Mission: Impossible II (2000)

After saving the spy world four years prior in Mission: Impossible, Tom Cruise is back as the super-spy Ethan Hunt to keep it safe all over again.

Instead of protecting the secret spies, he’s back to stop the spread of a deadly disease while falling in love with the carrier of the disease.

Now I’m not here say this is the worse action movie ever, but it is by far the weakest entry into the MI franchise.

The villain is weak, the plot is a mess, and the stunts were really over the top. The performances in the first movie called for crazy stunts, but this one really didn’t. It felt like Cruise was given a chance to ride his motorcycle recklessly, and they just happen to catch it all on film.

One of the best things about the film is that Ving Rhines returned and built up his character for a long run in the franchise. Thandie Newton also gives a reliable performance as the heroine and love interest. She’s not like your average thief, she’s in a league of her own. Unfortunately, that league comes with a lot of baggage.

Another aspect I didn’t take a liking too was how the majority of the story that involved Brenden Gleeson’s character. I understand the man is a great character actor, but this was not a role for him.

As we revisited all the Mission: Impossible entries recently, we came to realize how weak of an entry this is, and that we are thankful the story only got better from here. 3/10

One thought on “Mission: Impossible II (2000)

  1. I know this movie gets a lot of hate but I love it. The franchise had a much different model back then intending to bring new directors with new flavors to each film. I really like the hyper-stylized John Woo action. Fast, silly fun.

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