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Here’s Massawyrm with a review of MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III.

I really liked this film. It’s not without its faults, and it certainly has its share of predictability and clichés…but it’s smartly paced, richly directed and performed, and punches every button necessary to overshadow its goosier elements.

Abrams and Co. taking over STAR TREK seems like an incomprehensibly wise decision to me - based on their execution of this film alone (this isn’t to say I don’t like LOST or ALIAS – I’m just saying M:I 3 best embodies the sensibilities I believe are needed in order for STAR TREK to feel fresh again).

My hunch is that excitement over the new TREK project will escalate dramatically once general audiences get a chance to see how well handled this film is.

Here’s Massawyrm…

Hola all. Massawyrm here. The Team Stoopid. That’s been the geek mantra for 10 years now, ever since the first installment of the latest incarnation of Mission: Impossible (aka The Tom Cruise Show) hit screens back in ’96. The Team. Where the hell was the team? The first movie had the team…for like five minutes before they were all slaughtered…and Tom Cruise put together another team…who almost entirely betrayed him…leading to a second film that ignored the idea of a team entirely. And for those that didn’t grow up with either of the two TV incarnations – the show was ENTIRELY about the team. Phelps wasn’t a point man, he was the brain – and always assembled a team of people who were very good at very specific things. In fact, the closest thing we’ve had to a true Mission: Impossible movie thus far was Steven Speilberg’s Munich. Wheelman, explosives expert, clean up man, brain. Now that’s a Mission: Impossible team.

Now personally, I really hated the first one. I just couldn’t get over the idea of Phelps being the bad guy. I mean, come on, that’s like making a Star Trek movie in which Kirk turns out to be the one who betrayed the Trek Gang – or like a Bond movie with a new 007 in which James Bond is the new M and sells the new Bond and the Union Jack up river. It’s just not done. But they did it. And it sucked. Then, the second one…well, here come the tomatoes. I like the second one. But not as a M:I film. I liked it as a John Woo movie. No, it wasn’t a REAL John Woo movie, filled with a beating heart and pathos out the yin/yang…but it LOOKED like a John Woo film. And if Hollywood wasn’t going to let Woo make a real Woo film, at least we got something that looked just like one. Like I said, I liked it, but I didn’t love it. But if there’s one thing that can be said about Paramount’s attempts at making M:I films, it’s that they’ve done exactly what we’ve been begging for MGM to do with the Bond films. Take big name action directors and let them have a go at their own stylized version of Mission: Impossible. I mean it at least gave us hope that eventually we could get a good one.

So, now that they’ve handed the franchise over to Alias creator J.J. Abrams, will we see a long time geek who’s heard all the complaints actually deliver something that we’ve been dying to see? Yes. Yes we will. For the most part. While the main storyline is entirely focused upon Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt, this time he’s given a team, a real team – each chosen for their specific skills. And the team kicks ass.

Maggie Q is the bombshell infiltrator (there was always a bombshell) and master saboteur. Jonathon Rys Meyers is the wheelman/hotshot pilot who isn’t at all useful unless required to go very, very fast. And Ving Rhames is back as the single best field techie in the game. And in this Mission: Impossible, Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt is nothing without them. They work together, as a team, in complete unison – each playing their own part in each elaborate infiltration. And believe it or not, there are entire sequences in which Ethan Hunt can only sit and wait while someone else on the team has to pull something amazing out of their ass. No one plays second fiddle for very long, each member getting a chance to show exactly why they’re IM agents. So, yes. It is a real, honest to god Mission: Impossible movie. The Tom Cruise show has finally is over. Mostly.

If I have one complaint about the team focus, it’s that there isn’t enough character development with Maggie Q and Jonathon Rys Meyers (although they do get one, single, amazing scene together.) The focus of the film is still very much on Cruise. This time, however, the balance is almost just about right. At least they finally give Rhames the attention he deserves. Ving simply owns in this, finally being given the much needed Luther character arc. The Luther of ten years ago is dead and gone. No longer the guy simply happy to be back at work on the team, no longer the guy giggling at the opportunity to work alongside Hunt again, Luther is tired. IM has become his life and outside of that life, there’s nothing. He’s bitter, worldly and has developed a relationship with Hunt that only two guys who have almost died together a dozen times can have. And he’s become Hunt’s conscience.

And Hunt has a lot to think about this time around. In M:I3 Hunt takes on the pathos of Kirk circa Wrath of Khan. He’s gotten out of the game and is starting to secretly regret it. But when one of his trainees goes missing, several of his protégé’s try to get him to come back and assume the role in which he belongs. He resists, but just like Kirk, can’t fight his nature. This incarnation of Hunt requires Cruise to pull out all of the stops and deliver a role that fuses both his love of high risk stunts and the honed talent he showed in Magnolia and Eyes Wide Shut. He’s conflicted, in love and sells every moment of it in a way the previous films never allowed.

