: Impossible III
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by Dawn Taylor

"A tedious ode to Tom Cruise's ego, with precious little plot."
2 stars

Perhaps it's unrealistic to expect the characters in big, loud action films to act like anything resembling real human beings. But when an entire motion picture hinges on the main character's relationship with his fiancee, one hopes that said relationship would make even the teeniest, tiniest bit of sense.

Since the last "Mission Impossible" movie, the franchise's main character, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) of the Impossible Mission Force (IMF), has met and wooed a nurse named Julia (Michelle "I'm not Liv Tyler" Monaghan) who thinks he's some kind of traffic safety engineer. We're supposed to find this both charming and believable, that a super-secret agent who's constantly getting himself and those around him into mortal danger would blithely become engaged to a woman and then lie to her about, well, his entire identity. Much like Renee Zellweger's doormat wife who was had at hello by the arrogant, egocentric Jerry Maguire, just the fact that he's Tom Cruise is supposed to be enough to make him lovable. (Note: It's not.)

But then, nothing in this film is plausible, from the unexplained McGuffin that Hunt is seeking to the magical spy gizmo that can create a perfect latex mask of bad guy Phillip Seymour Hoffman in 20 seconds – and which, interestingly, can add 40 pounds to Cruise's frame once he slips the mask over his head. It's all a bunch of flashy, expensive hooey, with no substance whatsoever and precious little plot.

There are moments that make one yearn for the film that this might have been, most of them coming from the criminally underutilized Hoffman. When captured, albeit briefly, by Hunt, Hoffman's chilling take on the boilerplate "I will avenge myself by killing your whole family" speech is breathtakingly fresh, a reminder as to why he's one of only a handful of actors who can make David Mamet's words sound natural. Later, when Hunt puts on that latex Hoffman mask, we get a few short seconds of Hoffman behaving like a disguised Cruise – a bit that, were it extended, could have become a legendary film moment had Cruise's ego allowed for mockery at his expense.

But Cruise's ego is a large part of the problem with the entire "Mission: Impossible" franchise, which is based on a TV show that was, some may recall, about a team of agents doing exceedingly clever things to bamboozle crooks into implicating themselves, then vanishing back into anonymity without leaving a trace of their presence. In the "M:I" movies, though, it's the Tom Cruise show all the way, with other IMF agents barely registering next to the superhumanly strong, nigh invincible Hunt. What's missing is any of the original's cleverness, as well as any reason why we should care about the characters on the screen, who have all the complexity of sock puppets.

This film will make a lot of money, and many people will no doubt love the ear-shattering explosions, helicopter crashes, and high-tech stunts, despite the fact that director J.J. Abrams isn't particularly good at directing such things.

But for thinking audiences, there's a tedious repetition to the incessant rat-a-tat-tat of a mindless film like this one, and people who require some intelligence from the films they pay money to see will leave the theater mentally fatigued.

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originally posted: 05/10/06 11:28:00
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User Comments

