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Planning on seeing Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation? The fifth film in Tom Cruise’s very successful Mission Impossible franchise that stared way back in 1996 if you can believe it, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation will try to do what the other four films have done: exist as a standalone chapter meaning that the audience doesn’t need to have much knowledge of the previous movies to enjoy this one.
However, if you’re interested in a refresher in what came before because you don’t remember the earlier films (or you haven’t seen them), you’ve come to the right place. Spoilers abound below. Be warned.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to prepare yourself for Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. This message will not self destruct.
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 3
What happened in this movie?
- Tom Cruise returns for a third go-round as Ethan Hunt.
- Acknowledging, perhaps, that Hunt is getting older, he’s pulled back from the IMF in this movie and is training agents but not accepting field assignments.
- He’s also getting married.
- When one of his trainees is captured by Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s Owen Davian, he goes back into action to rescue her.
- The failed rescue attempt puts Hunt (and his team) on to the fact that there is a mole within IMF working with Davian. Unfortunately, IMF thinks it’s Hunt himself.
- Following a run in with Davian – from which the villain escapes and vows revenge – Hunt is forced to steal for Davian in order to save the life of his wife.
- Assisted by Ving Rhames’ Luther Stickel, two agents who are only around for this movie and newcomer Simon Pegg (as Benjy), Hunt steals what Davian wants, delivers the package to Davian and, ultimately, takes him down saving the world from chaos.
Was it any good?
Mission: Impossible 3 is pretty terrific. Without question, Phillip Seymour Hoffman is THE villain of the series. Cold and unrelenting, his Owen Davian is a great counter-point to the basically decent Ethan Hunt. Cruise and Hoffman seem to enjoy their work together, and, in the scenes where Hoffman himself gets to play Cruise, he looks like he’s having a great time. JJ Abrams directs – this was his first feature film – and does a terrific job of finding character moments that have impact while also staging some excellent action sequences. Giving Hunt a wife who proves very capable of taking care of herself and making Hunt more of a big brother figure to the other agents with whom he works is a good idea and plays out very well here. Though there are moments of darkness that linger, this is a fun and exciting mission.
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 3 receives FOUR AND A HALF SUBCUTANEOUS EXPLOSIVE CHARGES out of a possible five.
What do I need to know?
- Tom Cruise asked JJ Abrams to direct after binge watching 2 seasons of Abrams’ Alias.
- This is the third film in the series that features an IMF agent gone bad (M:I had Jim Phelps, M:I-II had Dougray Scott and now M:I – III has Billy Crudup).
- Simon Pegg, in an interview following his minor hit movie Shaun of the Dead was asked if he was now going on to make it big in Hollywood. “Sure,” he said, “I’m sure they want me for Mission:Impossible 3). He was joking. Turns out, the joke was on him.
- The addition of Michelle Monahan as Julia, Ethan’s wife, has very big implications in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.
- At the end of the movie, Ethan is married and happy with his work with the IMF.
Who was in charge of the IMF?
- Laurence Fishburne is terrific as Brassel, the director of the IMF in Mission: Impossible 3, who crosses swords with Ethan Hunt.