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Tom Cruise returns to his role as Ethan Hunt in the second installment of MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE.
Visually stunning, and a likely must for John Woo aficionados, the second Mission: Impossible outing from megastar Tom Cruise suffers from an inconsistent tone and tired plot devices--not only recycled from other films, but repeated throughout the film. Despite remarkable cinematography and awe-inspiring, trademark Woo photography, the movie offers a tepid story from legendary screenwriter-director Robert Towne (Chinatown) and a host of other writers, most uncredited.
Following on from the set pieces in the first big-budget, big box-office MI in 1996, it's clear (as Towne confirms) that the plot was developed around Woo- and Cruise-written action sequences. The film combines equal elements of romance and action, and is best when it features the stunning allure of Thandie Newton as Nyah, a master thief recruited by the sinewy charms of Ethan Hunt (a fit Cruise). Deeply in love after a passionate night, the couple must then combat MI nemesis (and Nyah's former lover) Sean Ambrose (Ever After's Dougray Scott). Ambrose holds hostage a virus and its cure, and offers them to the highest bidder.
Woo's famed mythic film making is far from subtle, with heroic Hunt frequently slow-motion walking through fire, smoke or other similar devices, replete with a white dove among pigeons to signal his presence. The emphasis on romance is an attempt to develop character and a more human side to superspy Hunt, but still the story proves a distraction from the exciting action sequences. John Polson (as an MI team member) is an Aussie talent to keep an eye on. --N.F. Mendoza
M:I-2 DVD Extra Features
With more and more DVDs coming out with an extra DVD full of features at a slightly more expensive price, it's nice every so often to see a disc that offers not only a great movie, but a bundle of features on it as well.
The M:i-2 DVD does just this, and features not only the widescreen presentation, but also a number of behind-the-scenes footage, a spoof documentary, breakdowns of some of the stunts and even a music video to boot.
Although the breakdown of scenes has that "Tom really did do it all, honest" feel to it, some of the elements are genuinely interesting. The biggest surprise of all though is the inclusion of the six-minute spoof documentary that was done for the MTV awards with Ben Stiller. All in all, a well presented disc and set of extra features. --Stuart Miles --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
'Tom Cruise' revisits the role of M.I.F Agent 'Ethan Hunt' in the second of the Mission-Movie-Series.
Stepping away from the M.I.F as he'd intended is not as easy as he thought as he is offered a choice - Your Mission
Should You Choose To Accept It -
This time 'Ethan' (Tom Cruise) partnered by 'Nyah Hall' (Thandie Newton) a master-thief who's skills he'll need they
are on the trail of a rogue agent 'Sean Ambrose' (Dougary Scott) who has acquired a deadly virus stolen from a bio-
chemist. a fact that 'Ethan' is yet to learn of, if the virus falls into the wrong hands it could have deadly consequences
for an unsuspecting World.......failure on the mission is not an option.
Again 'Ethan' is ably assisted by computer and technical whiz 'Luther Stickell' (Ving Rhames)
This again a suspense filled roller-coaster-ride with some superb action sequences and jaw-dropping stunts, 'Cruise'
quite simply electric in the role of special-agent 'Ethan Hunt' along with a suitably credible villain role for 'Dougary
Scott) also among the cast list 'Anthony Hopkins' as mission-commander 'Swanbeck'
Another very entertaining instalment in the Mission Impossible Movie-Series,
Special Features -
Commentary by Director John Wood
Behind the Mission
Mission - Incredible
I Disappear - Metallica
Alternate Title Sequence
Excellence in Film - Cruise
Generation - Cruise
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Until yesterday, the only time I have watched any of the Mission: Impossible series was when so drunk I couldn't follow it and then fell asleep. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Ozymandias
Love this. Really great film. Tom Cruise action films, always deliverPublished 5 months ago by jb1979bb
Has John Woo written all over it. Pigeons and slow motion. This is very I am Tom Cruise and I am cool but it still works. Great music and set pieces as normal. Very enjoyable.Published 7 months ago by Mr R P Smith