Mission: Impossible II (2000)
Directed by: John Woo
Written by: Robert Towne based on the television series created by Bruce Gellar
Starring: Tom Cruise, Dougray Scott, Thandie Newton, Ving Rhames, Richard Roxburgh, John Polson, Brendan Gleeson, Radé Sherbedgia, William Mapother, Dominic Purcell, Anthony Hopkins
Okay, well, this is another sequel... as it would seem.
This time around, I wasn't really paying attention, but as far as I can tell, it's about a killer virus which is stolen by an evil Scottish guy and Tom Cruise has to get it back, with a little help from a super thief who was formerly Scottish guy's girlfriend, and Ving Rhames (naturally).
It's not really as good as the first one, I must say. It's got lots of action and fighting and crap like that - it certainly outdoes the first one in that respect - but it was just sort of... lacking. I don't know.
And I object to the title Mission: Impossible. If it was really impossible he wouldn't be able to do it, and when he does get down to trying to solve the problem, it doesn't seem that impossible at all. It's actually surprisingly do-able.
But I'm actually rather fond of the people in it - Tom Cruise aside. He's starting to get on my nerves now. But Ving Rhames and Thandie Newton and Tony Hopkins and Brendan Gleeson are all kind of likeable - I'm not really familiar with Dougray Scott, but he doesn't offend my brain or anything. Richard Roxburgh does a terrible South African accent (a notch up from his terrible Romanian accent in Van Helsing) - or maybe that was Australian (his real one) and I'm just confused, but anyway, I don't have a problem with him. I even kind of like William Mapother (who is actually Tom Cruise's cousin - I always knew they were related. They look the frigging same and his name is Mapother).
Not that that really matters much. It's all just a big James Bond rip off anyway - except that Bond has a lick of charisma and Tom Cruise doesn't. But I suppose that's only natural.
Anyway, those face-mask thingies are starting to bother me. First of all, that wouldn't work. Second of all, how the hell is anybody supposed to trust anybody else when everybody had access to those frigging things? And why the hell do they have to go to all that fuss and bother breaking into places if they can just make a mask that looks like somebody and... urg. It irritates me so.
So I ended up just feeling mildly irritated. Nonetheless (masochist as I am) I started watched the third one. I was actually kind of enjoying it until I fell asleep, so I'm going to try again tonight.
But that's all in the future, and we shan't go there (well, actually, we shall, but not now). I'm so confused.