May 07, 2006

Felicity, Alias, Lost and now MI3

(For my 3 readers who have been asking me to comment on 464, CPR and 1017, sorry, that post is forthcoming; in the meantime, something light.)

I was prepared to hate it: MI3. I don't particularly like Tom Cruise (the only movies with him in it that I liked were Collateral--and that was because of Jamie Foxx--and Magnolia--and that was because he was so not Cruise), I think he's over-rated. I was intrigued however by one credit in MI3: JJ Abrams.

Now, my 3 regular readers know that I'm a big Alias Fan (that's primarily because of JJ Abrams) and the thought of JJ Abrams handling this franchise intrigued me.

From the very first scene, I knew I was going to love this one--it is so Abrams (those who watch Alias will know what I mean; I won't describe it as it might be a spoiler to those who haven't watched it yet). The frenetic pace, the beautiful and strong women (Keri Russell bka Felicity, Maggie Q; incidentally, Felicity and Alias are Abrams creations), the intelligent plot complete with twists and turns and the out-of-this-world situations packed into almost two hours--that's so Abrams.

MI3 does not disappoint. Unlike MI2, which, despite John Woo, never took off and MI which was mired in too much introspection and the most funereal pace, MI3 just establishes a very simple plot and lets the action rip. You hardly notice Cruise (that might be why I liked the movie) because the action is the star and for an action movie, that should be the case.

Philip Seymour Hoffman is appropriately menacing; Ving Rhames is consistently good; even Laurence Fishburne, despite the short airtime, is striking. But again, what makes MI3 good is the pace, the action and the "intelligent" suspension of disbelief that Abrams asks the viewers to go through. His scenarios make sense and the twists and turns don't appear contrived.

I just have one beef: the woman who played Ethan Hunt's wife (Maggie somebody) suddenly became a great shot despite being told how to handle a firearm a few seconds back. And a beef and a half: they should have given Keri Russell more scenes--she filled up the screen in the minutes she was there (perhaps they could give her a series similar to Alias, now that its off the air, Russell has shown that she can hold her own in action and not just in pop-drama).

I left the moviehouse feeling that the money I spent was worth it. Can't wait for Star Trek to be directed by Abrams--in 2008.


Anonymous said...

the only tc movie i enjoyed was the last samuria. guess why? that's the only movie where he didn't show off his toothsome smile, unlike in other movies where he was like selling an advertisement spot for colgate or close-up.

indeed i agree with you, mi3 did not quite disappoint.

--kagay-anong daku

Anonymous said...

Sir Te:

I’m currently working on a petition of detainees, who are asking the Court to amend the rules of criminal procedure. They find themselves in the situation where they do not know what is going on in their cases, even if it is their life and liberty that is at stake. What is being proposed is for the Court to make it mandatory to serve pleadings/motions/orders/resolutions to the detainees themselves, not just to their counsels.

I am yet to take Criminal Procedure this coming June, so I would like to ask if the Professor can share some thoughts on the matter. =)

Johanna, 2009B

Anonymous said...

Really, Sir? I hate Tom Cruise too. He's the primary (and only) reason that's stopping me from seeing the movie. Perhaps I'll give MI3 a chance and see it, too. :)

Ted said...

@Johanna, 2009B: perhaps you could write me separately and leave your email address so I can write you back. tedte(underscore)esq(at)yahoo(dot)com. thanks.

Anonymous said...

Sir! i so agree with you. i didn't like MI and MI2 that's why i was a little hesitant to watch MI3. But my husband had graciously watched with me all the movies i wanted to watch, and it was his turn. After the movie, i told him how glad i am we watched it on the big screen and did not just wait for a pirated dvd.

i'm a big fan of your blog. you not only write on current issues but on life in general. it gives me knowledge and food for the soul as well.