CORPORATE LINE: Super-spy Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) has retired from active duty to trains new IMF agents. But he is called back into action to confront the toughest villain he’s ever faced – Owen Davian (Philip Seymour Hoffman), an international weapons and information provider with no remorse and no conscience. Hunt assembles his team – his old friend Luther Strickell (Ving Rhames), transportation expert Declan (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), background operative Zhen (Maggie Q), and fresh recruit Lindsey (Keri Russell) – to travel the globe pursuing Davian and rescue Hunt’s love, Julia (Michelle Monaghan).
THE REVIEW: J.J. Abrams must be a genius because he’s made a film that was good enough to make us forget that Tom Cruise might be crazy. Abrams and crew put together a great cast that meant MI3 didn’t have to ride solely on Cruise’s shoulders. From Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman to Ving Rhames and Laurence Fishburne there is an endless number of talented supporting. Lest we forget Simon Pegg.
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What makes MI3 great is it steps on the gas and never lets up. The movie moves along at such a high pace that even a wacky storyline, and other ridiculous plotlines, can’t be explored because there is so much action. Every stunt ups the ante from all previous MI films.
THE EXTRAS: The commentary by director J.J. Abrams and actor/producer Tom Cruise is mostly dry. To expect Cruise to offer a dynamic commentary might be asking too much—even as J.J. Abrams offers some interesting insight. There is some behind-the-scenes information about the making of the movie but nothing that can’t be seen in the featurettes.
“The Making of the Mission” – The featurette offers the most insight into the production of the movie. Some of the most interesting aspects involve the behind-the-scenes look into the stunts.
“Mission Action: Inside the Action Unit” – A featurette that takes an inside look at the action. Some of the content overlaps other featurettes.
“Visualizing the Mission” – A look into the preparation pre-making the movie. The featurette might have a limited audience—you’ll either be interested in pre-production or you won’t. This isn’t a high impact featurette.
“Inside the IMF” – A featurette that is devoted the filmmakers and the characters and those actors that played the roles.
“Mission: Metamorphosis” – A look into the creation of the rubber masks featuring Syd Mead.
“Scoring the Mission” – The featurette is a look into Michael Giacchino’s reintroduction of the original Mission Impossible theme song.
“Launching the Mission” – Tom Cruise goes globe-trotting to sell the movie.
“Moviefone Unscripted” – Features interviews with Tom Cruise and J.J. Abrams that is nothing more than a love fest.
“Generation: Cruise” – A look at Cruise’s history in movies.
Finally, there is a photo gallery, a “Tribute Montage: Excellence in Film” and a trailer.
FRANKLY: MI3 is mindless fun. Thanks to J.J. Abrams, MI3 has set the summer blockbuster season ablaze.
+ Charlie Craine