Cruise, Thandie Newton, Dougray Scott, Ving Rhames, Anthony Hopkins,
Richard Roxburgh, John Polson, Brendan Gleason, William Mapother and
Directed by John Woo.
Distributed by Paramount Pictures. 123 minutes. Rated
Mission: Impossible 2
the same franchise name as Brian DePalmas techno-thriller, and the same main
character, but otherwise they have absolutely no relation. Where the first film
relied on a labyrinthine plot twists and gadgets, the new film, directed by John Woo (Face
Off) is much more sensual. It is hands on. They dont worry so much
about plot, they just worry about action. It is hot where the original was
M:I2 features some awesome action sequences (although, frankly,
Woos constant slowing and speeding up of the action got really tiring after a
while.) Mission Impossible 2 is undeniably a very capable action
film. It does beg the question though, does the world really need one of its biggest
superstars (Tom Cruise) and some of its most talented actors (Sir Anthony Hopkins, Thandie
Newton, Ving Rhames, Dougray Scott) in an above-average Jackie Chan movie? (6/00)
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Posted: June 30, 2000.