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Mission: Impossible 2

Mission: Impossible 2

John Woo (1999)

118min
15 Certificate
Sun 7 Aug 6:40pm - 9pm Film4
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Review

Our Score
Director John Woo here creates a sequel that's as different from the first movie as it is superior to it, replacing the tired spy shenanigans of the original TV series with the slick, slow-motion mayhem that has become his trademark. Admittedly, there's a distinct shortage of pulse-quickening action in the first hour, as Tom Cruise's pumped-up agent Ethan Hunt woos lithe lady thief Thandie Newton before heading Down Under to stop bad guy Dougray Scott holding the world to ransom with a killer virus. Around the halfway mark Woo cranks up the pace, bombarding the viewer with hi-tech lab raids, jaw-dropping motorbike stunts and balletic martial arts moves - plus, of course, the now obligatory fluttering doves. Cruise's invincible hero is a rather colourless hybrid of Bruce Lee, Superman and James Bond, so it's left to Ving Rhames and an unbilled Anthony Hopkins to provide this well-oiled crowd-pleaser with what little personality it possesses. If it's adrenaline you're after, look no further.

Summary

Secret agent Ethan Hunt sent to find and destroy the only sample of a deadly man-made virus. However, he faces tough opposition in a former spy-turned-criminal mastermind who has already acquired the cure and now wants the pathogen itself. Director John Woo's action thriller sequel, starring Tom Cruise, Dougray Scott, Thandie Newton and Anthony Hopkins.

Cast & Crew

Ethan Hunt Tom Cruise
Sean Ambrose Dougray Scott
Nyah Hall Thandie Newton
Luther Stickel Ving Rhames
Hugh Stamp Richard Roxburgh
Billy Baird John Polson
Dr Nekhorvich Rade Serbedzija
Mission Commander Swanbeck Anthony Hopkins
Director John Woo
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: UIP Guidance: Violence, swearing. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay Released on: 7 Jul 2000

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