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Mission: Impossible III (2006)



Critic Consensus: Fast-paced, with eye-popping stunts and special effects, the latest Mission: Impossible installment delivers everything an action fan could ask for. A thrilling summer popcorn flick.

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The third entry in Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible film series involves super Impossible Mission Forces (IMF) agent Ethan Hunt (Cruise) being forced back into the field just when he was planning on marrying his girlfriend, Julia (Michelle Monaghan). The agency asks Hunt to save an operative (Keri Russell) he trained after weapons dealer Owen Davian (Philip Seymour Hoffman) kidnaps her. With the help of his field team -- played by Ving Rhames, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, and Maggie Q -- Hunt achieves his goal, but becomes involved in a web of double-crosses that leave him wondering if he can trust his superiors (Billy Crudup and Laurence Fishburne). Eventually Davian threatens Julia's life in order to get away with his evil plan. Simon Pegg appears as an IMF tech expert. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of frenetic violence and menace, disturbing images and some sensuality)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 30, 2006
Box Office: $133.4M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


Tom Cruise
as Ethan Hunt
Billy Crudup
as Musgrave
Keri Russell
as Lindsey Farris
Maggie Q
as Zhen Lei
Simon Pegg
as Benji Dunn
Eddie Marsan
as Brownway
Laurence Fishburne
as Theodore Brassel
Bahar Soomekh
as Davian's translator
Jeff Chase
as Davian's bodyguard
Michael Berry Jr.
as Julia's Kidnapper
Jane Daly
as Mother
Kathryn Fiore
as Party goer
Sean O'Bryan
as Party goer
Colleen Crozier
as Party goer
Bruce French
as Minister
Ellen Bry
as Lindsey's mother
Patrick Pankhurst
as Lindsey's father
James Shanklin
as Hospital chaplain
Anne Betancourt
as Nurse Sally
Antonietta De Lorenz...
as Roadblock driver
Andrea Sartirettum
as Roadblock driver
Andrea Sartoretti
as Roadblock Driver
Antonio Del Prete
as Vatican video room g...
Francesco De Vito
as Greeting Priest
Giorgio Marchesi
as Vatican Gate Guard
Niccolò Senni
as Vatican Gate Guard
Paolo Bonacelli
as Monsignore
Tim Omundson
as IMF agent
David Waters
as IMF officer
Michael Kehoe
as Hospital Employee
Jose Zuniga
as IMF Agent Pete
William Francis McGu...
as IMF head of security
Michelle Arthur
as Airline worker
Barney Cheng
as Janitor
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Critic Reviews for Mission: Impossible III

All Critics (224) | Top Critics (49)

...this snappy installment is a marked improvement over John Woo's surprisingly dull sequel, though the set pieces lack the elegance and visual coherence of the Brian de Palma original.

Full Review… | November 1, 2007
Top Critic

There are plentiful perilous countdowns, most of the set-pieces are impressively mounted and, in its own silly way, the pay-off offers a glancing blow at US foreign policy. Relatable? No. But quite fun.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The summer's first action epic does exactly what it's supposed to do, more clearly than M:i:I, and more likeably than M:i:II.

Full Review… | June 22, 2006
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

Abrams' high stakes, every second counts pacing gets the best out of franchise star Tom Cruise resulting in easily the series' best pure action installment.

Full Review… | July 29, 2015
Lyles' Movie Files

The best of the first three for its nonstop action and sometimes pulse-pounding excitement.

Full Review… | December 5, 2011
Movie Metropolis

The latest in the Mission: Impossible franchise, Mission: Impossible III is high on intrigue, but a bit too obvious in its construction to be as effecting as it tries to be.

Full Review… | April 8, 2011

Audience Reviews for Mission: Impossible III

Not nearly as good as the first but I definitely prefer this to the second one. Once again the plot is nothing mind-blowing (I guarantee you'll forget about it minutes after watching) but the action will surely impress (my favorite being the harrowing bridge scene and the humorous Vatican break-in) and I like that there is more of a focus on the Impossible Mission Force team instead of just a pure Tom Cruise-vehicle. Plus having Simon Pegg never hurt manners.

Plus props to Philip Seymour Hoffman for being able to turn an overall generic stock spy movie bad guy and instill an intimidating and unsettling presence. What a great actor!!

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer



Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

It isn't as amazing to look at as its direct successor, but J.J. Abrams' first feature film as director is still a lot of fun. It's surprisingly funny, it makes you care about its characters, and its action is super slick.

Sam Barnett
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer

Mission: Impossible III Quotes

Ethan Hunt: I'm gonna die unless you kill me.
– Submitted by bob j (4 years ago)
Musgrave: This message, let's call it my excellent engagement gift to you, will self-destruct in five seconds.
– Submitted by Zbigniew Z (4 years ago)
Theodore Brassel: Mr. Musgrave, please don't interrupt me when I'm asking rhetorical questions.
– Submitted by Zbigniew Z (4 years ago)

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