Mission: Impossible 2
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Tom Cruise reprises his role as Ethan Hunt, secret agent extraordinaire. This time around, a deadly virus has fallen into the hands of a terrorist (Dougray Scott) who plans on unleashing a global plague. Hunt must work with a seductive thief (Thandie Newton) while trying to thwart the madman's attempt at world destruction.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Let John Woo take you on a wild cinematic romp that grabs your attention and never lets go. M:I-2 features some of the most insane car/motorcycle chases, shootouts and freefalls ever put on film. One word of advice though. Suspend your disbelief and just enjoy the ride because youíre going to see some pretty crazy things. It even manages to incorporate a little romance into the mix, serving as a nice diversion to all ensuing mayhem. Thandie Newton is one sizzling hot babe, I couldnít get enough of her! (or her revealing tops) Ladies, donít worry, Cruise will keep you happy with his chiseled abs and hard body. Heís one sexy bastard. Woo was also sure to include several of his trademarks, like the cooing pigeons and two fisted blazing gun battles. Granted, he does overindulge in the slow motion shot department but I loved it all the same, it only enhances the "coolness" factor. Youíll either love or hate his way of telling a story. One thing is certain tough, this is a fun, action packed 2 hours that will not disappoint action fans.
This DVD includes a range of excellent extras. Theyíve thrown everything on it, except the kitchen sink. "Behind the Mission" is a 14-minute featurette which features interviews with the entire cast and crew. "Mission Incredible" is a 5 minute look detailing the effort involved in orchestrating the involved stuntwork. (Cool factoid: Cruise did ALL of his own stunts, dayam!) The DVDís best feature is "Impossible Shots" which chronicles virtually every major special effects shot in the movie, 11 in all and totaling over 34 minutes. Spliced with interviews by Woo and stunt coordinator Brian Smrz, itís very well done and extremely informative. An alternate version of the title sequence and Metallicaís video for "I Disappear" are also included. I was surprised to notice an extra, "Mission Improbable", which was originally broadcast during the 2000 MTV Movie Awards. Itís a short 6-minute parody, which stars Tom Cruise and Ben Stiller as his stunt double, Tom Crooze. This is a funny little skit which shows that the producers arenít afraid to poke fun at themselves and lighten things up a bit. The DVD features some very cool menus complete with secret agent file animation and snippets from the soundtrack.
An impressive release to say the least. It features superb audio and video coupled with a surplus of worthy extras. If you find yourself asking how they created certain special effects, chances are the DVD will answer your questions. Simply put, Mission Impossible 2 is a high quality disc which is sure to please. Worth the money.