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The Next Reel • Season 12 • Series: Mission: Impossible • Mission: Impossible III

Mission: Impossible III

“Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.”

Ethan’s back, and he’s getting married!

It took some time to sort out the plans for this one’s script, and it wasn’t easy finding the director either. Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner did get there though, locking in TV showrunner JJ Abrams to co-write and helm the third in this franchise, making it his feature film debut. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our ‘Mission: Impossible’ series with a look at Abrams’ 2006 film Mission: Impossible III.

Here’s a hint at what we talk about.

The film starts with a gut punch, introducing us to the villain and setting up Ethan and his wife in a position as hostages. Philip Seymour Hoffman as Owen Davian, the villain, is perfect and the star of this film, but is it too early to start having issues? As someone much more in tune with co-writer/director JJ Abrams at the time, Pete was very much in the bag for being there with Abrams as he made the leap to the big screen. Andy didn’t have that connection so didn’t have as much of an interest in the film (or the franchise at this point after John Woo’s second entry). So does the opening work?

We talk about the vibe of the film and how, because of the romance between Ethan and Julia, it feels very different. Largely, it works and moves us past Woo’s mess of a film into something that feels better already. It’s just unfortunate that there are still so many issues. Perhaps the largest is that it never quite feels cinematic.

Regardless, it’s a fun entry into the franchise and gives us plenty to dig into. We have a great time talking about it, so check it out then tune in. The Next Reel – when the movie ends, our conversation begins!

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