Thursday, May 04, 2006

M:I:III Heart-thumping Action all The Way

M:I:3 (Mission: Impossible 3)
Cast: Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Michele Monaghan and Maggie Q
Director: J.J. Abrams
Time: 105 mins

Rating: * * *
Tom Cruise and Michele Monaghan
WHAT’S IT ABOUT? ‘Retired’ IMF super-agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is engaged to be married to girl-next-door-type Julia (Michele Monaghan) when he is ‘recruited’ into yet another ‘Impossible’ Mission: To rescue his protégé, Agent Lindsey (Keri Russell), from captivity.
But of course, this whole thing is a set-up, ostensibly involving arms dealer Owen Davian (Philip Seymour Hoffman) who is the IMF’s next target. There is something about a Rabbit’s Foot which Ethan must recover – and this takes Ethan and the gang (Ving Rhames, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Maggie Q as Zhen) to Shanghai, China, which is the setting for the movie’s climactic stunt.

WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL? Arguably the most heart-thumping of the three Mission: Impossible movies, this sequel is one big action sequence after another. You hardly have time to catch your breath. Putting Ethan’s love life into the fray helps get the audience’s sympathy.
However, it has detoured from its TV roots and adapted a bit for its box-office lure. Incorporating a bit of TV’s Alias and Charlie’s Angels, it has heart-throbs Monaghan and Maggie Q who adds a touch of hot Asian spice to the proceedings.

HIGHLIGHTS: Ethan’s split-second escape from an on-coming missile on a bridge, and the painful sight of a Lamborghini being blown apart.

LOWLIGHTS: The plot can be rather confusing and illogical, especially the part where Ethan ‘turns off’ his life.

AND THE LOWDOWN? Oh well, none of the M:I plots made any sense anyway, but we would still see it for its stunts and extreme action.


At 11:16 pm, Anonymous Arivind Abraham said...

I am waiting to catch this within the coming week. My budget at the moment has been holding me back. I must say however that when it comes to action this day, JJ Abrams is probably the most capable hands it can be in.

The only other actioner this summer I think that could match if not top MI3 is Micheal Mann's "Miami Vice"!

At 1:27 pm, Anonymous Arivind Abraham said...

Finally caught MI:3. Superb action, some amazing camera work for an action film and just a bloody great ride. Best actioner I have seen in a long time!

Only bug I had was that it was another "set up by someone in IMF" like the first movie. Damn stupid Ethan Hunt, kena set up one time by someone in IMF and still wanna work for em!

And does it have to be called "Impossible Mission Force"? Aiyoh nothing cooler ah?

At 12:56 am, Blogger jesscet said...

Finally got to watch MI:III and i enjoyed it far better than the Da Vinci Code.

yeah.. the action sequels were totally improbable and out of this world; and the agents esp. Ethan are made like superhuman. But heck, it was a real blast!

and must say Tom Cruise is not looking that bad even at this age and stage in life.

it's a really fun ride after half-suffering DVC this morning.


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