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Mission Impossible 3
Written by Sandra Fitzpatrick   
Tuesday, 09 May 2006 21:10

Sequels are so passé! If you want to be Hollywood chic, sequels to sequels are all the rage! Just look at this year’s movie lineup including Final Destination 3, X-Men 3, The Fast and the Furious 3 and the ever-encroaching onset of yet another Saw film. Add to that 2007’s Spiderman 3, Pirates of the Caribbean 3, and Sin City 3. The lists go on and on. Mission Impossible 3 has managed to create some buzz for putting Tom Cruise back on the big screen once again as danger-chasing Ethan Hunt.

If you’re interested in this movie, chances are you’ve seen the previous two installments of the popular series. I actually haven’t seen MI1 or MI2, so I am coming to the franchise with a fresh perspective I guess. I’m told that the other films were convoluted and didn’t make much sense, but that isn’t surprising. The truth is, when it comes to this type of movie, story is secondary to explosions.

This time, Ethan has decided to settle down and get married. His new wife Julia (Michelle Monaghan) thinks that he works in traffic control, which wouldn’t explain why he comes home jet-lagged and smelling like gunpowder. He gets called away to rescue an operative that he himself trained, and winds up smack in the middle of a conspiracy to control something called the Rabbit’s Foot. We never really get to know what the Rabbit’s Foot really is, but like I said “story is secondary”.

I loved the opening scene of the movie and thought it got things off to a very promising start. Ethan sits strapped to a chair across from his wife who has a gun to her head. He has to the count of ten to save her life by giving up the whereabouts of the Rabbit’s Foot. I thought Tom Cruise really showed his abilities during this scene as you see him struggling through a range of emotions, from cockiness to disbelief and then desperation. Sometimes he surprises me in a good way. As opposed to the usual crazy guy / Scientologist / control freak bad way!

Phillip Seymour Hoffman always surprises me. He is honestly one of the most talented and unpredictable actors today. Here he plays the cold-blooded villain Owen Davian who is one of the things that makes MI3 worth watching. His sneering voice and expressionless gaze immediately give away how dangerous he is. Some other strong supporting actors round out the cast including comedy relief from Simon Pegg who some of you might recognize from Shaun of the Dead!

But strong performances aren’t what audiences are here to see. We want “The Three S’s”: Shooting, Speed and ‘Splosions! This movie delivers all of those and a lot more with some very crazy action sequences. There’s a helicopter chase, a leap from a Japanese high-rise, and a stunning standoff on a city bridge. Also, in true Mission Impossible style, there are gadgets galore including a nifty machine that creates exact replica latex masks within minutes, based on digital photos of a persons face. That’s what I want for Christmas!

If you are looking for a summer blockbuster to kick-start the season, you won’t go wrong with this movie. It’s no masterpiece, but it makes good on it’s promise of non-stop action. Mission Impossible 3 is an undemanding movie, and a fun way to spend a couple of hours. I give it 6 out of 10.