Tech work is at the first entry's high standard, with many artists reprising their contributions here--from Nathan Crowley's imposing production design, shown to flattering effect in Wally Pfister's gleaming widescreen compositions, to the propulsively
moody score by Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard.
Further advancing the much-vaunted performance-capture technology he unleashed with "The Polar Express," director Robert Zemeckis delivers a muscular, sometimes stirring but ultimately soulless reinterpretation of "Beowulf." For all its visual sweep and propulsively
violent action, this bloodthirsty rendition of the Old English epic can't overcome the disadvantage of being enacted by digital waxworks rather than flesh-and-blood Danes and demons.
Ethan Hunt Tom Cruise Owen Davian Philip Seymour Hoffman Luther Ving Rhames Musgrave Billy Crudup Julia Michelle Monaghan Declan Jonathan Rhys Meyers Lindsey Farris Keri Russell Zhen Maggie Q Benji Simon Pegg Brownway Eddie Marsan Theodore Brassel Laurence Fishburne The high-octane juice audiences crave in big-budget action films surges propulsively
through "Mission: Impossible III," in large measure due to Tom Cruise, who seems determined to give a persuasive human impersonation of a Ferrari.