Mission Impossible II (2000)

Mission Impossible II (2000)
Mission Impossible II (2000) DVD / Blu-ray

By: Oberst Von Berauscht (Three Beers) –
How many beers do you recommend for this movie?
1 Beer! A Toast! Great Movie!2 Beers! Good Movie!3 Beers! Okay Movie!4 Beers! Mediocre Movie!5 Beers! Awful Movie!6-Pack! Bad movie! Do not be Sober!

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When a deadly virus is stolen by former IMF agent Sean Ambrose (Dougray Scott), Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is enlisted to assemble a force, and stop him.  Along the way, he enlists Sean’s former flame Nyah (Thandie Newton), a professional thief and safe-cracker.  Nyah’s job is to rekindle her relationship with Sean, and provide reconnaissance.   As the team gets closer to Sean, Ethan finds himself falling for Nyah, a complication which compromises the mission when Nyah is found out.

MI-2 Nyah

I’d compromise my mission for her… hur hur

A Toast

Director John Woo knows how to make a good action sequence, and MI:2 is full of them.  Tom Cruise is his willing accomplice, performing most of the stunts himself, including a worryingly precarious rock climbing sequence, in which no safety net was used.  The 1990’s were extraordinarily kind to Woo, with films such as Face Off, and Broken Arrow being massively successful. In MI:2 he employed his full bag of tricks, from slow motion photography, to epic gunfights, to birds…

Hair bird

Sadly, this time without a Cage…

Beer Two

While ultimately successful in the box office, the original Mission Impossible movie confused some (mostly young) audiences, who found the plot’s twists and turns hard to follow.  MI:2 was a concious attempt from the studio to dumb the franchise down into a pure action platform, and they succeeded.  The plot is ultra-simplistic, and makes sure to follow a check-list of everything audiences of the year 2000 wanted to see in a movie.  Fortunately, John Woo still imbues the film with a certain creative artistry that ensures the flaws are less obvious to all but the most cynical of filmgoers.

MI2 Hair

Tom Cruise’s Half-Mullet on the other hand, was positively fabulous…

Beer Three

As a spy flick, the biggest flaw is the film’s total lack of a mystery.  From the very beginning, they let you know exactly who the enemies are, what they want, and how they’re going to get it.  Even the simplest action movies have plot twists, but Woo’s decision forces the film to stand on its action sequences alone to sustain interest.  It works for the most part, but leaves the audiences wanting.

Verdict

zzz3beers

A simple-minded, but ultimately satisfying action thrill-ride

 

Drinking Game

Take a Drink: when Tom Cruise climbs anything, or runs anywhere

Take a Drink: anytime the Chimera virus is mentioned

Do a Shot: for John Woo’s Trademark Slo-mo

About Oberst von Berauscht

Oberst Von Berauscht once retained the services of a Gypsy to imbue in him the ability to accurately describe the artistic qualities of a film up to seven decimal points. To maintain this unique skill, he must feast on the blood of a virgin every Harvest Moon, or failing that (and he usually does), he can also make a dog do that thing they do where they twist their heads slightly (you know, when they're confused about something) at least a few times a week. I've gotten way off track here... The point is, Oberst is one of the website's founders, so... yeah

2 comments

  1. I still have the soundtrack CD of this laying around somewhere. I’m not sure what that says about my high school musical tastes…

  2. Had me on the edge of my seat with its well choreographed action sequences played out like a ballet of bullets, Thandie Newton doing the best with the one note character she was given, and Tom Cruise. I can’t think of a movie where he doesn’t command the screen especially when he takes Dougray Scott to school in the last reel. Good review and agreed.

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