Movie Mission: Impossible III (2006)

Watched 201108##
Watched 20130703 (Netflix, Instant)
Mission: Impossible III (2006) J. J. Abrams. 126 min


Relevant Links:
Mission: Impossible III (IMDb.com)
Mission: Impossible III (RottenTomatoes.com)
Mission: Impossible III (Wikipedia.org)

Mission: Impossible Movie Series:
Mission: Impossible (1996)
Mission: Impossible II (2000)
Mission: Impossible III (2006)
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)


The movie starts with a cold open. We see Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) strapped down in a chair being interrogated and his captor is inquiring about something called the Rabbit's Foot. Also held hostage is a woman who Ethan's captor is using as leverage against Ethan: his captor threatens to kill her. Playing the counting game, the opening credits start when the captor reaches 10. From here, the story goes back to a party, where we learn Ethan and the woman, Julia, are dating. Ethan seems to be happy.

Later during the party, however, he gets a call relating to a mission. Apparently training agents for the last few years, the call requests for Ethan to return to the field for a rescue mission, recovering an agent named Lindsey Farris (Keri Russell).* Without spoiling the outcome of that mission, the aftermath of the mission leads to finding Owen Davian. Intel shows he's to be found in the Vatican City.


The team that went with Ethan for the hostage recovery accompanies him to the Vatican. With their awesome gadgetry and luck, they manage to find and capture Owen Davian. While they fake his death and think they can bring him back to IMF headquarters, he manages to escape. In the same time, he manages to kidnap Ethan's now wife Julia. Owen calls Ethan and tells him he has 24 hours to retrieve the Rabbit's Foot or else Julia dies.

Well, that's all the summary you'll get from me. Watch the movie to see how the action unfolds.

*I didn't know the actress playing Lindsey Farris was Keri Russell until I saw her name in the list of credits.


201108##
[20120125]
I forgot to take any notes following this viewing.

20130703:
[20130821]
I'm not sure if there are any implications to forgetting the plot of a film, because prior to watching this film again, I had absolutely no memory of the movie's plot. I am, however, glad I watched it again, because I spotted some an actor and an actress which I doubt I noticed the last time I watched the film: Keri Russell and Jonathon Rhys Meyers.*

While this film was fun to watch, it isn't as memorable as the first movie, Mission: Impossible (1996). But with that being said, if you liked the first film, then you'll probably like this one too.

*I knew when I recognized Meyers, that he starred in August Rush (2007). However, I had forgotten Russell also had a role in the same film. I came to this realization while writing this post on 20130821.


Instant Comments:
I remember having watched the opening scene, but I have no recollection of how it plays out, nor how any of the movie plays out for that matter.
Billy Crudup starred in Big Fish (2003).
"I'm out, how many rounds you got?" "Enough." pew "Now I'm out."
It's great how evil this guy is. After being brought up from the hatch, "What I'm selling, and who I'm selling to, should be the last thing you're concerned with... Ethan."
After Ethan watches the video I had a better idea of how the movie ended (at least in terms of the part of the movie that's suppose to be a shock)
"We are family" Haha
When the one IMF agent says, "What do you mean you can't make it to the roof?" I recognized his accent and looked up what else he was in. He starred in August Rush (2007). I love that movie.
Apparently Philip Seymour Hoffman, the actor starring as Owen Davian, does the voice for Max in Mary and Max (2009).

It happens that the only scenic screenshot I captured during my 20130703 viewing of Mission: Impossible III is of St. Peter's Basilica. I was doubtful, however, that I had taken a similar picture during my trip to Europe. Proving myself wrong, I found that I had in fact taken a picture similar to the screenshot. The main difference is the scene in the screenshot is from the River Tiber looking up, whereas I took my picture from the bridge Ponte Umberto I. The bridge in the picture is Ponte Sant'Angelo.

St. Peter's Basilica: (Basilica di San Pietro in Vaticano)

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