Saturday, October 6, 2012

Mission: Impossible III

I've never really been a fan of the classic TV series these films are based on, but I've, for the most part, enjoyed all of the big screen versions so far. The original was an espionage filled treat with some creative editing choices, the second was a ridiculously overdone gun battle filled slam-bang action flick and the newest film is an entertaining mixture of both. Ethan must rescue his missing fiancee from the hands of a sadistic arms dealer and assembles a team of capable agents to help him get her back. Lots and lots of action ensues. The set pieces are utterly fantastic (the bridge sequence in particular), the casting choices are inspired (Philip Seymour Hoffman as the villain was wickedly cool, as well as the criminally underused Keri Russell). It's fast, fun and a fantastic summer popcorn movie.

4 out of 5

*written 5/19/06

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