Abrams was absolutely the right choice for this. And to be perfectly honest, I was never sold on the idea that he was until I watched this. Come on, all of the previously attached directors were soooooo much sexier in terms of their body of work. Lost is awesome, but I’ve never been a fan of Alias. The “Chicks Beating Ass” genre in my opinion is far past played out and it always struck me as a poor man’s La Femme Nikita (the movie, not the low rent USA series that actually WAS a poor mans La Femme Nikita.) But much like he was right about Firefly, Herc was absolutely correct about what Abrams could do with a real budget. Hercules, and any longtime Abrams fan, is going to shit themselves when they see this. It is EXACTLY what you’ve all been talking about. M:I3 pulls out Abrams’ bag of tricks and story ideas and gives them the full backing that only a budget like this had could allow. It’s dark, brooding and puts its characters through hell. Much like the pilot for Alias, it opens with Hunt bound to a chair and fucked 6 ways from Sunday – then flashes back to show us just how he ends up there. And it’s a gruesome, heart wrenching ride to that chair where he ends up on the wrong side of a gun facing down one of the most ruthless son of a bitches he’s ever faced.

Phillip Seymour Hoffman is amazing. Mother fucker channels, nay, becomes Lee Marvin. He’s cold, calculating and has zero time to partake in penny ante bullshit like monologueing. You’re going to give him what he wants or he’s going to put a bullet in your fucking skull and move on to the next guy, asking the exact same question with the same exact inflection. Without getting angry about it. No deathtraps, no leaving it to his lackeys. He’s going to pick up a gun and do it himself. He’s going to fuck you up and you’ll will think twice about crossing him. Hoffman is not only the single most perfectly realized villain in recent memory, but a real honest to god M:I villain. This isn’t some Bond villain retread like in the last two films. This is a businessman, a guy who’s doing his thing, is good at what he does, and only a team of top notch IM agents could ever imagine taking him down.

And just to add icing to the cake, Abrams brings in a cast of top notch support to add a genuine sense of what IMF is all about. Lawrence Fishburne lays the smackdown as the agency director like only he can. Billy Crudup once again proves he’s the best young actor no one in the mainstream seems to know about with a great turn as Hunt’s protégé turned mission leader. And of course Simon Pegg commands every bit of screentime he’s given as the headquarters based techie – and as usual he’s funny as all get out, delivering a few of the best lines in the whole film. No one plays nervous likeability like Pegg and fans of his work will find this worth the viewing just for him alone.

This is a film so good, that I want a sequel. Now. Tom, seriously buddy. It’s time. Make one of these every two years. Ethan’s done. It’s time for IMF to promote him. He’s done with fieldwork. Let him oversee teams. Bring in a new pointman to work with Ethan’s team. I want more Q, more Meyer’s and a hell of a lot more Luther. Come on, I mean, Rhames is awesome. He deserves a regular gig…and we as an audience deserve more films exactly like this. Don’t worry, you can still appear in the films – show up for a couple days or a week of shooting – overseeing the team…maybe even the occasional surprise wild stunt to save their bacon. But this is exactly the type of film we need to see a lot more of. Mission: Impossible was a great series…and M:I3 could be the beginning of a great series of films. Think it over, Tom. Seriously.

This isn’t Mission: Impossible 3. This is Mission: Impossible – The Good One. The really good one. It’s an action blockbuster geek film, made by geeks for geeks. But Joe Six-Pack is gonna have a hell of a time too. One of those rare summer films that actually delivers on everything Summer films ‘promise’. Highly recommended for bitter M:I fans who have been waiting for the proper treatment of the material, anyone who enjoys action films, Abram fans…and pretty much anyone with a pulse that doesn’t look down their nose at movies with big stars or budgets.

Until next time friends, smoke ‘em if ya got ‘em. I know I will.


This reviewer will self-destruct for even thinking about using this e-mail tagline.

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  • April 22, 2006, 7:14 p.m. CST

    Cruise is still gay.

    by OBSD

    And the worst actor ever. But I'm just jealous, aren't I?

  • April 22, 2006, 7:22 p.m. CST

    OBSD hasn't seen collateral...

    by sounding

    ...have you.

  • April 22, 2006, 7:24 p.m. CST

    Yes, I have.

    by OBSD

    It's just Tom Cruise playing Tom Cruise but "edgy" and "dark". Ho-hum.

