Take 2: Mission: Impossible III
JJ Abrams seems to be the man to call when you want to give your dead in the water franchise a kick up the arse and after the dire M:I-2 it’s just what the doctor ordered.
Tom Cruise is back in action with the IMF but this time he’s joined by credible villain Philip Seymour Hoffman. You can feel the menace dripping off of him, especially in the Vatican scenes.
Perhaps the hastily done love story with Hunt getting married was surplus to requirements (notice how in the next film it’s quickly axed…) but all in all this was a return to form as a genuinely enjoyable popcorn thriller.