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Mission: Impossible III
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by EricDSnider

"Better known under its alias: 'Alias.'"
4 stars

People have begun to notice lately that movies are in decline while TV shows are becoming more impressive in their scope and size -- more like what movies are supposed to be, in other words. Nowhere is this more evident than in "Mission: Impossible III," a sleek, preposterous adventure directed by "Lost" and "Alias" creator J.J. Abrams that is essentially no better than what Abrams showcases every week on "Alias," or what his colleagues at "24" manage over the course of a season.

Yes, "This movie is as good as a TV show!" is now a perfectly valid compliment, and "M:I-3" earns it. Abrams' first foray to the big screen has several thrilling action sequences, some witty dialogue, and one or two ... OK, not "surprises," exactly (if you watch much TV, you'll spot them early), but pleasant "twists," anyway. The major question is why you would pay $10 to watch two hours of what you already get for free on TV, but that's not my department.

It's been six years since we last saw Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise), secret agent for the Impossible Missions Force, and his personal life has changed dramatically. He's in love! True, googly-eyed, couch-jumping love. His betrothed is Julia (Michelle Monaghan), a nurse who is unaware of Ethan's super-secret private life. She thinks he works for the Virginia Department of Transportation, when really he's a gay Scientologist. Er, secret-agent, I mean.

On the night of their engagement party, Ethan is summoned back into action by his handler, Musgrave (Billy Crudup). His mission, should he choose to accept it, is to rescue fellow agent Lindsey Farris (Keri Russell) from the clutches of black-market weapons dealer Owen Davian (Philip Seymour Hoffman). That task quickly evolves into the larger job of pursuing Davian and preventing him from putting an apocalyptic weapon nicknamed the Rabbit's Foot into the wrong (i.e., non-American) hands.

Ethan is accompanied by teammates Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames, the only other character to return from the previous films), Zhen (Maggie Q) and Declan (Jonathan Rhys Meyers). They banter coolly while engaging in high-tech espionage, and are often aided by I.T. geek Benji (Simon Pegg), who is one of many elements of the film to remind me of "Alias." (There's even a brief appearance by Abrams' long-time friend Greg Grunberg.)

Davian is given the perfect dose of smarmy evil by Hoffman, both sadistic and snivelly, so that you're not sure whether to shoot him in the head or just smack him in the face. (The comeuppance he does get is gratifying, to say the least.) He threatens Ethan's life, of course, but more alarming to the secret agent is Davian's determination to get personal by going after Julia.

The emotional dimension doesn't really work on Ethan Hunt, maybe because Cruise is too much in action-hero mode to pay it the proper attention, and maybe because Cruise's offscreen persona as a ranting nutcase has finally overtaken his screen personality and made it impossible to take him seriously. Or maybe because it's so obvious: The hero's wife or girlfriend ALWAYS comes into jeopardy in these things. I'd be surprised if she didn't.

But the film is deliciously fun when it sticks to nifty gadgets, impossible technology and thrilling action sequences. Abrams, co-writing with "Alias" scribes Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, treads familiar ground with the story and structure (he even has regular collaborator Michael Giacchino do the musical score), but he treads it nimbly and enthusiastically, like a really smart kid in a really nice candy store.

He directs the hell out of those action scenes, too, with daring camerawork and sharp editing that belie his inexperience with big-screen adventures. You won't believe a minute of it, but you'll certainly smile at the infectious high-spirited energy of it all.