  • April 22, 2006, 7:33 p.m. CST

    I don't trust any man who likes MI2

    by DavidCamp

    Seriously, it is one of the most atrocious films Hollywood has pooped out in the last decade. Absolutely, indescribably awful. The original though, for all its flaws, is a damn fine film and a helluva lot of fun. Here's hoping the same for MI3...

  • April 22, 2006, 7:40 p.m. CST

    True Lies 2

    by whatyoufear

    The Rack of Curtis

  • April 22, 2006, 7:46 p.m. CST


    by Johnny6Ass

    I LOVE MI2. Bring on III. And DavidCamp, how can you bash MI2 and then say the original is "a helluva lot of fun?" What *isn't* fun about a door exploding and Tom Crooze walking by with Woo doves and a trail of fire? I mean, come on...

  • April 22, 2006, 8:13 p.m. CST

    M:I : The Good One

    by Saluki


  • April 22, 2006, 8:23 p.m. CST


    by robotdevil

    MI1 was so-so. Had it's moments but I ultimately found it disappointing because it was more like a James Bond film than an episode of the show. MI2 was god-awful... there are no words (as DavidCamp said above "indescribably awful". But JJ Abrahms sounds like he had pretty much the same opinions about those earlier films and what was wrong with them so I find myself a little shocked to actually be looking foward to this third installment.

  • April 22, 2006, 8:38 p.m. CST

    I'm more excited about J.J. saving Star Trek!

    by symphy

    The early years of Kirk meeting Spock sound good. I wonder if they'll have an age-makeupped Enterprise actor as a crochetty old instructor?

  • April 22, 2006, 9 p.m. CST

    Capote kicks Tom's ass!

    by Zeke25:17

    THAY YOUR DAMN PRONOUNS, MITHTER HUNT! (Sorry, little Murder By Death flashback...) Yeah, should be quite cool. Enjoyed the first quite a bit, but like Massa, hated the team being pretty much destroyed...and Phelps does it because he's jealous of Hunt making googoo eyes at his WIFE? I mean, yeah, it's Emmanuelle Beart, but come on...(whatever happened to her, anyway? She shoulda been in Hostel!) As far as II goes: when I first saw it, I didn't care for it. Now I think it's pretty cool, even though some of the stunts are ludicrous and the amount of punches Cruise and Scott take from the other without getting noticably hurt is even dumber. What it DOES have is Thandie Newton, and I'd suck her up like a chocolate sundae and damn day. My my my....So now we have one with a genuinely creepy and violent villain who does NOT do the old "Let me tell you all about how I plan to destroy the world and then once I leave you can escape your bonds" routine! Sounds most excellent...but let's have some babe-a-liciousness as well, eh? Certainly they don't expect us just to be staring at Tom the whole time, do they? Hah?

  • April 22, 2006, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Mission impossible...

    by isildur29

    was good, MI2 was pure popcorn fun this time around i want a good blend

  • April 22, 2006, 9:18 p.m. CST

    I can watch that Harry animation over and over

    by Tall_Boy

    Smash! But, personally, I would think in the movie, the force in which Cruise hits the car would shatter his spine and he'd spend the rest of the movie twitching on the ground, moaning, "My back...oh,God... my back..."

  • April 22, 2006, 9:19 p.m. CST

    tom cruise

    by isildur29

    is weird in real life but he still kicks ass on screen and has made some great movies in our time

  • April 22, 2006, 9:25 p.m. CST

    I haven't been able to excite myself about a young kirk

    by George Newman

    I'm excited that it is Star Trek period, but he had better find some excellent actors for this.

  • April 22, 2006, 9:27 p.m. CST


    by Jimmy Jazz

    I never saw the original series, since it was a bit before my time. Besides, 60's Bond Rip-offs had never been my cup of tea.The first one was okay, but oh-so predictable and had way too much of Tommy-boy posing and flexing. THe second one put me asleep. Pretty to look at, but didn't ANYONE notice that the script was basically a carbon copy of NOTORIOUS? Sorry, Mr. Woo, you are not Hitchcock and Mr. Cruise (as good as he can be on occasion) in no Cary Grant. This one looks promising. I am one of those Alias geeks that Masawyrm mentioned who is looking forward to Abrams Unleashed. I only wish they could give Sydney Bristow this kind of treatment. Anyway, the combination of director and supporting cast makes me almost forget Tom Cruise and his UFO-cult lunacy.

