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      03.03.2012 01:15
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      Seems to be mission impossible to make a good film.

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      Plot:

      An IMF agent goes rogue (Dougray Scott) with a deadly disease named Chimera. It is Ethan Hunt's (Tom Cruise) mission to retrieve the disease before it is unleashed on the world.

      Directed by John Woo (Face/Off); story by Ronald D. Moore and Brannon Braga (both Star Trek: TNG), screenplay by Robert Towne (The Firm). Based on the TV series created by Bruce Gellar (1966-1973).

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      After being underwhelmed by the first Mission Impossible movie, I went cautiously into this second instalment. I was expecting another movie that attempts to be smart but was surprised to find it a more straight forward action film with a lot of talking. Slow mo effects were overused, given that the movie dragged quite a bit, there really was no need to see Cruise's hair flowing in slow motion so much.

      The plot is standard spy fare, good guy gone bad and now the super good guy has to stop the bad guy before he kills everyone. Nothing really wrong with the setup just a little long at 2 hours to keep you gripped throughout. The romance element of the movie was poorly done. You're supposed to believe that Hunt and thief Nyah (Thandie Newton) really care about each other after a quick roll in the hay. Yes relationships have to be moved along quickly in movies but it was done in such a clunky manner that it was totally unbelievable. It didn't help that Newton and Cruise have very little chemistry together.

      I found Tom Cruise (Cocktail) annoying in MI2, more so than in the first MI. I think that was partly due to the script and partly due to the goofy/smug smile he does. Cruise isn't the world's best actor but he is good in an action role as he does his own stunts, which makes things more interesting. Having said that, as impressive as it is that he does his own stunts, I did find some of the scenes slightly unnecessary. For example, the opening rock climbing scene is a total waste of time. Nice scenery, but I didn't find it as thrilling as I was supposed to.

      Dougray Scott (Enigma) isn't great as rogue spy Sean Ambrose. He tries to be scary but you're never really terrified or even mildly threatened by him. As with Cruise, this was down to the script but also down to the actor. Scott is just a little too much; a more subtle approach would have made the character more threatening. The script is OTT with plenty of action movie clichés which doesn't help make this character any more memorable.

      Thandie Newton (Crash) stars as thief Nyah who is recruited onto the mission due to a prior relationship with Scott's Ambrose. As I said earlier, the romance that ensues between Cruise's character and Newton is forced and unbelievable. One thing I did like about the original MI is that they didn't put in a love story just because that's what happens in an action movie. Newton's character is poorly developed, independent woman becoming a smushy mess in 5 minutes. Irritating.

      Ving Rhames returns as Hunt's backup Luther Stickell with John Polson (Hide and Seek) joining the team. I would have liked to see Rhames' role enlarged as his character actually has something about him.

      MI2 is definitely a different type of movie to MI but it's not really any better or worse. Not well written or well-acted, and at 2 hours long I couldn't just sit back and enjoy as obvious cuts could have been made to make the movie flow better. After watching this movie I regret buying the MI-MI3 box set. Very disappointing considering I love spy movies and was expecting a lot from the series.

      DVD extras:

      'Behind The Mission' - Cast & Crew Interviews
      'Mission: Incredible' - Behind The Scenes Look At The Stunts From M:I-2
      Director's Commentary
      'I Disappear' Metallica Music Video
      'Mission Improbable' 6-Min Spoof
      Impossible Shots - 11 Special Effect Stunt Shots Storyboarded

      Cast:

      Tom Cruise - Ethan Hunt
      Dougray Scott - Sean Ambrose
      Thandie Newton - Nyah Nordoff-Hall
      Ving Rhames - Luther Stickell
      Richard Roxburgh - Hugh Stamp
      John Polson - Billy Baird
      Brendan Gleeson - John C. McCloy
      Anthony Hopkins - Mission Commander Swanbeck

      Runtime: 123 mins

      Also posted on ciao under the username shabbating.

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      02.09.2010 03:39
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      Writers had a mission impossible making this films dialogue work

      John Woo was one of the coolest of the New Wave of action film directors in Hong Kong, he moved to Hollywood and made Face Off and this and hasn't really done too much since.

      Based on the 1960's television programme, this follows our hero (Tom Cruise) as he is set an impossible mission to recover a deadly virus stolen by another super hot secret worker who has turned bad (Dougray Scott).

