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Mission: Impossible III (2006)

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IMF Agent Ethan Hunt comes into conflict with a dangerous and sadistic arms dealer who threatens his life and his fiancee in response.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Cruise ... Ethan Hunt
Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Owen Davian
Ving Rhames ... Luther
Billy Crudup ... Musgrave
Michelle Monaghan ... Julia
Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... Declan
Keri Russell ... Lindsey Farris
Maggie Q ... Zhen
Simon Pegg ... Benji
Eddie Marsan ... Brownway
Laurence Fishburne ... Theodore Brassel
Bahar Soomekh ... Davian's Translator
Jeff Chase ... Davian's Bodyguard
Michael Berry Jr. ... Julia's Kidnapper
Carla Gallo ... Beth
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Storyline

A man named Owen Davian kills an IMF agent that was sent undercover by the legendary Ethan Hunt, who has retired from combat missions. Hunt now has a fiancé, Julia, who believes that he works for the traffic department when he really trains younger IMF agents to go into combat. He is assigned to his last mission. His mission, should he choose to accept it is to capture Davian, who is selling a toxic weapon called the rabbits foot. But Davian is reckless, cruel, and deathly. He promises Hunt that he will find Julia, hurt her, and Ethan will be too dead to help her. The mission is no more different to others, its dangerous, smart, and impossible; but now it's personal.

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Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of frenetic violence and menace, disturbing images and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Paramount [United States]

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Release Date:

5 May 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Palm Springs, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$47,743,273, 7 May 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$134,029,801

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$397,850,012
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2.35 : 1
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Joe Carnahan was offered the position of director, after Tom Cruise was impressed by his work on Narc (2002), which Cruise also Executively Produced. Carnahan stepped down from the position of director, because of creative differences only a month before filming was originally due to begin in August of 2004. His departure delayed the film by a year, while a new director was being sought. In this time, Cruise went on to film War of the Worlds (2005) which had its originally intended 2006 release fast-tracked by a year. See more »

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When they are being attacked and shot at on the bridge, Ethan's back left jean pocket is ripped. After recovering from the almost fall off the bridge, his jeans are no longer ripped. See more »

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Owen Davian: [to Ethan] We put an explosive charge in your head. Does that sound familiar?
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Fast-paced action thriller
28 July 2014 | by jb_campoSee all my reviews

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.


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