Mission: Impossible II (2000)

JOHN WOO

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA/Germany, 2000.  Paramount Pictures, , Munich Film Partners & Company.  Story by , , Screenplay by , based on the television series created by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Tom Cruise, .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  

This time the film is shorter on brains and longer on excitement, making it pretty much just as good as the original but on its own terms. Where the first Tom Cruise adventure was craftier and better at paying tribute to international spy thrillers of the sixties, this time director John Woo has applied the breakneck speed action of his own Hong Kong thrillers to the proceedings, throwing in ridiculous car chases, motorcycle chases, helicopter chases and who knows what else. is lovely as the “girl”, and Anthony Hopkins makes a welcome cameo as Cruise’s mission director.

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