Mission: Impossible 2 (2000)



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

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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
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Written By: William Goldman, David Marconi, Michael Tolkin, 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 (146) | 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
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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
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Still a fun movie even if it doesn't match the high standards of the rest of the series thanks to Woo bringing his trademark over the top action sequences.

Full Review… | July 28, 2015
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Audience Reviews for Mission: Impossible 2

Not a bad movie if you are just looking for great action but mentally it's hard for me to accept this movie as a sequel to the original because it feels too atheistically and tonally different. Heck, it feels that way even compared to the movies that came afterwards.

Where the original DePalma classic aimed for a classy Hitchockian presentation, MI 2 (Helmed this time around by action movie legend John Woo) is more in keeping with over-the-top James Bond films of the 90's...except more EXTREME!!! (Needless to say, this entry has not aged quite as well as it's predecessor)

Okay, I won't mince words, the story is ultra-silly and over-the-top. That's to be expected from John Woo, who is the King of over-the-top, except here it goes too far at times, especially in the film's draggy third act complete with a drawn-out motorbike chase and Street Fighter-esque acrobatic fights.

Decent viewing if you are just looking for great action, but otherwise this is arguably the most skippable entry in the MI franchise.

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