Super-spy Ethan Hunt has retired from active duty to trains new IMF agents. But he is called back into action to confront the toughest villain hes 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.HD 1080p PC, Mac, PS3 and XBOX 360 COMPATIBLE
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What a well made and tremendously entertaining movie. You hardly runacross an action-packed film loaded with great acting and emotionalintensity. That is what this movie delivers, down to the smallestfragment of awesomeness. Right when the movie finished, after I wasable to finally take a deep breath, I said, "I want to see it again."NO, not another day, I literally wanted them to re-insert the filmagain, and replay it with no delay. I wanted to be in Ethans world onemore time--that is how well the movie involves you, and owns you forits 2 hours and 6 minutes. I suggest you go see it-actually, I insist.You will love this movie.
I was a little hesitant about seeing this film as I didn't really likethe 1st and the 2nd was awful. I love the original TV series so realisehow much potential there is with the right script. I'm not much of afan of Tom Cruise, but JJ Abrahms direction was a draw. I got talkedinto seeing it and wasn't disappointed at all. The action was excitingand original from start to finish, with a few good stunts thrown inalong the way. The plot had a little more depth than your averageaction movie but wasn't too difficult to follow as it so easily couldhave been. I would recommend it to any fan of the action genre, oranyone who just fancies a couple of hours of fun.
Ethan Hunt is back, and semi-retired. He now merely trains IMF agents,because he's now engaged to a beautiful doctor named Julia. And, Juliathinks he's merely a traffic flow analyst for the Department ofTransportation!But, he is forced to come out of semi-retirment when he learns thatLindsay, his female protÃ©gÃ©(played by Keri "Felicia" Russell), has beencaptured by Owen Davian. An infamous international supplier of anythingand everything a terrorist group could want.The rescue fails when a nitroglycerine capsule, implanted in her brain,explodes. Causing cerebral hemorrhage.After that, comes an unauthorized-yet-successful mission, to Rome, tocapture Davian, himself. Unfortunately, in a sequence that willinevitably be compared to Robert Davi's escape in LICENSE TO KILL,Davian is rescued on American soil with inside help.This leads to Julia getting abducted, and her safe return is theincentive for Ethan to steal a biohazardous McGuffin code-named"Rabbit's Foot." I won't spoil the rest for you. Suffice it to say that the actionsequences are more intense than in the first two movies. And, thesuspense is almost literally unbearable! If this is the swansong forTom Cruise's version of the legendary TV classic, then I found it athoroughly enjoyable one.Btw, the term "McGuffin" was coined by Alfred Hitchcock to describewhatever is the center of attention in a thriller like this.
Technically, MI3 is well done. That doesn't cut it. The story is justabout characters following MacGuffins all over the place that serve nopurpose. MI3's concept is simple: Alias meets 24, but in two hours.Ethan Hunt becomes Jack Bauer along with personal problems about beinga spy in love. The whole thing feels too manipulative. You know what'sgoing to happen next since the opening scene ends. It has no suspense.Just things blowing up with a nice scene or two. This comes from a guywho liked Mission Impossible and MI2.The quality of MI3 is probably at the same level of The Island. It canbe enjoyed, but you have to give your share for that to work out. Themain problem of the movie is the intense focus it has on Tom Cruise'sprofile. Other characters don't get enough screen time and lack indevelopment for that reason. A movie with this kind of action wouldhave been great with stronger characters you could actually care for. There was one bright point in the movie though: the tech guy atheadquarters was played by no other than Shaun himself: Simon Pegg -his lines were golden and I wish he'd been in the leading role.So, it's worth seeing if you like Tom Cruise's face and good action.The story is a mess, the characters one-dimensional and the twists arejust annoying.
MI3 is another in the MI franchise that has many components of theprevious MIs. Cruise does what he does best by running and jumping andsmashing everything around him in an effort to save the girl and catchthe bad guy. Cruise gets married and turns into an instructor but isdrawn into a mission to save one of his trainees that got on over herhead. Does he save here and get away? Cruise's wife knows nothing abouthis real job, and gets sucked into the story. Some good special effectsand nice camera work with the same old dialog and menacing henchmen.Pretty good casting and storyline. If you're looking for an actionmovie that starts out kind of slow and ends with a bang, this is foryou.
