Mission Impossible III (M:I:III) (2006): J.J. Abrams (Lost) Impressive Feature Directing Debut

Making his feature directorial debut in “M:I:III,” J.J. Abrams, better-known as the creator of the smash TV series “Alias” and “Lost,” proves that he’s also a gifted creator of big-screen entertainment, injecting fresh blood into the decade-long franchise, while retaining its basic ingredients of dazzling set-pieces, plot twists and turns, and state-of-the-art special effects.

Not to worry: The latest in the continuing adventures of super-spy Ethan Hunt features all the requisite motorcycle chases, spectacular explosions, exotic locales, and menacing baddies.

The production got off to a rocky start finding the right director. First, David Fincher (“The Fight Club”) was attached, then Joe Carnahan (“Narc”) came and left quickly due to “artistic differences.” Finally, star Tom Cruise, who’s also the producer (with Paula Wagner), handpicked Abrams because he admired his brilliant TV work.

Abrams, a huge fan of the “Mission Impossible” TV series, was intrigued by the concept of a team of expert spies, rather than a single hero a la James Bond or even Jason Bourne. Harkening back to the original 1960s TV series, Abrams zeroes in on an ensemble working together, rallying around its bold leader, and outsmarting the villians that deserve to be outsmarted.

But what really sets this installment apart is a greater concern for Hunt’s personal life, his marriage and his interpersonal relationships within the IMF. Which means, among other things, that Cruise gets to really act rather than just do stunt work.

In this actioner, Hunt confronts the toughest villain he’s ever faced, Owen Davian (Philip Seymour Hoffman), an international weapons and information provider with no conscience and no remorse. Selling arms to North Korea and Arab countries makes Davian an au courant villain, with carefully chosen territories.

The yarn is book-ended by a gruesome scene, in which Davian tortures Hunt, while using his captive fiancee as bait. Both Hunt and his girl are tied and bound to a chair. Davian demands to know the location of “rabbit’s foot.” In a tip to Hitchcock and his noted MacGuffins, writers continue to refer to “rabbit’s foot,” without ever bothering to clearly explain its function or meaning; their MacGuffin feels like a gimmick.

Nontheless, there’s quite an involving, if ultimately senseless, flashbacked story between the bookends, one with all the requisite twists and turns and an unexpectedly arresting payoff at the end. We don’t expect movies like the M:I series to make narrative sense, and indeed, the plot is full of holes.

To the filmmakers’ credit, though, Hunt’s challenge of how to balance his personal life with his work is pushed here to an extreme, to a point of crisis. They suggest that, like “every man,” Hunt has to balance the two opposing worlds. The only difference is that, because Hunt’s a spy, his home is more directly affected by his work. Invading Hunt’s home, Davian kidnaps his loving and innocent fiancee Julia (Michelle Monaghan). In this picture, Davian represents a nightmarish reminder of what keeps people from making commitment, from getting married.

It may be a concession to political correctness, with an extra nod to the international box-office, that the team is multi-racial and multi-national, including Afro-American Ving Rhames, as tech guru Luther Strickell; British Jonathan Rhy Meyer, as Declan, the master of disguise and languages; and the beautiful Chinese actress Maggie Q. as Zhen, the elegant yet tough woman who works behind-the-scenes.

Laurence Fishburne joins the cast as Brassel, the guy above Mr. Phelps, the director of the Impossible Mission Force, and Billy Crudup is Musgrave, Brassel’s right-hand man.

The plot kick into high gear, when Lindsey Ferris (Keri Russell, who was previously in Abrams’ TV series “Felicity”), the only trainee that displays the high skill level and abilities to be confirmed by Hunt as an IMF member, gets brutally killed. For Hunt, it’s both a personal and professional loss since she was his protegee.

The filmmakers give each of the ensemble members at least one or two significant scenes to develop their characters, and there is also greater communication between various members of the team while in action.

Hence, the relationship between computer expert Luther Strickell and Hunt is explored in greater depth. Whereas in the previous chapters, they were just co-workers, this time around, they are also friends who share their private lives. It may be the ultimate cool that Hunt, in the midst of a life-endangering task, talks to Strickell about his love life.

