Yet another installment in a fan favorite franchise, we’re moving on with more reviews of the Mission: Impossible movies for our archives.
Mission: Impossible III (2006) Film Review
Finding peace has placed super spy Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) in a state of happiness. He’s taken a back role to his time in the field. Now he’s an instructor and he’s ready to build an actual life. He plans to do this with Julia (Michelle Monghan) the woman he is about to marry. Things take a turn when he’s visited by an IFM boss (Billy Cudrup) to tell him that Lindsay Ferris (Keri Russell) has been captured. Though they have the best team assembling to bring her back, Lindsay is one of Ethan’s trainees and he feels responsible for her. He joins the team including Luther (Ving Rhames) to bring her back to safety. The mission goes wrong and Ethan returns home burdened.
When this mission leads to the possibility to capturing the man (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) responsible for this crops up, Ethan reassembles where the end result is multiple lives in the balance.
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As I watch these films in order, Mission: Impossible III is my favorite so far. I like seeing Ethan settled and more adult compared to his actions in prior films. I think the action sequences strike the right balance of being impressive and still maintain some sense of “respect” unlike some of those romanticized sequences. Does this mean they aren’t still outlandish? Sure. But again, they’re better. Though this one does lean into the unbelievable element.
The story has more “evil” because of Hoffman’s villain who is more than a little bad. The film runs long and probably most do. I think many could shave a little time off and be effective, though the film generally keeps things moving. Like any actioner flick like this, it falls into the popcorn genre that’s likable and entertaining to watch. The cast is good. This time we have Maggie Q and Jonathan Rhys Meyers to round out the team. Luther is still one cool dude. Of course we love our hero too.
It may be the third film in a lengthy franchise, but this one is good. It shows no wear and is a good time. While you can enjoy these solo, it’s more fun and perhaps more fulfilling (in the sense of a complete script) to watch these in order. If you like The Bourne Identity, you’re likely to enjoy this.
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Content: this features a kind of dream sequence of someone imagining touching and running his hand over someone. There’s a scene of a couple who sneak off to have sex in a closet. We see them passionately making out and start to remove their clothes. There’s the usual action sequences and shoot outs. The film opens with torture and the threat of someone shooting a person in the head. We hear the shot and revisit that scene later on. Then the film has a rescue sequence with LOTS of gunfire and explosions. Later someone is nearly beaten to death and another person is hit by a truck (we hear the impact but don’t see the body). A freeway is violently shot with high impact weapons. Sh*t and the usual PG-13 profanity.
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