When released, the third Mission Impossible film was neither a huge hit nor a disaster; instead, it has become the silent entry in the franchise whose reputation has grown in the years since release.
Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt goes toe to toe with a hyper Philip Seymour Hoffman as Owen Davian, establishing some personal stakes for this superb action film. The plot is spy-film generic; the rabbit’s foot (great name for a McGuffin!) is sought by both good and bad guys and this results in some awesome action set-pieces. An early scene involving a helicopter chase illustrates how director JJ Abrams has a talent for action choreography as the vehicles soar through a field of spinning turbines.
The film gives Hunt a wife, Julia, played by an under-used Michelle Monaghan. Cruise himself is electric; the personal elements adding depth to his action figure role and building on his Eyes Wide Shut (1999) performance. He also continues to be a brilliant physical actor, racing across scenes and bringing some crunch to the multiple action scenes.
Director JJ Abrams is now known as Disney’s Star Wars guru, but in Mission: Impossible III he made one of the most under-rated action films of the 2000s. Abrams proved he could handle a major production with a budget of £150 million for his first feature. He delivers an agile, entertaining mix that proved the franchise could go forward to reach new heights with films four and five. Here’s to the forthcoming Mission: Impossible – Fallout.
Conclusion: We definitely choose to accept the mission to watch this!
Overall Rating: Not everyone’s cup of tea, but definitely worth a watch!
Check it out on IMDB here!
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