MI:3 could have easily been the best of the three movies. Unfortunately, that simply was not the case.
Despite the best efforts of the rather inept employees of the local theater (they sold me a ticket to Silent Hill, where I happened to see a preview for MI:3 clueing me in that I was in the wrong theater) I did end up seeing Mission Impossible III. I suppose that I ultimately got what I expected, just not in the way I expected.
Initially, I liked the opening sequence of the film, it was far less pretentious than in the second one. This did not last long, as the film unfortunately did one of those “the movie begins at the ending” bullshit things that I despise. In all seriousness flashbacks should be outlawed, they have no place in civilized society. Anyhow, the flashback went way back, and the film had more of a lame style of beginning like I initially expected. But, it did get better.
After slowly getting over the fact that this was all a flashback, a lot of the action was compelling, if not entirely over the top. MI movies always do have the most interesting physics. Unfortunately, even the things that were not given away in the opening were rather predictable. What made it even worse was a guy seated near me sighed after every obvious plot point, thus hitting the predictability home.
Generally speaking, I was starting to get into the movie, and was ready to write a positive response to it. Then, it happened. The “hinge” as I call them. These are points I think writers/directors intentionally put in films to piss off cogent viewers. Essentially, they are events where if the protagonist did something different he could have avoided the entire rest of the story. Mission Impossible II used the tired, cliche hinge where if the Cruise would have just shot the girl he could have ended the threat and the second half of the film would be entirely unnecessary. Ultimately, this was an act of passion rather than logic, I loath hinges like that. MI:3 went the other way.
In MI:3, the major hinge was when Cruise could have ended the threat by cutting the last restraint of the obvious villain sending him to his death out of an airplane. Ironically, this hinge was based on logic ruling over passion something that is out character for Cruise’s character. At least for this reason I was somewhat able let it go, at least more so than in the second film. Also, the sting is reduced by the fact that things were slightly more complicated as you find out in the end as one of the agents within IMF is dirty, and working with enemy.
The second hinge is a “chance meeting” where after the villain escapes, he captures Cruise’s wife. While he is frantically searching for her, he closes paths with her, although she is knocked out and under a sheet. Obviously, this would have been harder for him to address, but it was still annoying. Also, if he would have just caught this, the entire rest of the film probably could have been avoided.
That reminds me, what the hell ever happened to the chick that he risked his life for in the second movie? Did she just cut and run or something? The whole emotional aspect of Cruise’s character are kind of pathetic. He should learn to “use and lose” his women like a respectable secret agent.
Despite these glaring offensives, the film still was not horrible, I would call it a rather typical hollywood affair. I do not plan on ever seeing it again, but I would not thwart anyone else’s attempt to see it. Although, I suppose it could be said that I was trying to thwart people with the spoilers in my post. But, to people that don’t like spoilers: tough.
At this point, my recommendation is: see it.