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Mission: Impossible III
Genre Action
Year: 2006
 
Review:
Mission: Impossible III is the third instalment in the successful MI series (pretty obvious right?). Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is brought back into the action (will he ever die?) and is pitted against sadistic arms dealer Owen Davian (Philip Seymour Hoffman). His first “impossible” mission is to recover a fellow IMF (Impossible Mission Force) operative, who is missing. His plans to settle down with Julia (Michelle Monhagan), his new fiancée, are disrupted and he’s forced to go undercover without her knowledge. Hunt and his highly-trained team of agents come to blows with Davian, who discovers Hunt’s identity. His position has been compromised, and the agency is also starting to question Hunt’s motives after some unscheduled worldwide operations. Now Hunt may have to make the ultimate sacrifice, and choose between his mission or his Julia.

M:i:3 is packed with heart-thumping action. The special effects rival any Bond film, and the action sequences are pulsating and just short of impossible. Cruise and Hoffman are two domineering actors, and they become the bastions of good and evil in this high stakes chess game. The MI series has been consistent, and if anything, just gets better with each new release. Hunt is vulnerable because of his love interest, and it’s easier to connect with the jaded character this time round. He’s no longer invincible, but manages to keep his head above the water.

The film also stars Laurence Fishburne, Billy Crudup, Ving Rhames, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Simon Pegg! There’s no shortage of acting talent in this cast, and all of the characters seem to live up to expectations. J.J. Abrams (Alias TV series) is in the esteemed director’s chair for this project, making a strong transition from TV to big screen. Fast cars, hi-tech choppers and plenty of explosives keep the adrenalin-junkies happy, while a fairly succinct and interesting storyline appeases the rest of the audience. The plot isn’t as complicated as the first Mission Impossible, and instead of twisting the plot several times the action becomes the core focus.

As for trivia surrounding the making of M:i:3, Kenneth Branagh was initially cast as the villain, but shooting clashed with another project and he was forced to hand over to Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman. David Fincher (Fight Club) was a prospective director, but eventually Joe Carnahan relinquished directing to J.J. Abrams. Filming was delayed for a year after Cruise was sidelined for work on War of the Worlds.

Despite all the behind-the-scenes politics, the film stands out from the series as a well-polished action film.

The bottom line: Slick.

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