Mission: Impossible II

Published July 9, 2012

Mission: Impossible II

Film info

  • Title Mission: Impossible II
  • Director John Woo
  • Year 2000
  • Run time 2hrs 3m
  • Genres Thriller, Action, Adventure
  • Tagline Expect the impossible again

The world's greatest spy returns in the movie event of the year, M:I-2. Top action director John Woo brings his own brand of excitement to the mission that finds Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) partnering up with the beautiful Nyah Hall (Thandie Newton) to stop renegade agent Sean Ambrose (Dougray Scott) from releasing a new kind of terror on an unsuspecting world.

Fast Facts

Title: Mission: Impossible II Director: John Woo Year: 2000 Run time: 2hrs 3

Background Info

We wanted to watch the first movie, because it’s the first one and that’s always a good place to start. We’re also quite intrigued by the trailers for the new one, that looks pretty interesting. Unfortunately, I am the kind that can’t skip any, so we’ve been waiting for MI2 to arrive in HD. Hey presto!

Live Blog

0:48 - Hey, look, a stereotypical crazy scientist bathed in green light. Perfect. 3:03 - Bad hair for Tom. 5:29 - I forgot about the face-pulling. 6:44 - How do you climb something like that? There’s nothing to grip! 10:13 - “If I let you know where I’m going, I won’t be on holiday.” 11:28 - Always found Spanish dancing curious. A stompy kind of tapdance. 14:32 - It’s mostly incredible they have a bath you can lie completely straight in. 18:43 - “Where did you get this number? I don’t even have it.” 21:44 - It must be the near death experience. 23:27 - Even James Bond doesn’t usually get the girl this early. 30:02 - He said Mission Impossible. Yay! 35:19 - Kangaroo! 42:00 - I love the house in the middle of nowhere, but the sheep are a bit noisy. 44:08 - What kind of crazy accent is that pilot chap supposed to have. He’s not South African, is he? 48:53 - Good grief. Never seen this guy before we watched The Guard, now he’s in every film! 52:49 - I think I would always like to be the one in the van with all the gadgets. 59:52 - With all the face-ripping that goes on, you can’t trust anyone in this movie. 1:04:06 - Two face pulls in five minutes. I can’t keep up. 1:07:05 - I love the amusing analysis of exactly what happened in the first movie. Insane moves to avoid hurting the guards. 1:08:47 - Hanging on a wire trying to avoid detection. Familiar! 1:11:48 - Why is all the murdering going on off screen? 1:16:03 - Woah, the bad guys aren’t subtle. 1:17:46 - He’s a really rubbish shot. 1:21:25 - What is up with this film and the tirade against women? 1:22:37 - Tis what I would have done, too. Stupid people underestimating the woman. 1:31:57 - Lots of British/Scottish accents in this movie. 1:37:18 - I love the fort or bunker or whatever it is. I need to go see one again. 1:39:26 - What does “getting your gun off” mean? Is that a well known phrase? 1:40:41 - It’s just a hole in the ground! I need that fort in my life. 1:46:42 - Now it’s just motorbike versus motorbike. 1:50:22 - She doesn’t look very sick. 1:52:26 - Rage! 1:57:49 - So, the moral I am getting from this is to always tell someone where you are going.


The thing I remember most about the first film is that it had a very dark, and quite confusing start, an awesome middle and a completely preposterous ending. The end ruined the rest. For this sequel, things seemed a lot calmer. There were plot holes galore, I mean some real simple and quite important things, but it all seemed to be on the same level, rather than watching two completely different films.

The ending had it’s own silly action sequence, but I was grateful it was just some overdone motorbike stunts rather than the concept of a helicopter in the Channel Tunnel.

I definitely liked this one more than the first, although Tom’s dodgy hair was quite hard to come to terms with. The face-pulling thing also got quite old quite quickly. To sum up: entertaining, if thoroughly flawed.

**Rating: **3/5

Rating: 3 / 5

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