Mission Impossible 3: 2-Disc Collector’s Edition

DVD Reviews | Oct 30th, 2006

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Starring Tom Cruise, Phillip Seymore Hoffman, Ving Rhames, Billy Crudup, Michelle Monaghan, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Keri Russell, Laurence Fishbourne, Simon Pegg
Written By: Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, J.J. Abrams
Directed By: J.J. Abrams
Studio: Paramount
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Tom Cruise and company are back for another exciting and action packed movie, and some might say its the best one yet. On board is newbie director/TV veteran J.J. Abrams, along side a cast that have been totally different from the first two “Impossibles” except Ving Rhames. This time, Ethan Hunt is forced back into work from his Bosses at IMF (Fishbourne & Crudup.) Apparently, a nasty Weapons dealer is a force to be reckoned with and the IMF team have yet to bring him down. With the help of Ethan and his crew, the team races around the world to stop Davian (Hoffman) and proves to be one helluva ride.

Ethan Hunt is part of something special, which is an elite agency that helps bring the bad guys to justice. This agency has a team in place that are intelligent, precise, deadly and the best. Ethan Hunt is somewhat retired though. After the film opens, we see Ethan back home, with a beautiful wife-to-be and doing relationship things, like hosting parties and running to the store for ice. Not the way we are used to, like killing many people. He’s quickly called back into action after a fellow agent goes missing and the IMF must be sent in to rescue the agent, played by Keri Russell. It was nice to see Russell playing something different than the girly girl. Rather she was attractive and shooting guns. What more could a guy ask for? It turns out Agent Farris was on a recon mission was taken in by the ruthless kingpin Davian. It soon leads to it being all about Ethan and tracking down this Davian. Ethan is determined to track down this man down since the agency has failed to in the past. It gets real personal when Ethan’s fiance gets involved. Also, she has a somewhat striking resemblance to Katie Holmes. Coincidence? I think not. Ethan can only get through it with the help of his crew Ving Rhames, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, and Maggie Q. The crew end up all over the world like places in Shanghai and Vatican City in Rome. Not the easiest places to get around, let alone pull off stealth like missions.

Plenty of extra features for you Tom Cruise fans and Mission Impossible fans. On Disc 1, you get audio commentary by Tom Cruise and J.J. Abrams who give more insight into the making of the film and specific scenes. Also, a making of the movie, deleted scenes, a tribute montage round out disc one of the extras. Deleted scenes really don’t give you much more story for the film, but were still fun to check out. The making of was interesting to check out and really gives you access to most of the production of the film as well as cast and crew interviews. Disc Two had 8 featurettes that broke down individual production of the film; pre and post. Get an inside look into the action of the movie, the music, the story, visualization effects, etc. Plenty to watch and have fun doing it.

While the movie was fun, entertaining and exciting, it still proved to be a difficult film to make. With the infamous “couch jumping” incident that might have hurt the film’s success, also had first time director J.J Abrams take over for several other directors attached to the project. Abrams proved to be a great choice because of his work on Alias, and Lost and was deserving. His work on the film really shows and reinvigorated the franchise even though it looks to possibly continue without Cruise now. Also I’d like to see more from some of the supporting cast in a more prominent role next time like Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Simon Pegg. Mission Impossible wasn’t the big success it had hoped to be but at least it turned out to be a strong action flick with a fun story.

-Audio Commentary with Tom Cruise and J.J. Abrams
-5 Deleted Scenes
-Making Of Mission Featurette
-Additional Featurettes
-Photo Gallery
-Tribute Montages

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1

-Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)

English, Spanish

Favorite Scenes: Back to work, Vatican Visit, Bridge Fight, Shanghai Showdown
Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 125 minutes
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