Mission: Impossible II (2000)

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Mission: Impossible II: Directed by John Woo. With Tom Cruise, Dougray Scott, Thandiwe Newton, Ving Rhames. IMF agent Ethan Hunt is sent to Sydney to find and destroy a genetically modified disease called “Chimera”.

“IMF Agent Ethan Hunt is sent on a seemingly impossible mission to capture a destroy the only existing supply of a deadly disease known as Chimera. However a group of terrorists, led by ex-IMF agent Ambrose also want the disease so that they can us it to infect the world as they have already got the only cure. Hunt turns to jewel thief Nyah to help him by infiltrating her ex-loveru0026#39;s (Ambrose) group to spy on them.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eJohn Woo must have thought of the elements he needed to follow up the solid thrills of the original movie. Big action scenes? Yes. Slow-motion? Yes. Plot? Characters? Good theme music? Logic of any kind? Nope – wonu0026#39;t be needing those! Or at least thatu0026#39;s how it felt. The plot of the first film was clever despite being open to holes – the plot here makes the first one look like a watertight piece of genius! The story only really serves to set up action scenes and the like – I can barely remember the disease and can only recall rubbish action scenes!u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eFor a director like John Woo I knew to expect slow-mo and OTT action, but I didnu0026#39;t know that it would all be so very superficial and weak. For example the car chase where Hunt and Nyah meet is just ridiculous and very annoying. The robbery of the disease is a pale shadow of the original filmu0026#39;s robbery scene and the final motorbike chase is good but only a hint of what Woo has done before. The plot overuses the whole `face masku0026#39; thing – it must do it about 8 or 9 times – many of those timeu0026#39;s thereu0026#39;s no way Hunt could have made a mask of the people involved! Itu0026#39;s another example of how silly it is.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eWhile Cruise was cool in the first film, here he is slick and tough – an image that doesnu0026#39;t work. He was much better in the first film. Scott is non-existent as a villain and is pretty dull. Newton is sexy but no more than that. Rhames is good and Hopkins has an enjoyable minor role.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eOverall this film is an OTT mess. The plot is a shambles and the action scenes are silly and often have no logical reason behind them! The overuse of the face masks just points to the total lack of a good script and Woou0026#39;s slow motion just feels tired and unimaginative. Only the final action scene is enjoyable, but by then youu0026#39;re ony interesting in turning this off and watching De Palmau0026#39;s much better film instead.”


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