The characters couldn't be more two-dimensional if they were in a Nintendo game. His character is more of a James Bond clone than the character is the original movie; I admire his guts and fearlessness for doing several scenes especially the opening one , and the truth is, he's not bad. I don't even know why I watched it to the end. I knew going into this movie that it was going to be easy viewing, but I thought it would have more of a plot. You would know John Woo was involved by the inclusion of doves flying through the under ground lair shortly after an explosion! Now, all there is to do is sit back and watch those classic John Woo action sequences. In this movie he doesn't seem as serious about his job. The only good thing about this film is that it was so boring that I preferred doing the homework I'd been postponing for ages to watching the dumb motorcycle chases.
Ving Rhames and his Australian colleague seem to do absolutely nothing in this film other than occassionally tap on a computer laptop keyboard and try to look serious. However, I do like that the character now has absolutely amazing skills in hand to hand combat. Thandie Newton, who I had never seen before, is certainly beautiful, but she carries two expressions on her face through the entire movie, and resembles Ally McBeal in a tighter T-shirt. The 'chase' scenes are awful to be fair to them, especially the motorbike one. I was going to talk about the extremely pointless car chase sequence between the hero and the chick, in which they demolish their cars for no reason whatsoever, but I don't really know what to say about it. Woo seems to be directing if you could call it that in his sleep.
Now there's nothing wrong with that. It is a pretty straight forward, brain at the door action movie but the real problem with it is the huge inconsistencies throughout the movie. It just didn't fit in with the first film. And it wasn't even bad in a funny way, but simply bad in an extremely painful way. The movie was still immensely entertaining. This Mission: Impossible is just a bland shoot 'em up action film.
Sure, the movie wants you to think that she could kick ass if she wanted to by making her a professional thief, but isn't very convincing at that. This just could have been much more. The story is nothing but a series of cliches. Although it made an impressive opening weekend this film got so slated by critics and the media that it would be lucky to break even from box office takings. John Woo is not a director he is a second unit director that got lucky.
The bad guys have stolen a killer virus and are intending to let it loose to make a fortune selling the antidote. I didn't even know it was possible to sink that low. Mission: Impossible was a fast paced espionage thriller that actually made you think, which is what I like in a movie. Dougray Scott tries as the villain, but he's not scary at all, just sort of mildly irritable. The throat elastoplast that enables people to talk like other people including perfecting their accents South African, Scottish, American And finally the car and motorcycle chases that seem to break the laws of physics rather than breaking the monotony of the plot.
I liked the first and third but the second was awful. I just don't get the dove thing. I've seen lots of bad movies and lots of bad sequels, but this one was just incredibly bad. Then to top it all off before duelling with there bikes on the sand, the high performance road bikes take an off camera pit-stop to change the slick tires to off-road. It was probably the only film that puts you into the mind of a secret agent as he tries to uncover a conspiracy that wiped out his cohorts. Truly, a sign of the times, and the audience laughed at that one.
Being a tomboy, I absolutely hate it when women in movies have no personality and are just added in as a love interest. The Second Unit Director's Woo laughable obsession with White Doves that seem to have more screen time than Anthony Hopkins. This brief rant illustrates the stream of flaws through the movie and I think Mr. How is it that his bike doesn't explode when his gas tank is hit but everything he shoots blows up? Sure, the action scenes are great in that classic John Woo, ultra-choreographed way, but the plot isn't original or have much to it. How can a bullet fired almost directly at you shatter the visor on the bike and not hit the passenger? Even the character of Ethan Hunt, though still played by Tom Cruise, is different.
He cannot control his cast, he cannot convey any plot and he cannot stage believable action sequences. I did like Anthony Hopkins, though. If you want action try somewhere else because this will leave you under whelmed. Even the soundtrack by Metallica and Limp Bizkit is absolutely Tuneless and irrelevant to the film. In the end, while Tom Cruise is engaged in a very unrealistic battle sequence on a beach, she roams around aimlessly, considering the possibility of throwing herself off a cliff which would have been a relief. He brings class to whatever he appears in.
. The sequel however has no plot, no interesting dialogue just mindless shootouts that would leave Gun and ballistic experts laughing in disbelief. Everything to do with the plot is laid out for us basically right away. Overall, if you're looking for a smart spy thriller like the first film, this ain't it. In this movie, Ethan Hunt is once again a secret agent, and he is sent on a mission to stop a crooked agent from stealing a deadly virus for his own use. After all, this is a villain who demands stock options as part of his bounty. She was the only female in the entire film and her sole purpose was to be sexy as is subtly shown by several pointless cleavage shots.