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May seems to be the month studios release their best summer movies and
this year MI3, X-Men and Da Vinci Code were the three biggies. Of those
3 the best is easily Mission Impossible III. In the first installment
in six years, Cruise continues his role as Ethan Hunt and Ving Rhames
returns as Luther Stickell but bad guy Philip Seymour Hoffman seems to
dominate the entire film in spite of the fact that he's not in that
Introduced in an unnerving sequence at the beginning of the film that is thankfully not repeated in context, Hoffman displays his incredible talent at understatement, even when he is suppose to be Cruise. Of course, Cruise does the usual running, jumping off tall buildings and is repeatedly saved by various ropes just long enough to break his fall before he hits something. Probably the best scene for pyrotechnic fans is Hoffman's escape from an armored car on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.
A smart, intense and incredibly fun movie, television veteran J.J
Abrams has taken his meticulous method of storytelling and has applied
it to make Mission Impossible III the best spy thriller since James
Cameron's True Lies back in 1994.
This film is not just the annual Tom Cruise summer action blockbuster kids; it's an example of the true strength of "Lost" and "Alias" creator Abrams' film-making muscle.
Here he has proved that it is possible that dense plotting and strong character motivation can rivet audiences through both dialogue and terrific, nail biting action sequences.
MI:3 also boasts of the strongest casts in any action film. Period. Led by Cruise, who as usual proves that he can carry any movie on his $100 million dollar shoulders, the cast includes Laurence Fishburne, Billy Crudup and the always incredible Jonathan Rhys-Meyers who all get major kudos from me, delivering solid, serious performances.
And unlike previous Impossible Missions, this time there is finally more of an emotionally dynamic relationship between Hunt and Ving Rhames' Strickell.
I guess my biggest problems with the film lie in the ending of the film...the final three shots of the movie specifically which completely devalue the previous two hours of an otherwise serious and smart film.
Mission Impossible 3 is the first real worthwhile blockbuster of the summer.
M:I 3 is a movie that has a lot to live up to. But in the end, it doesn't live up to any of it. The movie isn't smart, nor stunning, neither are there mind blowing action sequences involved. Its all very by the numbers and predictable, with really nothing special. And Tom Cruise is really looking way too smug throughout the movie (he should stop with the retarded action flicks and do something good, like born on the fourth or magnolia). M:I 1 was the best mission impossible film, and then it went down hill from there. This might be even worse than the second one, because at least the second one had some crazy action sequences going on. Some reviewers have said that the movie has amazing action, but i don't know what they are talking about. if you've been living in a cave for a long time, maybe then yes, this movie has amazing action, if not, then half the scenes seem reminiscent of james bond, and even entrapment! so basically there's nothing new on offer here as far as the plot or action is concerned...and the acting is pretty average too, except for Hoffman, who does a somewhat evil version of Capote, without the voice (of course). So if you decide to what this movie expecting something special, you will walk away with a lingering sense of disappointment. but if you just want to kill some time, i guess you could do worse...
I don't know if this film can mark the revival of the series but this
is definitely a positive turn from much-hyped trash by John Woo. While
Woo focused unnecessarily on visually stylized boring action sequences
without any pace in the story (well, if that's a story at all), M:I-3
rightfully portrays a simpler yet entertaining basic storyline,
carefully added subplots, optimum and balanced visual effects for the
action scenes all of which are quite helped by decent casting choices
like Philip Seymour Hoffman, Maggie Q and to some extent Michelle
Monaghan. Keri Russell is surprisingly very under-used.
Well, agent Ethan Hunt has fallen in love with a doctor and got married. Now he got an assignment to rescue a fellow agent (who's also his protégé) from a mission. Then he got much intertwined in the process which ended up with the bad guys kidnapping his wife as a hostage. And that's the maximum I can reveal under a "no spoiler" banner. There's two major plot twists after that which made the story decent enough.
I reached to a point in watching action films where nothing except very intelligent ones excite me enough to be marked as a great film. So M:I-3 is not a great film. But it's good enough for the original M:I fans. My expectations were, frankly, quite minimal. But I ended up entertained enough. Some of the scenes truly deserve praise.
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Spoiler alert It takes about 2 seconds after seeing the good guys and
bad guys pair up for you to figure out who the real bad guy is who is
setting Ethan Hunt up for failure. And while Owen Davian gets away, it
would have been more interesting for John Musgrave to get away instead,
and perhaps even to make him less "revealed" as to add to the suspense
for the next movie.
What made the movie fail for me was to have Musgrave commit the cardinal rule of criminals in movies: they explain to the guy they want to kill what their motives are for evil; when the good guy gets away and then kills the bad guy, it all makes sense. Musgrave's reason for setting up Hunt? He (Musgrave) is against affirmative action, and as John Brassel is black, it's all a plot to discredit Brassel so the whiteys can get back in power. At least, that's about the most coherent thing I could make of it.
