*** Official MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III Review

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  1. Chuck Mayer

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    It was what I wanted.

    I had high hopes for the cast, the director, the script, and the score. Keep in mind, this is still the Tom Cruise show, but the cast buoys him up, and the film is really a nice mix of the first and second films, in terms of action and style.

    It's quite well-directed, aside from some action shaky-cam (but nothing too bad). There are the expected twists and turns, but it keeps you busy enough that you don't dwell on them...you just enjoy the ride. There isn't a whole lot to say. It delivers what the trailer promises. I wish some of the supporters had more screen time, but it's not like Tom Cruise doesn't know what he's doing. He does. PSH doesn't get any development, but he's a nasty piece of work. I developed an extraordinarily STRONG crush on Maggie Q during the film. So that helped. I didn't focus on the score, but I know it made me smile a few times.

    I'm not a Felicity fan, an Alias fan, or a Lost fan. So I am no Abrams junkie. But he delivered a very solid film, and started the summer off right.

    And location shooting just rocks [​IMG]

    8.5/10,
    Chuck
     
  2. Bryan Beckman

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    Run, Tom, run!

    This is probably Cruise's most physically demanding actioner yet, and he showed he was quite up to the task. The film moves at a fairly zippy pace, and there's plenty of stunts and stuff blowin' up real good to satisfy most thrillseekers. One thing it definitely lacks is subtlety, but the opening scene quite clearly communicates the ride we're in for, and the rest of the film stays true to that tone.

    I've never watched Alias, but I do enjoy LOST immensely, so my main attraction was to see what Abrams brought to the film series. He doesn't disappoint. I predict that his star will continue to rise as a result of this.

    I've heard one complaint that the film is too derivative of True Lies, but I've never seen it, so those memories didn't get in the way of my enjoyment. It's intense, but a heck of a lot of fun. I'm glad I went to see it.

    A-/A




    Postscript: Maybe it's just a function of the overall volume, but the gunshots were LOUD. The last time I remember making a mental note of that was while watching Batman Begins, same theater. Made me look forward to the DVD. [​IMG]

    In an early scene, I thought I saw Michelle Monaghan's character talking to a doctor who looked uncannily like Jean Reno. His name wasn't listed in the credits, but I thought I'd fire that out there for anyone else to confirm/disprove.

    A big [​IMG] to Kanye West's M:I theme. I've never listened to the guy's music, so I have no idea how this stacks up against his body of work. But my gut reaction was . . . ugh. Where's Mullen and Clayton when you need them?

    Finally, LOST fans might get a smile out of the last item on the "Special Thanks" portion of the credits.
     
  3. Evan.K

    Evan.K Auditioning

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    I am a huge LOST fan, and i watch Alias when its on. With JJ Abrahms at the helm, my expectations were through the roof. There were some classic JJ moments like the geeky tech guy, some of the music, Greg Grunberg, and the fist pump.

    I noticed the True Lies moment on the bridge as well.

    Some great action in this one. Definately the best MI movie so far. I'm interested to see what JJ does next.
     
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    This thread is now the Official Review Thread for "Mission: Impossible III". Please post all HTF member reviews in this thread.

    Any other comments, links to other reviews, or discussion items will be deleted from this thread without warning!

    If you need to discuss those type of issues then I have designated an Official Discussion Thread.



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  5. Dennis Castro

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    Overall I enjoyed the film and had a great time watching it. There were a couple of things that bothered me though.

    I wished they had developed a meatier role for Hoffman he was completely wasted in the film. Here is a powerhouse actor and given the chance they could have created a great screen villain. I wouldn't have minded sacrificing some of the action for a little more development there. They did not give him much to do. Any capable character actor could have done this role. That's not a knock on Hoffman it's just that there wasn't much for him to work with.

    The last scene felt more like the ending of a TV episode than a film.
     
  6. Stephen Orr

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    I really don't go to the movies like I used to (down to maybe one every couple of months), but I went to see M:I:III this afternoon using a free ticket from the MI DVD set my wife bought me a few weeks ago.

    It was exactly what I go see movies on the big screen for: lots of action, excitement, humor, and explosions. I'm a fan of Alias, and it plays like the best episode of Alias ever (minus Jennifer Garner, of course). Simon Pegg even did a British version of Marshall!

