Mission: Impossible II (2000)(#ad)
Release Date: May 24th, 2000
Mission: Impossible 2 or M: I-2 is a 2000 American action flick directed by John Woo, starring Tom Cruise who also produced the film.
This flick is a sequel the the 1996 blockbuster Mission: Impossible, which drew it’s inspiration from the iconic James Bond movies.
Many big names like Dougray Scott, Thandie Newton and Ving Rhames were cast in the movie as it won the critics approval with ease, M: I-2 garnered huge praise as well as profits worldwide.
Given the budget of $125 million, it managed to rack up more than $546 million in box office collections.
Agent Hunt is recruited by IMF to find and destroy Chimera, a dangerous chemical weapon from a rogue IMF agent named Sean Ambrose.
This sequel has a Hong Kong-style martial arts feel which complements the complicated plot and the political maneuverings of its predecessor. Tom Cruise returns to resume his role as Ethan Hunt, a secret agent for the top-secret government agency IMF.
His task is to stop fellow agent Sean Ambrose (Dougray Scott) who has gone rogue by stealing a sample of one of the deadliest synthetic virus named Chimera, which is capable of wiping out the entire human race in no time.
Ambrose decides to sell this synthetic virus to the Australian business tycoon McCloy, who is highest bidder and in exchange he demands the majority of shares of stock in McCloy's company.
When Ethan Hunt is alerted that a synthetic virus named Chimera and its cure Bellerophon has been stolen. He assembles his team to recover the virus and the cure.
Nyah, ex-girlfriend of Ambrose and also a member of Hunt’s team tries to get close to Ambrose in order to learn more about the virus, where she finds out that you get a 20-hour window before dying after you have been affected by the virus.
Ambrose tricks Nyah into revealing the plan but Hunt manages to destroy all but one sample of the virus. Nyah injects herself with the virus to stop Ambrose from using it.
She is released by Ambrose as he tries to sell the antidote to McCloy in exchange for his stock shares. However, Hunt infiltrates this meeting and steals all the remaining samples of the antidote.
A chase ensues before Hunt manages to kill Ambrose. Luther manages to locate Nyah and injects her with the antidote with little time left on the 20-hour window.
With a star studded cast, the director has managed to live up to the expectations of the fans, who won’t accept anything less than the first installment of Mission: Impossible series. With a nerve wracking storyline coupled with nail biting actions scenes, M: I-2 never had a dull moment.