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Mission: Impossible 2
Mission Impossible II.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by John Woo
Produced by
Screenplay by Robert Towne
Story by
Based on Mission: Impossible
by Bruce Geller
Starring
Music by Hans Zimmer
Cinematography Jeffrey L. Kimball
Edited by
Production
companies
Distributed by Paramount Pictures[1]
Release date
  • May 24, 2000 (2000-05-24)
Running time
123 minutes[2]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $125 million[3]
Box office $546.4 million[3]

Mission: Impossible 2 (also stylized as Mission: Impossible II[1][4] and abbreviated as M:I-2[1]) is a 2000 American action spy film directed by John Woo and starring Tom Cruise, who also served as the film's producer. It is the second installment in the Mission: Impossible film series. In the film, Ethan Hunt is recruited by the Impossible Missions Force (IMF) to find and destroy a dangerous biological weapon called "Chimera" from a rogue IMF agent named Sean Ambrose with the help of his new girlfriend, Nyah Nordoff-Hall.

Mission: Impossible 2 was released in theaters worldwide on May 24, 2000. It grossed more than $546.4 million worldwide, becoming the highest grossing film of 2000. Reviews were mixed to positive; praise was directed at Tom Cruise's performance and the action sequences, but the plot and dialogue were criticized.

Plot[edit]

Bio-chemical expert Dr. Vladimir Nekhorvich sends a message to the IMF for Ethan Hunt, an old friend of his, warning that his employer, Biocyte Pharmaceuticals, forced him to develop a biological epidemic to profit from its remedy. He arranges to meet with Ethan to deliver the Chimera virus, and its cure, Bellerophon. With Ethan on vacation and incommunicado, the IMF sends agent Sean Ambrose disguised as Ethan to meet Nekhorvich on a passenger plane. Ambrose goes rogue, killing Nekhorvich and stealing Bellerophon before his men destroy the plane.

IMF Commander Swanbeck informs Ethan of the circumstances of Nekhorvich's death and they determine Ambrose is responsible. Swanbeck tasks Ethan with recovering the virus and its cure, and has him recruit Nyah Nordoff-Hall, a professional thief presently operating in Seville, Spain. After recruiting Nyah and romancing her, Ethan finds out that she is Ambrose's ex-girlfriend and he reluctantly convinces her to spy on Ambrose.

Ethan assembles his team, computer expert Luther Stickell and pilot Billy Baird, in Sydney, Australia, where Biocyte laboratories are located and Ambrose is staying. As Ethan stakes out Biocyte, Nyah rekindles her former relationship with Ambrose and relays information to Ethan's team. At a horse racing event, Ambrose meets with Biocyte's CEO, John C. McCloy. He shows McCloy a memory card video of Chimera affecting one of Nekhorvich's colleagues before blackmailing McCloy into cooperating with him. Nyah steals the camera's memory card and delivers it to Ethan. They learn that Chimera has a 20-hour dormant period before it causes death by mass destruction of the victim's red blood cells. Bellerophon can only save the victim if used within that 20-hour window. When Nyah discreetly returns the memory card to Ambrose, he notices it is in the wrong pocket of his jacket.

Ethan's team kidnaps McCloy to force him to give up Bellerophon. However, the only Bellerophon samples were taken by Nekhorvich, and are now in Ambrose's hands. Ambrose has the cure, but does not have the virus; unbeknownst to him at the time, Nekhorvich injected himself with Chimera to smuggle it out of Biocyte. Ambrose plans to exchange a sample of Bellerophon to McCloy for a sample of Chimera. Ethan's team breaks into Biocyte to destroy the virus before the exchange can take place. Ambrose, posing as Ethan, tricks Nyah into revealing the plan, then captures Nyah and raids Biocyte to secure the virus. Ethan is able to destroy all but one sample of Chimera before Ambrose intervenes, and a firefight ensues, culminating in the sample being dropped on the floor between Ambrose and Ethan. Ambrose orders Nyah to retrieve the sample; she instead injects herself with it, preventing Ambrose from simply killing her after she retrieved it for him. Nyah insists that Ethan kill her to destroy the virus but Ethan is unwilling to do so. Ambrose takes Nyah away as Ethan escapes from the laboratory.

