Mission: Impossible 2

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Another Impossible Mission, this time involving the hunt for a deadly virus. Tom Cruise will star, along with Ving Rhames, Thandie Newton, Brendan Gleeson, Dougray Scott, John Polson, Rade Serbedzija and Richard Roxburgh. Anthony Hopkins will play Cruise's new boss. Michael Tolkin and David Marconi have written the script. John Woo will direct.

Capsule Review Mission: Impossible 2 is, by any standard, a mediocre sequel. The convoluted plot of the first Mission: Impossible has been traded for a straight-line, connect-the-dots scenario that can't even manage one surprising twist. The characters are barely there, and the script overuses its minimal arsenal (how many times must the "perfect" latex disguise mask be used?). There's never a feeling of jeopardy, despite the entire world being at stake. Nor do any of the action sequences spur much excitement, mostly due to poor editing. As soon as a stunt starts looking interesting, the film cuts away. Director John Woo's signature touches are all over this film, but this is a hamstrung version of his best works. The movie is good for its minimal escapism, but little more. (Paramount)

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RCrowe (anonymous)Crew/Company Info
03/17/99 07:31 AMTom Cruise is producing this film with his company C/W Productions.

maralinn (anonymous)Anthony Hopkins rumored to join cast
04/07/99 11:50 PMAt a post-Oscar party, Anthony Hopkins was quoted as saying he has been offered a small but important role as Tom Cruise's boss (the one who gives him his missions).

Maralinn (anonymous)MI2 delayed, filming to start 4-19
04/09/99 02:19 PMArmy Archard says that filming is now set to start on 4-19. I think the release date (12-99) is probably going to be moved back, but I haven't confirmed that yet.

rumorguymission delayed
07/21/99 07:56 AMMission Impossible has been delayed until May 24, 2000

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