In commemoration of the release of MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT, I will be reviewing the previous films in the franchise because I’m bored and I need a project in my down time! Besides, it’s a fun way to catch up on movies that I haven’t seen in awhile. So if isn’t obvious, I’m implying that I have indeed seen all of these films before. But I’ve decided to go back in time and lay down my opinion for each and every one of them, with the notable exception of ROGUE NATION, as I already have a review for that one:
- MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE (1996)
- MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE II (2000)
- MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL
- MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION
Now we’re talkin’. This is about where the Mission: Impossible franchise got good. Or, maybe I’m just a J.J. Abrams fanboy. But I remember loving this flick for it’s awesome effects and action. But mostly… that opening scene. Dude… chills just thinking about it.
Here’s the cast. Starring, we have Tom Cruise (AMERICAN MADE , JACK REACHER 2 , and the upcoming TOP GUN: MAVERICK ), the late and great Phillip Seymour Hoffman (HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY 2 ), Ving Rhames (FATHER FIGURES ), Michelle Monaghan (SLEEPLESS , PATRIOTS DAY , and PIXELS ), and the ever-amazing Simon Pegg (READY PLAYER ONE , STAR TREK BEYOND , STAR WARS: FORCE AWAKENS , and upcoming films SLAUGHTERHOUSE RULEZ  and LOST TRANSMISSIONS ). In support, we have Keri Russell (FREE STATE OF JONES ), Maggie Q (ALLEGIANT ), Laurence Fishburne (ANT-MAN AND THE WASP , LAST FLAG FLYING , BATMAN V SUPERMAN , RIDE ALONG , and upcoming films BROTHER’S KEEPER  and WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE ), Carla Gallo (NEIGHBORS 2 ), and Aaron Paul (CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE , BIRDS OF PREY [2002 – 2003], and upcoming films WELCOME HOME  and THE PARTS YOU LOSE ).
Now for the crew. Directing and co-writing is J.J. Abrams, known for STAR WARS: FORCE AWAKENS, and the upcoming Star Wars Episode IX (2019). Abrams’ co-writers, making for a grand total of three writers, are Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, both known for STAR TREK (2009) and TRANSFORMERS (2007). Composing the score is Michael Giacchino, known for JURASSIC WORLD 2 (2018), COCO (2017), DOCTOR STRANGE (2016), INSIDE OUT (2015), and the upcoming BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE (2018). The cinematographer is Dan Mindel, known for PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING (2018), ZOOLANDER 2 (2016), and STAR WARS: FORCE AWAKENS. Finally, the co-editors are FORCE AWAKENS veterans Maryann Brandon (PASSENGERS , and the upcoming THE DARKEST MINDS ) and Mary Jo Markley (LIFE ), both are slated to return for Star Wars Episode IX.
This is my honest opinion of: MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III
“Agent Ethan Hunt comes into conflict with a dangerous and sadistic arms dealer who threatens his life and his fiancee in response.” – IMDB
Ugh, so quick thing here. I had actually written a full review about the movie but then I did two dumb-ass things. Firstly, I published the review without intending to. To top it all off, I had a second window open, of an unwritten draft of this review, and then accidentally saved that one. By the time I realized what I had done both times, as it was three AM, I had intended to delete everything, and copy and paste the entire review on a new page, but the damage was already done in every way. So now, here I am again. My summary is from IMDb, and my review will be a quick one as I’m too disheartened to write it all out again.
But any way, I really like this movie.
Tom Cruise knocks it out of the park and makes the action look good. His commitment to his craft continues to be appreciated. Michelle Monaghan as Julia is surprisingly bad-ass and one of the more compelling female leads in the franchise to this point, paving the way for even better kick-ass ladies in Paula Patton, Léa Seydoux, and new fan-favorite, Rebecca Ferguson. Can’t wait to see a better return for her character in M:I – FALLOUT. Enjoyed the smaller role that Simon Pegg had as Benji, and utterly grateful that he becomes a bigger character in the sequels, as well as cameos from Greg Grunberg from HEROES (2006 – 2010), Aaron Paul from BREAKING BAD (2008 – 2013), and Carla Gallo from BONES (2008 – 2017). But far and away, the best part of this movie comes in the form of the villain, Owen Davian, played by Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Legitimately intimidating, absolutely no joking about him at all, perfectly casted. RIP, good sir, it was unfair that we lost you.
But with all that said, there are some issues.
Supporting characters Declan (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) and Zhen (Maggie Q) are pretty forgettable, which is a shame because I know Maggie Q is a bad-ass in her own right, yet both characters have very thin personalities. A lesson learned in the sequels, no doubt. The writing’s not always up to snuff, what with some lame one-liners, though that’s a pretty nitpicky thing to complain about.
And I’m kind of sick of rogue IMF agents. This is the third movie in a row to do this and it’s arguably the most forgettable one, especially since he eventually gets gunned down by Julia, not Ethan, so a pretty lame twist bad guy.
Overall, good movie, fun action, many improvements all around, especially with the villain. May not be perfect, but it does a hell of a lot more right than wrong. The franchise as I know and love it began here.
My honest rating for MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III: 4/5