Monday, June 05, 2006

Movie Review - Mission Impossible 3

So far the Mission Impossible films have been a mixed bag. The first movie was great. It had an overly complex plot, lots of characters, cool gadgets and most importantly teamwork. They successfully took the formula of the original TV series and translated it into a 2 hour movie.

Excellent. 10/10

The second Mission Impossible movie was a turd. It was directed by John Woo. His only decent movie was Face Off and that was pushing it. MI2 was nothing but a 2 hour pop-video. In slow motion. With white doves and sideways jumping with 2 pistols.

Crap. 0/10

We now come to Mission Impossible 3 and the reason for this post. I had high hopes for this movie. It was directed by J.J Abrams who was responsible for two of my favourite TV programs, Lost and (more relevantly) Alias. I had also heard some good reports from people at work and I was suckered in by the trailers and the promo films.

I was misled.

The first scene in MI3 is great. We have Tom Cruise and some woman he cares for facing each other, tied to seperate chairs while the major baddie threatens to kill the girl if Tom does not give him the 'Rabbits Foot'.

We then flashback to a few days before (I think) and see all that leads up to this moment. We get to see Ethan Hunt with his girlfriend and having a private life. They have a party to celebrate them getting engaged. It's all bollocks until he gets called away on a mission.

I won't go into more detail as it may spoil the film for you if you have not seen it, but, while the missions are initially team based the whole film then turns into 'The Tom Cruise Show'. This goes against what the TV series was all about.

The problems with this film are:

1) An excellent bad guy who is only in it for about 2 scenes and is too easily despatched at the end.

2) Tom Cruise and his shit-eating grin.

3) Who gives a crap about his private life.

4) The entire story.

5) The Mills And Boon ending. - Honestly, whoever decided to leave in the last shot should be!!

This film should have been about teamwork, and they left out the most important part of any Mission Impossible story, the part where the bad guy (and the audience) suddenly realise what is going on and why the M.I.F team have been doing what they have been doing.

I did not like this film. I think that Tom Cruise is probably to blame. The media seems to have been over-saturated with him for the past 12 months and this could have coloured my judgement of MI3. I'm sick of seeing him jumping onto Oprah's sofa singing about how he is in love with Katie Holmes (is their relationship a bit wrong or is that just me?), or sueing South Park for showing an episode that took the piss out of him and Scientology. I mean my god, have you ever found out what Scientologists believe? Click here for more info.

Anyway, MI3 is crap. Tom Cruise is a tosser. Scientologists are insane.

Score for MI3:

-100/10 - Worse than part 2 because it lied when it was being promoted and got my hopes up.

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