Mission: Impossible III
|Mission: Impossible III (also known as M:i:III and in the new blu-ray release as M:I-3 or Mission: Impossible 3) is a 2006 action film directed by J. J. Abrams, his first film as a director, starring Tom Cruise as agent Ethan Hunt of the IMF, who also served as a producer. It was first released on April 26, 2006 at the Tribeca Film Festival, and widely released in the United States on May 5, 2006. The film was a box office success, and it received mostly positive critical reviews. The Film is part of the Mission: Impossible (film series).|
Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) has retired as a team leader at the IMF and instead taken to training new recruits while settling down with his fiancée Julia Meade (Michelle Monaghan), a nurse at a local hospital who is unaware of Ethan’s past. At a party, Ethan is approached by his fellow IMF agent John Musgrave (Billy Crudup), who secretly relays a mission to him: to rescue one of Ethan’s protégés, Lindsey Farris (Keri Russell), who was captured while on a mission to investigate the infamous black market dealer Owen Davian (Philip Seymour Hoffman). Musgrave has already prepared a team for Ethan, consisting of Declan Gormley (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), Zhen Lei (Maggie Q), and his old partner Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames), ready to meet him in Berlin, Germany.
The IMF team raids the warehouse where Lindsey is kept, release her and collect two computer laptops during their escape. As they flee on a helicopter, Lindsey warns them of a micro-explosive implanted in her head, and before Ethan can use a defibrillator to disable the device, it goes off, killing Lindsey. Ethan and Musgrave are reprimanded by IMF director Theodore Brassel (Laurence Fishburne) for the loss of an agent, and the poor condition of the stolen laptops. Ethan learns that Lindsey had mailed him a postcard before her capture. Showing it to Luther in private, they discover a magnetic microdot under the stamp, which Luther takes to his contacts to decode.
IMF technician Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) is able to recover enough from the damaged laptops to find that Davian is going to Vatican City to receive a mysterious object called the “Rabbit’s Foot”. Ethan plans the mission to capture Davian and the device without seeking Brassel’s or Musgrave’s approval. Before leaving, he expresses his love to Julia, and they have an impromptu marriage at the hospital’s chapel. At Vatican City, the team successfully infiltrates the secured facility, and Ethan disguises himself as Davian after his capture. The team uses an explosive-rigged car to cover their escape and make Davian’s bodyguards believe he is dead.
On the flight back to the United States, Davian wakes up and refuses to divulge what the Rabbit’s Foot is, instead threatening to kill everyone Ethan holds dear; Ethan threatens to drop Davian out of the plane if he does not cooperate. After landing, the team travels with a convoy escorting Davian across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. En route, Luther receives the decoded message from the microdot, a video of Lindsey to Ethan warning him that Davian has received calls from Director Brassel’s office and believes him to be a mole. The escort is suddenly attacked by a heavily armed drone, and in the chaos, Davian is freed. Ethan suddenly worries for Julia’s safety and races to the hospital, arriving too late to find she has been taken by one of Davian’s agents. As Davian calls Ethan, giving him only 48 hours to recover the Rabbit’s Foot for Julia’s life, Ethan is captured by IMF for his rogue actions.
Ethan is secured to a gurney and interrogated about his unauthorized mission. Musgrave takes part, but allows Ethan to lip-read further instructions to travel to Shanghai, China where the Rabbit’s Foot is located, and provides him with the means to escape IMF. Ethan makes his way to the instructed location, finding his team waiting for him, and they plan a raid of the building where the Rabbit’s Foot is secured. Through a desperate car chase, Ethan is able to contact Davian just under the deadline that they have the Rabbit’s Foot. Ethan goes to deliver the Rabbit’s Foot alone, and is knocked unconscious by Davian’s men, who implant a micro-explosive device in his head. Ethan recovers to find Davian gloating over him while holding Julia at gunpoint. Despite Ethan asserting that the device is the real Rabbit’s Foot, Davian kills Julia and then leaves the devastated Ethan behind.
Minutes later, Musgrave arrives, and explains to Ethan this was all a setup, revealing that Julia was Davian’s incompetent translator (Bahar Soomekh) in a mask — the execution having been faked to confirm that Ethan was telling the truth — and Julia is nearby, alive. Musgrave reveals himself as the mole, arranging for Davian to acquire the Rabbit’s Foot to sell to terrorist groups, after which IMF would have reasonable cause to launch a preemptive strike, making Musgrave a hero and Davian richer. Ethan escapes and steals Musgrave’s phone, using it to contact Benji to track down a number Musgrave recently called, the likely location where Julia is being kept. Inside, Ethan finds Davian and his men waiting, and is able to kill them all, including Davian by throwing him in front of a oncoming truck, but not before they trigger the micro-explosive. Freeing Julia, he instructs her to electrocute him, killing him shortly but deactivating the explosive, from which she can revive him, as well as to protect herself with a gun. Julia follows Ethan’s instructions, and while he recovers, is forced to shoot and kill Musgrave when he arrives. Julia successfully gives CPR to Ethan, reviving him, and they leave together as he explains his true IMF career to her.
Back home, Brassel congratulates Ethan, and suggests that there is another mission that Ethan has been requested for, but Ethan insists on going on his honeymoon with Julia and is unsure if he will return to the IMF. Brassel promises that he’ll tell Ethan what the Rabbit’s Foot is if Ethan will promise to return. Ethan smiles and walks off with Julia.