    Hoffman was very slimy and hissable, and left the screen in a very ugly way. (eee-yew!)
    I loved the Bay Bridge attack (seeing how I live less than five miles from it). The helicopter chase is unlike anything I've seen before, and the Shanghai snatch of the film's "McGuffin" was short, sweet, and to the point.

    The music was GREAT! (except for that stupid rap over the end credits).

    I'm ready for the next movie!
     
  7. Simon Massey

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    I really enjoyed this film and thought, as a whole, it was better than the first MI film (we are not going to mention the appalling second). What was really great was the greater focus on the team element, which was only in the first film at the start really.

    I also thought Hoffman was great, a real nasty villain, and it's a shame he is not in it more, though I suppose it makes the scenes he is in more effective.

    Basically, it does exactly what it promised in the trailer - be entertaining as a summer action film and in that they succeed hands down.

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    Kanye's first album was great, but his followup and the M:I theme sucked. Although I did like his remix of the theme, but not the "It's Impossible" song.

    Good movie. I'm a JJ junkie so I extremely happy. He did a good job his first time out on a big flick.
     
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    Gangbusters. What a hugely, massively entertaining ride. Hoffman is barely in the film, but conveys a very strong presence; Cruise's commitment to the film is palpable (note the long tracking shot of him positively SPRINTING through Shanghai, or any of the stunts done by him); Abram's direction is capable, and his ability to capture the "unreality" of being in an extreme situation (a la the Lost pilot) was definitely here. I am no fan of tv, but I felt he got the job done (I won't gripe about his occasional over-reliance on close-ups and Greengrass-esque shakycam), and had great help from the excellent Dan Mindel. Much of the action is brilliantly staged; my favorite moments were the Philip Hoffman capture sequence in the Vatican, and that bridge scene. I'm glad they took the time to make "the whole mask thing" realistic and believable (and awesome). The film really played with my fear of heights and CPR situations. A lot of good dialogue and, for an action picture, excellent character development. That's the best thing about the film. All in all, this blows the previous John Woo monstrosity out of last week. Three and a half stars.

    Regards,
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  10. Larry Sutliff

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    I thought it was great, the best all out action movie I've seen in a long time. I'm not a big fan of Cruise, but he is very likable here, and I genuinely cared about what happens to him and his wife. Hoffman plays one of the most vile, evil pricks I've ever seen on film. Great, taut direction and editing.

    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]1/2 out of [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  11. Patrick Sun

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    I thought this film opened strong, but sort of petered out towards the end. JJ Abrams is simply okay in the director's chair (but he really doesn't have the directorial flair of either de Palma or Woo), there were sequences that were just awkward to watch in terms of the action flow, and it still had that Alias feel to many of the setups. One of JJ's favorite storytelling tics is to start out from a scene in the 3rd act with a "tension-filled" interrogation, and then roll back to the beginning, and while it works in TV, it sucks out a lot of the dramatic tension (for me) for most of the 2nd and 3rd act.

    Ethan runs, and runs alot, and there were times were we didn't need to see all that running, but we saw it anyway. The characterization scenes played out less convincing than much of JJ's TV work. I don't think he's figured out how to truly compress characterizations within film vs. the arc from episodic TV. It's a different shorthand cinematic language that isn't quite within JJ's grasp yet.

    But even with the shortcomings, there are quite a few daring stunts and elaborate ruses riffing on the classic MI themes, but even those scenes were undercut by the story structure (a more linear approach gives more opportunity to amp up the dramatic tension and thrills along the lines of "will he or won't he be able to do the impossible to complete legs of the mission").

    It's easily worth a matinee for the amount of action showcased in the film.

    I give it 2.75 stars, or a grade of B-.
     
  12. Lou Sytsma

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    Solid action flick with probably one of Cruise's least irritating performances. This one really carried the team flavour that harkens back to the roots of the IMF premise. I enjoyed the structure of the story and chuckled at the Lost musical riff near the climax. Looking forward to seeing what JJ Abrams can do with the Star Trek franchise.
     
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    Wow!

