Monday, 5 November 2012

Mission Impossible II Review (Updated)














Mission Impossible II


Release Date: 1st June 2000 - Australia


Production Companies
Paramount Pictures (presents)
Cruise/Wagner Productions
Munich Film Partners
& Company (MIFP)
MI2 Productions

Distribution
Paramount Pictures Australia


Genre: Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 123 minutes


Budget: $125,000,000

Box Office Gross: $546,388,105
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
Top action director John
Woo brings his own brand
of excitement to the mission
that finds Ethan Hunt
partnering up with the
beautiful Nyah Hall to stop
the renegade agent Sean
Ambrose from releasing
a new kind of terror on
an unsuspecting world.

But before the mission is
complete, they'll traverse
the globe and have to
choose between everything
they love and everything
they believe in.


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 (Uncredited)
Rade Serbedzija - Dr. Nekhorvich

Crew
Director - John Woo
Based on TV Series: Mission
Impossible - Bruce Geller
Story - Ronald D. Moore &
Brannon Braga
Screenplay - Robert Towne
Producers - Tom Cruise &
Paula Wagner
Production Designer - Thomas
E. Saunders
Director of Photography -
Jeffrey L. Kimball
Stunt Coordinator - Brian Smrz
Visual Effects Supervisor -
Richard Yuricich
Film Editors - Steven Kemper
& Christian Wagner
Music - Hans Zimmer


Review
MISSION IMPOSSIBLE II does package its action scenes and gadgets, but it's not as incredible as GHOST PROTOCOL (click here), neither deceptive as its predecessor (click here). This picture is very typical of John Woo's style of directing. Its full of action, action and more action to the point where by the end of the film, you feel it was a great movie but perhaps lacking comedy and romance to balance some of the ongoing action. It's funny that I didn't even know that Anthony Hopkins was on the movie. One asset for this film is that leading actor Tom Cruise actually performed some of his own stunts which is not always the case.

This film is nowhere as good as the fourth film or even the first, but it's still enjoyable for those who watched the M:I film series. Cruise was definitely in his prime when he made this film.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie

1 comment:

  1. While I respect your opinion, I hate this movie. One of the most disappointing sequels I have ever seen.

    -James

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