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Mission: Impossible III
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by Lybarger

"I guess nobody will be standing in line for ‘Mission: Credible.’"
3 stars

By handing the reigns of the third “Mission: Impossible” movie to “Alias” and “Lost” creator J.J. Abrams producer and star Tom Cruise has moved the franchise into much smarter and more emotionally involving territory. If only he had moved a little bit farther in that direction.

The first two “M:i” movies simply blew things up, and character and story seemed like afterthoughts. In the case of “M:i:II,” I didn’t mind so much because mayhem master John Woo was orchestrating the silly chaos. This time around, rookie director Abrams gets close to making a much more substantial thriller, so it feels curiously disappointing when the explosions return.

Abrams gets off to a nail-biting start when we see Impossible Mission Force (IMF) veteran Ethan Hunt tried to a dentist’s chair as rogue arms dealer Owen Davian (Philip Seymour Hoffman) threatens to gun down Ethan’s girlfriend Julia (Michelle Monaghan).

Hoffman, who could have either coasted on his Oscar for “Capote” or hammed it up, makes this scene work remarkably well by playing down Davian’s emotions. He projects a cold but brutal determination that’s remarkably intimidating. Firing a bullet through another human being’s head is like stepping on a bug for this guy.

After the credits roll, we find out that Ethan shouldn’t have been there at all. After years of risking his life, Ethan has switched to being an IMF instructor and is about to marry Julia. His boss Musgrave (Billy Crudup), however, has other plans.

One of Ethan’s former students (Keri Russell) has gone missing in Berlin while she was on Davian’s trail, so Ethan and his crew (Ving Rhames, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers and Maggie Q) fly there to rescue her.

Needless to say, things get a little more complicated, and Ethan and his pals have to outsmart (and out explode) both Davian and an impatient IMF boss (Laurence Fishburne) who thinks that Ethan is more of a liability to the organization than an asset.

Abrams blows up just about as many things and Brian De Palma and John Woo did in the first two films, but his setup isn’t as dry or uninvolving. Somehow all of this espionage leads to thrilling car and even helicopter chases. Until then, Cruise, the producer, deserves credit for assembling a terrific supporting cast that runs the danger of upstaging him. Fishburne is appropriately imposing, and Simon Pegg (“Shawn of the Dead”) is a riot as a harried IMF office nerd.

On the downside, Abrams and his co-writers Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman stick the film with a couple of glaringly obvious plot twists (can you find the mole?).

There is a sense that some of the scenes might have resolved themselves in a more satisfactory manner if nothing had blown up. As with the James Bond films, one gets a sense that the story might have been more potent if the resolution involved secrecy instead of car crashes.

By the time the end rolls around, Abrams has spent his emotion capital on the wreckage so it’s hard to get worked up about the people who fought over it. It would be nice to think that making a big thriller that didn’t dumb itself down wasn’t “Mission: Impossible.”

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User Comments

12/17/18 Ajp wales 1st is still the best. 2nd is about toms hair and its condition at various times in the mov 3 stars
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
5/17/07 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 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
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