Part of the reason Tom Cruise became, and in many respects still is a household name, is this franchise. A spy thriller that has multiple sequels, this is its original movie followup.
Mission: Impossible II (2000) Film Review
When working as a spy who tries to take a little vacation, the idea is his agency cannot contact him. Still even if a spy’s vacation isn’t the same as most people, his bosses still find Ethan Hunt (Cruise) with a mission should he choose to accept. After someone uses his likeness to gain the trust of a scientist with a bioweapon. Part of his mission is to recruit a spy named Nyah (Thandiwe Newton) for the mission. Trouble is, Ethan is more than a little bit obsessed with Nyah and when they begin a whirlwind romance, the reason for recruiting her makes him more than a little jealous.
With a team travelling with him to Australia, Ethan and Luther (Ving Rhames) begin their latest mission where the stakes grow higher each step.
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Like anything in this multiple film franchise, this one has lots of thrills and excitement. It’s a step up from the original (in terms of the pacing) just as the third is a step up from this sequel. This one is, for me, way too heavy on the visual romanticism. From the eye lock to that silly car chase, it’s “sex tension” heavy. Something any spy action flick tends to have however this one feels a little more about that.
While it’s fun to have new characters flicker in and out of Ethan’s missions and build his team, I appreciate meeting Luther in this knowing he’s more of a staple in future installments. The cast is good and each make a convincing spy. Dougray Scott, perhaps known to most of us from Ever After, is even good unless you don’t like seeing a favorite good guy actor be bad.
If you like this genre and haven’t yet seen these classics or just want a re-watch, give these a chance. Like anything, they’re entertaining and seeing Ethan Hunt complete another mission is always a good time.
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CONTENT: There’s lot of “tension” between two characters and foreplay between them when they find themselves having to hide in tight quarters. She asks if she minds if she’s “on top” as they shift positions. Eventually they sleep together and we see them half dressed and rolling around in the sheets. There’s lots of sexual innuendo just in general and in a kind of have-to-have kind of way. A slow motion scene that’s overly dramatic features a guy watching a woman walk up a boardwalk towards him (complete with a scarf fluttering in the wind). There’s plenty of action violence (including shoot outs where multiple bad guys are shot or we see a hail of gunfire) and explosions. Characters dies. There’s threat of a deadly virus. There is some profanity, all of which is pretty standard like sh*t. The film is the typical PG-13 rating.