Mission Impossible II (2000, dir. John Woo)

One of the stupidest films I have ever seen and a real stinker of a sequel. Cruise’s hair is unfathomable and the use of slo-mo is so over done as to reach Garth Marenghi levels of crap. Awful on every level and a surprise it didn’t sink the franchise.

Author: lemonsquirtle

Game Designer and Lecturer and part time film critic.

3 thoughts on “Mission Impossible II (2000, dir. John Woo)”

  1. For me, this is filed definitely under guilty pleasure rather than as stinker. Partly, cos I like Woo’s schtick, even tho it works less well in the West than in Hong Kong for some reason. There’s some great stuff in it, esp, in the largely-improvised third act (made up on set after the permissions to mount a huge chase through Sydney fell through). I’ll happily concede that it’s the weakest movie in the series tho!

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    1. I remember not liking it much on first viewing at the cinema when it came out. I’ve never watched it since and just watching all of them again at the moment. I was not prepared for how bad this film was. It’s everything a MI film should not be. I was quite shocked at how bad it was.

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      1. Woo’s an acquired taste, certainly, and perhaps something of its time. He never was particularly happy in Hollywood. That said, even with the tinkered-with version that currently exists (JCVD’s people had a hand in a re-edit to de-emphasise Henriksen and Vosloo), Hard Target is a thing of B-movie beauty.

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