Mission: Impossible 2

  • 15
  • John Woo (1999)
  • US
  • 118 min
Mission: Impossible 2
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Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Action spy thriller sequel starring Tom Cruise. Impossible Mission Force agent Ethan Hunt is on the trail of former colleague-gone-bad Sean Ambrose, following the theft of a synthetic virus capable of wiping out the world's population. In an effort to get closer to Ambrose, Ethan is accompanied on the mission by the renegade agent's former lover.

Cast and 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


John Woo

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Violence, swearing.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 7 Jul 2000
Certificate 15