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The Inevitable Impossible Mission
By Hervé St.Louis

May 16, 2006 - 08:37

Starring: Tom Cruise, Paula Wagner, Stratton Leopold
Directed by: J.J. Abrams
Release Date: May 5th, 2006
Rating: PG13
Distributors: Paramount Pictures


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Genres:     Action/Adventure and Sequel

The third film in the series, Ethan Hunt, played by Tom Cruise, and the star agent of the IMF is now an instructor and ready to settle down and get married. Offered the lead for a rescue mission of a former pupil caught by international smugglers and terrorists, Hunt accepts grudgingly, but not before marrying his love. As expected, the mission diverges from the original objective and turns personal. Can Hunt save his wife?

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This sequel has more suspense than the second and less flashy battle scenes. The emphasis is back on the gadgets and the doublecrosses that have always been hallmarks of Mission Impossible. It’s also a return to the basic intrigue and the team effort instead of touting the single super agent. Abrams understands what makes Mission Impossible so special. There are a few plot holes, such as why doesn’t Hunt’s team follow him when he joins the terrorists. What’s interesting is that they didn’t even bother telling us about the doomsday device of the week.

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The cinematography is clear without any shades of grey or sepia saturated scenes. One thing this film marks is the end of the martial arts influenced films of the late 1990s and the early 2000s that were brought by the Hong Kong movie business. It’s back to regular storytelling and a neat flashback trick to hold the audience until the climax.


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