Ambrose releases Nyah to wander the streets of Sydney in a daze, intending to start a pandemic. He offers to sell Bellerophon to McCloy in exchange for stock options, to make him Biocyte's majority shareholder. He predicts that the price of Biocyte's stock will skyrocket due to demand for Bellerophon after the Chimera outbreak. Ethan infiltrates the meeting and steals the remaining samples of Bellerophon. While Ethan is pursued by Ambrose and his men, Luther and Billy locate Nyah, who has wandered to a cliff side, intent on killing herself to prevent the eventual outbreak. Ethan kills Ambrose's men but Ambrose chases him to a beach where Ethan defeats him in a melee brawl. Wth little time left on the 20-hour countdown, Luther reaches Ethan at the beach. As Ethan is about to give Luther the Bellerophon canister, Ambrose recovers and points a gun at Ethan. Ethan throws the canister to Luther and jumps away from Ambrose's shot while kicking up a gun from the sand which he uses to kill Ambrose. Luther injects Nyah with the Bellerophon in time to cure her.

IMF clears Nyah's criminal record and Ethan starts his vacation with her in Sydney.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

According to screenwriter Robert Towne several action sequences were already planned for the film prior to his involvement and before the story had been written.[6]

The studio expressed concern over the safety of shooting Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise)'s entrance in the film, where he is free solo climbing in Moab, Utah's Dead Horse Point State Park.[7] Cruise refused to drop the idea because he could not think of a better way to reintroduce the character. There was no safety net as he filmed the sequence, but he did have a harness. He tore his shoulder when performing Hunt's jump from one part of the cliff to another.[8] Most of the scenes were also shot in Sydney, Australia.

Marketing[edit]

The first trailer to the film was released in November 1999 and was later shown before Pokémon: The First Movie.

Music[edit]

The film's original score was composed by Hans Zimmer and features vocals performed by Lisa Gerrard.[9] In addition, the film includes contemporary music such as Limp Bizkit's rendition of Lalo Schifrin's Mission: Impossible theme entitled "Take a Look Around" as well as Metallica's "I Disappear".[10]

While vacationer Ethan is rock climbing, Zap Mama's remixed version of "Iko Iko" plays on the soundtrack.

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

In its North American opening weekend, the film grossed $57,845,297, ranking at #1. It held on to the No. 1 spot for three weekends. The film eventually grossed $215,409,889 in its North American release and $330,978,216 in other territories, totaling $546,388,105 worldwide, the highest-grossing film of 2000.[3] It was also John Woo's highest grossing film of all time.

Critical response[edit]

Mission: Impossible 2 received mixed to positive reviews, with critics praising the fast-paced action scenes, Tom Cruise's performance and Hans Zimmer's musical score, but criticizing the plot, dialogue, little resemblance to its source material, and overall lack of substance. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes indicates the film was certified as "Rotten" with overall approval rating of 57% based on 143 reviews, with an average score of 5.9/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Your cranium may crave more substance, but your eyes will feast on the amazing action sequences".[11] Metacritic gives the film a weighted average score of 59 out of 100, based on 40 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[12]

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times said that "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."[4] Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly felt the film was a "throwaway pleasure" but also "a triumph of souped-up action."[13] Ella Taylor of LA Weekly said that "every car chase, every plane crash, every potential drop off a cliff is a masterpiece of grace and surprise."[14] Desson Howe of The Washington Post said that "[John] Woo [...] takes complete command of the latest technology to create brilliant action sequences."[15] Lou Lumenick of the New York Post said, "Check your brains at the popcorn stand and hang on for a spectacular ride."[16]