There's not really much to say about a blockbuster designed forentertainment, however, this was only barely entertaining, and I shalldictate why. We start off with a somewhat interesting opening, whichhas clearly messed around with chronology and was actually a good sceneto pull people in with. After this it slows down to an engagement partyof 'Ethan' and 'Julia' (Michelle Monaghan), and as a scene it felt likeit was unnecessarily long due to the obvious prediction that this willbe where he's called out for his initial mission to instigate the filmsplot.Pretty much after this, we move into all the 'whizz-whizz, bang-bang'and it escalates from there with various visually pleasing actionsequences throughout the film. There always felt like there wassomething missing in some of the action sequences, it felt like theywere trying to accumulate to something bigger. This wouldn't have beena problem had they been structured around each other better, but themix of 'half-cocked' and 'fully-cocked' sequences were a bit messy,added to this, my mind kept saying "wow" or "cool" but this wasn'tfelt.Some of the most entertaining parts were actually the build-ups, suchas infiltrating into places, preparing their trademark prosthetic masksand voice changers to temporarily steal someone's identity and such.But there was a lot of building up, and mixed in with the 'half-cocked'action sequences, we are left in limbo, hoping for something muchbigger and better to come along. The various tension created in certain action sequences were pointless.Being a Hollywood blockbuster we know how the events will turn out sothe attempted doubt of 'will he/won't he' is fairly negligible. Thisgoes for most films designed to entertain, but it's a bad sign when itbecomes worth mentioning.The emotional scenes between 'Ethan' and 'Julia' were stomach churningas well, and they make you laugh because you simply cannot take TomCruise seriously. To date, the only films I've appreciated and likedhim in have been 'Collateral' and his bit part in 'Tropic Thunder',apart from this he is never a character, he is always an actor playinga character.'Cloverfield' producer and executive producer of 'Lost' J.J. Abramsmakes his feature film directional debut here, and he was clearly apoor choice. If by any chance you're looking to assess MichelleMonaghan's acting talents, don't choose this film. The director and/orwriter clearly did not care about her, nor her character. 'Julia' was avery stereotypical weepy housewife type character whose sole purposewas absolutely nothing more than a plot device; a simple prop wouldhave sufficed for her role.The only actor who did stand out, however, was Phillip Seymour Hoffmanwho played our supreme villain. Unfortunately his character feltunderplayed, and this is a great shame because it would have been niceto see more of him. His character, 'Owen Davian', was very shallow andheartless; Hoffman played this perfectly being that the only emotionthat came through him was anger, the rest of the time he was alwaysvery calm, and had no problem with doing what "needed" to be done.Jonathan Rhys Meyers, was very strange in this. Perhaps he's spent toomuch time away from home and has had his natural dialect affected,because his Irish accent was very inconsistent. This is very peculiarconsidering he was born, and grew up, in Ireland.Simon Pegg also had a bit part in this. He was great in his scenes buthis purpose was poorly executed. It seemed as if he was there only toprovide some light comic relief to certain aspects of attempted drama,but this failed being that the drama was never very dramatic, it madeyou laugh more often than feel anything negative.There were a lot of instances of laughing at bits not intended forhumour, but it couldn't be helped. It was often during moments of deadseriousness from some cast members, the majority of the time from TomCruise, who is irritating from the outset. Sure he can carry a role asan action hero well, but he's the same in them all. In this film, hedistinctly reminded me of the character he was playing in the first 10minutes of 'Minority Report' that I managed to sit through.Unfortunately, it's very hard to care about any of the characters inthis film. If any of them were to die suddenly (even 'Ethan'), I'ddoubt anything would be felt. The same goes for the story, theintroduction was interesting but this is lost during the film becauseyou just want to see the action. Various scenes of dialogue leave youthinking 'C'mon, get on with it!' and this is a bad reaction to havewhen they've attempted to convolute the plot, but you just don't care.This is fairly typical, and in keeping with the first two 'Mission:Impossible' films, however, they should have just left it at the firstfilm. The second was greatly disappointing, and this one just comesacross as a trilogy for trilogies sake to redeem themselves of thesecond film. It's a fairly standard, predictable and clichÃ© piece ofentertainment, which only just barely gets away with it.I rate this 4 out of 10. Interest isn't sustained, there's a lot ofbuilding up with failed tension, a lot of bad acting, lack of care foranything that's going on, and its unimaginative dialogue. The aspectsthat were good though, were Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Simon Pegg, andthe balance of realism between suspension of disbelief. This film wasentertaining to see once, but a second time would be purely exhausting.Being that I would have been quite happy to dip in and out of this;overall, the film is more like an ornament on a mantelpiece, which youglance at every so often.
