Mission: Impossible 2 (2000)



Critic Consensus: Your cranium may crave more substance, but your eyes will feast on the amazing action sequences.

Movie Info

Director John Woo brings Hong Kong-style martial arts action to this comic book-flavored sequel that eschews the complicated plot and political maneuverings of its predecessor in favor of pure, adrenaline-charged thrills. Tom Cruise returns as Ethan Hunt, an operative for the top-secret government agency IMF (Impossible Missions Force). Fellow agent Sean Ambrose (Dougray Scott) has gone rogue, stealing a sample of a deadly synthetic virus named Chimera that could rapidly wipe out the world's … More

Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of violent action and some sensuality)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Towne
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On DVD: Nov 7, 2000
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Mission: Impossible 2

All Critics (145) | Top Critics (34)

Woo lays on his own particular high-octane stylishness so thick the results edge perilously toward self-parody.

Full Review… | March 27, 2009
Top Critic

For all my profound reservations about the whole project, I wound up liking it more, or, at least disliking it less, than I had anticipated. Thandie Newton is the biggest reason.

Full Review… | April 27, 2007
New York Observer
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Woo's hysterically hyper visuals and boytoy gimmickry can't camouflage the emptiness of the enterprise.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Despite Cruise's attempts here to be Byronic, there's something strenuous about his soulfulness; he turns everything, even repose, into calisthenics.

Full Review… | January 16, 2003
New York Magazine/Vulture
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It's fun. It's laughable. It has moments of excitement, moments of sheer idiocy and moments of sheer idiotic excitement.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Good thrill ride of a movie for teens and older.

Full Review… | December 26, 2010
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Mission: Impossible 2



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Ethan Hunt recruits the skills of a beautiful jewel thief to recover a lethal virus that was stolen by a rogue IMF agent. Brian De Palma's attempt to make a more adult spy movie in the original Mission Impossible is jettisoned in favour of the usual Hollywood blockbuster histrionics and to be fair, MI: 2 has dated rather better as a result. It plays out very much like its contemporary Bond films and a gorgeous Thandie Newton conjures some pretty decent chemistry with Cruise in the early scenes of the film. In fact John Woo shows some unusual restraint for the first two acts and his trademark stylised action works extremely well for an exciting research facility heist. Dougray Scott also makes a suitably Machiavellian villain as "Dark Ethan" and it all shapes up to be an enjoyable if silly action movie. Unfortunately things take a decided turn for the worse during the climax as Woo succumbs to his worst excesses for an uncomfortably bloated finale which degenerates into complete nonsense. The action becomes so overblown and incessant it becomes increasingly tedious rather than exciting and the emotional button pushing is done encased within a concrete boxing glove. This all culminates in an absurd acrobatic smackdown between Cruise and Scott that resembles a drearily drawn out round of Tekken. A shame really, because up until that point it was really good fun but it still stands up as a brainless but fun instalment that's probably the second best of the series after Ghost Protocol thanks to its willingness not to take itself too seriously.

xGary Xx

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