  • April 22, 2006, 9:36 p.m. CST

    Collateral was money.

    by I Dunno

    Say what you want about Cruise, he's a closet case, a cultist, he eats placentas, whatever but Collateral was the shit. Although it was probably more to do with Michael Moore than Cruice but whatever. As for Trek, bring on Section 31, Jack Bauer

  • April 22, 2006, 9:38 p.m. CST


    by Everett Robert

    or is is MI:II anyways....loved the series, which I'll admit I started watching as a kid bcause it came on after Star Trek:TOS and has Nimoy in it (for what 2 seasons?) really got into the 2nd (or 3rd) series, the one from the late 80's-early 90s...I remember one where the IMF team had to infiltrate a group of Satanists...anyways...saw the first one on opening weekend and while it was ultimatly left me feeling empty, never saw the 2nd one...but I will be there for the 3rd one, sounds like a fun and interesting ride, and am real glad to see that the team aspect is back. That was one thing about the first was that they screwed with Jean Reno's char....Jean REno, what a great actor...and USELESS in Merrick..nachos...those sound good and I just finished supper

  • April 22, 2006, 9:41 p.m. CST

    the very concept of a Trek prequel doesn't work

    by I Dunno

    ...for reasons that should be obvious. Trek is about moving forward, not wasting time setting up some half assed back story that the fans will rip on because it doesn't fit with continuity. And Kirk played by someone other than Shatner? Well that situation will take tare of itself when Shatner annihilates the person involved. We're talking about Shatner.

  • April 22, 2006, 10 p.m. CST

    Support free speech. DO NOT SEE THIS FILM

    by The Awful Goggle Viacom must not be allowed to get away with this.

  • April 22, 2006, 10:06 p.m. CST

    The impossible mission...

    by Christopher3

    Is whether we can buy Cruise's emotional investment in any female costar. Well, at least he has Crudup to interact with.

  • April 22, 2006, 10:22 p.m. CST

    MI:2 sucked balls

    by Chrisnonstop

    John Woo should have been ashamed of himself. MI2 was so fucking bad It made me want to shoot myself in the knee caps for forking over the $$$ to go see it on the big screen. It was totally cheesy. The stunts were just shitty. The car chase scene...lame! Not to mention totally impossible. The motorcycle many times were they going to switch the tires on that bike and then blatantly show us that they switched them? The slow motion bull's old, cheesy, and just f'n lame. That entire movie sucked balls. The first one was good. Alias SUCKS!!!! Lost is cool, except for the fact that it's slow as all hell....ok I'm done.

  • April 22, 2006, 10:51 p.m. CST

    Psyched for this one...

    by seanny_d

    This is the movie I've been waiting for to be a summer kick-off. Everything I've seen about this movie looks awesome. The first one is a better movie, but watching the second when I was 16 I loved it. Things blowing up were cool. Also, Goggle, let's just believe everything every little story tells us. Cruise said he could care less what they say about him on TV in that Diane Sawyer interview. And he doesn't seem to be the one to hold back. Besides, boycotting this movie will do what? Cruise will still be one rich son of a bitch and still say whatever crazy stuff he wants to. But you get an A for effort.

  • April 22, 2006, 11:03 p.m. CST

    where is the...

    by isildur29

    sentinel review? That movie rocked the shit Jack Bauer baby!

  • April 22, 2006, 11:06 p.m. CST

    Speaking of Phelps (bastards for making him a traitor),

    by kabong

    in the second series, Phelps had to get back into harness because his protege, Tom Copperfield, got aced on a mission. I will probably not like the beginning with Tom in bondage and diverting to flashbacks. Oh, I wish they'd use a team of unknowns so there could be some change of an IM Force member being captured and killed. And I just know there are going to be too many closeups of Suri's parental unit.

  • April 22, 2006, 11:10 p.m. CST

    M.I.:2 was a bad film--period.

    by moondoggy2u

    In fact, it was the only film in my life, save for the alamo, that I have ever walked out in. And believe me, I was not the only one. The movie was so bad that I'm still hesitant about seeing this film.

  • April 22, 2006, 11:25 p.m. CST

    A Shot of Adrenalin.

    by The Outlander

    I can

  • April 23, 2006, 2:17 a.m. CST

    Xenu is the puppet master villain at the end!!!

    by Hamtaro_Hentai

    (spoiler warning)

  • April 23, 2006, 2:44 a.m. CST

    Cruise didn't stop South Park...

    by moto

    He's commented before about this and if you really knew anything about the film industry, you'd know that tabloids and the rumor mill love to entice a story, even though it happens to either be herse, speculation, or just plain spin. Cruise had nothing to do with the whole South Park thing. Just like the rumors of Katie Holmes' father being worried about his daughter, the whole silent birth Katie can't scream or make a sound thing, etc. The media, especially the tabloids, conjure this shit up to sell magazines. Even magazines like US Weekly and People are jumping on that bandwagon now. It's BS. Let's get over this whole "Tom is crazy" thing that the media has manipulated you into thinking. It's done. It's old. It's tired. He voiced his opinion on some subjects, and the media blew it out of proportion. You may not agree with his views, but who are we to judge anyone else's beliefs? He jumped on some couches, and I'm sure he regrets it in hindsight. We, we that have been fortunate enough to be in love with a woman, have done some crazy stupid shit over a girl. Tom played up his emotions to the perky Oprah audience of females who were whooping and hollering when Oprah asked about Katie. Funny how we let the media dictate our opinions on these people. I've spent plenty of time in the presence of actors and these big personas, and 9 out of 10 times the bullshit that I read about them and their "attitudes" or whatever proved to be BS. Except J-Lo, she a frickin' diva bitch. And yes, the ass is big.