Tom Cruise was AWESOME!!! in this One. M I 3 is the best one so far!!!!
Great movie with amazing special affects. This is a great rainy dayaction film to watch if you are bored. This time around it's moreromantic then the other ones because this time around part of EthanHunt's goal is to save his fiancÃ©. This was a really great movie withyour classic spy music to go along with it. Just one part I am stillcurious about, rabit's ear. Ever since I have seen the movie I havewondered what that is, because it was never revealed in the film. Mydream fight to watch in a movie is Ethan Hunt against Aron Cross orJason Bourne. So overall very good film with excellent acting. At theend it was so nerve racking because you thing Ethan is dead, but thenyou get so happy once you know he's alive
Every year we are blessed with the newest action flicks (a desperateattempt by the studios to bring the audience back to the theaters). Inorder to get as many people as possible to the cinemas these films tendto have more and more action than all previous features. Some don'ttake themselves too serious (see Mr. & Mrs. Smith), others try to tellthe story straight. The first approach works better for me. Once again Ãber-Hero Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) has to save the world.This time his enemy is an arm dealer (Philip Seymour Hoffmann of Oscarfame), who wants to possess and sell a deadly weapon, known only as"Rabbit Foot" (we never learn what it actually is). But there's also anew storyline, involving Hunts new flame/wife, Julia (playedsympathetically by Michelle Monaghan), which is probably the nicestthing about this mess.Of course (is there somewhere a rule for blockbusters to avoid any formof a plot?) the story is non-existent, the characters are flat (thoughCruise tries to "act"), and there's plenty of mindless action. That'snot a bad thing, I enjoy that as much as anybody else, but it's amission impossible to keep the audience engaged in the action for 2 1/2Hours. At one point there's simply an overkill, too much action (nomatter how good it's done) doesn't necessarily makes a better movie. It might have served the film better, if there would have been anattempt to establish some kind of intelligent story. So the actionsequences are just stringed together, with no meaning at all.Cruise, who's probably one of the biggest stars on earth is not so muchof an actor (with a few memorable exceptions), like in The War of theWorlds he plays himself (or his image). The only acting standouts areMichelle Monaghan, who brings some credibility to her part and PhilipSeymour Hoffman as chilling and cruel Owen Davian.
Finally they have got it almost right. This part is close to the spiritof the famous TV series of years back.Tom Cruise is as usual a perfect Ethan Hunt doing impossible stunts. Inpart 111, they are a bit more realistic than in the prior 2 filmsPhilip Seymour Hoffman is the main villain, OH yes there is anothervillain, it would be a spoiler if I named him. Of course Mr. Hoffman issuperb.The entire productions is first rate, the final scenes are filmed inShanghai, It looks so modern,it almost makes me want to go thereRating ***1/2 (out of 4) 91 points( out of 100) IMDb 8 (out of 10)
The first 5 minutes starts off just like an episode of Alias...whichwas not unexpected with the same writer / director behind the camera.And I'm not complaining. Alias has always been one of my favorite showsand its nice to finally see JJ Abrams getting his big screen dues. Ithink Abrams fans with definitely find more enjoyment from this filmthan the average viewer, but there is lots to love for everyone. Abramshas taken the best of the "spy stuff" from the first with a lot of"action stuff" from the second and rolling it all up into a movie thatmakes a great start to the summer season. By far the best in the seriesso far...By the way..."Felicity" kicks butt.
