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Mission Impossible III

Mission Impossible III

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Director: J.J. Abrams

Cast: Tom Cruise, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ving Rhames


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The third entry in Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible film series involves super Impossible Mission Forces (IMF) agent Ethan Hunt (Cruise) being forced back into the field just when he was planning on marrying his girlfriend, Julia (Michelle Monaghan). The agency asks Hunt to save an operative (Keri


The third entry in Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible film series involves super Impossible Mission Forces (IMF) agent Ethan Hunt (Cruise) being forced back into the field just when he was planning on marrying his girlfriend, Julia (Michelle Monaghan). The agency asks Hunt to save an operative (Keri Russell) he trained after weapons dealer Owen Davian (Philip Seymour Hoffman) kidnaps her. With the help of his field team -- played by Ving Rhames, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, and Maggie Q -- Hunt achieves his goal, but becomes involved in a web of double-crosses that leave him wondering if he can trust his superiors (Billy Crudup and Laurence Fishburne). Eventually Davian threatens Julia's life in order to get away with his evil plan. Simon Pegg appears as an IMF tech expert.

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Though not lacking in action -- indeed, this installment boasts some of the series’ most elaborate set pieces -- Mission: Impossible III emphasizes characterization more than its predecessors did, raising the film far above the level of the typical “popcorn movie.” As the story begins, Impossible Mission Force agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) has retired from field work and begun training younger operatives. When one of them, Lindsey Farris (Keri Russell), is captured while on assignment, Ethan is unable to rescue her but manages to snare brilliant, remorseless arms dealer Owen Davian (Philip Seymour Hoffman). This is just the prelude: Upon escaping from custody, the revenge-seeking Davian embarks on his biggest caper yet and kidnaps Ethan’s fiancée, Julia (Michelle Monaghan), knowing full well that Hunt will follow and, eventually, walk into his trap. In the skillful hands of Hoffman, for our money one of the best actors working in films today, the villain becomes far more believable -- and therefore more frightening -- than run-of-the-mill, two-dimensional, action-movie bad guys. The scenes in which he confronts Cruise’s character are unusually chilling, and the viewer has no trouble believing him supremely capable of making good on his blood-curdling threats. Having an actor of Hoffman’s caliber opposite him spurs Cruise to new flights of histrionic fancy, and his performance is markedly better than it was in the second installment. Director J. J. Abrams (Lost) gives his two stars plenty of elbow room, figuratively speaking, without losing sight of what this franchise needs to deliver: high-tech gadgetry, supercharged chase sequences, and physically demanding feats of derring-do. Ving Rhames is back as transportation specialist Luther Stickell, and series newcomers Jonathan Rhys-Meyer and Maggie Q make small but significant contributions as recent additions to the IMF team. Faster, smarter, and more emotionally engaging than most of today’s action thrillers, M:I III ups the ante considerably for future films in this popular genre.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
There is a thin line between a big dumb action film and a big ridiculous action film. The first assumes the audience will turn out no matter what the filmmakers do, while the second is made by people who enjoy the outrageous over-the-top stunts just as much as the audience. Mission: Impossible III is a big ridiculous action film. The action sequences for the most part do not inspire awe with breathtaking effects, but they do provide giggles because of how the complications pile up -- the big set pieces are well-written. The gadgetry and the pacing will remind viewers of the best of the Bond films, and the supporting cast often provides welcome surprises. Philip Seymour Hoffman is riveting as the bad guy, and fans of the actor will enjoy the moment when he gets to play Tom Cruise playing his character -- a sentence that will make more sense to those familiar with the Mission: Impossible series. First-time feature director J.J. Abrams strikes a fine balance between character and action, allowing supporting players to register without ever letting it feel like anyone other than Tom Cruise is the center of the film. That may be a stumbling block for those who have grown tired of Cruise, but anyone else should feel satisfied with this solid, enjoyable effort.