      The film begins with a face switch manoeuvre and throughout the film we see Cruise kicking baddies in all manner of slow motion kicking madness, both of these things are signature Woo, but they don't work for me, I saw this film at the pictures when I was younger and enjoyed it, it is action packed, fast paced and quite exciting, but on reflection after watching the DVD again at the weekend it is fairly good but nothing more.

      The action is unbelievable, Cruise doesn't make for an interesting hero, your not rooting for him as he seems smug and a bit annoying. Thandie Newton is great as the jewel thief/love interest but her role is a bit limited and I felt it was also a bit sexist in some respects.

      The film flits between locations with all manner of inventive set pieces and these are what gives the film its 3 stars as the acting and writing are average at best. The third film is much better than this pedestrian effort.

      I bought the DVD for £2.99 in Blockbuster, I probably won't watch it again, but it was fine as films go, but it does feel a bit dated and reminiscent of a number of Bond films.

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      05.04.2010 17:02
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      I could hardly believe it when they said they would make a Mission: Impossible II. When I heard that John Woo was directing it, I got a bit worried they might to too much action and not enough plot.
      I thought maybe the ridiculous, convoluted elements of the first movie would be replaced by plenty of double-gun action, karate fights, explosions, showers of sparks, back-flip choreography and doves.
      Well, Woo has delivered, and while this is no Face/Off, it's as satisfying an action movie as one can ask for.
      This movie will make a shedload of money and deservedly so. Everything about the film reeks of style and class, as is Woo's M.O. and he's got a top-form Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Anthony Hopkins and Thandie Newton to back him up.
      From the opening, we realize we're in for a much simpler plot than the first M:I film. A nervous scientist is traveling by plane, accompanied by a deadly virus he invented and its antidote, not to mention Agent Ethan Hunt (Cruise) of IMF. But, as the plane loses cabin pressure and the co-pilots and passengers conk out, the man sitting next to this scientist pulls his Cruise face off (pun intended, unfortunately), grabs the virus-loaded briefcase and bails out with his accomplices, leaving the plane to meld itself with a mountain range.
      The real Ethan Hunt, we soon learn, is on vacation, and vacation for him entails plenty of high-risk mountain climbing. But he can't hide from his technology-whore employers, who show up in a helicopter and shoot an empty missile cannon at his feet. Inside is a pair of sunglasses that, once confirming his identity via retina scan, assign him a mission. He's to grab two partners and track down the virus -- but first, he has 48 hours to track down a sexy Spanish thief (Newton).
      Woo establishes a long-held James Bond archetype subplot in no time. Hunt meets the girl with a few hours to spare, kills those hours by making love to her (not a bad way to spend that ext ra time) and proceeds with the mission. We soon learn from boss Hopkins that the thief was once romantically involved with the movie's super-villain who also once worked for IMF. So it's one degree of separation all over the place, and Hopkins wants the thief to romance some information out of Scott. Cruise and his tender heart experience some emotional complications, but a mission is a mission.
      Woo's art is at its best with Cruise slipping into a pharmaceuticals lab from above. It's the first real John Woo scene of the movie, complete with most of what I mentioned in the first paragraph and plenty of casualties. And once Woo sets the action in motion, there's no turning back. Save one or two dialogue interludes, the rest of the movie is all bite, no bark.
      Mission: Impossible II far surpasses the original movie. See it - or miss out

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      07.10.2009 11:41
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      Not smart but great action

      John Woo is a director that is without a doubt best known for his high-octane action films in the East, such as Bullet in the Head, The Killer, and Hard Boiled. He also helmed the highly successful actioner Face/Off, and in 2000, he returned to the U.S., helming the hugely hyped Mission Impossible sequel. Love it or hate it, for all of its bombast, it reminds us just how well Woo directs stunning action.

      Dr. Vladimir Nekhorvich (Rade Serbedzija) has developed a virus called Chimera, as well as its antidote. He contacts Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) to deliver the virus safely, however, IMF Agent Sean Ambrose (Dougray Scott) disguises himself as Hunt and steals the virus. It's up to the real Ethan to form a strike team to get the virus back, teaming up once again with Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames), as well as femme fatale Nyah Nordoff-Hall (Thandie Newton), a professional thief.