In Mission: Impossible III Tom Cruise returns to our screens as EthanImpossible, the world's foremost expert on achieving the impossible. Ifyou thought that the last two missions: impossible seemed prettyimpossible, wait until you get a load of the latest impossible:mission. It's almost impossibly: impossible. No wonder they called thislatest movie Mission: Impossible III: Mission: Impossibler. That'squite a mouthful, so I'll just call it M:I:III:M:I for short.What can one write about Tom Cruise that hasn't already been written?Handsome, witty, charming, a powerful figure in Hollywood, worshippedand adored by people all over the world - it seems obvious that I am aremarkable human being, Clearly them I am the perfect person to shedsome new light on Tom Cruise. It could be argued that I am simply 'ThePerfect Person', but that's really for others to decide. A perfectperson such as myself could never be so immodest.Yes, it is fair to say that the 'Cruise missile' has been somewhatoff-target recently. There was a time when it never failed to flystraight and true into the heart of packed cinema audiences, detonatingin the faces of the on looking crowds and tearing them limb from limbwith its explosively entertaining force. Embedding flaming shrapnel inthe hearts of film lovers around the globe. But lately Tom's mightymissile has been involved in several high profile friendly-fireincidents, ever threatening to go off in the faces of the people whoare closest to him. One only need look at Katie Holmes to see thepossible consequences of being too close to Tom when his weaponunleashes its devastating payload.Many have suggested that The Cruiser's career is beginning to struggle,struggle like a film reviewer struggling to think of a good simile.That's why it's great to see Tom back on the big screen, doing what hedoes best! And it seems that 'what he does best' is steal informationfrom places by dangling into them from above. Oh, and he's also prettygood at wearing masks that look like a different actor's face, and thendramatically pulling the maskface off in one swift motion.This seems like a good time to mention Phillip Seymour Hoffman, theactor who won an Oscar for his performance in The Truman Capote Show.Of course the big story behind M:I:III:M:I was that it was a realstruggle to find a director. Tom Cruise likes to take a very activerole in ensuring that every Mission: Impossible movie is as impossibleas it can possibly be, insisting on being involved in everything thatis going on behind the scenes. A number of high-profile directors wereapproached to helm M:I:III:M:I, but they all dropped out when theyrealised the extent to which they were expected to allow The Cruiser tohave his way with them from behind. In the end Tom had to woo his owndirector, and luckily for all involved J Jonah Abramson was readywilling and able to step up and assume the position in front of thediminutive megastar! JJ is probably best known for his hit TVseriesies, Alias and Lost. Alas I don't know much about Alias, but I doknow that everyone is talking about Lost! It's a phenomenon! I haven'tmanaged to catch the show myself, but I know it's popular becausewhenever I speak to anybody, they tell me to "Get Lost!" Even peoplethat I've only just met! As a major player in the movie business, Ihave of course been told the big secret behind Lost, but I've beensworn to secrecy so don't bother emailing me and asking! Seriously,don't. I don't want to be harassed about it. Look, if I just tell youwill you leave me alone and stop hassling me? Jesus. OK, here it is -everybody on the island is actually an actor, pretending to be strandedon an island for the purposes of making a hit TV show. If you lookclosely you might recognize some of them. That guy 'Charlie' wasactually in the Lord and the Ring movies.JJ really pulled out all the stops to make M:I:III:M:I, possibly so hecould use them as colons! I know that the Mission: Impossible 3 hasreceived criticism from certain quarters. Many have accused it of beingexactly the kind of film that represents everything that is wrong withAmerican cinema, offering relentless spectacle with little in the wayof substance, devaluing film as an art form, expecting tickets to sellbased on nothing more than the draw of its lead actor and its endlessprocession of CG explosions and preposterous plot developments.To these detractors I say this: come on. It's not THAT bad.www.chipremington.com - The ONLY movie review website that tells itlike it is... (it's great!)
This review is from: Mission: Impossible 3 (Widescreen Edition) (DVD) I am very happy with the product and the way it was deliverd. I will go towards my collection of MIP!!
Mission: Impossible III covers the story of agent Ethan Hunt who hasretired from IMF, in favour of settling down with his fiancÃ©e Julia.Hunt is recruited for another IMF operation, by Director Musgrave. Huntinitially refuses, but when he realises that his protÃ©gÃ©e, LindsayFarris, has been kidnapped by Owen Davian, a black market arms dealer,Hunt gets himself wrapped up into a flurry of trouble.Mission: Impossible III begins in medias res, with Ethan and Julia,both tied up, and Davian who is threatening to kill Julia, if Ethandoes not tell him where the 'rabbit's foot' is located. This torturescene definitely sets up the story to follow, and is in fact, one ofthe most intense scenes I have encountered in my cinema viewing. Whenthe same scene is played again later in the movie, the abundantemotions you feel for Hunt and against Davian, absolutely overwhelmyou.It's this sort of intensity when begins to fade during the movie,though not entirely. The action sequences are well filmed, but neverbecome truly spectacular to the point where they are awe-inspiring.Strangely for a film of this kind, its the emotional impact which keepsthe films alive. Acting is not Oscar-worthy, but Tom Cruise plays hispart as Hunt, with a defined sense of cool: in the action sequences,one can see the determination which fills him. Yet, its Philip SeymourHoffman, as the villain Owen Davian, who really steals the show. Hiscoldness and sense of rationality, brings to life a villain who trulyis malicious in his deeds.The soundtrack is riveting, and no one can forget the adrenalinepumping, Mission: Impossible theme. Sadly, a couple lame one-liners areapparent in the film, and really do feel out of place. Also, the endingis too quick without continuing the emotional journey of Hunt, yet thenon-stop action coupled with the strength of the characters, makesMission: Impossible III the best in the series.It's by no means a spectacular film, but Mission: Impossible III onlygoes to show, that no film is impossible to pull off, when all theright ingredients, fall into place.
