Old, Repurposed Movie Review: Mission Impossible 3
May 5th, 2006
This is a terrible movie.
Much of the action is shot with a shaky camera, tight close ups on Ethan Hunt being terrified and then brave, and with no establishing shots that give you any friggin’ clue what is going on during the chases. This is boring, by-the-numbers action film crap that saves millions in effects and stunts.
Worse, the interpersonal relationships are pulled directly from Alias. And not even the good Alias. The Season 3, Who-Pooped-in-My-Alias Alias instead. I’m not exaggerating, either. Hand all of Sydney’s lines to Ethan, swap goofy nerdy tech guy for goofy nerdy British tech guy, swap the Rambaldi Device of the Week for the MacGuffin Rabbit’s Foot and, voila, you have MI:3.
Do yourself a favor tonight and rent Alias Season One instead; discover (or remind yourself of) work from a time when J.J. Abrams had fresh ideas about what to do with a spy story.