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Mission Impossible 3 (2006)
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Review Date: May 04, 2006
Director: J.J. Abrams
Writer: Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, J. J. Abrams
Producers: Tom Cruise, Paula Wagner
Actors:
Tom Cruise as Ethan
Philip Seymour Hoffman as Owen
Keri Russell as Lindsey
Plot:
Ethan Hunt is getting married to a chick who looks like Katie Holmes and now has to decide whether or not he’s still willing to play the “spy game” versus living the life of a regular married shlub. His dilemma is answered for him when one of his spy-students is captured in Germany and it’s up to Ethan and his undercover cohorts to go in and bust her out. What ensues is plenty of spy-games, plenty of shaky-cams and plenty of shots of Tom Cruise’s ass! Just kidding about that last part. That was my own shit going on.
Critique:
Unlike many people out there, I thoroughly enjoyed the first MISSION IMPOSSIBLE movie (even moreso when rewatching it on DVD) and even had a good time during John Woo’s slo-motion-fest in MI-2, so I was damn stoked when I walked into the jam-packed screening room for the third part of the impossible mission installments, and even forgot all about “nutty ol’ Tom” (he’s so glib!) as the lights went out and Cruise’s intense face looked down upon me from the big screen. When all was said and done two hours later, I had enjoyed myself (and oddly enough, wet myself!), the time had flown by faster than my lacking performances in bed, and entertainment had been thrown before my eyes and I had caught it with much glee. That said, there weren’t too many sequences in the film that made me pull out a pencil to write it down so that I could call my grandma up later and tell her about it (not that I even carry a pencil around with me), but the action was non-stop from beginning to end, and if that’s what you’re looking for in your summer action blockbusters, MI-3 should definitely do the trick for you and your crotch. As much as Mr. Cruise was acting kooky during his WAR OF THE WORLDS promos last year, the man continues to kick ass as an actor, and you can’t really ask him for much more than that. As per his usual gritty style, he comes through in every which way (but loose), including the action stuff, the sappy stuff, the emotional stuff and even the funny stuff.

The rest of the cast also helped solidify the film all around, especially Laurence Fishburne and his supervisory posturing (loved the one-liners, dude), Ving Rhames and his sidekick banter and ball-bustings, Maggie Q and her looking sweet, and the always lovely Keri Russell and her…well, loveliness. Oh God, and let me not forget the very awesome Philip Seymour Hoffman who actually surprised me with how effective he was as the “bad guy” here…the man looked like he didn’t give a shit about anyone, and when he spoke threats…damn dude, I believed the guy! The weird thing about the film is that director J.J. Abrams kept insisting that this was the one MISSION flick that would also have you “caring” about the characters, and unfortunately, I didn’t really pick up on that, especially between Cruise and his wife in the film, Katie Holmes. In fact, I thought the mentor/student relationship between he and Russell was more effective. As for the action, well, the film is swimming in it, with everything from an all-out shoot-out at a German warehouse to a bomb attack on a U.S. bridgeway to jumps across Shanghai edifice rooftops and infiltrations into the Vatican packing its minutes, along with tension, one-liners and a rapid-ass pace. On the downside, I honestly could have done without all of the camera-shaking through a lot of the action sequences. When are directors going to learn that we actually WANT TO SEE what is happening on the screen, as opposed to just seeing blurs of it, and imagining the rest? Most of the action was well-shot, but there was enough shaky-cam stuff to piss me off, so I had to mention it.

Overall, I think my buddy Arrow said it best as we walked out of the theater and straight into the nearest watering hole, “Pretty much what I expected.” Yes, if you’re expecting a fun, all-around action packed summer blockbuster starring the man with the million dollar smile, Tom Cruise. PS: I know his wife in the film isn’t Katie Holmes…it was a joke…don’t email me. Note: If you want to turn this movie into a “drinking game”, take a shot every time someone says “Rabbit’s Foot”. Trust me…a good time will be had by all.
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1:16AM on 06/26/2006

Disapointing

I'm with Ebert on this one. Everything he said in his review was exactly how I felt. Very little substance and way too much action. I cared nothing for the characters and I was actually bored to tears. Hoffman was good and was the only thing worthwhile about the film, IMO.
I'm with Ebert on this one. Everything he said in his review was exactly how I felt. Very little substance and way too much action. I cared nothing for the characters and I was actually bored to tears. Hoffman was good and was the only thing worthwhile about the film, IMO.
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9:45PM on 05/21/2006

AWESOME

This movie has everything I could have asked for in a popcorn flick: Action, good acting, hot girls, and Tom Cruise (hey he's a great action star. Name anyone, other than Arny, who is a better "stunt" actor.
This movie has everything I could have asked for in a popcorn flick: Action, good acting, hot girls, and Tom Cruise (hey he's a great action star. Name anyone, other than Arny, who is a better "stunt" actor.
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8:06AM on 05/20/2006

Summer Movie all the way

First of all way better then the second instalment. This movie delivers everything you would expect and want from a summer action movie. Great action sequences,Great acting, and pretty good plot with a few interesting twists. Cruise did a very good job once again, but Phillip Seymore Hoffman was the main reaosn I enjoyed this movie so much, stepping up from his more common secondary roles as a brilliantly cold hearted villian.