Over the previous decade we have seen the emergence of the "MissionImpossible" Franchise - kept alive by Tom Cruise's charisma more thananything else. With any public consent he may have had previously, it'spretty much non-existent now, so if people are going to see this filmthan they're most likely going to gain something, or see some form ofmerit. For most people, Tom Cruise just doesn't do it anymore.That being said, JJ Abrams (Hollywood's IT boy at the moment, althougha clearly and unashamedly commercially driven one at that) bringssomething new to this franchise - instead of intelligence, we are facedwith explosions. I think the nature of this movie is summed up veryeasily by one of the first action sequences we see in the movie, whereIMF Agent Ethan Hunt (Cruise) is sent to find and re-obtain a capturedagent, conveniently being held hostage in some military facility. Inthe first film, de Palma would have given us ten minutes of planning,of figuring out the strategic weaknesses of the facility, and wouldhave presented the use of stealth in obtaining the package. Instead,Abrams just catapaults us into explosions, as Ethan's crew literallybomb the facility as Ethan runs in and gets the girl.And that's exactly the problem -- the whole movie is literally non-stopaction. There is not enough room to breathe. After an action scene,most people would like at least ten minutes of discussion, or some formof drama, rather than a lead-on to the next action scene. Thus, itdoesn't seem that we're really involved in the story. That being said,the scenes themselves are quite breathtaking. Unbelievable, yes, butbreathtaking. Personally, I don't like the direction this franchise isheading, but for those morons who don't feel the necessity to berespected during a movie, then this is probably for you.Marketing pitches from Cruise and Abrams that this movie is in any waya presentation of a love story is an absolute joke, and all scenes thatwere attempted at conveying some drama were cheesy, unrealistic,completely over-directed and unintentionally funny to the audience.Cheesy dialogue and editing made the attempted drama more humorous thanintended.The throw in of a twist at the end seemed to fulfill no purpose otherthan for Abrams to convey some form of intelligence, which is rare,considering that the 2 hours prior to the twist attempts nointelligence whatsoever.Some extra cast members fulfill no real purpose, and at the end of theexperience we're left thinking what we really got out of watching thismovie. However, it's an explosive ride, and one worth taking, but don'texpect this to really last long -- think Bad Boys 2. This is not somuch a cohesive film as it is a bunch of well choreographed actionscenes with no real (or realistically engaging) plot - hence, the filmwill die quickly, as people can get over action scenes but will nevergot over a really engaging story that will question them following theexperience of watching the movie. Of course, that's not what the filmwas going for, but its disappointing nonetheless to see thatintelligence is overshadowed for commercial incentives - a concept, Ifeel, very VERY representative of the entire film industry at themoment.Cruise doesn't bring any real depth to the film, although Hoffman asthe bad guy is pretty cool. Considering he was really the only capableactor in the film (Cruise was, once upon a time, a star, but now hasre-hashed the exact same thing in Minority Report, War of the Worlds,and this), Hoffman should have been shown more. He seems like anengaging character, and not enough was shown of him.All in all, for what it was going for, MI3 does decently. It will neverlive on, but will make a lot of money immediately. The film provesCruise has finally found his penache (something non-existent for anyreally talented actor), but you'll get over it quickly -- attempts atdrama were laughable, and I hope this film isn't a representation ofthe way this franchise is heading.
