Mission: Impossible 2
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Director John Woo brings Hong Kong-style martial arts action to this comic book-flavored sequel that eschews the complicated plot and political maneuverings of its predecessor in favor of pure, adrenaline-charged thrills. Tom Cruise returns as Ethan Hunt, an operative for the top-secret government agency IMF (Impossible Missions Force). Fellow agent Sean Ambrose (Dougray Scott) has gone rogue, stealing a sample of a deadly synthetic virus named Chimera that could rapidly wipe out the world's population. Ambrose's plan is to sell Chimera to the highest bidder in exchange for shares of… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 57%

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"Woo lays on his own particular high-octane stylishness so thick the results edge perilously toward self-parody."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"Despite Cruise's attempts here to be Byronic, there's something strenuous about his soulfulness; he turns everything, even repose, into calisthenics."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine
"Good thrill ride of a movie for teens and older."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"With all this having been done before, making MI2 interesting or suspenseful truly is an impossible mission."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"This sequel seems afraid of confusing people, so much so that it dumbs down the plot to an insulting level."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"For all my profound reservations about the whole project, I wound up liking it more, or, at least disliking it less, than I had anticipated. Thandie Newton is the biggest reason."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"It's fun. It's laughable. It has moments of excitement, moments of sheer idiocy and moments of sheer idiotic excitement."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"This will go down on my list as the better sequels."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"It doesn't matter how many extra months the director spends creating impressive action scenes. If the audience is not emotionally invested in the fate of the heroes, no amount of explosions will make them care."
‑ Ron Wells, Film Threat
"A more coherent and romantic script."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
"Woo's hysterically hyper visuals and boytoy gimmickry can't camouflage the emptiness of the enterprise."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"A strained sequel to a feature rip-off of an old television show with a stealable theme song. On screen and off, no one's getting marks for originality here."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Here, Woo just seems to fall back on slow-mo whenever he gets bored, which apparently is often."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"The makers don't go out of their way to make this original in any way, but the quality comes through."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Rather than a groundbreaking piece of new gadgetry, this thriller is like an old, well-oiled machine."
‑ Eugene Novikov, Film Blather
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