When IMF agent Lindsay Farris (Keri Russell) is kidnapped, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is pulled out of retirement of combat missions to team up with Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames), Zhen Lei (Maggie Q) and Declan Gromley (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) to retrieve her. When the mission goes south, their boss Theodore Brassel (Laurence Fishburne) tasks them with finishing Faris’ mission of apprehending rabbits foot.
Once Owen Davian (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is aware that the agents are on his tail, he kidnaps Ethan’s fiancée Julia (Michelle Monaghan) as leverage.
Mission Impossible III is a good entry in the franchise. It has an amazing cast with great set pieces. This is primarily due to the new director J.J. Abrams. His style is defiantly better than John Woo’s of the prior film. The attention to detail and the build up of tension during the big action sequences all come to fruition.
As great as the cast is and as amazing as the action pieces are, this film suffers from a weak script. Some characters are completely sidelined like Michelle Monaghan and Simon Pegg. While others like Maggie Q and Jonathan Rhys Meyers do have a large presence in the film, but we know next to nothing about their characters. Speaking of not knowing things, the main drive of this film is for the team to apprehend rabbits foot. However neither the characters nor the audience is aware of what rabbits foot is which makes it hard to feel any urgency in this film.
Overall, Mission Impossible III is an entertaining film due to its cast and action sequences, but there is hardly a plot. If it wasn’t for the new director this film could have been an absolute mess.
Where does Mission Impossible III rank for you in the franchise?
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