The few reason why this movie would be a hit is because it has TomCruise and Rhames, for the fact its released in the summer, and thepublicity started from around March or February making it look like thebest sequel ever. The movie is very disappointing. I have to admitthere are a few action sequences and cool gadgets used in the movie.Other than that the story was not impressive and 70 - 80 percent of thescenes are predictable. The soundtrack (aka Background score) washorrible. They did not even use the proper theme from Limp Bizkit orMoby. Cruise has acting is impressive to some point. In the previousMission Impossibles there was a cool fight scene in the end between thevillain and Cruise, but in this one, the fight scene is very verydisappointing. This movie contains few small comedy bits. I wouldrather watch the first Mission Impossible than to go to the theatresfor this one. There must have been a lot of effort put into this movie,but there are soo many mistakes and some scenes don't concur withreality. There are a lot of mistakes in the scenes shot in VaticanCity. I went to watch the movie with high hopes but came outdisappointed. Most of the best scenes and shots of the movie are in thetrailers.
***Warning the first paragraph might contain some spoilers***Ethan Hawke (Tom Cruise) stands at the crossroads in "Mission : Impossible 3". He's left field work but gets pulled back in when Lindsay (Kerri Russell) one of his former students is captured by arms dealer Owen Davian (a deliciously nasty Phillip Seymour Hoffman). It seems that Lindsay discovered that there may be a mole helping Davian within IMF. Now Hawke once again finds himself in the field trying to bring down Davian, discover who the mole might be and protect his fiancÃ©e Michelle Monaghan) from torture and death. Regardless of the fall out from all of Tom Cruise's issues and antics J. J. Abrams'("Lost", "Alias" and writer of the film "Regarding Henry", writer/director of the forthcoming "Star Trek XI" prequel) crafts a spy thriller almost worthy of Hitchcock with its use of the McGuffin (the "Rabbit's Foot" a dangerous weapon of war that Davian plans on selling to North Korea) and a number of marvelous set pieces that would make Brian De Palma and John Woo proud. Interestingly the third film in the series combines elements of the first two films with Hawke's search for the mole within IMF and the scenic stylish almost surreal action pieces created for the film. We get almost as much variety for this release as you get donuts in a donut shop. The single disc edition features a limited number of features including director Abrams and star Cruise in a commentary track. Abrams discusses everything from his McGuffin (which he considers something of a joke) to Cruise's stunts during the action sequences. It's a solid commentary track. The single disc edition also includes "The Making of the Mission" featurette, deleted scenes, and the indulgent BAFTA "Excellent in Film" montage allowing us to see why Cruise deserved to be patted on the back as well as a selection of trailers.The two disc edition includes everything the single disc edition has plus "Inside the IMF" and "Mission Action: Inside the Action Unit" that run nearly 40 minutes. "Visualizing the Mission", "Mission Metamorphosis" and "Scoring the Mission" give insight of the production of the film from pre-production through post-production. The 5 part "Launching the Mission" provides an excellent overview on the production of the film. "Moviefone Unscripted: Cruise/Abrams" features the two discussing the movie from an internet "event" while "Generation: Cruise" really is nothing more than an indulgent ego stroking montage from the MTV Movie Awards. Things are rounded up with trailers and TV spots for the film. We also get four Easter Eggs that are pretty easy to find on disc two. Paramount does a nice sent off for the swan song mission of Cruise and the studio together. Although the business and quality of the film was overshadowed by Cruise's idiotic behavior "Mission: Impossible III" overcomes these obstacles with an enjoyable thriller. Hoffman is top notch and the return of Ving Rhames as Luther is always welcome. Perhaps Paramount can built a fourth franchise film around Rhames and bring in another actor to replace Cruise. Either way Abrams crafts an enjoyable adventure for fans and reinvigorates the slumping series by returning to a style that is reminiscent of De Palma's first film on steroids.
