Mission: Impossible III

Mission: Impossible III

J J Abrams (2006)

120min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Impossible Missions Force agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) springs into action for a third time as the mega-budget espionage franchise rolls on. Only here, with JJ Abrams (creator of TV's Lost and Alias) as director, we get to see a more intimate side of the superspy - along with the requisite explosions, gadgets and gunplay. The story unfolds with the newly betrothed Hunt called out of retirement to rescue a former trainee who's been kidnapped by a ruthless arms dealer (a superb but underused Philip Seymour Hoffman). But when the assignment goes wrong, it's Hunt's new wife (Michelle Monaghan) who's the primary target for revenge. The race against time that follows is fast-paced and slick, with some stand-out sequences including a thrilling base-jump from a Shanghai skyscraper. Yet for all the film's visual intensity, the formula itself feels stale and mechanical, with a flimsy plotline and cardboard characters merely compounding the problem.

Summary

Former secret agent Ethan Hunt is called out of retirement when an ex-trainee is taken hostage by a ruthless arms dealer, but when the rescue operation goes wrong, the villain decides to target Hunt's fiancee. Action thriller sequel directed by JJ Abrams, starring Tom Cruise, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Michelle Monaghan, Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg.

Cast & Crew

Ethan Hunt Tom Cruise
Owen Davian Philip Seymour Hoffman
Julia Michelle Monaghan
Luther Ving Rhames
Musgrave Billy Crudup
Declan Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Lindsey Keri Russell
John Brassel Laurence Fishburne
Zhen Maggie Q
Brownway Eddie Marsan
Benji Dunn Simon Pegg
Director J J Abrams
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: UIP Guidance: Violence. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 5 May 2006

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