  • April 23, 2006, 2:51 a.m. CST


    by moto

    Someone up top said that Cruise was just playing Cruise but edgy and dark in Collateral. Other people say Cruis ealways plays the same character. It's ridiculous. If you say that, then you have to say the same thing about Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, etc. Are those people bad actors? No. Cruise has true range. He's Tom Cruise, so yes, every character he plays will have the mannerisms, ticks, whatever that Tom Cruise has. Same goes for nearly every actor. One big exception would be Johnny Depp, who somehow manages to transcend his true self. But overall, all of the great actors of our time have been familiar somewhat in each role. Look at Jimmy Stewart or Tom Hanks. Anyway, Cruise was at his best in Collateral, Magnolia, Jerry Maguire, Vanilla Sky (a truly unrrated film and performance), Born on the Fourth of July, and Interview with a Vampire. Can't wait ti see MI:3

  • April 23, 2006, 3:21 a.m. CST

    moto, Nick Meyer said it perfectly in the Khan DVD

    by scrumdiddly

    There are actors, who become the character they play, and there are movie stars, who play themselves. Tom Cruise is a movie star. Good God, comparing him to a *real* actor would be ridiculous. Here&#39;s a question for you: while watching his movies, have you ever been unable to predict his "acting" in any given scene? I know I haven&#39;t. <---Double negatives, wooo!

  • April 23, 2006, 3:25 a.m. CST

    scrumdiddly, I thought Cruise&#39;s reaction in WoTW when-

    by Tall_Boy

    the kid ran up the hill to go off to the tripod war was pretty unexpected. Shaky hands, slack jaw, pretty stirring stuff. I think Cruise is skilled, and given good materiel can really wring some emotional truth out of a scene, but, I agree, I don&#39;t think his characters are really character-y. Still, the dude can make you believe what he&#39;s going through, so that&#39;s good enough for a "star". Better than most action heroes, anyway. Has anyone tried to watch Steven Segal act lately?

  • April 23, 2006, 3:33 a.m. CST

    Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Robert Duvall

    by BannedOnTheRun

    No, I don&#39;t have to say the same thing about Duvall. Take in, for example, The Great Santini, Tender Mercies, and The Apostle some weekend and tell me that&#39;s the same character. As far as the other two, well...

  • April 23, 2006, 4:37 a.m. CST

    Cruise REALLY DOES eat placenta - Photographic Proof...

    by alucardvsdracula


  • April 23, 2006, 5:10 a.m. CST

    oh god-no more scientology please

    by misnomer

    theres a perfectly intelligent scientology discussion on harrys review thread...... everything I have seen and heard about this film has been very positive-it looks like alot of fun. the question is, where do you think this franchise should go after this? I&#39;d like to see the darabont organ black market movie made one day....

  • April 23, 2006, 5:13 a.m. CST


    by misnomer

    totally agree. it&#39;s the first time i&#39;d ever seen "real to life" acting in a big summer movie. I don&#39;t know why these movies are always so underacted. If I saw a t-rex coming at me I would&#39;nt say "run" in a husky voice, I&#39;d silent scream frozen to the spot-and shit my pants. in JP4 I WANT to see jeff goldblum crap dammit!!! : D

  • April 23, 2006, 6:53 a.m. CST


    by Ecthelion

    You said it! Keep up the good work!

  • April 23, 2006, 7:27 a.m. CST

    I&#39;d rather eat my own placenta than see this movie

    by Drunken Rage

    Fuck Tom Cruise.

  • April 23, 2006, 7:54 a.m. CST

    another flashback story from abrams!!!!!!!!!!

    by myfatarse

    now i like lost (apart from some of the middle episodes from the first season) and loved the early alias seasons but how many times does abrams use the show someone in a fucked up position then flashback a couple of days to see how they got there. Then surpise surprise the impossible situation is easily escapable. Its become so overused that its now beyond boring. Half of the last two seasons of alias used this device and its spread to other shows like battlestar galactica. I know for some aspects of movies and tv then if it aint broke dont fix it. But this isn&#39;t one of those. And is there going to be piss poor hitchcock style music all the way through MI3 like he insisted on for alias.

