After the first Brian DePalma MI film which combined a complex story, solid performances and tense action set pieces to brilliant effect, it seemed things could only get better when it was announced that action master John Woo would make the sequel.
Woo directed some of the finest action films of all time (Hard Boiled, The Killer) and fresh from his success with the superb Face/Off the idea of his take on Mission Impossible was irresistable.
However the result fell far short of the first film and Woo's earlier classics.The story was dull, the action was strangely unengaging and the the acting average (espacially the bad guy).
The strangest part is that the makers seem to have forgotten that this was a sequel to another film and so all of a sudden Tom Cruise is a happy smilling wise cracking joker who can do crazy (and completly unnesscary) kung fu moves, and although he has a team they dont do much (I though the Mission Impossible IMF was supposed to be a team??)
And to top it off all of John Woo's usual ideas (slo mo, doves, catching guns mid air etc)that make his films good are overused to the point that it looks like its meant to be a joke.
The Region 1(US) version has some great extras:
• Commentary by director John Woo • 15-minute "Behind the Mission" exclusive cast and crew interviews • Five-minute "Mission Incredible" stunts featurette "Impossible Shots" • Exclusive interviews with John Woo, Tom Cruise, stunt coordinator Brian Smrz and others • Metallica's music video of "I Disappear" • Alternate title sequence • MTV Movie Awards show parody, "Mission Improbable" with Tom Cruise, Ben Stiller and John Woo. • Widescreen anamorphic format
Paramount will most probably keep the UK version the same. The DVD is good but film isnt as good as it should have been ...still better than James Bond anyday ;)