Mission: Impossible II-Tom Cruise returns to his role as Ethan Hunt in the second installment of MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE.; Mission Impossible-A former Russian spy selling international intelligence on the black market...a list of the top undercover agents in the world...a c orrupt agent doubling for an unknown organizatio
With the third, and potentially final, instalment in the Mission: Impossible
franchise clocking up money right across the globe, the by-now obligatory repacking of previous episodes gives those whove missed out to date a chance to bring their DVD collection up to date.
The original Mission: Impossible movie remains a terrific action-thriller. Led by Tom Cruises Ethan Hunt, theres a delicious mix of fine casting, cracking plot twists and momentous pace. Yet its director Brian De Palma who steals the show, delivering a handful of his superb trademark set pieces in a way that perfectly matches the source material. Sure, theres the odd crack in it all, the odd ropey effect and a bit of unravelling to do, but this remains an excellent example of what a Hollywood blockbuster could and should be.
John Woos M:I:2 is less successful however, although youd still be hard pressed not to enjoy it. Dougray Scott is drafted in as the nemesis this time, and for around an hour of the film, it hangs together well. But Woos movie is less focused and concentrated than De Palmas, and it shows. Its flabby running time and more indulgent action sequences are both forgivable of course, as this is still good, routine, blockbuster entertainment, yet its far from the best work that either the director or star have put in.
Still, its a lively double pack you get here, and each movie does serve up the requisite levels of entertainment youd be looking for. Its just the original does it so much better.--Simon Brew