Each of the three “Mission Impossible” chapters is staged in a different style that bears the personal signature of their respective directors, though none of them bears resemblance to the original TV series.

Each of the chapters have some artistic merits. I am partial to the first one, perhaps because of Brian De Palma’s expertise in staging detailed and smoothly elegant setpieces. The second M:I, helmed by Hong Kong director John Woo is my least favorite due to its too complex but weak yarn.

Just as visually oriented as De Palma and John Woo, Abrams, nonetheless, employs a different strategy. As noted, he shows greater concern for grounding Hunt in a more recognizable realityat least by standards of a summer pop corn movie.

The torture scenes may be hard to watch (though not as gruesome and excessive as those in “Hard Candy”), but the dialogue in them is not mindless and you feel that something vital is at stake other than the requisite build-up for mano-a-mano between Hunt and Davian.

The third installment of the popular franchise, which has grossed over $400 million worldwide, is just as globetrotting as the previous chapters, effortlessly switching from Berlin to the Vatican in Rome and then all the way to Shanghai. Technically, there are several glorious set pieces, one in the Vatican, the other in nocturnal Shanghai, with Cruise hanging over the city’s skyscrapers.

Abrams, who co-wrote the film with Alex Kurtzman and Robeto Aordi, brings to the movie a similar blend of action, character, drama, and comedy that he brought ot his TV series. However, his attempt to make Hunt a “real person” rather than an element in the plot is only semi-successful largely because the material is still shaped–and treated by Cruise–as star vehicle.

Fresh from his Oscar-winning turn in “Capote,” Hoffman, in his first action movie, makes a great villain and a suitable match for Hunt. With considerable range and amazing control over his voice, Hoffman takes his role seriously; his is not a stereotypical or movieish villain. Acting for the second time with Cruise (the first was in “Magnolia,” as the nurse of the dying Jason Robards who reduces Cruise to tears), Hoffman challenges Cruise to go deeper and farther than he has in the first two installments.

With all the emphasis on team work in the story, and ensemble acting in the movie, the realities of the marketplace are such that, ultimately, the commercial success of this chapter rests on the star luster of Cruise, who’s recently been (perhaps too much) in the news, more for his offscreen than onscreen activities.

An enjoyable retro roller-coaster, the movie sets the bar high for the season’s other blockbusters. Kicking off the summer season May 5, Abrams’ actioner has the field for itself for one week only; Petersen’s “Poseidon,” opens a week later. Perhaps more importantly, reenergized by Abrams, “M:I: III” shows that there is still blood and sweat to be squeezed out of the franchise, just when it began to be seriously threatened by the postmodern coolness of Matt Damon’s “Bourne Supremacy” film series.

