Like Rocky and Indiana Jones before him, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) simply wants a taste of the quiet life. Unfortunately, as the out-of-order first scene in Mission: Impossible III illustrates, his wife (Michelle Monaghan) has been kidnapped by a supervillain Owen Davian (Philip Seymour Hoffman), who also has taken the liberty of planting a self-destructive chip in Hunt's head. Can you just smell the pina coladas?

Regardless what its star is up to off screen, M:I3 keeps Cruise in line, giving him the ball but providing enough of a supporting cast (Ving Rhames, Maggie Q, Jonathan Rhys Meyers) to transform a star vehicle into an ensemble film. The script does its part as well, delivering a story as grounded as it is fantastical and achieving an uncommon balance between blockbuster sizzle and intelligent steak.

If there's a complaint, it lies with Hoffman: He's so good as Davian, you wish he could steal twice as many scenes as he's allowed.

Extras: Cruise/director commentary, Cruise tribute, deleted scenes, making-of feature, eight behind-the-scenes features, photo gallery and promo spots.

Grade: A-