Year of release: 2006
Director: J.J. Abrams
Stars: Tom Cruise, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Michelle Monaghan, Ving Rhames, Keri Russell, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Maggie Q, Billy Crudup, Simon Pegg, Eddie Marsan, Laurence Fishburne
Genre: Action, Adventure
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 6
Synopsis:J.J. Abrams made a name for himself as a screenwriter since the 90s with films as "Regarding Henry" (that Mike Nichols directed), "Forever Young" and "Armageddon". In the meantime he also created the very successful TV shows, "Felicity", "Alias" and "Lost". "Mission: Impossible 3" is his debut feature as a director and unlike the previous entry in the franchise, it tries to bring back the concept of the unit versus a dangerous opponent. The film follows Ethan Hunt who is now a teacher at IMF, as he tries to rescue one of his best students who is being held captive and simultaneously keep his personal life in check, since he is getting married and his future wife does not know about his real work. When things go awry and Ethan Hunt discovers his bride has been kidnapped, it's up to him and his associates to go against a dangerous arms dealer, while simultaneously they try to discover a covert enemy agent who is operating within the IMF.
The director tries to recapture much of the spark that Brian De Palma gave the first installment, but the screenplay isn't as interesting, neither is the uninspired direction. The film has it's moments (some action sequences are well choreographed), but the overall tone feels tired and already done. To it's good points, it features a great cast, with terrific actors, namely Philip Seymour Hoffman who creates a menacing villain. A satisfying, but ultimately forgettable action film.