Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt
Ving Rhames as Luther Stickell
Keri Russell as Lindsey
Philip Seymour Hoffman as Owen Davian
Bahar Soomekh as Ms. Kari
Laurence Fishburne as Brassel
Billy Crudup as John Musgrave
Simon Pegg as Benji Dunn
Michelle Monaghan as Julia
Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Declan
Maggie Q as Zhen
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, tense, 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.
What Didn’t Work:
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.
The Bottom Line: