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A former Russian spy selling international intelligence on the black market... a list containing names of the top undercover agents in the world... a corrupt agent doubling for an unknown organization... a mysterious arms dealer... a spy agency ready to disavow the actions or existence of any of its members captured or killed... and one man on a mission which seems impossible...
Coinciding with the theatrical release of Mission: Impossible III, the collector's edition of the first Mission: Impossible film weighs in with a little over a half-hour of new featurettes. The first and longest, "Mission: Remarkable: 40 Years of Creating the Impossible" (11 min.), begins with a discussion of the original TV series, but quickly becomes a standard behind-the-scenes promo of the two feature films. Shorter featurettes cover special effects, gadgets displayed at the International Spy Museum, real-life covert agents, and the making of the first movie's famous tunnel sequence. Also included are Tom Cruise's acceptance speech for the 2005 BAFTA/LA Stanley Kubrick Brittania Award for Excellence in Film and an accompanying nine-minute montage of his film clips (through War of the Worlds), and his acceptance speech for the 2005 MTV Generation Award (presented by Katie Holmes) with a shorter clip montage. --David Horiuchi
- Mission: Remarkable: 40 years of creating the impossible
- Mission: Explosive Exploits
- Mission: Spies Among Us
- Mission: Catching the Train
- Mission: International Spy Museum
- Mission: Agent Dossiers
- Tribute Montages: Excellence in Film: Cruise, Generation: Cruise
- Mission: Impossible theatrical trailer and teaser
- MI3 teaser
- TV spots
- Photo gallery
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I would highly recommend this movie if you're okay with not being treated like and idiot. It expects you to catch up with the plot rather than slowly, tediously spelling everything out for you (which, granted, some Friday nights I do enjoy being treated like and idiot). I thoroughly enjoy the cast, and I truly appreciate the stakes: it's so refreshing to watch a movie where the bad guys aren't going to BLOW UP THE ENTIRE WORLD. They're just going to screw over the CIA.
Fun movie. Worth multiple views. Begs the question: Does Tom Cruise ever really age?
I LOVED the tense moments when Cruise is suspended from his waist about 5 inches away from a pressure sensitive floor, and the speeding train stunts were great also. Very realistic. If you watch it via streaming, I recommend not reading all the XRAY comments about the goof-ups on the train scene. It's much more fun to just go with the ride than to know what mistakes they made.
The plot of this movie is somewhat convoluted, though perhaps that is reasonable for a film about espionage and counter-espionage. Things move along pretty quickly for the and there are no major lulls in the action. The characters have at least a little depth to them, but this is not a drama built on deep characterization either. The action sequences mostly work well and the highlight comes halfway through the movie when Ethan and crew break into CIA headquarters in what is easily the most memorable part of the film. Unfortunately, the big climax at the end involves a train scene that is so unbelievable (even by action movie standards) that it can only be described as laughable.
The other flaw in this movie only counts if you have seen the original TV show or believe that the film should respect the source material in any way. By turning one of the original characters into a traitor, the producers betrayed everything that character ever stood for. The only thing the traitor had in common with the original is the name, so the film could have used the exact same script with a different character name to honor the old show but that wouldn't have had the same shock value. It's a shame that they chose to spit on the show even as they traded on the name recognition to get people into the movie theaters.
If this film is judged on its own merits, setting aside the television series, it's a pretty good action movie. The ending was a farce, but the movie was solid up to that point with some scenes achieving true excellence. I would recommend it to those who never saw the original show or can set their knowledge of it aside and just take the movie for what it is.
You get to see a young good looking Tom Cruise. He has that all-American look in this film. Lost of great talent in this movie. Twists and turns in the plot to keep you interested/intrigued. You know it is going to be a good movie when a well known actor dies in the first few minutes of the movie.
Acting wise, Tom Cruise excels in these roles. Jon Voight was good as Jim Phelps.
As a movie, it's a pretty good action movie but don't expect the best movie out there. There is even an iconic cinematic scene in there when he is dropping from the ceiling, action films don't always strive to be memorable so it was appreciated that it was. The movie has a good mystery to it too, trying to figure out who was behind the whole thing. I liked it and will watch it again.