Starring: Tom Cruise, Dougray Scott, Thandie Newton, Ving Rhames, Richard Roxburgh, John Polson, Brendan Gleeson, Rade Serbedzija
The second edition of the acclaimed Mission Impossible movie, Agent Ethan Hunt (Cruise) returns once again to recover the dangerous virus Chimera and its cure, Bellerophon from the hands of former IMF Agent Sean Ambrose (Scott). Dr. Nekhorvich (Serbedzija) was forced by his employers at Biocyte to produce a monstrous virus, Chimera, which can effectively kill a person within 20 hours and also create its cure which could be then sold to the world at astronomical rates. Nekhorvich is intercepted by Ambrose before he can hand over the virus and the cure to the IMF and is killed. Ambrose intends to sell the stolen drugs back to Biocyte and thus ensuring a healthy profit for himself. Hunt along with the help of a professional thief, and Ambrose's ex-girlfriend, Nyah Nordoff-Hall (Newton) must recover the virus and the cure before all hell breaks lose. The concept of the first movie was to portray an impossible mission and not merely something that is difficult. The impossibility factor is lacking in the movie along with the aspect of a mystery and a strong climax. The movie also includes a romantic angle which slows the pace greatly. All that said and done, the movie packs a lot of punch and adrenaline-rushing action which makes up the flaws to an extent. Perhaps if the mission was more 'impossible' and not merely 'find and retrieve' it would have lived up to the first movie's expectations.
Thumbs up: Amazing action
Thumbs down: Mission difficult, not impossible