  • April 23, 2006, 7:59 a.m. CST

    I DUNNO what an apt name

    by myfatarse

    I DUNNO it would be even weirder to say that michael moore had more to do with collateral being good than tom cruise as michael moore is the lefty idiot who came up with the appalling propoganda film against his own country that had a retarded 13 year old doing fact checking. However Michael Mann is pretty damn good although he should never have reshot la takedown as heat and make it an hour longer and duller.

  • April 23, 2006, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Moto is full of crap

    by INWOsuxRED

    We&#39;re talking about a movie with Phillip Seymore Hoffman in it, and you&#39;re saying only Johnny Depp disapears into his roles? For that alone you prove yourself insane. As for Cruise, the reason people think he is insane is because we&#39;ve all seen countless interviews with him being crazy. Not just Oprah. Not just that Matt Lauer thing. Not just that weird thing where he grabs the guy who sprayed him with water and lectures him. Its a non-stop circus with Cruise, so much of it is captured on video, and you can&#39;t blame the media for airing all the crazy footage. Cruise gave it to them. He is the wackjob that just keeps giving, and he&#39;ll do it again. You can discount supermarket tabloids, but when raw video of him being crazy is a constant, how do you ignore that?

  • April 23, 2006, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Some things I can agree with about Cruise...

    by mrfan

    and some things I cannot. I do agree that his acting is pretty good. I have enjoyed many of his movies. I will say that most of it has to do with the supporting casts he has in them. Personally, I think his two best movies are when better actors are in the lead. That would be Color of Money and Rainman. Paul and Dustin helped kick his performance up to great levels. He seems to really try to make movies bring out the best in the cast and crew. He seems that he wants a great movie to be watched. I can respect that. I just don&#39;t understand his antics. Other actors such as Newman, DeNiro, Pacino, and Hanks don&#39;t need to act this way to get their point across. They don&#39;t need to act like idiots in front of the camera. Cruise seriously has a few screws loose. Hell, we all do but when it is captured time and time again it is just getting old. I can see why people make fun of him and his cult. Hey, the man has a right to join any cult he wants to join. Yes, he can act any way he wants to act. But please don&#39;t defend him when there is nothing to defend. It is all on tape. There is only so many excuses people can give for this guy. They are getting old.

  • April 23, 2006, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Cruise is always Cruise

    by MrBoinfoint

    He just shows different facets of his Cruise-ness. In WOTW it was Cruise-as-deadbeat-dad. In Top Gun, Days of Thunder, Color of Money it was Cruise-As-Cocky-Newcomer. In Collateral it was Cruise-As-Sharklike-Hitman. In Interview With the Vampire it was Cruise-As-Gay-Vampire. What he does well is convince the audience that he is that aspect of Cruise. But real actors, meanwhile, just convince you that the character you&#39;re watching onscreen is a real person, and not a portrayal. De Niro used to be able to do this. His cocky, lazy, doomed Johnny Boy in Mean Streets is miles away from the paranoid, violent, pathetic Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver, which is miles from his tortured working man in Deer Hunter. His posture, his speech patterns, his mannerisms, all changed with each character. Nowadays he&#39;s trapped, playing different iterations of his iconic characters. There&#39;s not much difference between the tough gangsters in Goodfellas, Casino, Heat or the Score, or the parodies of tough guys in Analyze This, Meet the Parents and their sequels. But look at Philip Seymour Hoffman: the same man who played the gay boom operator in Boogie Nights and the pathetic stalker in Happiness and Truman Fucking Capote is getting rave reviews as a menacing supervillain. Because he makes you forget you&#39;re watching an actor or a performance and you just watch a character. That&#39;s real talent. All Cruise could do is play Cruise-As-Diminutive-Gay-Pop-Culture-Figure. Which is to say, himself.

  • April 23, 2006, 1:33 p.m. CST

    So I guess Ving doesn&#39;t die in this one

    by skoolbus


  • April 23, 2006, 2:17 p.m. CST

    I meant Michael Mann, myfatarse

    by I Dunno

    that&#39;s what happens when you have three windows open and you&#39;re at work.

  • April 23, 2006, 2:39 p.m. CST

    Totally off topic but ...

    by Shan

    ... far too late for any Star Wars movie talkbacks. Apparently there really was such a thing as an elected monarchy in the country of Bohemia (now part of the Czech Republic I think) back in the 1500&#39;s or so. How about that?

  • April 23, 2006, 2:41 p.m. CST

    As for MI:2

    by Shan

    So much of it was filmed within walking distance of where I live (literally 2 to 5 minutes walk) and yet I hated it given how awful so much of it was.

