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Movie Review: MI:3

Alternate Title: Stuff Blows Up

Story: Sit back and watch Tom Cruise (oops, I mean Ethan Hunt) emote as hard as he can, stare with what seems like x-ray vision at his enemy, run faster than a cheetah, shoot straighter than an arrow, leap from tall buildings, rescue, escape and generally travel the world for 48 hours without eating or sleeping. What a guy!

All kidding aside, I thought this third MI was the best of the lot. It almost seemed as if the film had a sense of humor about itself. Very competently directed and co-written by TV's J.J. Abrams (Felicity, Alias & Lost) it has an episodic flavor, which is not a bad thing for something very predictable and familiar franchise.

It doesn't matter what the story is about. There is no need to scratch your head over the plot holes (and there are many). It is one of those pre-summer films that gives you exactly what you expect and I was entertained.

Acting: If you can separate Tom Cruise's wacky real life behavior from his screen persona (I can) he is fine at what he does best. And I gotta tell you, this guy is in great shape. No wonder he can leap on and off Oprah's couch like that. The supporting cast includes a returning Ving Rhames, who seemed to be having no trouble enjoying himself. New to the MI team are one of my fav's Jonathan Rhys-Meyers and Maggie Q. The villain is played deliciously by the always fabulous Philip Seymour Hoffman. The very competent love interest (yes, she looks like Katie Homes) is Michelle Monaghan. Laurence Fishburne seemed delighted to be in this big film and Billy Crudup was out of place.

Predilection: I like summer blockbusters.

Food: No time to eat while saving the world

Blatant Product Placement: 7 Eleven, Ben & Jerry's, Slushee's and DHL

Soundtrack: The same as usual

Opening Titles: The opening scene is a teaser.

Visual Art: Too many things blow up to remember

Theater Audience: A handful of loyal franchisees like me.

Drift Factor: There is no time to drift with all of the action but you could easily drift and still understand what's going on.

Predictability Level: High

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No

Soap Box: If the Vatican is worried about next week's release of The Da Vinci Code they should probably be worried about how easily the MI team got into Vatican City.

Big Screen or Rental: If you like the genre, the big screen in the place to be.

Length: One explosion over the two hour Lobo rule.