Mission Impossible 2 was when the franchise really started taking off. That was largely because it was directed by John Woo. It was much more stylized and the plot wasn’t as convoluted as the first release. The story is about an Impossible Mission Force (IMF) agent Sean Ambrose (Dougray Scott) turning on the group and attempting to acquire a biological weapon called Chimera. The theme is about betrayal with not only Ambrose but others turning on their friends as well.
The first three scenes show that they’d picked up their writing and film making for Mission Impossible. First, Ambrose uses the IMF masks to pose as Hunt and kidnap the scientist that created Chimera. Second, they had Hunt rock climbing up a huge cliff when a missile is shot into the rock which gives him his next mission. Third, Hunt watches a Spanish dance team and sees the person he’s supposed to meet a thief named Nyah (Thandie Newton) that used to be in a relationship with Ambrose while the dance routine goes back and forth between regular and slow motion speed. These types of scenes would help define the movie.
Of course that didn’t mean Mission Impossible 2 strayed away from the gun play, gadgets and action. There was plenty of that. Woo used a lot of his trademark slo-mo sequences for those scenes.
Overall MI2 set the standards for all the following movie with the style, the story and the action sequences.
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