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Special Features

Commentary By Tom Cruise and Director J.J. Abrams as they discuss their experience making M:l:lll

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Cruise Ethan Hunt
Philip Seymour Hoffman Owen Davian
Ving Rhames Luther Strickell
Billy Crudup Musgrave
Michelle Monaghan Julia
Jonathan Rhys Meyers Declan
Keri Russell Lindsey Farris
Maggie Q Zhen
Laurence Fishburne Theodore Brassel
Simon Pegg Benji
Eddie Marsan Brownway
Bahar Soomekh Davian's translator
Jeff Chase Davian's bodyguard
Michael Berry Julia's Kidnapper
Carla Gallo Beth
Bellamy Young Rachael
Paul Keeley Ken
Jane Daly Julia's mother
Greg Grunberg Kevin
Sabra Williams Annie
Rose Rollins Ellie
Sasha Alexander Melissa
Tracy Middendorf Ashley
Aaron Paul Rick
Kathryn Fiore Party goer
Colleen Crozier Party goer
Sean O'Bryan Party goer
Bruce French Minister
Ellen Bry Lindsey's mother
Patrick Pankhurst Lindsey's father
Tony Guma Jim
James Shanklin Hospital chaplain
Anne Betancourt Nurse Sally
Antonietta De Lorenzo Roadblock driver
Andrea Sartirettum Roadblock driver
Antonio Del Prete Vatican video room guard
Paolo Bonacelli Monsignore
David Waters IMF officer
Michael Kehoe Hosptial employee
Tim Omundson IMF agent
William Francis McGuire IMF head of security
Michelle Arthur Airline worker
Barney Cheng Janitor
Tim Simonec Conductor

Technical Credits
J.J. Abrams Director,Screenwriter
Renato Agostini Special Effects Supervisor
Colin Anderson Camera Operator
Arthur Anderson Co-producer
Colleen Atwood Costumes/Costume Designer
Yu Baiyang Art Director
Roy Barnes Set Decoration/Design
Dennis Bradford Art Director
Danny Bramson Musical Direction/Supervision
Maryann Brandon Editor
Michele Burke Makeup
Barney Burman Makeup Special Effects
Yang Buting Executive Producer
Inti Carboni Asst. Director
Giacomo Carducci Art Director
Phillipe Carr-Foster Camera Operator
J. Andre Chaintrevil Set Decoration/Design
Scott A. Chambliss Production Designer
Tom Cruise Producer
Kevin de la Noy Co-producer
Shi Dong-Ming Co-producer
Timothy M. Earls Set Decoration/Design
Proteus Makeup FX Makeup Special Effects
Michael Giacchino Score Composer
Tommy Gormley Asst. Director
Wang Guichun Associate Producer
Steve Harding Production Manager
Sean Haworth Art Director
Kevin Kavanaugh Art Director
Gary Kosko Art Director
Alex Kurtzman Screenwriter
Bruce Law Special Effects Supervisor
Stratton Leopold Executive Producer
Sylvia Liu Asst. Director
Mark Lucero Set Decoration/Design
Mary Jo Markey Editor
Dan Mindel Cinematographer
Moe Chamberlain Sound Mixer
Roberto Orci Screenwriter
Stefano M. Ortolani Art Director
Alan Rankin Sound/Sound Designer
Andrew Reeder Set Decoration/Design
Brad Ricker Art Director
Han Sanping Executive Producer
David Sardi Asst. Director
Lalo Schifrin Score Composer
Domenic Silvestri Art Director
Luigi Spoletini Asst. Director
Jiang Tao Co-producer
Eugenio Ulissi Art Director
Stella Vaccaro Set Decoration/Design
Paula Wagner Producer
April Webster Casting
Noah Weinzweig Camera Operator
Jeff Wexler Sound Mixer
Joerg Widmer Cinematographer
Sun Yingrui Production Manager
Scott Zuber Set Decoration/Design


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Mission Impossible III 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first MI left me confused, the 2nd MI I chose to stay away from since it was directed by the outlandishly terrible director John Woo, but this 3rd MI is right on the money. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I guess that's up for debate. I sort of liked 2 but I felt that having John Woo trying to make a PG-13 was ill-conceived. If they ever make a director's cut I am sure the film would be the best of the lot. Whoever called Woo a bad director has obviously never seen Face/Off or Hard-Boiled or The Killer or A Better Tomorrow or Bullet in the Head. The beginning of MI 3 was enough to make me hang in there. The style of #3 was vastly different from the other 2 and J.J. Abrams did a great job resurrecting what I thought had been a dead franchise. The movie almost made you forget what a nut Cruise is. (Almost.)
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I have no idea who in the world would think that John Woo is a terrible director, but they obviously have NO taste. He has put together some great movies and MI2 was his best by far and it was the best out of the three Mission Impossible films. I will say that this third installment was a good watch,though, and the villian is played by a fantastic actor! It is worth the time to watch it - Enjoy.