      This isn't a film too concerned with clever plotting or deep characterisation, but it does deliver staggering action scenes - they're as over the top as you'd expect from any film of Woo's, and perhaps this reaches an apex as Hunt gets on a motorbike late in the day and performs some of the most insane stunts I've ever seen. Some will argue that it's almost too ridiculous, but I think this gives the film a certain kitschy charm, and certainly makes it a film to be enjoyed after a few pints.

      Performances and cast are strong also - Thandie Newton really makes a name for herself here, and Tom Cruise is as reliable as ever. It's also nice to see Ving Rhames returning from the first film, and Anthony Hopkins is also great in his brief appearance. The film may not be so smart, but the exhilarating action scenes mean that this is never boring.

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        16.08.2009 23:34
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        A great action film that won't dissapoint if you know what to expect.

        Mission: Impossible 2 sees Tom Cruise reprise his role from this first film as Agent Ethan Hunt of the Impossible Missions Force.

        Agent Hunt is sent to recruit an expert thief Nyah Hall (Thandie Newton) to help him catch renegade IMF agent Sean Ambrose (Dougray Scott) who is planning on releasing a deadly virus on the public. After succesfully recruiting the thief, she is captured by the ex IMF agent. The film sees Hunt trying to recover her & stop Ambrose from exposing the virus to the populas.

        The DVD comes with lots of extras. "Behind the Mission" exclusive featurette with cast & crew interviews. Stunts featurette. Commentary by Director John Woo. I Dissapear Metallica Music Video. "Mission Improbable" an M:I-2 inspired parody from the MTV music awards.

        I thought this was a good sequel to the original film. I would say that it is probably more action packed than the original. There is a big build up to a mission that they have to complete as there is in the original although I think the pay off the the scene in this one isn't quite as good.

        The plot is OK. It serves it's purpose & it isn't that far fetched for a high octane action film but it hasn't really got any unexpected twitst that you didn't see coming. A great action film, but don't expect much else from it.

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        12.05.2009 02:12

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        Despite the average story i still reccomend this for the soundtrack and action that is in the film.

        Mission impossible 2, the film which critics believe to be the worst of the 3, in partly.. i agree, in other ways i strongly dissagree.
        Tom cruise is back with a new look in the sequel to MI:1, with his shoulder length hair and john woo on the set as a director, no matter what the story was you just knew the action in this film was going to be pretty badass.. and it certiantly was.

        One thing i was dissapointed with was mission impossible 2's story, with the blatant plotholes and the cheesiness and cliche about the story, not just in the storyline either, the actors and script displayed a fine block of cheddar throughout, its a location here get here do this, stop deadly weapon from destroying the world ect ect.


        However once you get to the action it's where this film gets it's 4 star rating from in truth, the stunts performed by tom cruise himself were exceptional from a guy you just never see doing martial arts in films, the final 40 minutes of the film which i wont spoil are just pure and utter badass, flames and a dove with awesome music anyone?? (people who have watched it will get that)
        You can clearly see john woo's mark on this film, the slow motion effects and the stunts with nice gunplay it comes to you straight away that it's quite blatant that john woo had some involvement in this, which i personally thought he did well in adding his personal trademark touches to the film.

        The music score in this film is unbelievable, peroid. Hans zimmer's is just a absolute genius, there is no other way of putting it, the injection scene is one of the most powerful scenes i have ever seen in my film viewing life and the final fight at the end coupled by Mr cruises quite impressive stunts is just done so incredibly with the music, wherever you think this film is below average or not, the musical score by Hans is incredible.

        If you like tom and like mission impossible then i reccomend this, if you just like action movie's then i still reccomend it for the musical score and action alone.

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        28.03.2009 19:57
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        Nice Sequel

        Mission Impossible 2 also known as MI-2 is a sequel of Mission Impossible. MI-2 was released in year 2000. Movie was directed by John Woo. First I am introducing lead roles of the movie and then I will talk about outline and my opinion about this movie.
        Tom Cruise played a role of Ethan Hunt. He is a secret agent and working for IMF.

        Thandie Newton played a role of Nyah, a professional thief and a partner of Ethan Hunt.
        Ving Rhames did a part of Luther, a old friend and partner of Ethan hunt.

