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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 population. Ambrose's plan is to sell Chimera to the highest bidder in exchange for shares of stock in the winner's company. Summoned by the new IMF chief (Anthony Hopkins in an uncredited cameo role), Ethan is assigned to recruit the help of Ambrose's former lover Nyah Nordoff-Hall (Thandie Newton), a gorgeous woman who left Ambrose broken-hearted and who may be able to quickly regain his confidence. Once he meets and spends a night with Nyah, however, Ethan is smitten, and now must both capture Ambrose and keep Nyah alive as she infiltrates a nest of vipers. Sophisticated disguises, gun battles, and high-speed chases are the order of the day, very much in the James Bond mold. Mission: Impossible 2 is based on a story by Star Trek: The Next Generation writers Ronald D. Moore and Brannon Braga, with a script polish by Robert Towne. ~ Karl Williams, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of violent action and some sensuality)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: William Goldman, David Marconi, Michael Tolkin, Robert Towne, Rick Berman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 7, 2000
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


Rade Serbedzija
as Dr. Nekhorvich
Nicholas Bell
as McCloy's Accountant
Kee Chan
as McCloy's Chemist
Kim Fleming
as Larrabee
Alan Lovell
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Dan Luxton
as Relief Pilot
Christian Manon
as Dr. Gradsky
Karl McMillan
as Biocyte Security Gua...
Nicholas Papademetri...
as Prison Guard No. 2
Anthony Hopkins
as Mission Commander (u...
Brett Partridge
as Biocyte Security Gua...
Kelly Ons
as Flamenco Dancer No. ...
Natalie Reis
as Flamenco Dancer No. ...
Nada Rogic
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Cristina Brogers
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Adriana Rodríguez
as Flamenco Dancer No. ...
Sandra Rodriguez
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Candice Partridge
as Flamenco Dancer No. ...
Antonio Vargas
as Senor De L'Arena
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Critic Reviews for Mission: Impossible 2

All Critics (149) | 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
Top Critic

Woo's hysterically hyper visuals and boytoy gimmickry can't camouflage the emptiness of the enterprise.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

The worst of John Woo's American films (though that is a competitive race).

Full Review… | January 2, 2016
Antagony & Ecstasy

If you're looking for two hours of eye candy, you could certainly do worse. But if you want more than grenades and gunfire, you'll have to wait for some other film.

Full Review… | December 8, 2015

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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Mission: Impossible 2 Quotes

Dr. Nekhorvich: Every search for a hero must begin with something that every hero requires. A villain.
– Submitted by Dann M (3 years ago)
Luther Stickwell: That punk put a hole in my Versace!
– Submitted by Michael F (3 years ago)
Boss: You mean its going to be difficult.
Ethan Hunt: Very.
Boss: Well, Mr. Hunt, this is not Mission: Difficult, its Mission: Impossible. Difficult should be a walk in the park for you.
– Submitted by Amy Y (3 years ago)
Ethan Hunt: You're sorry, I'm sorry.
– Submitted by Saloni D (4 years ago)

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