EXPECT THE IMPOSSIBLE AGAIN.
A thief (Thandie Newton) infiltrates renegade agent Sean Ambrose’s (Dougray Scott) home; Ethan Hunt’s (Tom Cruise) mission is to prevent Ambrose’s lethal virus from spreading all over the world. Robert Towne may have had a homage in mind (a nicer way of saying that he steals), because the screenplay of this sequel echoes Hitchcock’s classic Notorious (1946). A huge letdown from the original, and I could certainly do without director John Woo’s pigeons in slow motion, but Cruise’s opening cliffhanger is nevertheless terrific and there are a few treats to be had along the way, including the leads’ sexy rapport.
2000-U.S. 126 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by John Woo. Screenplay: Robert Towne. Cast: Tom Cruise (Ethan Hunt), Thandie Newton (Nyah Nordoff-Hall), Dougray Scott (Sean Ambrose), Ving Rhames, Richard Roxburgh, John Polson… Brendan Gleeson. Cameo: Anthony Hopkins.
Trivia: Co-produced by Cruise. According to Towne, Woo had written the action scenes even before work began on the screenplay. Followed by Mission: Impossible III (2006).
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