I'm a little sorry to see headlines mourning Tom Cruise's diminished box office for Mission: Impossible 3.
Despite his extracurricular activities, Cruise is still a likeable screen presence , and M:I-3 , as directed by J.J. Abrams , is like a long, exciting Alias episode.
It's definitely better-plotted than the previous two. Things generally seem to happen for a reason and not just to string stunts together, although there are some nice set-pieces.
It's really worth tearing yourself away from the living room TV to see it on the big screen.