Mission: Impossible 2 Reviews
Also, Hunt was just completely thrown by the site of a beautiful woman and seemed to have lost 100% of his spy training. He literally couldnt go on if this total stranger was looked at the wrong way. James Bond would NEVER be that vulnerable.
The plot is literally just what the plot section on this movie's IMDb page says, so there you have it. Once you get past that you can enjoy the film.
As in the first film, I'm not sure how the filmmakers pull off the sequences involving the elaborate masks, but it is a pretty brilliant effect whether it is CGI (when they remove the mask) or if it is an actual mask - it is so hard to tell. One plot hole though for this movie: how do the enemies have the exact same elaborate-mask-making technology as the spy agency which Ethan Hunt works for?
I find this film a little more fun than the first, but it is also filled with more cliches in my opinion. We have a woman on Hunt's side acting as a double agent to gain the villain's trust, we have villains who want to create an epidemic for profit (granted I don't know when this story element originated) and there is almost too much slow motion used in this movie - and it's the type where they didn't even to bother trying to put it into 24fps as modern slow-motion works in film.
An okay action film just barely better than the first, which doesn't say much. I hope I'll enjoy 3 and 4 more when I rewatch them - I had never seen numbers 1 and 2 before, strange I know.
Ethan Hunt has a new mission: Recover a stole virus before it falls to the wrong hands.
John Woo in the directing chair and the whole nu metal score (especially Limp Blizkit making the theme) are more than enough evidence that this film won't be as good as its predecessor, and not only it is an inferior film but is a drastic departure of that solid start. "Mission Impossible II" is a film filled with flaws and not a single trace of greatness. The story is this laughable mixture of the ridiculous and convoluted plot of its predecessor and plenty of James Bond trademark elements, especially the Bond girl trope but the execution is one of the most unbelievable and laughable romances I have ever seen in a blockbuster. The acting is laughable, the villain is forgettable and extremely hammy, the dialog is ridiculous, John Woo´s juvenile directing (slow motion, doves, sexual vibes and over the top action sequences that are stretched needlessly), the dated and eye rolling nu metal score and the hilarious attempts of a "Gladiator" epic score, the car chases are more unbelievable than the ones in the "Fast & Furious" franchise, Tom Cruise´s ego is fully unleashed to the point that makes his last performance as Ethan Hunt Oscar worthy, it recreates some visuals of De Palma´s film but they come out of nowhere, the story has very little things going on but they are stretched to the point of ridicule, the action sequences are so edited that at times is hard to see what's going or Woo overuses slow-motion to the point of becoming annoying, again the plot twists are predictable, it takes itself extremely seriously, and it is overall extremely forgettable (thankfully).
"Mission Impossible II" takes away all the greatness that its predecessor introduced. It is ridiculous, juvenile, cheesy, exaggerated and dumb. If you like things like "Fast & Furious", you may enjoy this film more than I did but it if you don't then avoid this at all cost. When this franchise tries to compete against 007, Ethan Hunt loses.
One of the dumbest worst overdone cheesy parts that just annoyed me was the car chase in the beginning and the ridiculously long spinning before reaching the cliff. (2 viewings)
Kinetic but superficial sequel about Hunt sent to find and destroy a genetically modified disease called "Chimera" in Sydney. John Woo's non-stop dazzling staging of action becomes boring as there's nothing appealing about these characters.
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.
(Full review coming soon)