MI3For most of us, Wednesdays only mean that its hump day, but it also means that it’s Ass Whoopin Wednesdays. To continue on the same theme that we have been doing for the last couple of weeks, we are week three in to our countdown to Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation which hits theaters July 31ST. For today’s Ass Whoopin Wednesday film, we are looking at the J.J. Abrams (Star Wars Episode VII) directed Mission: Impossible III which once again starred and was produced by Tom Cruise. In this one, Ethan Hunt (Cruise) has been out of the game for a very long time and he is looking to get married to his girlfriend Julia (Michelle Monaghan). The only problem is that she doesn’t know that Ethan used to be a spy and he is trying to keep it a secret, but after a mission that failed, Ethan has to come face to face with the sadistic and evil arms dealer named Owen Davian (Philip Seymour Hoffman) who threatens to put Ethan’s secret at risk. The film also stars Billy Crudup (Almost Famous) as John Musgrave, Ving Rhames (Pulp Fiction) as Luther, Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Match Point) as Declan Gormley, Keri Russell (The Americans) as Lindsey Farris, Maggie Q (Balls Of Fury) as Zhen Lei, Simon Pegg (Shaun Of The Dead) as Benji Dunn, Eddie Marsan (Sherlock Holmes) as Brownway, Laurence Fishburne (Boyz n The Hood), and many more. Let’s check out some stats before we get into the review of the film.

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MI3 1I really enjoyed the direction that J.J. Abrams went with this film because it brought it back to reality other than the kung fu version of number two and you can just tell from seeing past Abrams films that this had his signature all over it. In the film, Ethan Hunt has a total of 23 kills which is fewer than the second film, but still a hell of a lot more than the first film. He still has no origin story, but in this one he has a love interest who is his girlfriend and eventually his wife as the film goes along and she is the one that is hurt (she gets kidnapped). The big boss is definitely defeated and I just wanted to say that Philip Seymour Hoffman was masterful in this film as it’s villain. Tom Cruise is masterful of course as Ethan Hunt and by this point I am surprised that it’s taking them this long to come out with sequels to each film (MI in 1996, MI2 in 2000, and this one in 2006), but it makes sense considering it is the tenth anniversary to the first film. The film of course does a great job of throwing curveballs at you when you least expect it or if you suspect someone of being a mole, they’ll quickly change that. I love that some of the locations for the film were in Rome and Shanghai, it makes it fun to have the ability to form stories around different parts of the world for each film. I swear you’ll love some of the stunts for this film and the cinematography so check it out.You’ll also notice that ayoung Aaron Paul has a couple of scenes in the film too. I am giving the film 4.2 fists out of five for a final grade.

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