Mission: Impossible III
Review by Ross Anthony

Having not been terribly impressed with M:I or M:i:II, I didnít expect much more than a lot of action with M:i:III. Perhaps thatís exactly the right pre-screening mind set because I had a great time watching this third impossible mission.

Fair or not, the film opens with a scene stolen from the films pre-climax. Itís a tense scene in which agent Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and his new wife are captured, tortured and at the mercy of the villain. This opening sets the stage for a tension/adrenaline that stays alive the rest of the picture.

The film tries a little harder at plausibility than its predecessors, but still will make the choice for action over believability every time. And while it certainly displays more than one moment of no-way-that-would-never-happen, somehow, M:i:III never loses its audience. Cruise is magnetic, the pace sharp and the build toward climax careful. And of course, all that beautiful action.

That said, the post climax resolution goes cheesy and thereís an odd unexplainable pause in the climax scene that left me with a big question mark over my head. The twists arenít anything all that new, still, youíll appreciate how the film aggressively goes for the action without spending endless exposition to keep its audiences abreast.

Itís really a strong B+ film. I had a lot of fun and it gave me that wonderful cinema experience of not wanting it to end.

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  • Mission: Impossible III. Copyright © 2006.
  • Starring Tom Cruise, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ving Rhames, Billy Crudup, Michelle Monaghan, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Keri Russell, Maggie Q, Simon Pegg, Eddie Marsan, Laurence Fishburne.
  • Directed by J.J. Abrams.
  • Screenplay by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & J.J. Abrams. Based on the TV Series.
  • Produced by Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner at Paramount/C/W.

Grade..........................B+ (2.5/4)

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