  • April 23, 2006, 3:01 p.m. CST

    The F-14 Tomkitten

    by Crash Crator

    *****To hell with Tom Cruise and his couch-jumping ways!

  • April 23, 2006, 3:18 p.m. CST

    the more I hear the more excited I get.

    by donkeypark

    I think I might explode if I read/see anything else about this flick. Loved MI:1! Loooved MI:2! I can already tell by reviews and trailers that this is going to be my favourite of the coming summer blockbusters.

  • April 23, 2006, 3:19 p.m. CST

    I&#39;m sorry, but the film looks too much like MI:2

    by moondoggy2u

    I remember the way MI: 2 was advertised, and this looks no different, especially the main theatrical trailor: inexplicable bullet time is intact, soulful Cruise stares are there, and overly choreographed action pieces appear to be in the mainstream--again. Hell, I dont see any difference between the sideways explosion (dumb) and the motercycle gun fight. And again, it seems like this reviewer, and everybody else, is saying that the same style and over-the-top action from the second movie is demonstrated in this third film, but it is combined with the team aspects from the 1st movie. Well, I got news for you guys, there is a hell of a lot of difference between the team aspects of the first film and the team emphasis in the series. Pass!!!

  • April 23, 2006, 3:30 p.m. CST

    Next direction for the series?

    by donkeypark

    That was a good attempt at re-direction Misnomer. I will bite. As much as I&#39;m a fan of Cruise in this role I think he has his trilogy box set so he should take the backseat and go play producer and give the Hero role to somebody new while mixing a more Team oriented MI flick around a new main character. It would be cool to see an IMF team that goes through multiple missions in one flick.

  • April 23, 2006, 3:53 p.m. CST

    as if jumping on oprah&#39;s couch wasn&#39;t enough...

    by jig98

    now, jerry maguire has to jump on top of bentley&#39;s and beamer&#39;s and shoot machine guns. i can&#39;t wait to bring this up at the circa 1965 premiere on thursday.

  • April 23, 2006, 4:55 p.m. CST


    by BNITT

    This movie may be good, but that South Park episode takes the cake! It single handledly defined Tom Cruise as that buttplugger that he is! BRILLIANT!!! TOM CRUISE - PLEASE COME OUT OF THE CLOSET!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA!!!

  • April 23, 2006, 8:54 p.m. CST


    by expert24

    Anyone who&#39;s 24 years old or older may remember May of 2000 when audiences thought they were going to see the ultimate combination of Woo and Mission Impossible movie, but at last Woo decided to turn a spy movie into a melodrama with a Woo style finale, DUMB MOVE! I was 18 then and I&#39;m 24 now, Woo and Cruise owe me money the time I wasted on M:I-2, not to mention my ex. Total Shit feast with great advertising, we were all fooled. Motorcycle chase was the only reason and it took 1 Hour and 45 minutes to get to it. Class of 2000 lets keep our fingers crossed.

  • April 23, 2006, 9:28 p.m. CST

    sounds good to me...IF

    by future help

    the action and the pacing is in league with: Die Hard, Aliens, Kill Bill, Road Warrior, Leathel Weapon, Predator, and... well, you get the picture... i could give a fuck about Tom Cruise (the film market is saturated with the over-used bastard)HOWEVER...he IS the character go with it. Im still up for ALL the OTHER characters too. and shit, if the Writer & Director can deliver strong... then pardon me but,is that not what we want? a fuckin BAD ASS MUTHA&#39;of A SUMMER ACTION FLIC? yes...I WANT GOOD SUMMER BLOCKBUSTERS AGAIN. last summer SUCKED. shit like,Star Wars III and Kong. yes...i too have a good feelin about this Summer (at least movie-wise) oh, HEY, QT...back to work.

  • April 23, 2006, 11:43 p.m. CST

    whatever happened to "zero body count"?

    by FlowCytometer

    Remember in MI 1, when Krieger (Jean Reno) was about to knife the firefighter, and Hunt stops him and says "zero body count"? Then in MI2, Hunt proceeds to whip out the automatic weapons. Is that only because of John Woo, or did Hunt have some respect for innocent civilians, or did Cruise just forget about that part?

  • April 23, 2006, 11:59 p.m. CST

    Zero body count.

    by donkeypark

    They were infiltrating a government building filled with "good guys". Leaving a body count wouldn&#39;t have been a good way to get off that pesky dis-avowed list would it? MI:2 was about killing Duran Duran&#39;s evil roadies.

  • April 24, 2006, 12:05 a.m. CST

    yeah I like the idea of cruises charater being

    by misnomer

    promoted and overseeing a bunch of rookies but mebbe not *just* yet in the series, from the sounds of this, its only just starting to get good.....