I totally recommend seeing this movie, whether your a fan of the
First of all way better then the second instalment. This movie delivers everything you would expect and want from a summer action movie. Great action sequences,Great acting, and pretty good plot with a few interesting twists. Cruise did a very good job once again, but Phillip Seymore Hoffman was the main reaosn I enjoyed this movie so much, stepping up from his more common secondary roles as a brilliantly cold hearted villian.

I totally recommend seeing this movie, whether your a fan of the first two or not cause it does a good job of relating to the previous instalments, but works well by itself.
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11:42AM on 05/16/2006

AWESOME

M:i:III delivers when it comes to being what it is- an action spy movie. It doesn't try to be more than what it is, nor does it lack in the action/spy stuff. Overall, GOOD TIMES!

It doesn't really matter that it basically took the best scenes from every action/spy movie there is, and put them all together in one movie starring Tom Cruise. It doesn't even matter that this could have also been a remake of TRUE LIES. It was fun, it was loud, it had great action and Ving Rhames delivered with
M:i:III delivers when it comes to being what it is- an action spy movie. It doesn't try to be more than what it is, nor does it lack in the action/spy stuff. Overall, GOOD TIMES!

It doesn't really matter that it basically took the best scenes from every action/spy movie there is, and put them all together in one movie starring Tom Cruise. It doesn't even matter that this could have also been a remake of TRUE LIES. It was fun, it was loud, it had great action and Ving Rhames delivered with the comic relief. If Cruise hadn't gone so bat-shit this past year, it would have probably doubled its box office already.

All in all, it was what a summer action movie should be- and these days, that's a dime a dozen.
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12:12PM on 05/14/2006

TRIES TOO HARD TO BE COMPLEX!

A very good action film but I didnt care much for the relationship between Cruise and wife in film.Good observation Jo.

It was nice to see team work concept brought back which was unethicaley vandalised by Cruise in the first two films. I loved Maggie Q she had alot of screen presence and the only let down in the movie the last ten minutes. A word of advice to the action flick Directors the audience doesnt want to see love they want action and some sex.
A very good action film but I didnt care much for the relationship between Cruise and wife in film.Good observation Jo.

It was nice to see team work concept brought back which was unethicaley vandalised by Cruise in the first two films. I loved Maggie Q she had alot of screen presence and the only let down in the movie the last ten minutes. A word of advice to the action flick Directors the audience doesnt want to see love they want action and some sex.
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5:24PM on 05/11/2006

Great Movie

If you have the brains to ignore the tabloids, this is a great movie. Tom Cruise does what he does best and pulls off a dynamite flick that kills the others in the series. So if you even sort of liked the first one go see this movie. I loathe the second one, but I have to admit that this is a pretty damn cool movie.
If you like action movies this is for you. If you're some old gossip hen, than don't see this.
If you have the brains to ignore the tabloids, this is a great movie. Tom Cruise does what he does best and pulls off a dynamite flick that kills the others in the series. So if you even sort of liked the first one go see this movie. I loathe the second one, but I have to admit that this is a pretty damn cool movie.
If you like action movies this is for you. If you're some old gossip hen, than don't see this.
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4:40PM on 05/11/2006