    I almost chose to wait on this one, due to that looney Tom Cruise. I am glad I did not. Saw this movie last night and I was very impressed. I will have to admit that the last several years, the "summer blockbusters" have really been a let down for me. I get so juiced up for them, just to go watch a sucky movie I could have waited on for DVD (ie. Kingdom of Heaven, Hulk).

    This movie actually surpassed any expectations I had going in. And while Cruise repulses me in the real world, he was very believable in this role. PSH continues to show why he is receiving so many accolades after his Oscar win. He makes an incredible villain, and is able to establish himself with little screen time. I'm not usually a huge fan of the movie starting in the 3rd act and then going back to the beginning bit, but it worked in this movie.

    Probably my favorite Mission Impossible, although I will have to go back and watch #1, and see this one again before I can boldly make that statement. MI 2 flat out sucked!

    I'm really looking forward to JJ's future work, and thought he did an excellent job in his big screen debut. Is it confirmed that he will be the man behind the camera for the next Star Trek?
     
  14. Brett_M

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    Saw it today and enjoyed every frame.

    JJ Abrams is a capable enough director but his real talent is story structure -- it's all over the script. Many characters had small roles but they were meaningful and left me wanting more (in a good way). Uniformly great performances. I especially enjoyed Maggie Q and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. The film moved at a good clip and not a scene is wasted; they all move the plot forward. Say what you will about Cruise's offscreen antics -- the guy is a phenomenal actor. He is riveting in the film. Finally, an M:I flick we can all enjoy.

    Fantastic action scenes, too. The bridge sequence was cool, as was the China Rabbit's Foot grab.

    It took the best elements of the first two M:Is and added a dash of Alias (which I loved for the first two seasons).

    There has been a lot of complaining about bad box offcie business and a slump at the cineplexes across the country. There just weren't that many great movies out last year. If the rest of '06 is as good as what I experienced today, we're in for an awesome year in cinema. This film needs to make a ton of money. It delivers. Perfect way to kick off the summer. I look forward to future installments.

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    Saw it today and really enjoyed it. I have to rate it as one of the better action movies I have seen over the last few years. I think that Abrams has a promising career ahead of him.
     
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    I enjoyed it generally but once again, due to the use of tight framing, long lenses, strobe lighting, constantly vibrating camera, shutter speed manipulation and random inserts of nothing but blur meant that the action scenes were barely coherent and that the rythm of the film as a whole was almost fatally sabotaged.

    Does nobody understand how to shoot action scenes anymore? Do the new crop of Hollywood directors not understand the importance of establishing geography, of utilising silence, of the importance of wide-shots?

    It all means that scenes which were obviously staged for real might just as well have been created with CGI. It's depressing, and it's really spoiling my enjoyment of thrillers.

    I look forward to SUPERMAN RETURNS as it seems only Bryan Singer has either the intelligence or the integrity to hold out against this oppressive trend.
     
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    Up to and including the bridge attack, I thought it was a lot of fun. But the rest of the film was a bit...ordinary (at least to me). Gotta love Mr. Hoffman as the baddie. I wish he had been in it a bit more.
     
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    We saw this yesterday. Very good film. Intense and highly skilled action sequencing. I'm a big fan of Alias so some of the style I was used to. Loved that part of it.

    I did want more of a true story regarding the "rabbit's foot" thing that would give it some more beef in the story depth department...but otherwise a solid film. It's better than MI-2 but not better than the original 1996 film that I love.

    I really did like the Team approach to this one though. That was cool and somewhat nostalgic.

    I think JJ Abrams will find a happy home with the Cinema.

    8.5/10
     
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    I thought it was okay.
    Score: B-
     
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    Just got back from seeing MI:3 and all I can say is that if you like action flicks(which I most certainly do) I think you'll really enjoy this film. It's one of the best action movies I've seen in a long time and on top of that the acting is superb(Cruise, Hoffman, Fishburne, etc). As a big fan of the first couple seasons of Alias when JJ Abrams was involoved, I think he was the perfect guy to direct a movie like this. It had a really good pace, never seemed to drag and was pretty much entertaining from start to finish. I give it an "A" or [​IMG] [​IMG].
     

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