Mission: Impossible III

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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, Rovi

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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 Lorenzo
as Roadblock driver
Andrea Sartoretti
as Roadblock Driver
Andrea Sartirettum
as Roadblock driver
Antonio Del Prete
as Vatican video room guard
Francesco De Vito
as Greeting Priest
Giorgio Marchesi
as Vatican Gate Guard
Niccolò Senni
as Vatican Gate Guard
Paolo Bonacelli
as Monsignore
David Waters
as IMF officer
Michael Kehoe
as Hospital Employee
José Zúñiga
as IMF Agent Pete
William Francis McGuire
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 (221) | Top Critics (51) | Fresh (155) | Rotten (66)

  • ...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.

    Nov 1, 2007 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    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.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Ben Walters

    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.

    Jun 22, 2006
  • As idiot movies go, this one is as sub-mental as you might expect.

    May 10, 2006

    Rex Reed

    Top Critic
  • My final reaction to Mission: Impossible III is one of bemused tolerance and even mild absorption in all the silliness.

    May 10, 2006 | Full Review…

    Andrew Sarris

    Top Critic
  • There are no flourishes to savor. Instead, there are big-deal stunts.

    May 9, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mission: Impossible III

  • Aug 16, 2016
    I would say it is the strongest entry of the first three Mission: Impossible films (the only ones I've seen to date). Even a decade later, it's strengths are still that which the franchise has always been known for, and its weakness are much the same. Much more akin plot-wise to the first film, M:I:III has the one advantage over its predecessors that it's villain is much stronger than any we have seen before. Though arguably not the primary antagonist, Seymour-Hoffman (RIP) is actually pretty terrifying as international arms dealer, Owen Davian. That said, while this third entry is certainly the most engaging thus far, it still had me checking my watch before the end of the movie, so I can hardly give it a glowing review.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 20, 2016
    Tom Cruise is short lol
    Spencer M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 12, 2016
    Easily not the best mission, but thanks to JJ Abrams direction and an absolute menacing performance from Philip Seymour Hoffman this movie is more than deserving of repeat viewings.
    Kameron W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 19, 2013
    Directors C Super Reviewer

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