  • April 24, 2006, 1:01 a.m. CST

    MI series has potential to go on and on

    by donkeypark

    I like the idea of this becoming a series like bond. No need for a new actor. Just new agents. Add Cameo&#39;s and stir! I hope Cruise can use his producer power to keep this alive as a franchise. Milk this cow with your hands Hollywood! No milking machines!!!

  • April 24, 2006, 8:25 a.m. CST

    Support Free Speech

    by Drathan Having Tom threaten Comedy Central with MI3 as leverage, would be one of the TAMEST KID-GLOVEST operations scientology would be known for. For real Scientology Men-In-Black action, check out wikipedia and read about "Operation Freakout" or "Operation Snow White". Now that&#39;s some hard core stuff. Comedy Central got off easy.

  • April 24, 2006, 8:30 a.m. CST


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  • April 24, 2006, 1:51 p.m. CST

    The first movie was so dumb, I never saw the second

    by Moa Kaka

    A fake fire alarm? Yeah, I&#39;m sure the CIA never heard of a fake fire alarm, so it&#39;s totally plausible that they would fall for it. And that they would build an air conditioning duct big enough and strong enough to hold two grown men, directly over their main frame computer. And that they would ever forgive him for interfering with the arrest of the terrorist during the first 1/3 of the movie. The terrorist had FAKE info on the undercover operatives - so, Cruise&#39;s maaster plan is to give them the REAL names, then step in at the last minute and save they day. DUMB SHIT - if he didn&#39;t interfer, they would have been arrested already. The undercover operatives were only in danger (briefly) because HE gave out their real names. And all to save his own job and reputation. Never made it to number 2, and won&#39;t see number 3. Also, because I retch whenever I see Tom&#39;s face. Anybody remember the "Friends" episode where Joey was telling someone how to act? "The key to looking like you&#39;re deep in thought is to pretend you smell something really bad." His face looked EXACTLY like Tom&#39;s when he&#39;s trying to look deep in thought. I just can&#39;t stomach it.

  • April 24, 2006, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Not to defend all of Cruises behaviour but...

    by Meremoth

    Who wouldn&#39;t get pissed off about a complete stranger going out of their way to spray you with water in attempt to mock you. Sure he could of handled it better, but that asshole should never have sprayed him. And why does everyone care whether he&#39;s gay or not. Is everyones life really so pathetic that they must focus on every little aspect of an actors life? Example: Harrison Ford rescuing someone off a mountain in his hellicopter= cool and interesting. Tom Cruise having a perfectly healthy baby girl= boring unless your Cruise or friends and family.

  • April 24, 2006, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Cruise is on it - won&#39;t see it

    by decypher44

    I just won&#39;t support Tom Cruise. Regarding the movies, MI:1 was - OK. MI:2 was lame as hell. Don&#39;t care how M:3 is as I will not support Tom Cruise.

  • April 24, 2006, 4:29 p.m. CST


    by Jellylover

    I really can&#39;t even remember the plot to the flick but I got to say this about it: Tom made me believe he could kick ass. Look, I&#39;ve been a martial artist since I was six and I was sick of watching fake-ass Van Damme doing the splits and fat-ass Segal breakin arms(although he ruled in Above the Law). The final fight scene of MI2 was a kung-fu flick fans moment of peace. No wires, no cgi, just real guys doing real moves. When Cruise does that jump-spinning-dropkick and actually drops! I mean he hits the ground as opposed to landing on his feet and saying some goofy line that dosen&#39;t make any sense. Keylocks the guy and takes him to the ground. It was like watching a modern UFC fight with a little more juice. Honestly haven&#39;t seen a fight as "realistic" since. Only reason I liked MI2. Only reason I remember it at all. Laters.

  • April 24, 2006, 4:53 p.m. CST


    by moondoggy2u

    No wires?? What do you call the motercyle chicken game where they wrap around each other? Or where he kills him with his own gun? Please understand, I dont mean to disrespect your opinion or anything, its just that that movie SCREAMED cgi and wire fu.

  • April 24, 2006, 8:06 p.m. CST

    MI:2 KICKED ASS!!!

    by donkeypark

    I can admit that because I know I&#39;m stupid. People who think they are smart have to hate on MI:2 because they are afraid to look stupid. Admit it Moon! JK! Don&#39;t hit me!

  • April 25, 2006, 3:12 a.m. CST


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  • April 25, 2006, 6:25 p.m. CST


    by Jellylover

    I was just talking about the actual fight. All the other shite blew balls.

  • April 26, 2006, 12:30 a.m. CST

    All the MI:2 haters can blow on my balls.

    by donkeypark

    JK!Don&#39;t hit me!