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Mission: Impossible 2 (A Movie Review)

Updated: Jul 18, 2023


Starring Tom Cruise, Thandie Newton, Dougray Scott, Ving Rhames, Anthony Hopkins, Richard Roxburgh, John Polson, Brendan Gleason, William Mapother and Nicholas Bell.

Screenplay by Robert Towne.

Directed by John Woo.

Distributed by Paramount Pictures. 123 minutes. Rated PG-13.

Mission: Impossible 2 has the same franchise name as Brian DePalma’s techno-thriller, and the same main character, but otherwise they have absolutely no relation. Where the first film relied on a labyrinthine plot twists and gadgets, the new film, directed by John Woo (Face Off) is much more sensual. It is hands on. They don’t worry so much about plot, they just worry about action. It is hot where the original was cold.

M:I2 features some awesome action sequences (although, frankly, Woo’s constant slowing and speeding up of the action got really tiring after a while.) Mission: Impossible 2 is undeniably a very capable action film. It does beg the question though, does the world really need one of its biggest superstars (Tom Cruise) and some of its most talented actors (Sir Anthony Hopkins, Thandie Newton, Ving Rhames, Dougray Scott) in an above-average Jackie Chan movie? (6/00)

Dave Strohler

Copyright ©2000 All rights reserved. Posted: June 30, 2000.


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