IMF agent Ethan Hunt has been sent on a mission to retrieve and destroy the supply of a genetically created disease called ‘Chimera’. His mission is made impossible due to the fact that he is not the only person after samples of the disease.
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Against all odds, I find that this film has aged remarkably well. Mostly due to John Woo's direction but also to the fact that nobody makes action movies like this anymore: our distinctly feminine hero gazing into the camera like a lover's eyes, his hair tousled by the wind as the camera swirls around him in slow motion ecstasy. Meanwhile, some poor bastard henchmen are about to be crushed by a semi-truck.
the-slow-mo to the- spanish-guitar is a master mix. john woo proves his one-n-only-cinematic-style of editing. he also makes tom to play role more like the eyes-wide-shut-tom than the the boys-having-fun-tom, amazing.
THis movie is pure visual spectacle, which I am down for, but sometimes it feels like a bit much. I found myself rolling my eyes while the two leads looked at each other in slow motion as the over dramatic music. I did really like Newton in this movie, not only was she gorgeous, but she seemed rather strong, able to hold herself well along Cruise. It's a high octane popcorn flick that I enjoyed.
It feels like John Woo remakes former glories or other Asian action films for this sequel, but there is no denying there is a lot of action to see here. Thandie Newton is a gorgeous damsel in distress that steals the film from Tom Cruise. This film is ruined by the fact that it overdo the use of masks and several times do the film feel more like an unoffical "Face/Off" sequel and the main villain overact badly.
If you prefer to show Tom Cruise climbing cliffs and car-chasing and making love for the first 30 minutes of a spy film, I think you've got it wrong! There's no interesting plot, no interesting characterization, and Woo's visual characteristics - i.e. white pigeons in action scenes that I remember from Face/Off - are out of place, and therefore, they backfire.