        Plot Outline:
        Nekhorvich a Russian biologist create virus named "Chimera". The virus is so harmful that after getting injected people will die with in 20 hours He also created the cure Bellerophon. He wants to give the chimera virus to the US government so he needs the help of secret agent Ethan Hunt. Some unknown secret agent kills Nekhorvich and steals the virus in between plane journey.
        Ethan Hunt gets the message that he has to assemble his team and assigned a mission to find and destroy the Chimera and Bellerophon. First member of his team is Nyah. She is an expert thief and Ethan catches her while stealing a diamond necklace. The other team members of his team are Luther and Billy. Now the mission of this team is to find and destroy the Chimera virus. This mission is called Mission Impossible.

        In meeting with IMF Ethan came to know that Ambrose went in the plane to protect the Russian scientist in place of him and he steals the Chimera virus. Nyah had a past relationship with Ambrose. They sent Nyah there to find some useful information. Ambrose is happy because Nyah is returning to him.
        Ambrose conducts a meeting with John McCloy in a race track to show the effect of chimera. Nyah steals that disk but while putting the disk back he gets caught by Ambrose as she puts the disk in the wrong pocket of Ambrose. Ethan doped John McCloy and gains all the details about his deal with Ambrose. Finally Ethan killed Ambrose and destroys the Chimera Virus.

        My Opinion:
        I have seen this movie when I was in eighth standard. This was my first Hollywood movie. Actually my elder sister forces me to come with her. So we went for a movie in theatre. Being a kid I like the movie very much. Such a nice stunts and bike chasing scenes. Tom Cruise looks so handsome in this movie and his performance is also very good. The soundtrack of MI-2 was prepared by Limp Bizkit. This soundtrack is famous everywhere. After this I have seen this movie several times. If you like action movies then you should go for it.

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          01.09.2008 17:38
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          a great mission impossible

          unlike many other i loved mission impossible 2 i even preferred it to the first 1. I was hooked from the first10 minutes when the famous spy was freehad climbing that large mountain rock and he put his knees inside that space inside that 200ft rock side i could feel my stomach churn almost like i was scared for him. Anyway moving on swiftly the plot follows ethan and the others watching a group of people who have a deadly virus, with the help of thier inside spy ethan plans to retrieve the virus destroy it and save the word. however all not goes to plan when people begin to use very realistic face masks and voice boxes to trick people into thinking they are someone else resulting in ethan not being able to get the virus so instea their inside spy injects it into herself leading to some moving scenes and if i tell you more lill spoil the film so watch it.

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            09.08.2008 03:16

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            Having read many of the reviews for this film it was interesting to see it on video and compare. Many reviews had spoken of it as being disappointing and not credible as opposed to being incredible. Well actually I enjoyed it. It is probably better to watch it without preconceptions and just enjoy it for what it is an enjoyable action movie.

            Tom Cruise is not one of my favourite actors I have to say. He always seems a little too good and too clever in the roles he plays. However in this he is quite passable, after all it is a role in which you have to suspend belief anyway so you may as well do it watching Tom Cruise as anybody. Thandie Newton plays the love interest with the inevitable twist in her past. I would not be able to name anything she has ever done before or since but she again fulfilled what was needed.
            The film was directed by John Woo who has a penchant for these increasingly action packed films. The films are also dramatic but the direction techniques do not really build tension. As a viewer you marvel at the stunts and the pyrotechnics but you do not really have to engage your brain too much to follow the story. Even if you cannot follow it, it does not really matter as another action sequence will be along soon. In this respect it is a typical American box-office action film. I have been fortunate to watch a film among an American audience and the reaction is very different from an English audience. An American audience lives the film, whooping and whistling and this film would be accepted at its face value.

            The plot is a sub-James Bond evil madman (Dougray Scott) intent on destroying the world or at least a bit of localised mayhem by releasing a deadly virus. Having released only he can effect the cure thus giving the opportunity to blackmail the world. Cue : evil laugh. Cruise plays Ethan Hunt as the top agent of the Impossible Mission Force (IM, next task to make the Tories electable) who can stop him. Thandie Newton (daft name, that) falls for Hunt having previously been the evil madmans moll. This is all standard stuff and the skill is then in the telling and for me it was well done. I watched it with my teenage son and he thought it was excellent. There is a slow section in the middle which needed something to relieve it a bit but the climax is suitably exciting.
            As you expect like the Bond films there are a few innovative gadgets and some implausible fight sequences but they are no more ridiculous than the Bond efforts. Having had a panning from the British press reviews when it was released I suggest that could be because we prefer our own version or is there a hint of xenophobia in the film press.

