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Mission: Impossible II (2000)

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IMF Agent Ethan Hunt is sent to Sydney, to find and destroy a genetically modified disease called "Chimera".

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John Woo

Writers:

Bruce Geller (creator television series Mission: Impossible), Ronald D. Moore (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Cruise ... Ethan Hunt
Dougray Scott ... Sean Ambrose
Thandie Newton ... Nyah Hall
Ving Rhames ... Luther Strickell
Richard Roxburgh ... Hugh Stamp
John Polson ... Billy Baird
Brendan Gleeson ... McCloy
Rade Serbedzija ... Dr. Nekhorvich (as Radé Sherbedgia)
William Mapother ... Wallis
Dominic Purcell ... Ulrich
Mathew Wilkinson Mathew Wilkinson ... Michael (as Matthew Wilkinson)
Nicholas Bell ... McCloy's Accountant
Cristina Brogeras Cristina Brogeras ... Flamenco Dancer #4
Kee Chan ... McCloy's Chemist
Kim Fleming Kim Fleming ... Larrabee
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Storyline

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 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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Expect the impossible again


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 May 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

M:I-2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Monument Valley, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$125,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$57,845,297, 28 May 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$215,409,889, 19 October 2000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$565,400,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

DTS (Digital DTS Sound)| Dolby | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Mission Commander Swanbeck (Sir Anthony Hopkins) becomes the first person in any Mission: Impossible episode or movie to actually use the phrase "mission: impossible". Ronald D. Moore and Brannon Braga also wrote the screenplay for Star Trek: First Contact (1996), which featured the first cinematic use in dialogue of the phrase "star trek". See more »

Goofs

The cliffs Nyah is about to jump off are east of Sydney but Luther and Billy fly west over the city to get there. Further, they are much more than the stated two kilometers away. See more »

Quotes

Sean Ambrose: [before shooting Ethan disguised as Hugh] This is what's known as getting your gun off.
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Alternate Versions

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.
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Connections

Referenced in The Critic: X-Men (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

I Disappear
by James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich
Performed by Metallica
Produced by Bob Rock with Hetfield and Ulrich
Metallica performs courtesy of E/M Ventures
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60 Percent Good, But Last 40 Ruined It
29 October 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

The first 60 percent of this movie was pretty good; the last 40 percent was mostly action and mostly so hokey, so stupid, it was an insult for any viewer with a brain. Too bad, the first Mission Impossible was excellent and I hear the third film was good. However, this second one was a stinker by comparison.

I except most films to have that "Rambo mentality," as I call it, where hundreds of bullets are fired - and missed- at the hero, while he or she hits everything in sight. That was here but so overly done that is was absurd and downright annoying after awhile.

Tom Cruise, our hero, should have been shot so many times I lost count. This is director John Woo, for you, who always overdoes action and sometimes makes it ridiculous.

The good points are slick photography, interesting characters, good surround sound, low profanity and a very good soundtrack. Thandie Newton is attractive heroine and Dougray Scott is satisfactory as the main villain.

The movie plays more like a James Bond film, although it still has MI touches such as the fake rubber masks we saw in the first film. More realism in that 40 minutes would have made this a far better film than it turned out to be. Oveall, a bit disappointing.


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