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Mission: Impossible III (2006)

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Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director J.J. Abrams and actor Tom Cruise Rating:7.1/10 (10 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by stuartbannerman on November 8th, 2006:Find all reviews by stuartbannerman
Its understandable that this would be a positive commentary. With JJ Abrams being given his first big screen Directors job by Tom Cruise(Producer) so i let a lot of the back slapping 'you were great- no you were better' type stuff fly over my head. Besides that this was a very good commentary that does give us insight to some of the changes the film went through. They do focus on the 'Tom did his own stunts' ascpet also (understandable in this overblown age of CGI) but its not overdone. Tom Cruise comes across (also see his Jerry Maguire commentary) as a likeable chap full of enthusiasm and thankfully we arent treated to any couch leaping or Katie Holmes rantings.
This chat track id have to say is recommended.
Reviewed by The Cubist on November 13th, 2006:Find all reviews by The Cubist
I agree with the above review and would like to add that Abrams talks about how he wanted to defy expectations by starting the movie with a scary, intense scene instead of an action set piece. The director, no stranger to commentaries, does an excellent job of explaining his intentions of a given scene with Cruise recounting filming anecdotes. As mentioned above, this commentary is quite the love-fest as Abrams and Cruise compliment each other frequently. That being said, they do speak intelligently about plot structure and character motivation on this decent, informative track.
Reviewed by Agressor on August 17th, 2007:Find all reviews by Agressor
As has been stated by the other reviewers, there's a whole lot of butt-kissing going on here, which is unfortunate 'cause it is a good, solid commentary and the two participants are likable. The worst cases of butt-kissing is when they sometimes interrupt the other one just say how awesome someone was to work with, and then never get back to the original topic! I was also a bit bothered by Abrams constantly pointing out which shots were filmed where, pretty boring and pointless info, especially after a couple of times, that could've given place to something more interesting. It IS a good commentary though.

Favouite bit: Bite your own hand!
Reviewed by OfficialJab on March 12th, 2012:Find all reviews by OfficialJab
Agree pretty much with everyone else, but also expect them trying to talk over top of one another a lot. It's not coordinated all that well, a bit of a mess sometimes. They're not competing with one another for the mike or anything, but as they're trying to discuss what's going on sometimes they cut over each other or try to finish the other's thoughts.
Reviewed by Pineapples101 on September 18th, 2012:Find all reviews by Pineapples101
A reasonable commentary. Lot of interesting anecdotes and information. But as pointed out above it's all a bit too self congratulatory. Still, it's a great film so maybe they should be allowed to pat each other on the back.
Reviewed by TylerMirage on August 29th, 2016:Find all reviews by TylerMirage
It's hard not to enjoy this commentary by virtue of the sheer energy and enthusiasm that both Abrams and Cruise display.

The only negative I can think of is that they can be *too* energetic. Abrams is a high-energy guy who speaksveryquicklyandsometimessometimessometimestendstorepeathimself. So you've got two good friends slapping each other on the back by commending each other on the fabulous job they've both done, and Cruise interrupting Abrams and Abrams interrupting Cruise. It's not too overwhelming, but can be kind of annoying because they'll interrupt each other when the other was saying something interesting.


-In order to have a more controllable Vatican set with fewer extras to control, the production set up a fake shoot a few blocks from the Vatican in order to draw attention from the actual Vatican filming. What was this "fake shoot" that they orchestrated to distract everyone? Three old ladies dressed as nuns and three girls in bikinis.