“Who are you? What’s your name? Do you have a wife? A girlfriend? Because if you do, I’m gonna find her. I’m gonna hurt her. I’m gonna make her bleed, and cry, and call out your name. And then I’m gonna find you, and kill you right in front of her. ” – Owen Davian
Number of Times Seen – 3-5 Times (Theater in 2006, cable, video and 20 Nov 2018)
Brief Synopsis – Ethan and his team must try and rescue another agent who has been captured by a ruthless arms dealer.
My Take on it – This is the best film of the entire franchise IMHO because it stays as true as possible to the formula of the original TV show and captures the essence of this kind of premise so well.
The fact that it also takes the story to a personal levels also helps make it so poignant since it raises the stakes of what is important to a spy from a personal perspective.
Philip Seymour Hoffman is superbly cast as the villain and plays it so ruthlessly that it’s a shame he only appears in this one chapter of the franchise.
He is by far the most complex and best villain of the whole series.
The story works really well the entire time and we get to see these kind of characters doing what they do best.
This is such a fun storyline that remains at an enjoyable level the entire time.
The pacing is great and we are given a non stop thrill ride as can be expected from a director like JJ Abrams.
The twists and turns of the story are played out really well and they manage to keep surprising us as things move along.
Bottom Line – Best of the films in the series because it is able to capture the essence of the show and also take things to a personal level for the character which helps raise the stakes. Hoffman is superb as the villain and is the best villain of the whole franchise. The story works really well and we get to see the characters do what we know we can expect from ones in this series and they manage to keep things fun the whole time. The twists and turns along the way are great and they keep surprising as things move along. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – As the production could do nothing about inquisitive crowds watching them while they were filming in Rome, they actually set up a phony second unit a little further away, hired several girls in bikinis and several older women dressed as nuns and pretended to be filming takes for the film, while the main unit got on with their business largely undisturbed. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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