If that 2 minute scene were either rewritten or dropped, it would have made the movie much more interesting. But just as MI2 had the ludicrous "we want stock options!" for the bad guys, MI3 fails due to this completely pathetic reasoning for Musgrave. I mean, evil people don't get ahead in life because they're stupid. They get ahead because they're smart. And this is just not smart.
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Well, OK, not truly non-stop but definitely enough to keep the action junkies out there happy. Still, there is a little too much "collateral damage" for my taste (stuff that really should not have been destroyed) Oh well. I'm not in charge of the movie. Plus I really hated M:I II's chase scene, way to much collateral damage there. J.J. Abrams does a respectable job in this, although it at times (especially in the Vatican) seems a little too much like Alias. The story was a little on the weak side, but there were some pretty funny moments like when they exchanged "rings" (little dogs on a ring) The gadgets, like the other films, were pretty cool, from the Kodak camera Ethan gets his mission from to the make-up mirror digital camera/face replicator and the micro-dot chip. There were some sad moments too like when Lindsey dies with 1 second to go on the defib machine. As far as best, I'd say it's just behind the original but way ahead of M:I 2. Anyone who has played the N64 MI game will recognize one of the musical pieces played early on in the film. (The other system releases probably are the same but I've only played the N64 title)
I thought the new Mission Impossible film was mediocre. The characters
were not developed. The story had potential and Philip Seymore Hoffman
was great but overall it just wasn't that exciting. Also, for those who
have been following J.J. Abrams work Mission: Impossible III bared a
striking resemblance to the pilot episode of Alias. The narrative
structure and the story were all very similar. I know J. J. Abrams was
only one of three writers on the film but it definitely seemed like he
just revamped his five year old pilot and reversed the gender roles and
made Mission Impossible III..
I liked this movie quite a lot and I think it is my favorite. Why do I say think? Because the first two were fun to watch, but were not what you would call memorable movies. This one may not be either so I had better review it now lest I forget it and just say it was entertaining, but I don't remember much about it. This one has Ethan Hunt being tortured with his wife about to be killed before him right at the get go. It then shifts to an early time and this was a very nice plot device because I was actually curious to see how he got into that predicament and how he would get out of it. There is a rather cool rescue scene and another where our team must try to capture a weapons dealer. There is one good action scene after another quite frankly and this time Ethan Hunt has a good IMF team behind him and they actually seem to be helpful. This one also has a very good bad guy a few twists along the way (though nothing to hard to figure out) and it has a rather interesting part of the movie where Hunt is getting something for the bad guy but you never get to see any of it except before he enters the building and when he abruptly leaves said building. This movie is not without its flaws, however, to me it was the best one of the series and one heck of an action movie...at least I think I liked it more than the other two.
It was a very nice. Always a pleasure to see Tom - he's got the clout to draw the big dollar investors - and uses it (look at the screen!). Its just that, I really liked MI2 - much more stylish, much grittier, too. This wasn't exactly what I was hoping for - but all-in-all, I DON'T feel like I wasted 2 1/2 of my life. Now, if he would just do something to show that he is an ACTOR, as well as a Stuntman - that would be GREAT - because HE can do it (remember Born on The Fourth of July???) The Supporting Cast was okay - but Ving Rhames role seems to be getting to be - I dunno: technical? phoned in? And Jonathan Rhys Myers - come on: he was Elvis Presley for crying out loud - but I guess everyone just needs a paycheck once in a while. So: Summation: Tom, ya done good - real good. Be proud of MI-III; people can do (and have done) a LOT worse!
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I thought this was a great movie. I did notice that it was j.j. Abrams directing, because of the similarities between this movie and his TV shows. I thought it was really action packed and it kept me on the edge the entire time. Tom Cruise's performance was well average. As always Ving Rhames and a new list of sidekicks brought in some comic relief. But the real actor in the movie has to be Philip Seymour Hoffman who played the cold hearted villain, davien. To me, he is one of the best villains in along time. On the airplane, and this is sort of a spoiler, but when Ethan Hunt is questioning him he doesn't even flinch, doesn't even act mad. He just stares coldly and just gives you chill bumps. He mentions to Ethan, while Ethan is unsuccessfully trying to get information outta him, that he's gonna find Ethan's girlfriend/wife if he has one and torture her and then make her watch Ethan die. When he said all this, it just gave me chills. Hoffman's performance is so dead on and realistic that you really sorta begin to hate him. From the beginning to the very end, he just shows no emotion at all. I think he's brilliant in this movie. He stole it. Not just his acting, but the action was awesome. I loved the movie. I think it's one of the best I've seen in awhile. But that's just me.
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