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Film Watch - 245. Mission: Impossible III

Published July 17, 2012

Fast Facts

Title: Mission: Impossible III Director: J. J. Abrams Year: 2006 Run time: 2hrs 6

Background Info

Our progress through the Mission Impossible franchise continues with the third film in the series. We snapped this one up straight after the second, having waited long enough for them to be available in HD. So, on to the third!

Live Blog

2:20 - This is quite a traumatic start! 3:40 - Slightly different to Tom hanging off an orange cliff. 8:39 - Didn’t know this was directed by J. J. Abrams. 10:08 - The mission is hidden in a disposable camera with eye identification technology. I love how completely ridiculous it all is. 12:24 - Didn’t take long for the first motorbike to show up! 15:46 - Weird how they refer to whatever they are after as the prize, even if it is a kidnapped agent. 16:59 - Astounding that three people can cause quite so much damage! 23:42 - Flying helicopters amongst a wind farm. Who comes up with this stuff? 25:16 - Why don’t they get him to fly, he knows how to do it, I saw him. 28:57 - “Crispy” hard drives. 29:56 - “Please don’t interrupt me when I’m asking rhetorical questions.” 38:41 - Panda wedding ring! I want. 42:38 - Dangling! 47:08 - I don’t suppose the Vatican are too fond of this film. They made it look easy to get in. 47:53 - They’re not actually going to show how the face-ripping process works?? 52:57 - Showing this process is only making the previous films even more suspect. 1:05:44 - Stunned they would create such havoc on a civilian bridge, even if they have gone rogue. 1:16:03 - Why have they put a Hannibal Lector mask on him? He’s just a rogue agent. 1:21:08 - Oh, now we must be in for some dangling. 1:28:47 - No dangling. I guess that Vatican bit was the only dangling this time. 1:31:15 - There’s never a signal when you need to make that call to stop your wife being killed. 1:43:57 - Simon Pegg steals the scenes he’s in. 1:51:41 - She works in a hospital, she can totally help him with the brain thing. 1:54:03 - I love that she gets to be awesome!

Conclusions

In a weird turn of events, this series seems to me to be getting better with each sequel - and that’s not just because of Tom’s hair. This third film was so much better than the second - mostly because all the story was there and we weren’t left with massive gaping plot holes staring us in the face.

It’s still totally ridiculous, and the face-ripping did raise question marks over what had gone before. There was also some trademark Abrams lens-flare at the beginning which made me chuckle. But overall, I quite liked it. The team felt like much more of a team than previously, the story unfolded and I managed to keep up with it, and it had a pretty satisfying ending too. Not bad at all. If this trend continues, the fourth one should be mega.

**Rating: **45

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