The release of Taken 3, according to early chastening reviews, appears to prove the common consensus that while sequels are mostly awful, threequels are even worse.
That isn’t always the case though. In fact, some Part 3 movies have actually added depth and characterization to the cinematic universes that they’re set in thanks to the introduction of intriguing new characters and narratives that pay homage to previous installments. They’re also able to sturdily stand strong as singular movies, too. On the other hand, there is Rush Hour 3, which is so bad it even makes you hate the world’s most loveable man, Jackie Chan.
But which part 3 movies are the antithesis of the alleged threequel curse? Which have evolved their franchise? And which deserve to be rightly recognized as great movies even without considering their predecessors? Here are the 10 Great Part 3 movies of all-time. Sadly, Transformers: Dark Of The Moon just didn’t make the list.
10. Mission: Impossible 3Release Date: May 5, 2006
Box Office: $397.8 million
Why We Love It: J.J. Abrams showed moviegoers that he was one of the most exciting new blockbuster filmmakers in the world with his feature film debut back in 2006. Technically flawless, Mission: Impossible 3 moves at a break-neck speed and its relentless action is only paused to introduce clichéd characterization that despite being wholly unoriginal is still key to making the audience care. However the real star is Phillip Seymour Hoffman, who hams it up to the extreme and delivers a coldly calculated performance that in the process brings out the best of Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt. The film's stellar ensemble, which includes Michelle Monaghan, Simon Pegg, Maggie Q, Billy Crudup and Ving Rhames, also help to keep a bloated script afloat with their involvement. Mission: Impossible 3 proves that even a predictably plotted, run-of-the-mill blockbuster can still be truly enthralling when it is done properly.