You know, I have to tell you, I didn’t hate this movie. I know Tom Cruise somehow went from being America’s favorite son to its most popular antichrist, but J.J. Abrams, the director of the film and creator of hit shows like Lost and Alias, managed to put together a pretty good little action movie.
And, please don’t fool yourself, that’s all M:i:III is-an action movie. But, it’s exactly the kind of action movie I want to see. There were moments when I literally couldn’t take my eyes off the screen because there was so much happening and my pulse pounded so hard. Car chases, fight scenes, explosions, boom! bang! zoom! vroom! Awesome stuff . . . if you’re into action movies.
Now if you’re not into action movies, this baby still has a saving grace-Phillip Seymour Hoffman. He’s the bad guy of the flick, and when he’s on screen, he is baaaaaad, and I mean that in a good way. The only problem is, he’s really not in the movie that much. On the other hand, we (obviously) have lots and lots of Tommy boy. And you know, here’s my thing with Tom-Tom, I don’t think he’s a terrible actor. I mean, The Last Samurai is a fantastic, fantastic, fantastic movie. I just think that Tom the man has gotten bigger than Tom the actor, and so we can no longer differentiate between the two. I think that happens to the best of them. Not that Cruise is the best of them by any means, but you get the point.
At any rate, as I watched M:i:III, I didn’t see Ethan Hunt, I only saw Tom Cruise. There’s Tom jumping off a building. There’s Tom being slammed into a car. And so on. But I didn’t have a problem with that, because I wanted to see an action movie and that’s what Tom and J.J. gave me.
Unfortunately, I really enjoyed the first two thirds of M:i:III but I have to admit the last third truly fell into the venomous waters of cliché. It just got kind of hokey and felt as though it betrayed everything it had been up to that point.
Nonetheless, if you’re an action movie person, except for a few attempts at trying to find America’s next catch phrase and a tired ending, M:i:III is definitely worth a rent.