The third Mission Impossible still feels like the most serious one of all. In each of the first three it felt like they were trying to find a style that suits the franchise, changing the mood as well as the mission, and this one was pretty intense.
Philip Seymour Hoffman plays a most convincing villain as Owen Davian, and once again there's a mole within the IMF itself. A few new characters pop up and act like they've been there forever, most notably Billy Crudup as John Musgrave, and Laurence Fishburne as Theodore Brassel - the top brass. I'm glad at least Luther is a re-occurring character though, and Simon Pegg as Benji was an interesting addition. His presence in itself seems to opt for a comical increase. There's also Ethan's loving wife Julia (Michelle Monaghan), and a couple new team member. I wonder if they'll stick around.
As with the last movie, this one's also about a virus, though the details aren't specified (we're not even told it is a virus, but it looks like one). It's not so much about what the virus can do, as what the man who wants the virus can do, and he is one dangerous man. Where the last movie offered a flare of romance, this one has real love, and it plays a central role in this intrigue. The gadgetry and tech is back as well, on a whole new level. Professionalism: big jump.
The mission? It takes place at the Vatican, among other places, and though the details aren't discussed in advance (I wish they were) it's all very elaborate and professional-like. The stunts are elaborate as ever, as are the chases, and heists, and all the scheming behind the scenes. It doesn't really compare to the first two IMO, but it's another great IM movie, third best before it all went back to basics, and got... better! It really did.
Good action, and with this it's been ten years of MI movies! They've handled the franchise well.
rated 4/5: fo shizzle