Mission: Impossible 2 (2000)

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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, Rovi

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Cast

Rade Serbedzija
as Dr. Nekhorvich
Nicholas Bell
as McCloy's Accountant
Kee Chan
as McCloy's Chemist
Kim Fleming
as Larrabee
Alan Lovell
as Biocyte Security Guard No. 2
Dan Luxton
as Relief Pilot
Christian Manon
as Dr. Gradsky
Karl McMillan
as Biocyte Security Guard No. 1
Nicholas Papademetriou
as Prison Guard No. 2
Anthony Hopkins
as Mission Commander (uncredited)
Brett Partridge
as Biocyte Security Guard No. 3
Kelly Ons
as Flamenco Dancer No. 1
Natalie Reis
as Flamenco Dancer No. 2
Nada Rogic
as Flamenco Dancer No. 3
Cristina Brogers
as Flamenco Dancer No. 4
Adriana Rodríguez
as Flamenco Dancer No. 5
Sandra Rodriguez
as Flamenco Dancer No. 6
Candice Partridge
as Flamenco Dancer No. 7
Antonio Vargas
as Senor De L'Arena
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Critic Reviews for Mission: Impossible 2

All Critics (147) | Top Critics (34)

"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.

Mar 6, 2018 | Full Review…
Newsweek
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Woo lays on his own particular high-octane stylishness so thick the results edge perilously toward self-parody.

Mar 27, 2009
Variety
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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.

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

Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
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.

Jan 16, 2003

It's fun. It's laughable. It has moments of excitement, moments of sheer idiocy and moments of sheer idiotic excitement.

Jun 18, 2002 | Full Review…

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.

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

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½

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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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