Imagine the biggest pile of festering shit. Then put lots of polish in it. What do you have? shiny shit. Now watch it in slow motion. Well now you have MI:2 in all it's wanky glory.There was a time... not so long ago, where a certain filmmaker made films that were of a higher breed. Films that paled ALL others of its kind. These films were almost heavenly in execution and originality, with unbelievable universal appeal - Despite the fact they were not western in origin. John Woo,a master of the craft bringing us some of the best action thriller films ever (Hard Boiled, The Killer, A Better Tomorrow I & II, Bullet in the head) has now become a whore to a system who want to ass fuck all the supremacy this man has.
Those old times though have gone, and with all things gone somethings remain. Since leaving his home country he has brought us Broken Arrow (Arse) Face/Off (Pretty Arse) Once A Theif (Plain and simple arse) Blackjack (Big fat sweaty hairy arse) Hard Target (Van Dammes arse) And now he has brought us Tom Cruise's Mission Impossible 2. Do any of you seriously believe Tom Cruise was just starring in this? And not making the whole thing his? But this is not a review of the making of the film. So on we go... Lets break the film down;
ACTING Well Mr Cruise is a strange breed, a star who can act. Born On The Forth Of July and Magnolia proved this. But he is also prone to go on autopilot action mode. You know the Segal school of acting? Well Cruise is a regular. But this may not be all his fault, it's the script to a degree. But it seems that every shot he is in, he has carefully placed his hair and is always showing his good side(Taking tips from the Shatner school of acting). Pretty boys shouln't attempt to be hero's. He hasn't got the air of authority that say Chow Yun Fat or Ed Norton can command at will. And this showed.. Basially he sucked in this film. Mr Scott... I just hated him. Not in a bad guy way, but in a more'just fuck off and stop being broody' way. In fact I don't wanna talk about him anymore Mr Hopkins? Damn he might has well have hung a sign around his neck saying (only here cos of the money) He didn't emote anything through his performance, except 'God Im bored' Miss Newton... Well she did okay, but in this mess its difficult to do any better. Mr Rhames... Drastically underused again.
SCRIPT Bad bad bad bad bad bad bad bad.... Hold on I forgot to say it was bad. But then again it is a generic action film so speech isn't too important. But the whole plot is nothing but tried and tested. Bad guy want to get rich and is willing to kill people to do it.And at the same time the bad and the good guy have a past. The only plot them that is a bit (and I stress a bit) original is the love theme intertwine directly with the main plot. But that wasn't of great interest either.
DIRECTION Well it seemed like someone paying homage to Woo. Smooth stylish and very much eye candy, but no real flair that seperated it from anything else of its ilk.
ACTION SEQUENCES I'll give it to them, they are spectacular and very entertaining. Executed precisely. But on occasions they are overblown. But Kudos for some stunning work there. But it cant save the film.
So after the dust has settled MI:2 is just another generic action film. Nothing more - nothing less.It sucks all ass