J. Hoberman of The Village Voice called the film "a vaguely absurd thriller filled with elaborately superfluous setups and shamelessly stale James Bond riffs."[17] Dennis Harvey of Variety said the film is "even more empty a luxury vehicle than its predecessor" and that it "pushes the envelope in terms of just how much flashy packaging an audience will buy when there's absolutely nada inside."[18] Jonathan Rosenbaum of the Chicago Reader said that "no hero or villain winds up carrying any moral weight at all."[19]

In a retrospective commentary in 2012, Brad Brevet noted the film has significant similarities in plot and themes to Alfred Hitchcock's 1946 film Notorious.[20]

Mission: Impossible 2 was nominated for two Golden Raspberry Awards at the 2000 ceremony, including Worst Remake or Sequel and Worst Supporting Actress for Thandie Newton.[21]

A comedy short titled Mission: Improbable was shown during the 2000 MTV Movie Awards. It is a mockumentary of the behind-the-scenes stunts of Mission: Impossible 2, and stars Cruise, Ben Stiller, and Woo.

Home media[edit]

Mission: Impossible 2 was released on DVD on November 17, 2000.[22] A Blu-Ray release followed on June 3, 2008, and a 4K UHD Blu-Ray version was released on June 26, 2018.[23]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Mission: Impossible II (2000)". British Film Institute. Retrieved January 26, 2018. 
  2. ^ "Mission: Impossible 2 (15)". British Board of Film Classification. June 5, 2000. Retrieved August 2, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c "Mission: Impossible II (2000)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved July 13, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Roger Ebert (May 24, 2000). "Mission: Impossible II". Chicago Sun-Times. 
  5. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/movies/movie/184585/Mission-Impossible-2/overview
  6. ^ Argent, Daniel (February 25, 2016). ""It's just as hard every time." Robert Towne on Screenwriting". Creative Screenwriting. Retrieved February 25, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Moab Movie Locations - Take a tour of some of Moab's famous movie locations". Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  8. ^ "Friday Night with Jonathan Ross: Series 16: Episode 1". BBC iPlayer. January 23, 2009. Retrieved January 24, 2009. [link expired]
  9. ^ "Filmtracks: Gladiator (Hans Zimmer/Lisa Gerrard)". Filmtracks.com. October 27, 2007. Retrieved February 2, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Mission: Impossible 2 [Original Soundtrack]". Allmusic. Retrieved February 2, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Mission Impossible 2 (2000)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved March 6, 2018. 
  12. ^ "Mission: Impossible II Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved March 6, 2018. 
  13. ^ "Mission: Impossible 2 (2000)", Owen Gleiberman, June 2, 2000, Entertainment Weekly, Time Inc.
  14. ^ Mission: Impossible II review, Ella Taylor, LA Weekly Archived January 15, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  15. ^ "'M:I-2': Mission Accomplished", Desson Howe, May 26, 2000, The Washington Post.
  16. ^ Mission: Impossible II review, Lou Lumenick, New York Post. Archived June 13, 2001, at the Wayback Machine.
  17. ^ "Smoke and Mirrors", J. Hoberman, May 30, 2000, The Village Voice.
  18. ^ "Mission: Impossible 2", Dennis Harvey, May 23, 2000, Variety.
  19. ^ Mission: Impossible II review, Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
  20. ^ Brad Brevet. "Did You Know 'Mission: Impossible 2' is a Remake of Hitchcock's 'Notorious'? Here, Have a Look..." Rope of Silicon. Retrieved October 5, 2015. 
  21. ^ "2000 RAZZIE Nominees & 'Winners'". Golden Raspberry Award Foundation. December 4, 2005. Retrieved 2012-01-01. 
  22. ^ Woo, John (2000-11-07), Mission: Impossible 2, Paramount, retrieved 2018-05-02 
  23. ^ "Mission: Impossible II DVD Release Date". DVDs Release Dates. Retrieved 2018-05-02. 

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