Mission: Impossible III (2006)

Mission: Impossible III (2006)
  • Time: 126 min
  • Genre: Action | Adventure | Thriller
  • Director: J.J. Abrams
  • Cast: Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Michelle Monaghan, Billy Crudup, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Laurence Fishburne


Super-spy Ethan Hunt has retired from active duty to train new IMF agents. But he is called back into action to confront the toughest villain he’s ever faced – Owen Davian, an international weapons and information provider with no remorse and no conscience. Hunt assembles his team: his old friend Luther Strickell, transportation expert Declan, and background operative Zhen. They are to rescue one of his very own trainees, Lindsey who was kidnapped while on a surveillance detail of Davian. It soon becomes evident that Davian is well-protected, well-connected, and downright malicious. This forces Hunt to extend his journey back into the field in order to rescue his wife, Julia, and uncover IMF double agents in the process.


  • If you are craving a non-stop action movie with a decent plot and acting, go no further than MI-3. Tom Cruise reprises the role of Ethan Hunt, IMF agent extraordinaire who is attempting to leave the IMF field work to others as he takes over training of new agents. Can he stand it? Of course not! or the movie would’ve ended in 10 minutes!

    He’s engaged to marry Michelle Monaghan as his fiancée Julia. I think their chemistry was pretty good. I recently watched her in Source Code and she’s a terrific actress. At an engagement party, Ethan gets a call and next thing you know, he’s back in the field. He just has that itch and needs to scratch it. Cruise does a decent acting job of a guy torn between two worlds, where he wants to be just another normal guy, but his whole team is telling him that he can’t have a normal life.

    His team delivers, particularly Ving Rhames, who is so Mr. Cool. Also Maggie Q has a unique ability to blend in as nobody special, but be made to be very sexy when needed. Jonathan Rhyss Myers was standard. I saw him in Bend it Like Beckham, and he’s OK as an actor. Laurence Fishburne delivers as a mega boss type guy who takes no crap or bs from anyone. And finally Billy Crudup as Cruise’s mission chief who aids and abets Cruise outside the authority of officialdom.

    The plot is pretty simple, good guys against bad guys. Phillipe S. Hoffman absolutely delivers as evil, sadistic, feelingless arms dealer Owen Davian, who sells anything to anyone for a price with no concern about anyone. Hoffman, RIP, has some tremendous scenes with Cruise, where they go toe to toe in life or death struggles. Whoa, those scenes are really intense emotionally and physically.

    The action spans the globe from the US to Germany to Italy to China and back. At a little over 2 hours, the film is nicely paced. There are no real down moments where you feel the movie drags – it’s non-stop. At the end, you don’t really care about the Rabbit’s Foot as much as you do about how it’s going to go down. Just strap yourself in and enjoy this fine installment to the MI series. Enjoy.

  • With Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol coming out in December, I find myself the need to review Mission: Impossible III. As I popped in the DVD, I realized that the Mission: Impossible and Alien quadrologies share something in common – each film (no matter how good or bad) is directed by a filmmaker of note. Ridley Scott, Brian De Palma, James Cameron, John Woo, David Fincher, J.J. Abrams, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, and Brad Bird make up this tremendously talented list. Abrams, who is now one of Hollywood’s hottest properties, made the successful transition from television (Alias, 2001-2003; Lost, 2004) to feature filmmaking in 2006 with M:I:III.

    For a debut, M:I:III is a decent action film though it is more entertaining than stimulating. I say this because Abrams has since made two stimulating blockbusters in Star Trek (2009) and Super 8 (2011) and seem to be continuing in this vein with the sequel to Star Trek. Starring Tom Cruise, who still effortlessly tackles both acting and stuntwork after nearly three decades in film already, Philip Seymour Hoffman as the lead antagonist, and Michelle Monaghan, M:I:III gives us characters that are far from disposable as there is an effort to bring out some degree of character development in scenes of quiet drama that are often lacking in blockbusters like this.

    Ethan Hunt (Cruise) finds himself sucked back into the whirlwind of the job he left as a secret agent. He marries Julia (Monahgan) before he takes on his next mission: To capture Owen Davian (Hoffman), an arms dealer who is crafty, sadistic, and outright sickening as a person. In the tense opening sequence, we are catapulted into the world of espionage with Ethan at the absolute mercy of his nemesis. The film will gratify viewers seeking action and death-defying stunts. While not as stylistic as Woo’s M:I:II, the action sequences in Abrams’ film are nonetheless executed with aplomb.

    The tightly-paced set-piece at the Vatican is the highlight of the entire film, I feel. It also stays close to the tradition of the M:I style with its showcase of stealth and strategic planning. By casting Hoffman as the film’s scene-stealing villain, half the battle is already won by Abrams who allows viewers to engage with the conflict, both physically and psychologically, as played out dramatically by Hoffman and Cruise. In a nutshell, M:I:III is a well-shot action feature with steady (read: non-nauseating) camerawork, and at times, using excellent crane shots to immerse viewers into the visual spectacle. Despite being a tad cliché in terms of storytelling, the film remains to be a respectable popcorn effort by a very promising director.

    GRADE: B (7.5/10)

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