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User Comments

9/13/17 morris campbell action movie goodness 4 stars
7/23/12 cr not good as part 2 was, tom cruise performance keeps movie from sucking. 2 stars
3/14/09 R.W. Welch Best of the so-so series. A little too gimmicky but moves right along. B- 4 stars
2/04/09 Faraz J Atlast a name worthy of the title. Fun ride. As i say thats what a GOOD movie is. 4 stars
12/15/08 Random M:I3 = a Cruise at breakneck speed. Best of the trilogy. 5 stars
5/22/08 Charles Tatum Sleepy actioner, with a ridiculously bad finale 2 stars
5/17/07 Matt All 3 are shit. I haven't been able to watch one to the end. 1 stars
3/19/07 man best of the three 4 stars
2/04/07 AJ Muller Surprisingly entertaining mix of 1 and 2; superb popcorn flick. 4 stars
1/20/07 Monday Morning Hey...rabbit's foot. Ooooo...scary, kids! All action, minimal plot. 3 stars
1/09/07 Mike I was pleasantly surprised. GREAT movie!!! Non-stop action!!! 5 stars
1/09/07 Logan Bray Awsome movie definitly buy it 5 stars
12/18/06 Indrid Cold Not a waste of time, but nothing memorable. 3 stars
12/03/06 JeromeBosch Ostentatious pétard mouillé…no more fizz left in this franchise 3 stars
11/22/06 burp A damn slick and enjoyable action flick 4 stars
11/21/06 Austin Wertman WHAT DO YOU MEAN "WORTH A LOOK"? AWESOME MOVIE! 4 stars
11/20/06 mr.mike accept this "mission" - by far the best 5 stars
11/19/06 Jim Not bad, but ending is lame. Nice to see Shaun of the Dead has a new job. 4 stars
11/09/06 Anthony Feor I had a feeling I had saw this in the other two movies 3 stars
11/01/06 action movie fan good action in james bondish story--bridge scene is the best 4 stars
8/06/06 Erik Van Sant Glad it's over. Bye, Cruisy-boy. Abrahms' directing is worth the cash to see this. 4 stars
7/15/06 scott watterman this movie sucked so much ass 1 stars
7/12/06 Gayblade Another ego vehicle for the man who likes shots showing him running. 2 stars
7/06/06 malcolm it's that easy to teach a doctor to use a handgun? 4 stars
6/25/06 Zed Absurd love story ruins the movie 2 stars
6/17/06 MP Bartley Clever script, good action and team-work for once. Hoffman steals the film predictably. 4 stars
5/28/06 Charlene Javier Loved it loved it loved it! 4 stars
5/27/06 Koitus "How" does being dead stop a nitroglycerine bomb? Also, improbable ending-mtg the IMF team. 3 stars
5/19/06 Staci This Mission features Tom at his sexy best! I give it 2 thumbs up! 5 stars
5/17/06 Quigley amazingly, tom didn't ruin it. hoffman was awesome, and so were the stunts and action 4 stars
5/17/06 michael average and wait for the DVD 3 stars
5/17/06 Gavin Bamber Will keep this series going ala Bond 4 stars
5/17/06 Alfred Guy Tom Cruise = not believable in any action role. 2 stars
5/16/06 Paddy Big bold, brash & beautiful! Dont agree with the review. Look for the padding he straps on! 5 stars
5/16/06 John Terrible acting except for Hoffmann - a real waste of time - 2 stars
5/16/06 Ole Man Bourbon TOM CRUISE OMG! I CAN'T GET ENOUGH!!! 3 stars
5/15/06 katinka poo 1 stars
5/14/06 Ethan Hunt Sucks Don't waste your money 1 stars
5/13/06 K. Pearlman Could not pay me enough to have to see this one.... 2 stars
5/11/06 ES I went and saw it; even though I hated the first two. It was terrific. 4 stars
5/10/06 Adrian A two hour Tom Cruise ad. Screw this shit. 1 stars
5/10/06 NoRefill I hated the last one, but his one was pretty exciting. A few stupid things, but forgivable. 4 stars
5/10/06 Paul action, acting, plot, fun, entertaining, great, money's worth, fun, funny, fine, frollick 5 stars
5/09/06 Aldo personally i didn't like 1 & 2 but this was way better - good cinema movie go & watch it 5 stars
5/09/06 Mase The "mission" series is getting seriously stale. Watchable but completly forgettable 3 stars
5/08/06 cpbjr much better than anticipated. 4 stars
5/08/06 y2mckay Great action and supporting cast, but too predictable and dead-set on a happy ending. 4 stars
5/08/06 zaw I mean, good guy need to loose sometime like a wife or g/f something. It was so perdicitbl 1 stars
5/07/06 jmelrose Awesome. Best of the 3. Great story, Internal corruption angle IS old, but minor issue. 5 stars
5/07/06 Nobody Way better than the first 2 5 stars
5/07/06 Blutarsky Matrix trilogy?? Feh. MI3 rocked the audience like a hurricane. 5 stars
5/07/06 Paul " Diddy" Sutherland Deep Plot miraculous action scenes and just a enough comedy to keep you engaged. 5 stars
5/07/06 sg72 Great action sequences but plot was nearly non-existent. 2 stars
5/07/06 Carol smart flick, exciting, fine acitng, colorful, for the discerning, passionate, big screen 5 stars
5/06/06 GoGo THIS was why sequels were invented. Best one so far! 5 stars
5/06/06 Philip Buckley-Mellor Borderline-perfect 5 stars
5/06/06 KingNeutron 2nd half was better than the 1st, but whole int.corruption thing has been done 2 death... 3 stars
5/06/06 al too much hype. worth a rental not a full movie price..... 3 stars
5/06/06 Eevil Wolfie Makes up for the wreck that was Mission Impossible 2. 4 stars
5/06/06 Dan This is a dumb movie for dumb people. 1 stars
5/05/06 k oh please.. this was NOT a good movie... 2 stars
5/05/06 Heather Runyan this movie was ok 3 stars
5/05/06 jcjs no brainer wonderful, fast, impossible delightful, wonderful acting, lost the plot, 2am 5 stars
5/04/06 Doc Hollywood An entertaining flick. Rather predictable ending. 4 stars
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