This review is from: Mission: Impossible 3 [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray) The first movie of "Mission Impossible" never did impress me very much and I skipped the second film because Leonard Maltin gave it only a "fair" rating. I hadn't found Tom Cruise too interesting to watch since "The Firm" and "Born on the Fourth of July." By the time I saw him in War of the Worlds, Minority Report and Mission I, I realized he was playing pretty much the same character over and over . But Maltin gave Mission III a "good" rating and as Philip Seymour Hoffman was in it, whom I regard as a fine actor from such films as Capote, The Savages and The Big Lebowski, I decided to spring for the Blu-ray of this film.There are some nice shots of Rome and Shanghai ...... and that's about it. Tom Cruise plays the same two dimensional character he has been playing for years now and by the time I had gotten though the first hour, I had begun to fear that Leonard Maltin was becoming soft in the noodle. Hoffman could have been fine in this film if he hadn't been given crap to read and I found myself hoping that he had gotten a good deal for appearing in this as he was risking a fine reputation as an artist. As the end came along I found myself thinking that this was two hours and five minutes that I was never going to see again. .The script of this film is riddled with clichÃ© and lacks any humanity or humor. In "The Firm," the relationship of a newly married couple (Cruise and Jeanne Tripplehorn) seems genuine and there is real chemistry between them and an intriguing story here. In Mission III, the new Mrs. Cruise is basically a nonentity. Laurence Fishburne was given lines that are frankly embarrassing to hear from an actor of his caliber.The quality of video is very good on this Blu-ray but I found the audio lacking in power. The gunshots are missing the edge and snap so apparent in "Saving Private Ryan" for example. Likewise the bass fundamentals are missing from the explosions as they are present there and, ironically, in the Spielberg remake of "War of the Worlds."I've decided not to leave a space on my shelf for "Mission Impossible IV" should it materialize.
In this sequel of the third MI `s entry, there's a systematic and zealous plan that obviously has to do with the world peace, through an obscure and very clever strategy between a well known terrorist (Davian) and one of the main links immersed into the espionage' s web. This time Nathan risks much more than his famed reputation because his wife is kidnapped and that fact adds a quote of major veracity respect the previous entry. This kinetic script will carry us from Virginia, the Vatican and even Shanghai, where the most hazardous sequence of the film will be carved in relief. Extraordinary special effects in the incident over the bridge. Funny, smart and entertained sequel of the series.
In an attempt to get closer to a "normal" life, IMF Agent Ethan Hunthas stepped back from field work and into a training role. His fiancÃ©is none-the-wiser and believes that he works with the local trafficcommission, studying patterns and planning improvements. When he learnsthat one of his top pupils has gone silent in the field and is believedkidnapped, Hunt accepts the offer to lead a rescue team to extract her.The mission sees him coming directly into conflict with the elusivearms dealer Owen Davian.I didn't expect a great deal from the man that had given me Lost andAlias Â both series that rely on forward motion to keep them goingrather than doing anything in terms of depth or foundation. And so itwas with MI3, because despite a few failed efforts to flesh out Hunt'slife with a dog and a wife, the action is the all and we never go longwithout something going bang. Opening with a tense and engaging scene,the step back in time to Hunt's training role was a bit of a blow butit moved past quickly enough. The actual plot is then rolled out anddespite being total nonsense from start to finish, is probably enoughfor those looking for summer thrills. Those looking for more (which, asa fan of the first MI film, I was) will probably not get it becausegenerally the film eschews any detail or sense of intrigue and headsright for the action and spectacle. This has its merits of course but Imust admit I wanted more than just that. As it was I let the noisy andshaky cameras bully me into submission and I found myself enjoying thefilm even I never doubted that it was quite an unremarkable film thatattempts little of interest outside of the visual aspect.As director Abrams shows that he has an eye for movement and excitementbut he mostly does it by artificial means as the material is not thereto help him. It is not a great turn from him but he has certainlyimproved on the disappointing second film in the series. The cast are astrange mix but surprisingly nobody really makes much of an impressionand they almost all come over like mere plastic models in one bigspecial effects shot. Cruise does charming, driven, angry or determinedas the story requires but other than that he lacks depth and in thisfilm his charisma only got him so far for me. Hoffman is miscastalthough I can see why he accepted the role; he has good presence butthe material he is given is below him and aside from one or twogenuinely menacing scenes, he mostly just shouts. Rhames is so-so butthe film doesn't do much with new crew members Maggie Q (who admittedlylooked great) and Rhys-Meyers (who has a knack of grating on me in mostof his performances, not sure why). Fishburne is an obviousred-herring; Monaghan is a non-person, unconvincing in the extreme andonly there as a pretty narrative device. Simon Pegg was a very strangediscovery and his version of Alias' Marshall didn't really work for meand didn't fit with the flow of the film.Overall then a noisy film that has plenty of running, shooting,shouting and bangs to make it fit the "mindless summer blockbuster" gapat this time of the year. Those looking for more will probably haveworked out that Abrams was not the man to give it to them, since hollowbut engaging movement without substance is what he does best. The storyjust about hangs together and I did enjoy the noise but by the end Iwas longing for some actual, quiet tension and build-up, the like ofwhich the film opened with promisingly but then never managed todeliver again.