The Mission: Impossible franchise surges into another big-budget action film for the third time. With its kinetic twist and turns, special effects, and totally unrealistic plot, there is almost no time to breathe. Yet, somehow, it manages to buy the suspense and emotional engagement with some Alias-like treatment from Director J. J. Abrams (who also did Alias and Lost).
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The story may be unbelievable but the twist is well-crafted so as not to poke gaping holes into it. Although it presents such high levels of improbability as the previous installments, this third one injects some humor and emotions, which are considerably the major elements the first two films lack. Overall, it is a fine popcorn flick.
The injected love story and the power struggle, corruption, and terrorism issues still persist in this sequel. The crazed match of wits and verbal exchanges among the characters also become good sources of emotional development. However, there are moments that it merely presents mindless montage of land and air fight and chase scenes. Good to know that it maintains a well-structured twisting of events to keep up with its high tech and suspense thriller intensity. Though the getting in and out of trouble of the characters seem to be too unrealistic, it is validated by its title anyway.
The movie is fast-paced, action packed, dense, and filled with stunts; yet, the plot is still very contrived and predictable. Nevertheless, the heart-pumping action combined with gratifyingly clever, booby-trapped fun really pushes the viewer’s pulse rate to a race: the air-to-ground assault at the Washington Bridge; Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) attempting to catapult between two skyscrapers in Shanghai and safely descending from the heights to a busy freeway through a flimsy parachute; running over a gas tanker; and getting away with a bomb explosion from a few feet away without much body damage. All these deliver thrills by the second.
Philip Seymour Hoffman as international weapons and information provider Owen Davian best suits his villain role. With his few minutes of screen time, he is still a legitimate scene-stealer. He effectively makes a considerably one-dimensional role into a deeply layered performance.
Tom Cruise takes Ethan Hunt into new heights through Abrams’ direction. However, his overall acting and characterization offer nothing new. It’s pretty much the same protagonist performance that has already been seen during the first two installments, War of the Worlds, Vanilla Sky, and Eyes Wide Shut. His acting has never evolved for all his various characters.
Laurence Fishburne works as the ambiguously dirty IMF head Brassel. Ving Rhames as Ethan’s good friend and colleague Luther Stickell, Jonathan Rhys Meyers as transportation expert Declan and Maggie Q as hottie background operative Zhen compose Hunt’s reunited IMF team in pursuit of Davian. Keri Russell’s character Lindsey gives a huge impact for the film’s initial turning point just a few minutes after its opening. Michelle Monaghan as Julia, Hunt’s fiancee, truly radiates a mainstream film’s leading lady role.
Abrams injects fresh blood and energy in his big screen debut. This movie is indeed a hands-down achievement for a first-timer as this is the best of the Mission Impossiblemovies so far. It makes up a good reel of good special effects, death-defying stunts, and heart-pumping action from beginning to end. Though unrealistic, it provides action-adventure entertainment.
If you’re in for a non-stop blood-rush on your seats, you could enjoy this third mission.