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Mission: Impossible III December 13, 2006

Posted by Shujath in English, Movies, Reviews.

The good things first. M:i:III pretty much salvages the mess made by John Woo in the second installment. Also the thumping theme music resembles the original rather than the crappy remix used in M:I-2. And yes…there is hell lot of action when compared to its predecessors.

Now to the not so good parts. Brian De Palma’s first installment had the vintage spy thriller feel and that’s what it was intented to be. But this one is more like a Michael Bay movie with things exploding all over the place at the drop of a hat. You can’t really figure out that the protagonist is a secret agent. Also, inspite of having lots of action things totally dry up towards the end. Unlike the memorable action sequences towards the climax of the other two movies, this one has practically none.

Coming the actual story….Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is now off the hook but is back in the field to trace a missing agent (Keri Russell) who was sent on a covert operation to track a dangerous arms dealer (Philip Seymour Hoffman). When she ends up dead, Hunt and his team are determined to get hold of Hoffman. But things don’t go according to the plan. And it’s upto Hunt to get out of this. Mind you…there is also a twist in the climax which is really silly.

Tom Cruise looks great in the action sequences but he wears a tired look throughout….very unlike the cool spy you had seen him before. The other person who stands out is Hoffman who is wonderful as the bad guy. There is oodles of action out here; the sequence on the bridge (a glimpse of which you catch in the promos) is the pick of the lot. J.J Abrams who has successful TV series’ to his credit like Alias and Lost makes an impressive debut.

All said and done, most of the shortcomings of M:i:III result when you compare it with its predecessors but as a mindless action flick it is a great watch…in fact one of the best action flicks in recent times.


1. Chrissy - February 5, 2009

I thought so too.

I read a book called Deadly Exchange, by Geoffrey Gluckman. I thoroughly enjoyed this debut spy thriller —well-written plot, characters, and settings.

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