I actually did not figure out that I had never seen MI:III until after I saw the latest Mission Impossible film by Brad Bird. I cannot think of why or how? I just had not seen it and in the back of my mind I was thinking that the last movie in the franchise was the awful John Woo version (which is the second installment not the third apparently). It’s possible that after that I simply chose to ignore the franchise and just not bother with it…In any case, I quickly rented this from Amazon to catch up and to fill in a few gaps since MI:IV actually builds a bit on this movie. This was perfectly fine. The villain here played by Phillip Seymore Hoffman is much more interesting than Nykvist from MI:IV and the action is pretty well done. All in all this was a fun time at the movies.