Mission Impossible III

  • Directors: J J Abrams
  • Producers: Tom Cruise, Paula Wagner
  • Writers: Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, J J Abrams
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Thriller
  • Actors: Tom Cruise, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ving Rhames, Michelle Monaghan, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Billy Crudup, Laurence Fishburne, Maggie Q, Simon Pegg, Keri Russell, Eddie Marsan

Six years after the events of Mission: Impossible II, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) has retired from being an IMF team leader, instead opting for a quiet life with his fiancée Julia (Michelle Monaghan), a hospital nurse. During their engagement party, Ethan receives a call from his old friend John Musgrave (Billy Crudup), who provides him with a disposable camera. After viewing a video hidden in the camera, he finds out Musgrave wants him to rescue Agent Lindsey Farris (Keri Russell), Ethan’s protégé, who has been captured in Berlin by Owen Davian (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a prominent dealer in the international black market. He reluctantly agrees to participate in the mission and meets the team which has been selected for him, consisting of Declan Gormley (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), Zhen Lei (Maggie Q), and his old partner, Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames).

The team assaults an enemy stronghold in Berlin and extracts Agent Farris successfully, who had been taped to a chair, but she dies during their escape when an explosive capsule placed inside her head detonates. After Lindsey’s funeral, Ethan is notified of a “package” sent to him by Lindsey, and discovers that it is a microdot hidden in a blank postcard. Ethan discusses its possible importance with Luther and both decide to keep its existence a secret.

Back at headquarters, Ethan is congratulated for his heroic actions, and then leaves for his honeymoon with Julia, with the blessing of his applauding teammates and promises for another mission which the White House is keen to contact him about. Ethan isn’t sure whether or not he’s going to retire, but promises to think about it and Brassel promises to tell him what the Rabbit’s Foot really is if he does come back.

Balls of Fury

  • Directors: Robert Ben Garant
  • Producers: Derek Evans, Ron Schmidt, Toby Emmerich
  • Writers: Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon
  • Genres: Action, Comedy, Crime, Romance, Sport
  • Actors: Dan Fogler, Christopher Walken, James Hong, Maggie Q, George Lopez, Aisha Tyler

The film begins at the table tennis finals of the 1988 Olympics. Twelve-year old Randy Daytona (Brett DelBuono) is the American contender. He is anxious, and his anxiety increases when his father (Robert Patrick) says that he bet on him despite his original promise not to. His opponent is Karl Wolfschtagg (Thomas Lennon) from the German Democratic Republic. During the intense first point, Daytona runs back too far and hits his head on the table. This loss, combined with the fact his father, who bet on his son to win, got killed by Triad agents of the criminal Feng (Christopher Walken), Daytona left competitive ping pong a disgrace.

Nineteen years later, Daytona (Dan Fogler) is working at the Peppermill Casino in Reno, Nevada, doing table tennis routines. After getting kicked out (for scaring someone that unexpectedly caused a heart attack), Daytona meets FBI agent Ernie Rodriguez (George Lopez) who requests his assistance in taking down Feng. Daytona eventually agrees as Rodriguez informs Daytona that he needs to win some championships in order to be noticed by Feng’s scouts. After losing as a local tournament to get to state, Daytona is brought to a China Town noodle shop to be apprenticed under a blind man named Wong (James Hong), who was Feng’s former mentor. With his niece Maggie (Maggie Q) aiding Daytona, Wong chides him in his training until China Town locals vandalize Master Wong’s house for him going against their edict of teaching white people ping pong. They say that the only way to solve this is to defeat “The Dragon” (which is actually a small girl) in a ping pong match with Wong exiled from China Town if Daytona loses. After a short match, Daytona defeats The Dragon, who kicks him in the groin before running off in defeat. Feng’s men take note of Daytona’s victory and invite him to participate, with he, Rodriguez, and Wong leave for the tournament soon afterwards.

The credits then roll as the entire cast performs a rendition of Def Leppard’s, “Pour Some Sugar On Me”.

Live Free or Die Hard

  • Directors: Len Wiseman
  • Producers: Michael Fottrell, Arnold Rifkin, William Wisher, Stephen James Eads
  • Writers: Characters, Roderick Thorp, Story, Mark Bomback, David Marconi, Screenplay, Mark Bomback
  • Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller
  • Actors: Bruce Willis, Timothy Olyphant, Justin Long, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Maggie Q, Kevin Smith

Thomas Gabriel (Olyphant), an extremely talented computer hacker and ex-NSA agent, along with his girlfriend Mai Linh (Maggie Q) have contacted several hackers across the United States, paying them handsomely to write segments of code. However, after each hacker has delivered the promised code, they are killed by a team of assassins sent by Mai. When Gabriel’s efforts are detected by a hack on the FBI computers, a nationwide roundup of all known top hackers is started. New York City police officer John McClane (Willis), out late to check up on his daughter Lucy Gennaro (Winstead), is assigned to bring in Matthew Farrell (Long) from Camden, New Jersey, who was writing code for Gabriel. As McClane collects Farrell, the two are attacked by Mai’s assassins, but McClane is able to extract Farrell and kill most of their attackers.

McClane drives Farrell down to the FBI Headquarters in Washington D.C., where Farrell is questioned. As the transportation grid and stock market are brought down by Gabriel, Farrell believes that Gabriel is trying to run a “fire sale”, to demonstrate the over reliance of the country on computer-controlled systems, creating an “everything must go” situation by shutting down vital systems one by one. McClane and Farrell are driven by the FBI to a secure building, but Gabriel and Mai are able to locate Farrell and divert their convoy, sending gunmen in a helicopter to kill them. At the end of the chase scene, McClane sends a police car over a tollbooth to destroy the helicopter.

McClane dispatches the remainder of Gabriel’s men, but Gabriel holds Lucy and Farrell hostage. McClane is wounded after Gabriel shoots him in the shoulder. He forces McClane to watch as he prepares to kill Lucy and Farrell. However, McClane pushes Gabriel’s gun into his own body, forcing it to fire through his own shoulder and into Gabriel, killing him. McClane and Lucy are reunited, but to McClane’s chagrin, Lucy and Farrell express a mutual romantic interest.