Aneesh Chaganty

Movie #242 Mission: Impossible III

In Uncategorized on July 27, 2011 at 6:10 PM

Movie #242 Mission: Impossible III

(2006, US, d. J.J. Abrams)

One of my favorite action films of the last decade, Mission: Impossible III is a film that tries to take every cliche and convention of the action genre and turn it on its head. The feature film directorial debut of J.J. Abrams, the film not only showcases his talent for visual flair and big set pieces, but also for his subtle and real treatment of character. There are only a few quiet scenes in the film, but it’s not here that Abrams highlights his characters. It’s in the loud moments. And unlike other films, which require a sad scene or a midpoint to highlight certain character traits, Abrams is able to get all that done in the middle of a chase, with bombs and explosions and bullets going off everywhere. With a stellar supporting cast including Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Laurence Fishburne, Maggie Q, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, and Michelle Monaghan, M:I:III never really lets you go. Traveling from city to city and coast to coast, it is a wonderful example of hiding exposition in action and keeping the audience on the edge of their seat. Anchored by the (not surprisingly) solid performance of Tom Cruise, the film is intense, fun, and most of all, the smartest action film since The Bourne Ultimatum. 


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