            The acting is all perfectly adequate. The roles stretch neither the actors or the audience and no one is going for Oscars here. The script too is undemanding and you do not need excessive levels of concentration to understand the gist of it all.
            This is pure escapism. Films are not just there to inform, they are there to entertain, thrill and stir the emotions. Mission Impossible 2 does that. It does exactly what it says on the tin. So be an American for a night, get the video (or DVD) get into the film and cheer him on.

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            08.07.2008 12:31
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            An enjoyable watch

            Mission Impossible Two is another film I really enjoy watching and have watched numerous times since I purchased it.

            In the search for a hero Belleraphon, Dr Vladamir Nekhorvich has discovered a villain, a monster in Chimera and he needs Ethan Hunt to help him. Out of reach however IMF send a double in his place, Stephen Ambrose and Dr Nekhorvich ends up dead.

            Showing off his fitness and climbing prowess Ethan Hunt is on holiday when his mission is literally fired at him and he is called upon to do what he does best. He must now recruit two team-members of his own choice with the third being Nyah, a professional thief and Ambrose's ex-girlfriend. She is however more than a little difficult and so before the real mission can begin he must chase her down and force her onto his path.

            Once recruited however she Ethan and the other members of the team, Billy Baird a mad Australian and Luther the tech genius from the previous film, must find out exactly what Chimera is, work out Ambrose's reasons for wanting it and then stop him from using it for whatever he has planned.

            To do this Nyah must return to Ambrose and try and work on him from the inside whilst Hunt, Billy and Luther do all they can to protect her, themselves and the rest of the world. That however proves more difficult than it first seems. But this isn't mission difficult, it's mission impossible and impossible is just what Ethan Hunt is best at.

            ****CAST****
            Ethan Hunt - Tom Cruise
            Stephen Ambrose - Dougray Scott
            Nyah Nordoff-Hall - Thandie Newton
            Billy Baird - John Polson
            Luther Stickell - Ving Raimes

            All in all the film is a thoroughly enjoyable watch, the plot is intriguing and interesting and the characters all very different from one another. Hunt has charm and charisma favouring a stealth approach to an all out war whereas Ambrose is the opposite and knows it. Nyah contrasts and compliments Hunts character by shooting back charming lines and looks that lead to their characters drawing closer. Billy provides a comic interlude and someone for the others to fire jokes off. Luther on the other hand allows us as an audience to delve deeper into Hunt's character as the reunited friendship between the pair provides insight and laughs and adds to great character development.

            The stunts and action sequences as in the previous film are also well planned, executed and shot and are complimented perfectly by another top-class soundtrack which includes an appropriate blend of slow and fast paced tracks to suit all occasions. The action on the whole is wonderfully balanced with speech shots and more subtle sequences but I do feel that the motorbike sequence later on in the film is too drawn out and does become a little boring after a while.

            Another criticism of mine is that the frequent occurrence of characters doubling for one an other with masks and voice changer can become a little confusing and in my opinion this coupled with an already complex to understand storyline actually has the effect at times of making the film difficult to follow. On other occasions however this is just what the film needs and provides a perfect bluffing tool for the characters and keeps the audience guessing.

            The film also contains a couple of continuity errors. The windscreen on the motorbike miraculously fixes itself and the tyres on it change from road tyres to dirt tyres when appropriate. Ethan scars also disappear and reappear at certain intervals. To be honest though 'm just being a little picky now but these are things that I noticed when watching it. These mistakes however do not detract from the overall enjoyment of the film.

            All in all however I would highly recommend this film. If you've seen and liked the first Mission Impossible then you are sure to enjoy this one. The acting is excellent on the most part, the stunts brilliant and the overall storyline intriguing. So set cruise control to the limit, settle down and become part of the mission.