xosotin chelseathông tin chuyển nhượngcâu lạc bộ bóng đá arsenalbóng đá atalantabundesligacầu thủ haalandUEFAevertonxosokeonhacaiketquabongdalichthidau7m.newskqbdtysokeobongdabongdalufutebol ao vivofutemaxmulticanaisonbethttps://bsport.fithttps://onbet88.ooohttps://i9bet.bizhttps://hi88.ooohttps://okvip.athttps://f8bet.athttps://fb88.cashhttps://vn88.cashhttps://shbet.atbóng đá world cupbóng đá inter milantin juventusbenzemala ligaclb leicester cityMUman citymessi lionelsalahnapolineymarpsgronaldoserie atottenhamvalenciaAS ROMALeverkusenac milanmbappenapolinewcastleaston villaliverpoolfa cupreal madridpremier leagueAjaxbao bong da247EPLbarcelonabournemouthaff cupasean footballbên lề sân cỏbáo bóng đá mớibóng đá cúp thế giớitin bóng đá ViệtUEFAbáo bóng đá việt namHuyền thoại bóng đágiải ngoại hạng anhSeagametap chi bong da the gioitin bong da lutrận đấu hôm nayviệt nam bóng đátin nong bong daBóng đá nữthể thao 7m24h bóng đábóng đá hôm naythe thao ngoai hang anhtin nhanh bóng đáphòng thay đồ bóng đábóng đá phủikèo nhà cái onbetbóng đá lu 2thông tin phòng thay đồthe thao vuaapp đánh lô đềdudoanxosoxổ số giải đặc biệthôm nay xổ sốkèo đẹp hôm nayketquaxosokq xskqxsmnsoi cầu ba miềnsoi cau thong kesxkt hôm naythế giới xổ sốxổ số 24hxo.soxoso3mienxo so ba mienxoso dac bietxosodientoanxổ số dự đoánvé số chiều xổxoso ket quaxosokienthietxoso kq hôm nayxoso ktxổ số megaxổ số mới nhất hôm nayxoso truc tiepxoso ViệtSX3MIENxs dự đoánxs mien bac hom nayxs miên namxsmientrungxsmn thu 7con số may mắn hôm nayKQXS 3 miền Bắc Trung Nam Nhanhdự đoán xổ số 3 miềndò vé sốdu doan xo so hom nayket qua xo xoket qua xo so.vntrúng thưởng xo sokq xoso trực tiếpket qua xskqxs 247số miền nams0x0 mienbacxosobamien hôm naysố đẹp hôm naysố đẹp trực tuyếnnuôi số đẹpxo so hom quaxoso ketquaxstruc tiep hom nayxổ số kiến thiết trực tiếpxổ số kq hôm nayso xo kq trực tuyenkết quả xổ số miền bắc trực tiếpxo so miền namxổ số miền nam trực tiếptrực tiếp xổ số hôm nayket wa xsKQ XOSOxoso onlinexo so truc tiep hom nayxsttso mien bac trong ngàyKQXS3Msố so mien bacdu doan xo so onlinedu doan cau loxổ số kenokqxs vnKQXOSOKQXS hôm naytrực tiếp kết quả xổ số ba miềncap lo dep nhat hom naysoi cầu chuẩn hôm nayso ket qua xo soXem kết quả xổ số nhanh nhấtSX3MIENXSMB chủ nhậtKQXSMNkết quả mở giải trực tuyếnGiờ vàng chốt số OnlineĐánh Đề Con Gìdò số miền namdò vé số hôm nayso mo so debach thủ lô đẹp nhất hôm naycầu đề hôm naykết quả xổ số kiến thiết toàn quốccau dep 88xsmb rong bach kimket qua xs 2023dự đoán xổ số hàng ngàyBạch thủ đề miền BắcSoi Cầu MB thần tàisoi cau vip 247soi cầu tốtsoi cầu miễn phísoi cau mb vipxsmb hom nayxs vietlottxsmn hôm naycầu lô đẹpthống kê lô kép xổ số miền Bắcquay thử xsmnxổ số thần tàiQuay thử XSMTxổ số chiều nayxo so mien nam hom nayweb đánh lô đề trực tuyến uy tínKQXS hôm nayxsmb ngày hôm nayXSMT chủ nhậtxổ số Power 6/55KQXS A trúng roycao thủ chốt sốbảng xổ số đặc biệtsoi cầu 247 vipsoi cầu wap 666Soi cầu miễn phí 888 VIPSoi Cau Chuan MBđộc thủ desố miền bắcthần tài cho sốKết quả xổ số thần