When a movie franchise reaches it’s third instalment, you’d hope that it’s already found it’s style and rhythm. With the striking difference between Mission 1 and 2, I guess nobody knew what to expect. Mission: Impossible III feels like a re-boot, but in a good way.
As much as I enjoyed watching this film, for the most part it does feel formulaic. J.J Abrams introduces us to a very new look, a higher contrast colour palette, along with a darker tones and his now well-known, hand-held camera look. This works to give us a more intense version of this franchise. This film is more character driven and it takes the time amidst all the action to create bonds between the characters, this being necessary, considering that most of the characters are completely new.
The opening scene to this film is gripping, and immediately we are presented to a terrifying Philip Seymour Hoffman (R.I.P), who proves to deliver an outstanding performance. Intrigue and mystery is instantly generated and we are hooked. Vingh Rhames serves as a familiar face and along with Simon Pegg provide welcome comedic relief. In fact this film has a very strong cast, but unfortunately a lot of this amazing talent seems to get wasted, therefore giving credence to the idea that a stronger script could have been written.
As per usual, Tom Cruise is caught doing some insane stunts in this film, which seem tame compared to what he has achieved in Ghost Protocol and the upcoming Rogue Nation. Regardless, it worth noting that he managed to do most of his own stunts, without sustaining an serious injuries. He did crack a couple ribs, but apparently thats not too serious. Sure this film has it’s flaws, like introducing a seemingly important character early on, just to make that character totally dispensable minutes later, but it sure lives up to the mayhem we have come to expect from the Mission: Impossible franchise.
Here are 7 interesting facts about Mission: Impossible III, enjoy!
1. This is J.J Abrams feature directional debut
David Fincher was to originally direct this film, that didn’t work out, then Joe Carnahan took over, and that didn’t work either. In the meantime the production got seriously delayed, to the point that the film had to be completely re-cast, considering that A-listers such as Scarlett Johansson can’t just wait around for directors and producers to make up their minds up. Tom Cruise enjoyed watching the partly directed by J.J Abrams show, Alias, and thought it would be an awesome idea to give him a go at directing a $150 Million budget film. Nice one, Tom Cruise. Interestingly the budget for this film is still the biggest for any feature directional debut. Tom Cruise must have travelled to the future and seen how amazing J.J Abrams would become, including his work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so if you want to know how Star Wars Episode 7 turns out, just ask Tom Cruise…
2. A decoy production was set up whilst filming in Rome
Full of tourists and inquisitive crowds, it was difficult for the main production unit to focus on the filming process, so they set up a decoy production unit, away from the main production. The second unit included girls in bikinis (lame) plus women in nun outfits. They pretended to be filming.
3. Jesse Pinkman is in this film, some say Heisenberg is hidden in this film too
Although Aaron Paul had done a lot of work on various TV Series’, this was basically his second appearance on the big screen. Soon after he would be immortalised with his performance as Jesse Pinkman, and now he’s making ‘mad stacks yo!’
4. Simon Pegg jokingly predicted the future
Mostly doing work for British TV Series’, and then becoming increasingly popular for his role in Shaun The Dead, he was asked by a reporter if he was going to pursue a career in Hollywood, and as a joke he replied, “it’s not like I am going to be in Mission: Impossible III.” So, did he also travel to the future, and made a joke about his own fate? Simon Pegg is now a regular face of the series.
5. Tom Cruise actually jumped off a Shanghai skyscraper
The leap was so grand that from the point he jumped to the point he landed, it covered a span of 2KM!
6. This is an actual Chinese village
Nowadays with massive budget’s, films can go to actual locations and film there, as opposed to constructing sets. In this case, the local Chinese people all serve as extras. No doubt this also enabled Mission: Impossible III to get screened in China, for the sake of further distributing the film. Movies and money…
7. They actually blew up the Lamborghini Gallardo
So, why was this necessary? Like, didn’t someone want to keep it after the production? The only thing they took out of the Lamborghini Gallardo, before they blew it up, was the engine. Seems like such a waste to me…
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