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Mission: Impossible II 2000

Mission: Impossible II 2000

Expect the impossible again.May. 24, 2000 123 Min.
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Director

John Woo
Director

Cast

Tom Cruise isEthan Hunt
Ethan Hunt
Dougray Scott isSean Ambrose
Sean Ambrose
Thandie Newton isNyah Nordoff-Hall
Nyah Nordoff-Hall
Ving Rhames isLuther Stickell
Luther Stickell
John Polson isBilly Baird
Billy Baird
Brendan Gleeson isJohn C. McCloy
John C. McCloy
Rade Serbedzija isDr. Nekhorvich
Dr. Nekhorvich

Synopsis

Watch mission impossible ii 2000 full movie online. With computer genius Luther Stickell at his side and a beautiful thief on his mind, agent Ethan Hunt races across Australia and Spain to stop a former IMF agent from unleashing a genetically engineered biological weapon called Chimera. This mission, should Hunt choose to accept it, plunges him into the center of an international crisis of terrifying magnitude.

Towne’s contribution is quite skillful, especially if it’s true, as I’ve heard, that he had to write around major f/x sequences which director John Woo had already written and fine-tuned. His strategy is to make Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) into a sympathetic yet one-dimensional character, so that motivation and emotion will not be a problem. He’s a cousin of Clint Eastwood’s Man With No Name — a hero defined not by his values but by his actions.
The villain remains in the Bond tradition: A megalomaniac who seeks power or wealth by holding the world ransom. In this case, he seeks control of a deadly virus, but the virus is what Hitchcock called a MacGuffin; it doesn’t matter what it is, just so it’s something everyone desires or fears. The movie wisely spends little time on the details, but is clever in the way it uses the virus to create time pressure: Twenty-four hours after you’re exposed, you die, and that leads to a nicely-timed showdown involving the hero, the woman he loves, the villain, the virus, and a ticking clock.
Thandie Newton plays the woman, and the most significant thing about her character is that she’s still alive at the end, and apparently available for the sequel. The Bond girls have had a depressing mortality rate over the years, but remember that 007 was formed in the promiscuous 1960s, while Ethan Hunt lives in a time when even spies tend to stay with old relationships, maybe because it’s so tiresome to start new ones.
Newton’s character is unique in the way she plays a key role in the plot, taking her own initiative. Bond girls, even those with formidable fighting skills, were instruments of the plot; Newton’s Nyah Hall not only lacks a name that is a pun, but shockingly makes a unilateral decision that influences the outcome of the movie. The playing field will be more level in the “M:I” battle of the sexes.
For Tom Cruise, the series is a franchise, like Mel Gibson’s “Lethal Weapon” movies. “M:I3” is already on the drawing board, again with John Woo as director, and there’s no reason the sequels can’t continue as long as Cruise can still star in action scenes (or their computer-generated manifestations). This is good for Cruise. By more or less underwriting his box office clout, it gives him the freedom to experiment with more offbeat choices like “Eyes Wide Shut” and “Magnolia.”
As for the movie itself: If the first movie was entertaining as sound, fury and movement, this one is more evolved, more confident, more sure-footed in the way it marries minimal character development to seamless action. It is a global movie, flying no flag, requiring little dialog, featuring characters who are Pavlovian in their motivation. It’s more efficient than the Bond pictures, but not as much pure fun. But in this new century, I have a premonition we’ll be seeing more efficiency and less fun in a lot of different areas. The trend started about the time college students decided management was sexier than literature.

Original titleMission: Impossible II
TMDb Rating5.9 1675 votes

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