Mission: Impossible 2

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

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Tom Cruise returns to his role as Ethan Hunt in the second installment of "Mission: Impossible." This time Ethan Hunt leads his IMF team on a mission to capture a deadly German virus before it is released by terrorists. His mission is made impossible due to the fact that he is not the only person after samples of the disease. He must also contest with a gang of international terrorists headed by a turned bad former IMF agent who has already managed to steal the cure.

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Critic Reviews for Mission: Impossible 2

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  • Newton is just about the best thing about M:I-2, playing a thinly written and cryptically motivated character with such charisma that one hangs on every lifting eyebrow and seductive smile.

    June 15, 2020 | Full Review…
  • "M:I-2," as the new Mission: Impossible is tagged, is a slick, expensive, bullet-ridden thriller that is oddly dull -- the last thing you'd expect.

    March 6, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Good thrill ride of a movie for teens and older.

    December 26, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Woo lays on his own particular high-octane stylishness so thick the results edge perilously toward self-parody.

    March 27, 2009
  • If the first movie was entertaining as sound, fury and movement, this one is more evolved, more confident, more sure-footed in the way it marries minimal character development to seamless action.

    October 18, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    April 27, 2007 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mission: Impossible 2

  • Aug 16, 2016
    The first underwhelmed me, but this one straight-up bored me. Again, of course seeing Hunt climb a mountain without a harness is impressive sure. And I even quite liked the idea behind the villain of the piece (though even that angle was woefully underdeveloped). Even setting it in predominantly Australia was enough to grab my attention, and that's saying something cause I'm pretty biased when it comes to that. I hear tell that Mission: Impossible II is the low point in the series, and that at least is encouraging, because if anything afterwards is much worse than this one, I don't know if I'll be able to make it through to Rogue Nation.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 27, 2015
    Wrongly shouldered with a reputation for being stylish over substantive as if that ends up to be a bad thing in this specific case, the second Mission: Impossible puts action before espionage, but effectively advances IMF from small to big screen with enough sexy cool to keep the team going. Indeed, the eye-popping spectacles leave the convoluted web spun by the first chapter in the dust, successfully setting up a winning template for the more mental and muscular episodes to follow. The only conspiracy here is against time. Clocking in at over two hours, what should've been a lean mean fighting machine overstays its welcome. In this PG-13-rated spy thriller, a secret agent (Cruise) gets sent to Sydney, to find and destroy a genetically modified disease called "Chimera." Sure, more persnickety moviegoers laugh at the balletic ballistics of Hong Kong director John Woo, but the excitement rarely lets up. Going solo after the muddled mission in the first adventure, screenwriter Robert Towne presents a straight-shooting spy game. It's not rocket science but it does make the audience pump their fists and laugh in all of the right places. Bottom line: The Woo Sell Out
    Jeff B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 15, 2013
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  • Apr 10, 2013
    Mission: Impossible gets Wooed in this second installment of the franchise. Director John Woo takes the helm and ups the action to the point of nauseum. And, there's so much identity switching and uses of masks that this might as well have been called Face/Off 2. Tom Cruise is also a problem, as he makes it all about his character and showing off his action moves (to the detriment of the film). The style over substance focus even extends to Limp Bizkit's cover of the Mission: Impossible Theme, which is just noise. Still, a lot of the action sequences are impressive and shot well. For a mindless action film, Mission: Impossible II is alright, but it's a disappointing entry into the series.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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