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Excellence in Film Featurette
5 Deleted Scenes
Commentary by Tom Cruise and director J.J. Abrams
Commentary by writers Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and J.J. Abrams
“M:i:III” Theatrical Trailers
Inside the IMF
Mission Action: Inside the Action Unit
Visualizing the Mission
Scoring the Mission
Moviefone Unscripted: Tom Cruise / J.J. Abrams
Launching the Mission
Now having a personal stake in capturing Davian, Ethan leads a secret effort to capture the villain. Unfortunately, he unwittingly steps into a conspiracy that affects the highest levels of IMF. It will also threaten the lives of those he cares for most.
“Mission: Impossible III” is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of frenetic violence & menace, disturbing images & some sensuality.
From the very opening scene “Mission: Impossible III” grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go. It opens with an incredibly intense scene where Ethan is chained and helpless as Davian holds a gun to Julia’s head. It’s emotional, violent, and nail biting. Though it kind of spoils what happens later in the story, it hooks the audience and pulls them fully on board for the ride. The rest of the action in the film is first rate. The first big action scene features a rescue mission. There’s a great gun battle and I was quite shocked to see that Keri “Felicity” Russell could kick butt and hold her own alongside Tom Cruise. Abrams is notable for creating strong female characters and he does so here yet again. The second major action piece is a tense mission inside the Vatican. It’s funny and intriguing. Here again a strong female presence emerges with Maggie Q. I hadn’t recalled seeing this actress before, but she was as beautiful as she was tough in this movie. Other action scenes include an explosive battle on a bridge, an escape from IMF headquarters, and a great car chase through Shanghai. Action fans will be well pleased.
The cast in this film is really strong. Tom Cruise is Tom Cruise. There’s not much more you can say about him. Philip Seymour Hoffman, as usual, makes a very impressive bad guy. Ving Rhames reprises his role from the previous films and he’s in fine form. Laurence Fishburne doesn’t have a very big role, but he’s quite intimidating with the little screentime he has. It’s the secondary characters that really help round out the film. As previously mentioned, Keri Russell and Maggie Q kick butt and are beautiful. Michelle Monaghan even gets a little action as Julia. Simon “Shawn of the Dead” Pegg really steals the show in a couple of brief scenes as Benji Dunn, the “Q” of IMF. He provides much of the humor in the movie.
While watching “War of the Worlds” last year, I wasn’t bothered by all the hype surrounding Tom Cruise in the real world. I was able to watch the film without any of that entering my mind. However, this time around Cruise’s extra baggage definitely came into play as I watched “M:i:III.” Michelle Monaghan at times looks like a Katie Holmes clone, so that makes some of their scenes together kind of awkward. Cruise at one point also dresses up as a priest to infiltrate the Vatican. After the hype of Holmes converting from Catholicism to Scientology, it was yet another scene that ripped you out of the storyline.
There were also a couple of ill-advised moments. I don’t want to spoil anything, but after a bad accident, Keri Russell’s eyes are seen going two different directions. Rather than prompting gasps of horror, the scene drew snickers. In another scene, Cruise is captured and put in a funny looking “Hannibal Lecter” type of mask. It also came across as silly.
My only other nitpick is that the score occasionally sounded like it was ripped off of a TV show, but considering that this movie is based on a TV series, it’s entirely appropriate.
J.J. Abrams breathes new life into “Mission: Impossible” and proves that the franchise still has some life in it. If you liked the first two, you’ll more than likely enjoy this. I personally thought it was better than “M:I-2.”
The first disc is the same as the standard version of the “M:i:III” DVD. It includes “The Making of the Mission” which is a pretty well condensed documentary covering casting, stunts, locations, effects, etc. This will satisfy most DVD enthusiasts. There are also five deleted scenes, several of which include more of Keri Russell as Lindsey and Maggie Q as Zhen. The first disc ends with the Excellence in Film featurette which is from an awards ceremony highlighting Tom Cruise’s film career. You’ll also find a good commentary by Cruise and director J.J. Abrams
The second disc gets a bit deeper into the making of the movie. There are five featurettes that add up to a couple of hours of footage. They cover the casting, the stunts, the pre-visualization, the mask trick, and the score. They are all very well done and very entertaining. You’ll also find Moviefone Unscripted: Tom Cruise / J.J. Abrams. This features the two men interviewing each other. Trailers and TV spots complete the features before the DVD gets into more Cruise praising. After hearing about how he does his own stunts and what a fine actor he is, “Launching the Mission” follows him around the world as he does overly dramatic promotions for the movie. You see him ride a boat, motorcycle, fire truck, and subway to premieres throughout New York. This love-fest is followed up by a second tribute video highlighting his career.
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