So, I start off a new month by reviewing a sequel without reviewing the preceding ones first. “*Gasp!* What will he ever do next?” I hear you cry- well, maybe try to get one of those “life” things everyone is talking about…
There is a lot to like about “Mission: Impossible III”. As I’ve said before- a film is nothing without a good villain. Well, Owen Davian is a good villain. He’s cold, intelligent and calculating- something oft missing from boomfests. I think most of this is down to the combination of J.J.”I’m responsible for Lost” Abrams’ directing and Philip Seymour Hoffman’s skill. Ironically, because Davian is a such a strong character, it highlights the blandness of the character of Ethan Hunt. He’s just one of those boring, all-American, supposed badasses travelling worldwide, fucking stuff up just so Americans are free to eat their own body weight on a daily basis.
The action sequences are also of note as many of them are impressive. The bridge sequence, for example, is extremely well done. It’s a shame then that the main letdown of the film is the fairly average cast (with the exception of Simon Pegg) and the story isn’t anything new. I knew after the first ten minutes that some kind of double-cross/twist was inevitable as the fucking tide. The one thing I do like about the story is the MacGuffin (i.e. the thing that drives the plot) is never actually explained. We get a name (the Rabbit’s Foot), some brief glances of it and a speculative guess by Simon Pegg’s character, but that’s about it. It’s a smart move as the convention these days is to explain everything so the audience don’t have to strain their apparently feeble minds guessing.
“I’ll die unless you kill me!”
…Oh, goddamn it!