Chimera is a deadly virus that will bear a grisly death unless you are given the antidote. The creator of Chimera is murdered and the antidote is stolen by a disavowed I.M.F. Agent, Sean Ambrose (Dougray Scott). The Impossible Mission Force, (I.M.F.), hire the skilled and charming Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise), and the beautiful Nyah Hall (Thandie Newton), who has had her share with Ambrose. Their mission, should they choose to accept it, is to send 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 of buildings and dodging bullets. Its impossible.
"Iko-Iko", the song playing during the rock climbing scene, is also prominently featured in Tom Cruise's earlier movie Rain Man (1988). However, the version of the song in this movie is called "Iko Iko (Suca Mama)" by Zap Mama, the lyrics are different than "Iko Iko" by The Belle Stars in Rain Man (1988), and does not appear on the commercially available soundtrack. See more »
During the lab shoot-out Ethan throws a black pouch filled with explosives toward the wall, now since he's a "secret agent" we'd have to assume that it's something like c4 (a common military explosive). c4 and other common plastic explosives are very stable, so a bullet hitting them would not cause a detonation, only a blasting cap or det cord would cause them to explode. They're made to withstand things like this so no accidental detonation occurs (at least in that respect). Now if say he filled the pouch with something like nitroglycerine shooting it would cause it to explode but that's not possible because it's so unstable that him walking with it on him and bouncing around it would have blown up way before the lab shoot-out occurred (like him flying down the shaft). See more »
[from a video recording presented by Swanbeck with Ethan watching]
Every search for a hero must begin with something that every hero requires: A villain.
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The UK cinema version is the most complete version of the film to date, featuring additional scenes of violence. Additional footage includes:
a loud crunch during the aeroplane hijack as Ambrose twists and breaks Dr. Nekhorvich's neck
the actual impact and blood spurt on Stamp's knee when Ambrose shoots it, thinking Stamp is Ethan
the kick to Hunt's face during the beach fight is seen in full and does not cut away to Ambrose' face at the point of impact It is assumed that this version is the cut of the film made before trims were made to it for the MPAA to secure a PG-13 rating.
Mission: Impossible was a fast paced espionage thriller that actually made you think, which is what I like in a movie. Since John Woo, who is one of the kings of the action genre, took over for Brian De Palma, you can expect Mission: Impossible II to be an intense action movie with a majorly dumbed down plot. Everything to do with the plot is laid out for us basically right away. Now, all there is to do is sit back and watch those classic John Woo action sequences. In this movie, Ethan Hunt is once again a secret agent, and he is sent on a mission to stop a crooked agent from stealing a deadly virus for his own use.
I liked the first Mission: Impossible better because it had a more advanced plot. This Mission: Impossible is just a bland shoot 'em up action film. Now there's nothing wrong with that. The movie was still immensely entertaining. It just didn't fit in with the first film. Even the character of Ethan Hunt, though still played by Tom Cruise, is different. In this movie he doesn't seem as serious about his job. He's more cocky. However, I do like that the character now has absolutely amazing skills in hand to hand combat.
Overall, if you're looking for a smart spy thriller like the first film, this ain't it. If you're looking for a fun action film with amazing action sequences, this is it.
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