20. Mission: Impossible III (2006)
If you made a “best of” list for the Mission: Impossible franchise, Mission: Impossible 3 would chart near the bottom. It’s still an above-average action thriller, but the latter entries in the series have topped it in nearly every way.
I say nearly because Mission: Impossible 3 happens to have the most compelling villain that has ever crossed Ethan Hunt and the IMF. We see the villain in the form of a ruthless arms dealer portrayed by the inimitable Philip Seymour Hoffman. He brings such an intensity to the performance that even scenes where he’s monologuing are as tense and thrilling as any sequence where Cruise jumps out of a plane. That’s reason enough to seek out this movie.
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