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.
Theatrical trailer shows three extended scenes which are not in the movie; Ethan (Tom Cruise ) saying "Welcome to Australia, mate" to Luther (Ving Rhames ) when they first meet, extra lines of dialogue by Swanbeck (Sir Anthony Hopkins ) in the ending, where he says to Ethan "Well, Mr. Hunt. I don't quite know where to begin", and Ethan charging at Sean (Dougray Scott ) and two of them falling off the cliff. Originally, this clip happened right after they crash their bikes and before their fight on the beach. The "Making of" documentary, where stunts from the movie are discussed, also shows some behind-the-scenes footage from filming of this scene and a couple of shots from it; the motorbike flying towards the camera, which was buried in the ground, Ethan and Sean lying on ground after crashing into each other when the other crashed motorbike explodes, and Ethan running towards Sean. See more »
(at around 1h 40 mins) When Ethan is escaping from the island, he shoots out the tire on the white Ford, causing the hubcap to come off. However, when the driver is swerving and the car flips, you can see that the tire is fully inflated and the hubcap is in place. See more »
If you sometimes go to the movies to be entertained by unbelievably daring stunts, this is the movie to see. From Cruise's incredible rock climb to nail-biting motorcycle "joist" this movie impresses with the stunts. The plot could be written on the back of a postage stamp. However, that's rarely what audiences go to see films like this for. The performances are above average, particularly Dougray Scott and Thadie Newton. A pity Newton's character is underused during the second half of the film. Besides being beautiful, this woman can ACT! It is also refreshing to see a demonstrably romantic and affectionate interracial relationship portrayed on screen in such a positive manner. Newton's race never comes up in the film. Credit producer Tom Cruise for this one. This is one of those movies I'd rent to give my home theatre system a workout. This movie succeeds on its own level; however, I can understand how others could be disappointed. I gave this one a "7" on the IMDB scale.
By the way, it was a clever touch to have Cruise receive his mission briefing via wrap-around sunglasses. Kind of nice to be reminded of RISKY BUSINESS.
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