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Mission: Impossible II (2000)

A secret agent is sent to Sydney, to find and destroy a genetically modified disease called "Chimera".

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Storyline

Chimera is a deadly virus that will bare a deathly death unless you are given the antidote. The creator of Chimera is murdered and the antidote is stolen by a disavowed IMF agent, Sean Ambrose. The Impossible Mission Force, IMF, hire the skilled and charming Ethan Hunt, and the beautiful Nyah Nirdoff-Hall, who has had her share with Ambrose. Their mission, should they choose to accept it is to send Hirdoff-Hall undercover to Ambrose and learn what she can for Hunt to bring down Chimera, but they will have to break into a secure lab by jumping off buildings and dodging bullets. Its impossible.

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Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violent action and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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24 May 2000 (USA)  »

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$125,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

SGD 370,000 (Singapore) (26 May 2000)

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$215,397,307 (USA) (13 October 2000)
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(at around 6 mins) Climbing chalk is visible on the rock before Ethan Hunt actually climbs up to that level. This could not be left over from another climber as the other parts of the route did not show such evidence. See more »

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Ethan Hunt: [to Luther, using an ear piece radio, while riding on his motorcycle as his being pursued by Sean and his men] Clear the bridge for me.
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Iko-Iko
by Joe Jones, Marilyn Jones, Sharon Jones, Jessie Thomas,Barbara Ann Hawkins, Rosa Lee Hawkins & Joan Marie Johnson
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Really dumb and lazy film – barely manages to be fun at all
18 August 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews



IMF Agent Ethan Hunt is sent on a seemingly impossible mission to capture a destroy the only existing supply of a deadly disease known as Chimera. However a group of terrorists, led by ex-IMF agent Ambrose also want the disease so that they can us it to infect the world as they have already got the only cure. Hunt turns to jewel thief Nyah to help him by infiltrating her ex-lover's (Ambrose) group to spy on them.

John Woo must have thought of the elements he needed to follow up the solid thrills of the original movie. Big action scenes? Yes. Slow-motion? Yes. Plot? Characters? Good theme music? Logic of any kind? Nope – won't be needing those! Or at least that's how it felt. The plot of the first film was clever despite being open to holes – the plot here makes the first one look like a watertight piece of genius! The story only really serves to set up action scenes and the like – I can barely remember the disease and can only recall rubbish action scenes!

For a director like John Woo I knew to expect slow-mo and OTT action, but I didn't know that it would all be so very superficial and weak. For example the car chase where Hunt and Nyah meet is just ridiculous and very annoying. The robbery of the disease is a pale shadow of the original film's robbery scene and the final motorbike chase is good but only a hint of what Woo has done before. The plot overuses the whole `face mask' thing – it must do it about 8 or 9 times – many of those time's there's no way Hunt could have made a mask of the people involved! It's another example of how silly it is.

While Cruise was cool in the first film, here he is slick and tough – an image that doesn't work. He was much better in the first film. Scott is non-existent as a villain and is pretty dull. Newton is sexy but no more than that. Rhames is good and Hopkins has an enjoyable minor role.

Overall this film is an OTT mess. The plot is a shambles and the action scenes are silly and often have no logical reason behind them! The overuse of the face masks just points to the total lack of a good script and Woo's slow motion just feels tired and unimaginative. Only the final action scene is enjoyable, but by then you're ony interesting in turning this off and watching De Palma's much better film instead.


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