9/14/17 morris campbell action movie goodness 4 stars
7/23/12 cr not good as part 2 was, tom cruise performance keeps movie from sucking. 2 stars
3/15/09 R.W. Welch Best of the so-so series. A little too gimmicky but moves right along. B- 4 stars
2/05/09 Faraz J Atlast a name worthy of the title. Fun ride. As i say thats what a GOOD movie is. 4 stars
12/16/08 Random M:I3 = a Cruise at breakneck speed. Best of the trilogy. 5 stars
5/23/08 Charles Tatum Sleepy actioner, with a ridiculously bad finale 2 stars
5/20/08 PAUL SHORTT IF THE PULSE NEVER QUITE RACES, THE MIND DOES BOGGLE 2 stars
5/17/07 Matt All 3 are shit. I haven't been able to watch one to the end. 1 stars
3/20/07 man best of the three 4 stars
2/04/07 AJ Muller Surprisingly entertaining mix of 1 and 2; superb popcorn flick. 4 stars
1/20/07 Monday Morning Hey...rabbit's foot. Ooooo...scary, kids! All action, minimal plot. 3 stars
1/10/07 Mike I was pleasantly surprised. GREAT movie!!! Non-stop action!!! 5 stars
1/10/07 Logan Bray Awsome movie definitly buy it 5 stars
12/19/06 Indrid Cold Not a waste of time, but nothing memorable. 3 stars
12/04/06 JeromeBosch Ostentatious pétard mouillé…no more fizz left in this franchise 3 stars
11/22/06 burp A damn slick and enjoyable action flick 4 stars
11/21/06 Austin Wertman WHAT DO YOU MEAN "WORTH A LOOK"? AWESOME MOVIE! 4 stars
11/21/06 mr.mike accept this "mission" - by far the best 5 stars
11/19/06 Jim Not bad, but ending is lame. Nice to see Shaun of the Dead has a new job. 4 stars
11/09/06 Anthony Feor I had a feeling I had saw this in the other two movies 3 stars
11/02/06 action movie fan good action in james bondish story--bridge scene is the best 4 stars
8/06/06 Erik Van Sant Glad it's over. Bye, Cruisy-boy. Abrahms' directing is worth the cash to see this. 4 stars
7/16/06 scott watterman this movie sucked so much ass 1 stars
7/13/06 Gayblade Another ego vehicle for the man who likes shots showing him running. 2 stars
7/07/06 malcolm it's that easy to teach a doctor to use a handgun? 4 stars
6/25/06 Zed Absurd love story ruins the movie 2 stars
6/18/06 MP Bartley Clever script, good action and team-work for once. Hoffman steals the film predictably. 4 stars
5/29/06 Charlene Javier Loved it loved it loved it! 4 stars
5/28/06 Koitus "How" does being dead stop a nitroglycerine bomb? Also, improbable ending-mtg the IMF team. 3 stars
5/19/06 Staci This Mission features Tom at his sexy best! I give it 2 thumbs up! 5 stars
5/18/06 Quigley amazingly, tom didn't ruin it. hoffman was awesome, and so were the stunts and action 4 stars
5/18/06 michael average and wait for the DVD 3 stars
5/18/06 Gavin Bamber Will keep this series going ala Bond 4 stars
5/18/06 Alfred Guy Tom Cruise = not believable in any action role. 2 stars
5/17/06 Paddy Big bold, brash & beautiful! Dont agree with the review. Look for the padding he straps on! 5 stars
5/17/06 John Terrible acting except for Hoffmann - a real waste of time - 2 stars
5/16/06 Ole Man Bourbon TOM CRUISE OMG! I CAN'T GET ENOUGH!!! 3 stars
5/16/06 katinka poo 1 stars
5/15/06 Ethan Hunt Sucks Don't waste your money 1 stars
5/14/06 K. Pearlman Could not pay me enough to have to see this one.... 2 stars
5/12/06 ES I went and saw it; even though I hated the first two. It was terrific. 4 stars
5/11/06 Adrian A two hour Tom Cruise ad. Screw this shit. 1 stars
5/10/06 NoRefill I hated the last one, but his one was pretty exciting. A few stupid things, but forgivable. 4 stars
5/10/06 Paul action, acting, plot, fun, entertaining, great, money's worth, fun, funny, fine, frollick 5 stars
5/09/06 Aldo personally i didn't like 1 & 2 but this was way better - good cinema movie go & watch it 5 stars
5/09/06 Mase The "mission" series is getting seriously stale. Watchable but completly forgettable 3 stars
5/09/06 cpbjr much better than anticipated. 4 stars
5/09/06 DANNY I FELT IT HAD A LOT OF COOL ACTION SEQUENCES FOR A T CRUISE FILM 4 stars
5/09/06 y2mckay Great action and supporting cast, but too predictable and dead-set on a happy ending. 4 stars
5/09/06 zaw I mean, good guy need to loose sometime like a wife or g/f something. It was so perdicitbl 1 stars
5/08/06 jmelrose Awesome. Best of the 3. Great story, Internal corruption angle IS old, but minor issue. 5 stars
5/08/06 Nobody Way better than the first 2 5 stars
5/08/06 Blutarsky Matrix trilogy?? Feh. MI3 rocked the audience like a hurricane. 5 stars
5/08/06 Paul " Diddy" Sutherland Deep Plot miraculous action scenes and just a enough comedy to keep you engaged. 5 stars
5/08/06 sg72 Great action sequences but plot was nearly non-existent. 2 stars
5/07/06 Carol smart flick, exciting, fine acitng, colorful, for the discerning, passionate, big screen 5 stars
5/07/06 GoGo THIS was why sequels were invented. Best one so far! 5 stars
5/06/06 Philip Buckley-Mellor Borderline-perfect 5 stars
5/06/06 KingNeutron 2nd half was better than the 1st, but whole int.corruption thing has been done 2 death... 3 stars
5/06/06 al too much hype. worth a rental not a full movie price..... 3 stars
5/06/06 Eevil Wolfie Makes up for the wreck that was Mission Impossible 2. 4 stars
5/06/06 Dan This is a dumb movie for dumb people. 1 stars
5/06/06 k oh please.. this was NOT a good movie... 2 stars
5/06/06 Heather Runyan this movie was ok 3 stars
5/05/06 jcjs no brainer wonderful, fast, impossible delightful, wonderful acting, lost the plot, 2am 5 stars
5/05/06 Doc Hollywood An entertaining flick. Rather predictable ending. 4 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  05-May-2006 (PG-13)
  DVD: 30-Oct-2006

UK
  05-May-2006

Australia
  04-May-2006




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