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M:I-2 (Mission: Impossible 2)

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Movie propaganda

Expect the impossible again .

American and British IMF teams join forces on the hunt to find a stolen virus. However, one by one the members on the teams start ending up dead. Can Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) find out who this assassin is and stop their deadly plans? From the crowded streets of Madrid to the busy harbour of Sydney, the chase is on.

Persons of interest

  • Tom Cruise .... Ethan Hunt
  • Dougray Scott .... Sean Ambrose
  • Thandie Newton .... Nyah Nordoff-Hall
  • Ving Rhames .... Luther Stickell
  • Richard Roxburgh .... Hugh Stamp
  • John Polson .... Billy Baird
  • Brendan Gleeson .... John C McCloy
  • Rade Serbedzija .... Doctor Nekhorvich
  • William Mapother .... Wallis
  • Dominic Purcell .... Ulrich
  • Matthew Wilkinson .... Michael
  • Bruce Geller .... Creator
  • Ronald D Moore .... Storywriter
  • Brannon Braga .... Storywriter
  • Robert Towne .... Screenwriter
  • John Woo .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Action man! Emotions sold separately.

Can you believe it? An action hero who actually has the optional emotions pack installed. You'll believe a man can cry.

Enough of that. It's a big break from the heroic stereotype to find the protagonist believably falling in love and then not having to kill her or let her sacrifice herself to save the world. You can have your cake and eat it too! (There ain't much point in having cake if you ain't gonna eat it, is there?). What's more, Tom is a good enough actor to pull it off: he's as good as Brad Pitt was losing his virginity in Meet Joe Black. Thandie is just as talented, but you expect that level of accomplishment from her. She's a woman. Women can't get by in the movies by working out and hitting things.

As for the Australianisms, well, they are a teensy weensy bit embarrassing. You can tell that the script is written in the USA because there's absolutely no understanding of the "foreign" cultures. Australians might say "mate" every second sentence as a culture but not as an individual. M:I 2 is a dead loss in that respect, especially when you compare it to a true-blue home grown flick like The dish. Now there's a splash of Aussie culcha.

And the Australians? Richard goes through the most bizarre range of accents before finally ending up at something vaguely like a South African with a springbok up his arse. John is the one-dimensional ocker mentioned above. It was embarrassing for me to watch actors with talent performing these roles just because they're in a big budget Hollywood film. Americans might not notice the difference but an Aussie certainly can.

Oi. Oi. Oi.

If you want to switch you intellect over to standby mode and you don't feel like watching a Bond flick then Mission: Impossible 2 is a good replacement, but you have to wonder how stringent the recruitment policy was that two members of the IMF, including one team leader, have gone bad.

Media intelligence (DVD, VHS)

  • Mission: Incredible - Behind-the-scenes
  • Impossible shots - Stunts
  • Mission: Improbable - Parody

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio commentary: John Woo
  • Picture: Widescreen
  • Behind the mission - Cast and crew interviews
  • I disappear - Metallica music video
  • Alternate title sequence

Security censorship classification

M (Medium level violence)

Surveillance time

123 minutes (2:03 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

DVD rental: 5 January 2001
VHS rental: 5 January 2001

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