Having reviewed Mission: Impossible from 1996 last week it’s time to turn my attention to the first sequel and one many consider the best of the film series. So without further ado here’s my Mission: Impossible 2 Blu-ray Review.
- Mission: Impossible 2 (2000)
- Discs: 1
- Released By Paramount Pictures
- Blu-ray Released: 17 October 2011
When deadly new virus is believed to have been stolen IMF agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is brought in to track down and secure it.
The screenplay was Written by Robert Towne.
Style / Direction
John Woo takes the directorial helm for MI2 and ups the action considerably. The good news is Mission: Impossible 2 is probably a better film than the first one. The action sequences are generally better the pacing seems to work just that bit better.
MI2 is in that rarest of positions in being a sequel that is actually better than the first film and there are very very few that achieve this. Personally I don’t hold the view that The Godfather Part II is a better film than the first film, the first film is a much better standalone movie. Anyway I digress, put simply MI2 is extremely well shot.
The cinematography is handled by Jeffrey L. Kimball.
Music / Audio Effects
MI2 makes good use of the main theme and the rest of the music fits rather well, but then it is provided by the excellent Hans Zimmer
Acting / Characters
Mission: Impossible II like the first film has a very good cast. Tom Cruise and Thandie Newton have plenty of chemistry which is just as well as their characters have to carry the movies romantic plot line.
Dougray Scott plays the bad guy Sean Ambrose well enough, so much so you are really pleased when his demise ultimately comes.
It’s also nice to see the return of Luther Stickell played by Ving Rhames from the first film.
All in all nothing to complain about on the acting front.
Conclusion: Mission: Impossible 2 (2000) Film Review
MI2 actually narrowly outdoes the first film in the series by just doing everything a little better. The story flows that bit easier and the action scenes are better realised. If you loved the first outing then there is really no reason you won’t like the sequel equally if not more.
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Conclusion: Mission: Impossible 2 Blu-ray Review
Unlike the first movie that really needs some TLC, there are no such problems for Mission: Impossible 2. The picture quality is simply perfect with no annoying dirt marks anywhere to be found.
On to the extras and there are plenty to keep you going for quite a while. If you ever wanted to see just how many of the stunts Tom Cruise does then these set of extras have you covered.
- Commentary By Director John Woo
- Behind The Mission (14 mins)
- Mission: Incredible (5 mins)
- Impossible Shots (34 mins)
- I Disappear – Metallica (5 mins)
- Alternate Title Sequence (1 min)
- Excellence In Film: Cruise (9 mins)
- Generation: Cruise (4 mins)
Popcorn Cinema Rating:
Mission: Impossible 2 (2000)
MOVIE RATING: MUST SEE
BLU-RAY RATING: EXCELLENT
POPCORN CINEMA: RECOMMENDED
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Mission: Impossible 2 (2000) Trailer
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Clip may not be representative of the Blu-ray version
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Summary: Mission: Impossible 2 (2000) Blu-ray Review
Movie title: Mission: Impossible 2 (2000)
Duration: 123 mins
Director(s): John Woo
Actor(s): Tom Cruise, Dougray Scott, Thandie Newton, Richard Roxburgh, Ving Rhame, John Polson, Brendan Gleeson
- Movie Rating
- Blu-ray Picture Rating
A fantastic action movie sequel that actually slightly betters the first film.