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Pichchurr Hall - Mission Impossible III

A wildy successful first movie, a tolerably successful sequel. A concept that does not die a natural death. Couple all this with a super star as the hero and there is no way the MI series was going to die out soon. I see the potential for atleast a dozen MI movies before the audiences will start spitting at the directors and producers in disgust.

Having said that, MI-III suffers from what can easily be called the curse of the Sequel. Being forced to stick to the original concept of Ethan Hunt beating all odds to come up trumps means that the element of surprise is just not there anymore. All that the director is left with, to hold the audience attention, is death-defying stunts and manic editing to increase the pace of the story. And they work, but only to some extent.

After about 45 minutes, you begin to get the feeling that this movie was made not because it deserved to be made but because the two before it were made. The need to extract maximum moolah out of the hugely popular MI brand name is an oh-too-clear driver for this movie.

Though it might sound easier to come up with a story when you have the broad outline already in place, it is much more difficult to actually come up with a story in these constraints that the audience will like enough to go watch the movie. And this is where Mi-III fails miserably. The plot has been hashed together hastily, without any attempts and giving it some flesh, and it shows. Glaringly.

A hare-brained device, Rabbit's feet or claws or something, that must be brought within 48 hours or Ethan's newly married wife dies. No attempts to explain what this device might be or how it came to be where it is and how does anybody know about its existence. One threat and off goes Ethan into the heart of China and retrieves a silly looking Glass Thingie and thats that.

The usual techno wizardry and imagery is all there. So is Tom Cruise's cocky and too-assured portrayal of Ethan Hunt. But it doesnt click at all and you are left with the feeling that a lot could have happened, it just didn't.

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