Mission: Impossible II

Mission: Impossible II

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Director: John Woo

Cast: John Woo, Tom Cruise, Dougray Scott, Thandie Newton

     
 

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Director John Woo brings Hong Kong-style martial arts action to this comic book-flavored Mission: Impossible that eschews the complicated plot and political maneuverings of its predecessor in favor of pure, adrenaline-charged thrills. Tom Cruise returns as Ethan Hunt, an operative for the top-secretSee more details below

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Director John Woo brings Hong Kong-style martial arts action to this comic book-flavored Mission: Impossible that eschews the complicated plot and political maneuverings of its predecessor in favor of pure, adrenaline-charged thrills. Tom Cruise returns as Ethan Hunt, an operative for the top-secret government agency IMF (Impossible Missions Force). Fellow agent Sean Ambrose (Dougray Scott) has gone rogue, stealing a sample of a deadly synthetic virus named Chimera that could rapidly wipe out the world's population. Ambrose's plan is to sell Chimera to the highest bidder in exchange for shares of stock in the winner's company. Summoned by the new IMF chief (Anthony Hopkins in an uncredited cameo role), Ethan is assigned to recruit the help of Ambrose's former lover Nyah Nordoff-Hall (Thandie Newton), a gorgeous woman who left Ambrose broken-hearted and who may be able to quickly regain his confidence. Once he meets and spends a night with Nyah, however, Ethan is smitten, and now must both capture Ambrose and keep Nyah alive as she infiltrates a nest of vipers. Sophisticated disguises, gun battles, and high-speed chases are the order of the day, very much in the James Bond mold. Mission: Impossible 2 is based on a story by Star Trek: The Next Generation writers Ronald D. Moore and Brannon Braga, with a script polish by Robert Towne.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Tom Cruise returns as intrepid Impossible Missions Force agent Ethan Hunt in this supercharged sequel directed flamboyantly by Hong Kong action specialist John Woo (The Killer). Summoned from his vacation while mountain climbing, Hunt accepts an assignment from his chief (played by Anthony Hopkins with his usual flair): apprehend rogue agent Dougray Scott before he auctions a stolen virus and its antidote to the highest bidder. After he summons agent Ving Rhames, Cruise enlists radiant Thandie Newton, a sophisticated thief and Scott's former girlfriend, in his campaign against the turncoat. Screenwriter Robert Towne coats this rough-edged adventure with a sheen of sophistication, particularly apparent in the seductive byplay between Cruise and Newton. But the picture's punch comes from Woo's inspired handling of the high-octane chases and fights, in which Cruise proves himself surprisingly capable. A bracing shot of pure entertainment, Mission: Impossible 2 is a more-than-worthy successor to Brian De Palma's 1996 Mission: Impossible.
All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
Infused with the comic book sensibilities of Hong Kong-style martial arts cinema, the big-budget sequel Mission: Impossible 2 (2000) features dazzling camera work, wire-work stunts, and blisteringly fast-paced cutting under the assured hand of action director John Woo. At the same time, the film's wafer-thin script responds to criticisms of the first film being too intricately plotted and intellectually rigorous, resulting in an overly simplistic plot and rather flat, uninspired villain (Dougray Scott) that fail to challenge even the most absurd and over-the-top James Bond epics. Like so many sequels to action-movie hits, Mission: Impossible 2 achieves its visual thrills by ramping up the crisis and kinetic set pieces to cartoon proportions, resulting in a film that's exciting if totally unbelievable. Woo's sharp eye and sense of visual sizzle, a surprisingly winsome, almost fey performance by Tom Cruise, a beautiful female lead (Thandie Newton), and a cameo appearance by an unbilled Anthony Hopkins) keep this second impossible mission from going utterly to ground. What's missing from the film, however, is a sense of mystery that would keep this spy genre entry as mentally engaging as it is viscerally titillating.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/12/2013
UPC:
0032429131058
Original Release:
2000
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Cruise Ethan Hunt
Dougray Scott Sean Ambrose
Thandie Newton Nyah Hall
Ving Rhames Luther Stickwell
Richard Roxburgh Hugh Stamp
John Polson Billy Baird
Anthony Hopkins Boss
Brendan Gleeson McCloy
Rade Serbedzija Dr. Nekhorvich

Technical Credits
John Woo Director
Arthur Anderson Asst. Director
Greg Apps Casting
Deborah Aquila Casting
Thomas Betts Set Decoration/Design
Brannon Braga Original Story
Paul "Salty" Brincat Sound/Sound Designer
Terence Chang Executive Producer
Nathan Crowley Art Director
Tom Cruise Producer
Michael Doven Associate Producer
Lizzy Gardiner Costumes/Costume Designer
Sarah Halley-Finn Casting
Paul Hitchcock Executive Producer
Kevin Kavanaugh Art Director
Steven Kemper Editor
Jeffrey Kimball Cinematographer
Michelle McGahey Art Director
Metallica Songwriter
Ronald D. Moore Original Story
Thomas Sanders Production Designer
Lalo Schifrin Songwriter
Robert Towne Screenwriter
Paula Wagner Producer
Christian Wagner Editor
Kevin Yagher Makeup Special Effects
Hans Zimmer Score Composer

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Scene Index

Index
0. Index
1. Old Friend [:18]
2. Holiday [4:54]
3. I See You Found It [:41]
4. Catch Me [4:41]
5. Sean Ambrose [:12]
6. A Proper Welcome [7:11]
7. Don't Turn Around [5:23]
8. A Touch Of The Flu [:19]
9. Biocyte [6:31]
10. The Last Strain [4:28]
11. I Guess I Lied [2:01]
12. Supply And Demand [6:08]
13. Smile [2:41]
14. Race Against Time [5:08]
15. Mano A Mano [5:19]
16. Destroyed By Fire [7:02]
17. End Credits [1:56]

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