So much more enjoyable than MI:2, Mission: Impossible III corrected a lot of the wrongs of its predecessor. J.J. Abrams really showed that he can take an existing series and make an excellent movie (perhaps signs of good things to come for Star Wars?). Overall, the movie was good. The cast was amazing, story was well written, and production quality was very high. All these elements just made this movie so much fun to watch.
As I mentioned earlier, the cast was great. Of course Tom Cruise and Ving Rhames came back but this film also featured the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Michelle Monaghan, Laurence Fishburne, Maggie Q, and others. I really think that Phillip Seymour Hoffman was an amazing villain.
For the first time, we got to see Ethan Hunt living as a somewhat normal person. In the beginning of the movie we learn that he is engaged and that his fiancée has no idea what Ethan does for a living. He lies and tells someone that he works for the Department of Transportation, studying traffic patterns. I laughed when he talked about how you can observe how one pump of the brakes can affect traffic tremendously.
One of the coolest parts of this movie was the reading lips shown by Ethan. At the engagement party, Ethan reads the lips of all these women talking far away. He also reads lips when he is captured by Brassel. The amazing thing is, I tried to read the lips of what his associate John Musgrave was saying in that glass room but I could not do it! I know this is just a movie but I thought that was really cool.
Phillip Seymour Hoffman was ruthless and cunning. But even more cunning was John Musgrave. I was totally blindsided and thought that Brassel was crooked the whole movie. I literally did not see that twist coming! Musgrave seemed so trustworthy and seemed to care about Ethan so much. In fact, even after Musgrave revealed himself, he still showed Ethan that he cared by trying to protect Ethan’s wife.
In conclusion, I thought this movie did a good job of not overusing the masks like was done in MI:2 and the writing was excellent. Have to also give credit to J.J. Abrams for directing an overall high quality movie. Had great action and liked the cast members they added.
Kameona: 8.1/10 (I’m putting it right above the first movie)