Mission Impossible III

Because of all the negative press that Tom Cruise has faced lately (couch jumping on Oprah, attacking Matt Lauer on the Today Show, TomKat, TomKitten, etc.) you would think that this would somehow affect his performance in this film which he shot in the midst of all this. Amazingly, Mission Impossible III is probably the best of the series of films. Now, this probably has more to do with the brilliance of director J.J. Abrams (television's Lost and Alias) than Tom's performance, but the man does know how to act in action films. Cruise is at his best with smoldering intense looks, little dialogue and lots of physicality in this film. From about 7 minutes in the action begins and it does not stop until the very last scene two hours later. It is an amazing adrenaline rush of a film, but also manages to be fairly intelligent. Action films always require that you suspend disbelief for some of it, but Mission Impossible III is not so implausible that it becomes silly. J.J. Abrams demonstrates that he knows what to do with a large budget and knows how to hold an audience's attention. Some of the special effects and chase scenes are innovative and top quality. The way Abrams allows the story to unfold is interesting and tricky causing you to have to constantly pay attention. Cruise's performance is well complemented by a decent supporting cast which includes Ving Rhames, Keri Russell and hot young male actor of the moment Jonathan Rhys Meyers. The excellent and intense Philip Seymour Hoffman assumes the role of the baddie and he does a great job. It is a film in which even though you know the outcome of it going in, it still manages to entertain and wow you.

Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is living a seemingly 'normal' life. He is no longer a field agent for IMF and now trains young recruits. Due to this apparent stability in his life, Hunt is now engaged to be married to Julia (Michelle Monaghan – Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang). On the evening of his engagement party Hunt gets a call from the IMF and he meets with an IMF operations manager named John Musgrave (Billy Crudup – Big Fish, Almost Famous), who tells him that a former star student of Hunt's, Lindsey Ferris (Keri Russell – from television's Felicity), has been captured by bad guy Owen Davian (Philip Seymour Hoffman – Capote, The Big Lebowski). Davian is an arms/weapons dealer who has eluded the agency for years. Due to a sense of loyalty towards his star pupil, Hunt agrees to join a rescue mission for Ferris with fellow agents Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames – Mission Impossible II, Con Air), Declan (Jonathan Rhys Meyers – Bend It Like Beckham, Match Point), and Zhen (Maggie Q. – Around the World in 80 Days, Rush Hour 2). Things on the rescue mission spiral out of control, Commander John Brassell (Laurence Fishburne – The Matrix, Akeelah and the Bee) is furious and wants answers and Hunt is drawn back into the life he left behind.

Special Features:
– Deleted scenes
-The Making of the Mission
-Tribute Montage: Excellence in Film
-Exclusive to Two-Disc Collector's Edition:
-Mission Action: Inside the Action Unit
-Visualizing the Mission
-Inside the IMF
-Mission: Metamorphosis
-Scoring the Mission
-Launching the Mission
-Moviefone Unscripted: Tom Cruise/J.J. Abrams
-Tribute Montage: Generation: Cruise
-Photo gallery

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