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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ok, so there's no plot.....WHO CARES!!
If you're looking for an intense evening of drama, with a wicked twist at the end, this isn't the film for you. However, if you want to enertained for a couple of hours with some fantastically over-the-top action, you can't go far wrong with MI2. If you've seen John Woo films before (Con Air, Broken Arrow, etc) then you'll know what to expect. Trademark slo-mo...
Published on 5 Nov 2000 by matty@bryant67.freeserve.co.uk

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing film but hopefully a good DVD
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...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing film but hopefully a good DVD, 5 Nov 2000
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 ;)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Heavy on the special effects, but hold the plot, 4 Jan 2001
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Mr. J. P. Fry "jonathanshiver" (Bournemouth) - See all my reviews
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The sequel to 1996's box office hit is a predictably enjoyable film.
The film's plot is, thankfully, much less complicated than the first film, which makes it easy to follow. The tone of the film is set stylishly with the much loved M:I genre, Tom Cruise being told he has a new mission while in the middle of a desert.
The plot has an original idea, but one that is drummed into viewers' heads constantly throughout the film, to the point of grating. It also drags on for far too long. Though the various plot twists just about cover it, the chase and fight between Hawke and Scott's character is hard to enjoy fully because it is too long, and we have already seen endless similar action. The sensual scenes between Scott and Newton are never really effective because they don't go anywhere.
The characters are interesting enough, but again, nothing extraordinary, and the use of masks becomes increasingly ludicrous as the agents begin donning masks that they could not possibly have had.
On the other hand, the movie's secret agent genre is deliciously enjoyable, and promotes a sort of futuristic James Bond feel to it.
The film itself is satisfactory, with many positive features, but it does have too much unneccessary padding and is often completely unrealistic. It may be good, but not half as good as the original.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the very worst major studio action film ever made, 8 Dec 2007
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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Okay, so De Palma's film wasn't Citizen Kane, but at least it had its moments when Cruise's insatiable vanity was kept in check in favour of some well-executed set-pieces (even if one was stolen lock, stock and barrel from Topkapi). Woo's disastrous sequel - at the time the most expensive film ever made - is like an endless hairspray commercial, with the ever limited Cruise (who used to be able to act but now just runs off a checklist of six annoying expressions) constantly flicking his hair in glowing slo-mo - you keep on expecting him to say 'Because I'm worth it.' Unfortunately, they're so busy making him look pretty that they forget to include any of the basics of a Summer movie. The action scenes are few and far between and not worth the wait; the script is another lazy and lifeless stinker from Robert Towne that rivals his Love Affair for banal inconsequentiality; and the Brits in the cast let the side down even more than Woo, Cruise and Towne combined - Thandie Newton seems semi-comatose, Hopkins hams it up and cashes the cheque, while Dougray Scott demonstrates just how dull an actor he can be even when mugging relentlessly. The only good thing that came of this film was the over-runs keeping Scott from playing Wolverine in X-Men: judging from his subsequent performances on screen and stage, if being boring on screen was an Olympic sport, this guy would win Scotland gold every time.

Possibly the most tedious vanity production ever made. Good extras on the DVD, but that's the best that can be said for it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mission: Impossible II, 13 Jun 2005
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Rich Milligan (Thatcham, Berkshire) - See all my reviews
Polished, stylish and slick are all adjectives you could use to describe Mission Impossible II, but at the end of the day strip away all the gleam and gloss and designer costumes, you've basically got a James Bond film with American accents.
That's not to say the film isn't good. As I say it is extremely professionally executed. The scenes and sets are visually stunning, whether it's Tom Cruise hanging from finger tips from the mountains, or the helicopter fly pasts over Sydney Harbour or even the sultry Latin heat of Seville you really can't criticise the imagery.
Likewise you have to respect the thrilling stunts. Unbelievable and implausible they maybe, but they do work and ensure an edge of your seat ride. The gadgets and gizmos and similarly fantastic but are also great fun even though they open more holes in the plot than provide explanations to story development.
The performances are good, Cruise proves he can play the all action hero as well as anyone else and at least his winning smile is more attractive than the grimaces of most the bunch of all-action actors. I found Thandie Newton slightly too underdeveloped to be a credible female interest character, but I did think the chemistry between her and Cruise worked well. Dougray Scott and Richard Roxburgh make suitable baddies, although the less said about the dodgy accents the better, and it's always great to see Anthony Hopkins whatever the role.
So if all this is so good why have I only given it three stars? Well basically, we've seen it all before, there's no real new hook to grab the viewer and to be quite frank, some of the stunt sequences simply go on too long. Once the face-ripping off trick has been shown in the plane, you just know it's going to re-appear several times and it's uses are neither surprising, or in this age of superb special effects, stunning.
If you like James Bond, you'll love this. If you like car chases and shoot outs, you'll love this. If you like suave designer clothes hung of beautiful people, you'll love this. For anyone else this is a fun way to spend a couple of hours, but nothing more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good action scenes, but appalling dialogue., 8 Mar 2001
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After thoroughly enjoying the first MI, with it's complicated plot and nice twists, I was quite looking forward to this sequel. It turned out to be a big disappointment. The action scenes were impressive, with suitably large explosions and fast-moving vehicles, but the dialogue was cliche'd and badly written. I found myself laughing at the parts that were supposed to be romantic or touching, just because the dialogue sounded as if it had been written by a 12-year old.
