Sutton Brown’s review published on Letterboxd:
What I liked:
- Mission Impossible 3 has some really good action sequences. The rescue sequence of Agent Farris is a great introduction to what this movie does best.
- Great villain performed brilliantly by Philip Seymour Hoffman. The character is menacing without the need of too much depth.
- Love story with Ethan Hunt that's more genuine than the one in the previous film.
- Great performances from just about every person.
What I'm mixed about:
- The script at times has some really weird banter between characters.
- The members of Ethan Hunts team don't have any distinct characteristics that make them very interesting.
- The movie does show what Ethan Hunt has done after retiring from the IMF. However, his job with training new operatives could have been explored a bit more.
What I disliked:
- The third act falls flat with the big twists and character misdirections. Even the opening sequence ruins a potentially emotional moment by giving too much too soon.
Mission Impossible 3 improves upon its predecessor with its performances and action sequences. The action in particular is really good. I wish the third act stuck the landing because it was about the only big issue I had with the film. Aside from some uninteresting characters, Ethan Hunt and Owen Davian are really good. As the third movie in this franchise, MI3 is a solid entry.