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Mission: Impossible II (2000)

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I.M.F. Agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is sent to Sydney, Australia to find and destroy a genetically modified disease called "Chimera".

Director:

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 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.

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:

| (original)

Sound Mix:

DTS (Digital DTS Sound)| Dolby | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

John Woo was making a Nike commercial in Brazil when he received a call from Tom Cruise asking to meet about directing this movie. See more »

Goofs

(at around 34 mins) When Nyah is riding the boat to Sean's compound, she does not have her long scarf the very first time the boat is shown. She does have the scarf in subsequent shots. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Nekhorvich: [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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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

Spoofed in Scary Movie 2 (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Viva la Virgen del Carmen
Arranged by Alan Lomax
Performed by Joaquina Lagar and Chorus
Courtesy of Rounder Records & Alan Lomax
by arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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User Reviews

 
Not a bad film, a bit under rated.
13 January 2008 | by glasgow1873See all my reviews

I first watched this not long after it came out around about 2000. Back then my taste in films had yet to develop into what I now pride myself on. I enjoyed it back then. Great stunts, straightforward pop corn action story, good closure. I watched it again a few years back too and noticed a few more flaws that had gone past me before. From that point on I decided that this film was not a good film at all.

My wife had asked me several times to buy the mission impossible trilogy as she had never saw them and was a Tom Cruise fan. I finally done this last week. We watched MI and throughly enjoyed it. I mentioned to her I was looking forward to MI3 but did not fancy sitting through MI2 again as I had saw it before and it appeared to be the weakest of the trilogy. Well...we watched it last night and I must say my opinion has changed again! This story is stupid. The script is wooden and Dougray Scott makes me cringe when I hear his Scottish accent on screen (not unusual for a Scotsman to cringe at his own accent!). BUT - the action is superb. John Woo makes for a completely different feel to the first film. This is a pop corn movie. Don't expect witty dialogue or the European feel to the first film. This is brain dead shoot em up material and its actually quite good.

If your going to watch the trilogy then give this a try. Its not supposed to be real, after all its a suspension of reality (like most action films). Take it for that, ignore the poor script and you might just have a nice time watching it. Also, maybe its top flaw is the running time. 90 mins would have been spot on here. Instead we have close to 120 mins. I haven't saw MI3 yet - thats for tonight's viewing, but after watching this I am actually looking forward to it now.

6/10


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