The plot twists were also entirely obvious before they happened, as well as being stolen from the first film. Instead of coming up with original twists the same one is used over and over again, which quickly becomes boring and predictable.
I wouldn't buy this DVD if I were you - rent it for the action sequences by all means, but don't waste your money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mission Impossible 2 is John Woos worst American film, 20 Dec 2000
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The film starts well with a genuinely thrilling climbing sequence but from then on becomes one of the worst action films John Woo has ever made.
The plot is simple to the point of being predictable, but as with all action films the narrative of the film is not the point, it is the action.
Unfortuatley John Woo has been restricted by his star and the studio and so we get a luke warm Woo film instead of the wonderful excesses of "Face/Off".
Overall not worth watching if you're a true Woo fanatic but it does create an interesting comparison to his more auteuristic takes on the action genre. Finally the DVD does contain a comentary from Woo and is worth buying just for that and the rest of the extra features.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Entertainment for those who like Cruise, 5 May 2004
I must say I enjoyed the twists and turns of MI1, apart from the fact that it very quickly turned in a "Cruise Crusade" about 15 minutes into the film, when about 75% of the main cast bit the dust. So after much ado thought I would catch the lastest installment. I found it below par - the Thandie Newton proves to be a very capable 'love interest' and Cruise is a fair Ethan Hunt, but I have been left with the feeling that the movie could and should have been a lot better. All the ingredients were there - good enough actors, excellent locations etc. But anyone with a reasonable IQ would have guessed the outcome of the story minutes before it was played out on the screen. The ending where the bad guy says "you should have killed me when you had the chance" is painful.
Good points - the car chase though not original, will provide visual interests to car fans - (just close your eyes when Ethan and Nyah crash them), the Spanish dancing/robbery scene when Nyah and Ethan first meet was very good. After that however the plot wears thin. Other visuals of note include the many explosions and cyber face changes - but after the first 2 this too begins to bore the viewer. Also Hunt's side kicks were not used enough in the plot - which is a shame as they are very good actors who could have added to the movie greatly.
So if you are into fast cars, fast bikes, fast women (sorry Thandie!) and even faster men (Tom and Dougray Scott -the bad guy!) then this is for you. If you are a fan of the original series then please turn away if you not not want to be disappointed. You will only feel cheated and your intelligence insulted by the lack of convincing plot.
Thanks for reading!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Only 124 minutes?, 22 July 2014
‘Mission Impossible 2’ (2000) is the second in the franchise starring Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt. I bought the DVD because I knew I’d seen it but couldn’t remember it. I now know why.
It’s straight out of the stable of the original which is one of my favourites. However, this one really over-exploits the face-mask features, Ethan over- demonstrates his acrobatic approach to life and there are perhaps too many whiz-bangs even for a SINCERE fan. I mean that seriously, folks. Because it’s all there but I wondered why. The final climax is exciting, falling into two parts: 1. Ethan destroys cars, motorbikes and men in a bid to escape and 2. He has a prolonged bout vs. the chief nasty with gun, fist and motorbike. All very exciting but far too long.
The plot is ramshackle and centres on a plot to kill of millions of people with a deadly virus. Somehow Ethan quickly discovers who, what and why. The chief villain (Dougray Scott as Sean Ambrose) is as nasty as you can get, ably assisted by Richard Roxburgh as Hugh Stamp. The ‘love-interest’ (Thandie Newton as Nyah Nordoff-Hall) dreams her way through the film, looking good but showing how little she can act – but with her lines what else could she do? Ving Rhames does a good job as No. 1 Best Man (but not as well as in the predecessor) and Anthony Hopkins does a cameo role to bring in the money.
Overall it’s not a bad film, so I’ll give it 3 stars, but it’s just a pretty pointless way to spend a couple of hours – noise, spills, comic-book violence but, in the end, not very much. And not a patch on the Jason Bourne series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ok, so there's no plot.....WHO CARES!!, 5 Nov 2000
If you're looking for an intense evening of drama, with a wicked twist at the end, this isn't the film for you. However, if you want to enertained for a couple of hours with some fantastically over-the-top action, you can't go far wrong with MI2. If you've seen John Woo films before (Con Air, Broken Arrow, etc) then you'll know what to expect. Trademark slo-mo sequences, great fight scenes, not to mention an ear shattering soundtrack and a hot babe in Thandie Newton all combine to make MI2 great enertainment. Just press play and turn the brain off!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars One star for Thandie's good looks, and another for d' effort, 21 Jan 2001
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If you are looking for a good action film, look somewhere else. This is by far, a very disappointing mix of HongKong style of action and Hollywood big bucks effects.
The mission was simply NOT IMPOSSIBLE for a world class agent. Anthony Hopkins did a lousy portrayal as d' Boss. The hightech villain was stupid enough to undertake a big operation and fall for an old fling at the same time. It was an obvious John Woo directing alright, but the whole film simply sucks.
I mean, the whole thing could have been better off with Jackie Chan.
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