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An entertaining "Mission"

"M:I 3" is fun, but nothing more

By Bridget Egan, Online Art Editor
May 10, 2006
It is weird seeing Tom Cruise not jumping up and down on a couch emotionally professing his love for Katie Holmes. But in "Mission: Impossible 3" it is impossible to find that emotion; in fact it is impossible to find any emotion at all.

The third installment of the popular "Mission: Impossible" movies, based off a television show from the 1960s, follows the transcontinental adventures of Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise). Hunt believes that he has finally left his life of FBI-esque missions only to learn that an agent that he mentored has been kidnapped and is being held hostage. Leaving directly after his engagement party Hunt joins forces with Zhen (Maggie Q), Declan (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) and Luther Strickell (Ving Rhames) to rescue Agent Lindsey Ferris (Keri Russell). What ensues is the far-fetched adventure of Ethan Hunt.

As in most typical adventure films, there were various plot elements that were unbelievable, featuring events that would not occur and technology that does not exist. For once it would be nice to see a movie when the heroes win in the end by using ingenuity and nothing else.

While most villains in films are painfully dull and do nothing to progress the plot in any way, villain Owen Davien (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) is superb as the international dealer who provides terrorist organizations with products. He is intensely sinister in all the right ways, but presents a charismatic and cocky mask to the gullible public.

"M:I 3" is director J.J. Abrams' first experience directing a film, though he has gathered tremendous success with his television hits "Lost" and "Alias." While he does a fantastic job of keeping the audience's attention, elements of "Lost" are intertwined into the plot. Abrams even has an identical scene from the first season of "Lost" in "M:I 3" that was considerably more emotional the first time the audience saw it.

One commendable aspect of the film was the cinematography that made the scenes intense and dramatic when the plot was not. The shots were fantastic and helped convey the emotion of the characters when they were not easily discernable.

Additionally some elements of dialogue were occasionally clever and memorable. At one point John Brassel (Lawrence Fishburne) sinisterly states that he "would bleed on the American flag to keep those stripes red."

The film was able to keep the attention of the audience, but that is not an altogether commendable feat and the plot was tremendously lacking at some points. If someone is interested in seeing a semi-decent action flick "M:I 3" is for them, but if they want something with more content they are going to need to search further than Tom Cruise.