Great Movie

If you have the brains to ignore the tabloids, this is a great movie. Tom Cruise does what he does best and pulls off a dynamite flick that kills the others in the series. So if you even sort of liked the first one go see this movie. I loathe the second one, but I have to admit that this is a pretty damn cool movie.
If you like action movies this is for you. If you're some old gossip hen, than don't see this.
If you have the brains to ignore the tabloids, this is a great movie. Tom Cruise does what he does best and pulls off a dynamite flick that kills the others in the series. So if you even sort of liked the first one go see this movie. I loathe the second one, but I have to admit that this is a pretty damn cool movie.
If you like action movies this is for you. If you're some old gossip hen, than don't see this.
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3:37PM on 05/11/2006
I just can't stand the sight of Tom Cruise anymore. I admit the action was top-notch but his acting like "I'm a huge star" is as annoying as ever. Glad it is being a disappointment at the Box-Office. It belongs on DVD and would have been a lot better if they had another "cooler" person to play Ethan Hunt.
I just can't stand the sight of Tom Cruise anymore. I admit the action was top-notch but his acting like "I'm a huge star" is as annoying as ever. Glad it is being a disappointment at the Box-Office. It belongs on DVD and would have been a lot better if they had another "cooler" person to play Ethan Hunt.
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1:56AM on 05/11/2006
M:I-3 is a crackerjack thriller. JJ Abrams delivers yet again. He brings the same brio, crackling excitement that he does with his TV series thrillers Alias and Lost. The action sequences are edge of your seat material. Abrams visits similar material that he has done before on his TV series Alias, with Ethan Hunt having left field work for IMF due to his relationship with Julia (the lovely Michelle Monaghan) and now trains agents. But Hunt is lured back in when one of his students, played
M:I-3 is a crackerjack thriller. JJ Abrams delivers yet again. He brings the same brio, crackling excitement that he does with his TV series thrillers Alias and Lost. The action sequences are edge of your seat material. Abrams visits similar material that he has done before on his TV series Alias, with Ethan Hunt having left field work for IMF due to his relationship with Julia (the lovely Michelle Monaghan) and now trains agents. But Hunt is lured back in when one of his students, played by Felicity's Kerri Russell, is captured and he goes in and tries to rescue her. From there on out, M:I-3 is roller coaster of action, thrills, suspense and emotion. Tom Cruise is in top form here. His Ethan Hunt is more human than in the previous M:I movies and that really adds extra tension to the proceedings. Cruise is ably supported by a strong supporting cast including Ving Rhames, Billy Crudup, Lawrence Fishburne, Monaghan, Maggie Q, Simon Pegg (in a role that's WAY too similar to the Marshall Flinkman role on Abram's TV series Alias) and Phillip Seymour Hoffman who has limited screen time but makes the most of it and is obviously having a blast as the movie's pretty scary villian.

The movies at a breckneck pace, is never boring and has a good enough story and some truly awsome, exciting action. Highly recommended especially for fans of "ALIAS" in which I have to say, this movie actually often feels more like an extended episode of Alias with different actors then it does a Mission Impossible sequel. Infact, the only scene that felt like a Mission sequel is a scene that involves those rubber masks.

Next to V for Vandetta, this is my favorite movie of 2006 thus far.
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11:24AM on 05/06/2006
The first two were quite enjoyable, and this latest installment is no different. You get a lot of the same stuff: lots of action, lots of gadgets, plenty of close calls, and not a whole hell of a lot of plot.

One thing that stands out about the third one is that there are more cool characters. Ethan Hunt actually has an IMF team now, and it includes Ving Rhames' cool Luther. But there are a few others and they help our hero get done what needs to get done. Throw in Hunt's boss, his
The first two were quite enjoyable, and this latest installment is no different. You get a lot of the same stuff: lots of action, lots of gadgets, plenty of close calls, and not a whole hell of a lot of plot.

One thing that stands out about the third one is that there are more cool characters. Ethan Hunt actually has an IMF team now, and it includes Ving Rhames' cool Luther. But there are a few others and they help our hero get done what needs to get done. Throw in Hunt's boss, his boss's boss - played by Laurence Fishburn in a nothing special role, and the funny Simon Pegg as some computer geek who works for the company. This cast of characters offer plenty of funny and/or witty banter and conversations dealing with life, love, and working as spies.

But the best performance was delivered by Philip Seymour Hoffman, which is saying a lot since he's not in the movie that much. But he plays a great villain interested only in getting what he wants. He cold, cruel, and confident.

But the movie doesn't go into great detail why he's a bad guy. Something about smuggling stuff or something. And the object he's pursuing . . . again, know very little about it. And the story - nothing new: Ethan Hunt's gotta stop the bad guy by using gadgets, technology, and somebody else's face. They do throw in the love story between Hunt and his fiancee/wife, but again - been there, done that.

The story is sacrificed for the action and other cool stuff. And there is pletny of that. Lots of cool gunfights, chases, suspensed up moments, and the like. Although they were cool, there was nothing overly spectacular or unique. Nothing stood out. Top that off with the fact that the ending didn't do it for me that much - little too dramatic for my taste - with a dash of unbelievability: the girl's a great shot for somebody who had never held a gun before.

But all-in-all, it's still a great action movie that should make the previous two in the franchise proud. JJ Abrams keeps the movie moving along well with the action and spy stuff. Too bad he couldn't continue it ALL the way to the finale.
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