Mission Impossible 3 or M.i.III was the third installment in the Mission Impossible franchise. It was released in 2006, about 6 years before Ghost Protocol was released. It starred Tom Cruise, Michelle Monaghan, Philip Seymou Hoffman, Ving Rhames, Maggie Q, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Simon Pegg, Billy Crudup, and Laurence Fishburne. A very famous cast if you look at it. All of them are stars in their own right. The movie was directed by J.J. Abrams. The movie was a critical and commercial success, earning positive reviews and more than 350 million dollars worldwide.
It's one of the successful franchises out there and I think it's because the quality of the movies is always excellent. It never fails to impress and capture the audience. It always allows you to be involved by getting nervous for Tom Cruise, for rooting for his success, and hating the bad guys. It also does not disappoint in the action department with well-choreographed scenes that makes my heart skip a beat. The story also flows smoothly and attempts to stay true to its core strength. At least that's how I view the series.
It started intense and I liked the beginning of the movie a lot. It had back stories, but it also had action from the get go. It stunned me with the fighting sequences and hooked me right from the start of the movie. I think that particular part of the movie already had a lot to offer and there was nothing to do but to continue watching and wait for the next scenes, the development of the story. The middle part was my favorite, when the team was together plotting different strategies to make sure they accomplish the impossible mission. The beginning of the ending was a little anti-climactic but it soon picked up so I was satisfied with it. That's a word that can summarize the movie: satisfying.
The whole movie was action-packed and flowed pretty smoothly. Everything made sense, although there were a couple scenes that weren't as consistent. However, the movie in general was really exciting and engaging. The story was direct and was well-planned out. It was coherent and the development was concise. Even the musical score complemented what was happening in each scene. I don;t usually notice that kind of things but it begged for my attention and I really took notice.
The performances of the actors were nothing less than superb. I guess the biggest disappointment for me was the little screen time of Simon Pegg, who never fails to make me laugh. However, the team more than compensated for that. I have to say I felt a little odd when I realized just how great the team was, and why it was completely revamped for the fourth installment. Then again, the MI franchise isn;t exactly known for keeping their cast, except for Tom Cruise. However, Maggi Q, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, and Ving Rhames were really awesome as part of the team, badass with a soft side. Intense but at the same time mellow. I also enjoyed how the team worked together. I guess I can;t complain becase the team on the fourth one was just as good as them.
I think I liked the fourth installment better, but only by a bit. The third one kept me on my toes, so to speak. The magnitude of some of the scenes were breath-taking and thrilling at the same time. It made me giddy, but also made me nervous. The whole movie had the perfect balance of everything, from action to drama, to humor, to everything else in between. I also liked how the story had twists on its twists.