tàiXem trực tiếp xổ sốXIN SỐ THẦN TÀI THỔ ĐỊACầu lô số đẹplô đẹp vip 24hsoi cầu miễn phí 888xổ số kiến thiết chiều nayXSMN thứ 7 hàng tuầnKết quả Xổ số Hồ Chí Minhnhà cái xổ số Việt NamXổ Số Đại PhátXổ số mới nhất Hôm Nayso xo mb hom nayxxmb88quay thu mbXo so Minh ChinhXS Minh Ngọc trực tiếp hôm nayXSMN 88XSTDxs than taixổ số UY TIN NHẤTxs vietlott 88SOI CẦU SIÊU CHUẨNSoiCauVietlô đẹp hôm nay vipket qua so xo hom naykqxsmb 30 ngàydự đoán xổ số 3 miềnSoi cầu 3 càng chuẩn xácbạch thủ lônuoi lo chuanbắt lô chuẩn theo ngàykq xo-solô 3 càngnuôi lô đề siêu vipcầu Lô Xiên XSMBđề về bao nhiêuSoi cầu x3xổ số kiến thiết ngày hôm nayquay thử xsmttruc tiep kết quả sxmntrực tiếp miền bắckết quả xổ số chấm vnbảng xs đặc biệt năm 2023soi cau xsmbxổ số hà nội hôm naysxmtxsmt hôm nayxs truc tiep mbketqua xo so onlinekqxs onlinexo số hôm nayXS3MTin xs hôm nayxsmn thu2XSMN hom nayxổ số miền bắc trực tiếp hôm naySO XOxsmbsxmn hôm nay188betlink188 xo sosoi cầu vip 88lô tô việtsoi lô việtXS247xs ba miềnchốt lô đẹp nhất hôm naychốt số xsmbCHƠI LÔ TÔsoi cau mn hom naychốt lô chuẩndu doan sxmtdự đoán xổ số onlinerồng bạch kim chốt 3 càng miễn phí hôm naythống kê lô gan miền bắcdàn đề lôCầu Kèo Đặc Biệtchốt cầu may mắnkết quả xổ số miền bắc hômSoi cầu vàng 777thẻ bài onlinedu doan mn 888soi cầu miền nam vipsoi cầu mt vipdàn de hôm nay7 cao thủ chốt sốsoi cau mien phi 7777 cao thủ chốt số nức tiếng3 càng miền bắcrồng bạch kim 777dàn de bất bạion newsddxsmn188betw88w88789bettf88sin88suvipsunwintf88five8812betsv88vn88Top 10 nhà cái uy tínsky88iwinlucky88nhacaisin88oxbetm88vn88w88789betiwinf8betrio66rio66lucky88oxbetvn88188bet789betMay-88five88one88sin88bk88xbetoxbetMU88188BETSV88RIO66ONBET88188betM88M88SV88Jun-68Jun-88one88iwinv9betw388OXBETw388w388onbetonbetonbetonbet88onbet88onbet88onbet88onbetonbetonbetonbetqh88mu88Nhà cái uy tínpog79vp777vp777vipbetvipbetuk88uk88typhu88typhu88tk88tk88sm66sm66me88me888live8live8livesm66me88win798livesm66me88win79pog79pog79vp777vp777uk88uk88tk88tk88luck8luck8kingbet86kingbet86k188k188hr99hr99123b8xbetvnvipbetsv66zbettaisunwin-vntyphu88vn138vwinvwinvi68ee881xbetrio66zbetvn138i9betvipfi88clubcf68onbet88ee88typhu88onbetonbetkhuyenmai12bet-moblie12betmoblietaimienphi247vi68clupcf68clupvipbeti9betqh88onb123onbefsoi cầunổ hũbắn cáđá gàđá gàgame bàicasinosoi cầuxóc đĩagame bàigiải mã giấc mơbầu cuaslot gamecasinonổ hủdàn đềBắn cácasinodàn đềnổ hũtài xỉuslot gamecasinobắn cáđá gàgame bàithể thaogame bàisoi cầukqsssoi cầucờ tướngbắn cágame bàixóc đĩa开云体育开云体育开云体育乐鱼体育乐鱼体育乐鱼体育亚新体育亚新体育亚新体育爱游戏爱游戏爱游戏华体会华体会华体会IM体育IM体育沙巴体育沙巴体育PM体育PM体育AG尊龙AG尊龙AG尊龙AG百家乐AG百家乐AG百家乐AG真人AG真人<AG真人<皇冠体育皇冠体育PG电子PG电子万博体育万博体育KOK体育KOK体育欧宝体育江南体育江南体育江南体育半岛体育半岛体育半岛体育凯发娱乐凯发娱乐杏彩体育杏彩体育杏彩体育FB体育PM真人PM真人<米乐娱乐米乐娱乐天博体育天博体育开元棋牌开元棋牌j9九游会j9九游会开云体育AG百家乐AG百家乐AG真人AG真人爱游戏华体会华体会im体育kok体育开云体育开云体育开云体育乐鱼体育乐鱼体育欧宝体育ob体育亚博体育亚博体育亚博体育亚博体育亚博体育亚博体育开云体育开云体育棋牌棋牌沙巴体育买球平台新葡京娱乐开云体育mu88qh88
Share this:
Share this page via Email Share this page via Stumble Upon Share this page via Digg this Share this page via Facebook Share this page via Twitter