Mission: Impossible II
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||Tom Cruise, Dougray Scott, Thandie Newton,
She might get a little scared and hold you.
Lots of unbelievable violence. You decide.
Some sexiness, but nothing graphic.
Lots, but most of it in an artsy way.
Some of the action scenes caused the biggest
There could have been a lot if they weren't in
slow-motion so I had time to think just how
unbelievable they were.
Tom Cruise, Paula Wagner
Youve probably already seen "Mission: Impossible 2"
by the time you read this, and if you havent, you will
probably see it no matter what I say, but there is one
overlying comment about "Mission: Impossible 2" that carries
throughout the entire movie It is a John Woo film.
Mission: Impossible II
A Movie Review
Heres the brief rundown on the story. The big, bad
pharmaceutical company figures out a great way to make money
make a really bad virus and then make a really great
cure. Its money in the bank. But when the bad guys
find out about the plan, well, they realize that if they
steal the virus and the antidote, well, they can blackmail
the pharmaceutical company and make millions the easy way
in the stock market. So, its up to our man
Ethan Hawke (Tom Cruise) to get the stuff back and save the
world. So, Anthony Hopkins, the mission commander, sends our
man to enlist a thief for some girly-style help, they fall
in love, and Ethan has to save her and the world. Do you
want more of the plot? Would it matter if I told you anyway?
Well, its Memorial Day weekend as Im typing
this, Im lazy, so thats about all you get on the
plot because thats all you really need to know.
But the underlying thing about "Mission: Impossible 2" is
the fact that its a John Woo film, and no matter how
dumb or how cool a story-line, I just dont think John
Woo is a "Mission: Impossible" telling kind of guy. Why? His
signature "slow down the action" action scenes and use of
birds play throughout the movie. Some movies this can work
in, but M:I-2 isnt one of them. I want cool gadgets. I
want in-my-face action. I want hot chicks (alright, Thandie
Newton was kind of hot). What I dont want from a
"Mission: Impossible" movie is artsy melding action, and
thats what John Woo does. How does this hurt? Well,
the scene that really comes to mind in the movie is this:
Ethan Hawke and the bad guy, Sean Ambrose (Dougray Scott),
are playing chicken on a set of motorcycles. Alright,
thats cool. Well, they head at each other at breakneck
speeds and as they near each other the speeding action is
slowed to artsy mode, our hero and the bad guy jump off of
their bikes just as the bikes are about to collide, and they
grab each other in mid-air as the bikes explode. Yes,
its a cool action scene, and I think it would have
played out if shown in real time kinda wham, bam,
thank you mam motion, but in the slow, artsy motion most of
the crowd seemed to laugh, a "give me a break" laugh instead
of a "God that was cool" laugh. I just wanted in-my-face
action, and I knew I shouldnt have gotten it from John
Woo, I just hoped maybe he changed a little for this film.
Yes, you get unbelievable stunts, a cool plot twist here
and there, a good looking chick, and Tom Cruise getting made
fun of for smiling all of the time. But a lot of that gets
lost in the artsy feel that John Woo gives the film. There
was a lot of plot development that dragged, some of the
stunts made you groan more that go "Wow!", and I think maybe
I need to start writing movies because I can be master of
the obvious as much as the next guy, (tell me you
didnt see it coming that the chick would inject
herself with the virus and Ethan would have to save her
please). So as much as some things entertained me,
there were enough things to balance that backwards that
"Mission: Impossible 2" just fell a little flat. Maybe it
was the expectations that came along with the name and the
first movie, but I was disappointed.
I wont say the movie is bad, there are some pretty
cool things going on, and with that its 2 ½ stars
out of 5. Youve seen, or will see this movie anyway so
it doesnt matter what I say. Just get past the artsy
stuff and enjoy the unbelievable-ness of if all and
youll probably like the movie a little more than I
Thats it for this one! Im The Dude on the