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              09.06.2008 16:57
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              MI2 film

              The second Mission Impossible film was even more stylised than the first one and overall was an enjoybale film to watch although I did have the feeling that I was watching a rather long advert for boys toys as there was a car chase featuring a porsche and an audi and some very long lingering shots on all types of electronic gadgetry.

              Once again Tom Cruise stars as Ethan Hunt the man with a number of faces and the ability to pull off daring missions, the film opens with his apparent assistance to an old friend a Scientist from Russia however the scientists discovery, a humanity threatening disease is stolen by a rogue operative called Sean Ambrose (Dougray Scott). Cruise is tasked with recruting a glamourous jewel thief Nyah (Thandie Newton) who is a former lover of Ambrose to lure him out and fid out what exactly he has obtained and how he plans to use it.

              This is one of those high octane films which makes up for the huge plot holes with a succession of high energy stunts and fight scenes and some fancy camera work. Some of the characters are a little one dimensional but this is compensated for with some action scenes that will have you on the edge of your seat.

              As far as follow up films go I have seen a lot worse and this did a good job on entertaining the viewer.

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                15.01.2003 05:58

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                • "to much unrealistic stupid action"

                Rubbish - Advantages: John Woo......maybe - Disadvantages: Stupid face ripping on thing, dull, to much unrealistic stupid action

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                01.08.2002 19:55
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                Director John Woo is the king of action movies, but is still a long way off repeating his Hong Kong masterpieces. Although you do get a glimpse of his best in the last 15 minutes of this film. The superb motorbike chase sequence at the end of the movie really makes it for me. As does the final showdown between Tom Cruise and bad guy Dougray Scott. The rest of the film tends to drag. The story and characters takes second place to John Woo's stylish direction and beautifully choreographed set-pieces. But if you want to see a good-looking, fun film and enjoyed the first one, then this is the one for you.

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                  I was shocked when the film began I was just totally lost for words at the first scene, you?ll have to see for yourself. The film was a bit tardy at the start but then the pace increased and there was action non stop with motorcycles and everything, there were some classic moves as well and you would always remember them. Truly one of the best films I?ve ever watch and better that the original. so it must be pretty good.

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                    One of the worst movies i have seen in a long time - Advantages: no redeeming features! - Disadvantages: Over kill on the 'super slo mo' FX, Apparent lack of plot

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                  Visually stunning, and a likely must for John Woo aficionados, the second Mission: Impossible outing from megastar Tom Cruise suffers from an inconsistent tone and tired plot devices--not only recycled from other films, but repeated throughout the film. Despite remarkable cinematography and awe-inspiring, trademark Woo photography, the movie offers a tepid story from legendary screenwriter-director Robert Towne (Chinatown) and a host of other writers, most uncredited.Following on from the set pieces in the first big-budget, big box-office MI in 1996, it's clear (as Towne confirms) that the plot was developed around Woo- and Cruise-written action sequences. The film combines equal elements of romance and action, and is best when it features the stunning allure of Thandie Newton as Nyah, a master thief recruited by the sinewy charms of Ethan Hunt (a fit Cruise). Deeply in love after a passionate night, the couple must then combat MI nemesis (and Nyah's former lover) Sean Ambrose (Ever After's Dougray Scott). Ambrose holds hostage a virus and its cure, and offers them to the highest bidder.Woo's famed mythic film making is far from subtle, with heroic Hunt frequently slow-motion walking through fire, smoke or other similar devices, replete with a white dove among pigeons to signal his presence. The emphasis on romance is an attempt to develop character and a more human side to superspy Hunt, but still the story proves a distraction from the exciting action sequences. John Polson (as an MI team member) is an Aussie talent to keep an eye on. --N.F. MendozaM:I-2 DVD Extra Features With more and more DVDs coming out with an extra DVD full of features at a slightly more expensive price, it's nice every so often to see a disc that offers not only a great movie, but a bundle of features on it as well. The M:i-2 DVD does just this, and features not only the widescreen presentation, but also a number of behind-the-scenes footage, a spoof documentary, breakdowns of some of the stunts and even a music video to boot. Although the breakdown of scenes has that "Tom really did do it all, honest" feel to it, some of the elements are genuinely interesting. The biggest surprise of all though is the inclusion of the six-minute spoof documentary that was done for the MTV awards with Ben Stiller. All in all, a well presented disc and set of extra features. --Stuart Miles