What is wild ride in what is the best of the three Mission Impossible films. Tom Cruise is in top form as Agent Ethan Hunt. He slides down sky scrapers, barely evades rockets aimed at him and battles a very evil opponent played effectively by Philip Seymour Hoffman, who lowers his voice a few octaves from his last role as Capote to deliver a very sinister villain.
Hunt's mission is to retrieve the "Rabbit's Foot," a mysterious device that Owen Davian (Hoffman) has stolen. Things are complicated because Ethan has fallen in love with Julia (Michelle Monaghan) and her life is in danger because of his profession.
It's the first time Ethan's become emotionally involved with anyone, and it adds an interesting layer to his character and gives us an additional reason to care about what happens to him. With Davian after him, there's need to worry!
Ving Rhames returns as Ethan's fellow agent, Billy Crudup plays his supervisor and Laurence Fishburne is the tough head of the agency.
First time feature director J.J. Abrams (Co-creator of "Lost" and "Alias") does a great job threading a pretty good story with non stop action. The stunts are daring and sensational and once again, latex masks and voice changers are used to aid in the commission of a dandy kidnapping, which reminds us of the great old CBS TV show.
It's been a few years since the last Mission film, however it has lost none of its luster, and Cruise, if anything, has only gotten better.