Mission: Impossible III

Mission: Impossible III
Studio: Paramount
Rated: PG-13
Cast: Tom Cruise, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ving Rhames
Director: J.J. Abrams
Screenwriter: Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, J.J. Abrams
WorkNameSort: Mission: Impossible III
Our Rating: 4.00
J.J. Abrams' take on the high-tech espionage franchise is not only the best of the three films, it's the one that credits its audience with the greatest intelligence. (When was the last time you heard a Ralph Ellison joke in a summer blockbuster?) Smart suspense reigns as superspy Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his team try to keep a mysterious MacGuffin called the Rabbit's Foot away from an international criminal (Philip Seymour Hoffman, keepin' it real ' and really frightening). The fan base Abrams has built up with Alias and Lost should love the dramatic intensity he brings as director and co-writer, imparting a gravitas that has us gladly lapping up even the more preposterous developments. A parallel plot about Hunt's marriage to an unsuspecting nurse (Michelle Monaghan) is the low point, somewhat messily integrated into the main story and gradually attaining a prominence that makes the last act feel more ordinary than the ingenious skullduggery that's preceded it. But if the film isn't a complete godsend, it's still well worth your money.


We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at feedback@orlandoweekly.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.