Mission: Impossible 3

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Mission: Impossible 3
Review (8/10)
(By Brendan Cullin)

In Mission: Impossible III, we find Ethan Hunt trying to live the life of the all-American suburbanite, together with all the worldly pleasures including the cozy house, a beautiful fiance (Katie Holmes look-a-like Michelle Monaghan), the modest family car and the drunken brother-in-law (yep, it's true - my sister and her husband have two of them). On the outside, Hunt appears to be working for the license and vehicle bureau but in reality he is now training spies, far away from the action and the juice. Everything seems to be going just fine and dandy until one of Ethan's spy friends (Billy Crudup) shows up and tells him a former student (Keri Russell) has gone missing. Ethan is enlisted into what appears to be a nice short and sweet extraction with a few sidekicks including Luther (Ving Rhames), Declan (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers) and Zhen (Maggie Q) but the short mission soons turns into a nightmare as he goes head-to-head with a ruthless black market dealer named Owen Davian (Philip Seymour Hoffman).

M:I3 is an excellent selection to open the summer blockbuster season. It's jam-packed full of action, has a decent story, some impressive special effects and an effective but sadly under-used supporting staff, led by Philip Seymour Hoffman. Hoffman plays quite the villain but unfortunately does not appear in the movie as much as I would have expected. M:I3 also features an interrogation scene between Cruise and Hoffman that might be the best interrogation scene in the history of movies AND television. Well, maybe not as good and the one between Dennis Hopper and Christopher Walken in True Romance but almost as good. Ethan Hunt made Jack Bauer look like a pussy. Hell, I was ready to confess all my sins to the entire theatre after watching that.

M:I3 is a definite improvement over the second movie and rivals the first movie as the best of the trilogy. I suppose if you don't like Tom Cruise (which seems to be a chic thing to do these days), you might not be crazy about it. There's a lot of Tom here - the big, smiley-faced Tom, a teary-eyed Tom, a steely-eyed staring Tom, Tom with cuts all over his face, Tom as a priest, Tom with a bloody nose - just lots and lots of Tom. To tell you the truth, I really don't mind Tom, despite his whole Scientology, TomKat, Brooke Shields fiascos. Maybe he should have kept his yapper shut instead of calling that interviewer "glib" because I didn't really think he was being "glib", but I still respect the guy and find him to be a great actor.

Nevertheless, I recommend all movie-lovers (Cruise-haters or not), to check out M:I3. It's an admirable big screen directorial debut for J.J. Abrams, who has indubitably left a certain "Alias" feel to the movie, with all the tricks and gadgets, right down to the quirky computer guy - although I much prefer the Alias computer geek. M:I3 is a good time to be had by all and a very satisfying opening to the 2006 summer blockbuster season.

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