Mission: Impossible 3 (2006)

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7.0 Overall Score
Story: 7/10
Acting: 6/10
Visuals: 7/10

More team work, nice bridge action sequence

Still a very PG-13, Tom Cruise movie

Movie Info

Movie Name: Mission: Impossible 3

Studio: Cruise/Wagner

Genre(s): Action/Adventure

Release Date(s): May 5, 2006

MPAA Rating: PG-13


Explosions and running…key action features

Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is out of active duty as an IMF (Impossible Mission Force) agent. He’s just married Julie Meade (Michelle Monaghan) against the advice of other agents and now only functions as a trainer. When one of his students disappears, Hunt’s advisor John Musgrave (Billy Crudup) contacts Hunt to assemble a team to rescue Lindsey Farris (Keri Russell). When Farris is killed on the rescue, Hunt sets out to find Owen Davian (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) to make him pay. Davain however has a spy in IMF, and Hunt is going to have to risk his wife and his team to prove he’s innocent.

Directed by J. J. Abrams, Mission: Impossible 3 (sometimes called M:I-3 or M:I-III) went back to more of the core of the Mission: Impossible idea set up by the first film. Abrams was the third choice for this movie after both David Fincher and Joe Camahan were forced to drop out. It was during the press release for this film, Tom Cruise had his fit about the “Trapped in the Closet” episode of South Park.


Go Felicity! You can do it! (Hey remember when you cut your hair?)

Despite the problems during production and surrounding its release, M:I-3 is a far better movie than M:I-2 (which seemed like a bit of a mess). The story is simple and concise, and the action is easy to follow. There is a lot of high tension moments (including the pendulum swing in Shanghai) and tons of gunfire and explosions.

It would benefit Mission: Impossible to possibly go R-Rated sometime. It does force the filmmakers to think of more creative ways to solve the problems, but it also would be cool to see some real intense Metal Gear Solid type spy infiltration. PG-13 keeps a larger core audience, but the movie could get really intense with some lethal action.


Pegg…You’re my Q

I’m not a huge fan of much of Abrams’ work, but this is one of his better products (too bad he has to shove his best friend Greg Grunberg in the film as a person attending Ethan and Julia’s engagement party). Mission: Impossible 3 shows a return to the team action that made the first movie a success. It still is a “Tom Cruise” movie, but it is going in a better direction…I hope the series continues, but it must keep evolving.  Mission:  Impossible 3 led to a bit of a break for the team and Mission:  Impossible—Ghost Protocol was released in 2011.

Related Links:

Mission:  Impossible (1996)

Mission:  Impossible II (2000)

Mission:  Impossible—Ghost Protocol (2011)

Mission:  Impossible—Rogue Nation (2015)

Mission:  Impossible—Fallout (2018)

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