Chimera is a deadly virus that will bear a grisly death unless you are given the antidote. The creator of Chimera is murdered and the antidote is stolen by a disavowed I.M.F. Agent, Sean Ambrose (Dougray Scott). The Impossible Mission Force, (I.M.F.), hire the skilled and charming Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise), and the beautiful Nyah Hall (Thandie Newton), who has had her share with Ambrose. Their mission, should they choose to accept it, is to send Hall undercover to Ambrose and learn what she can for Hunt to bring down Chimera, but they will have to break into a secure lab by jumping off of buildings and dodging bullets. Its impossible.
In Greek mythology, the Chimera was a monster with a lion's head, a goat's body, and a serpent's tail, eventually killed by the hero Bellerophon, hence the name of the virus and its antidote. See more »
(at around 1h 40 mins) When Ethan is escaping from the island, he shoots out the tire on the white Ford, causing the hubcap to come off. However, when the driver is swerving and the car flips, you can see that the tire is fully inflated and the hubcap is in place. See more »
[spying on Ambrose through his binoculars]
Ambrose is meeting some bloke in the bar. Big bloke. Ginger hair. They're into something.
[looking at the man who Ambrose is meeting with]
Who is this guy?
Checking now, Ethan.
[runs the man's face through facial recognition]
John McCloy, CEO Biocyte Pharmaceuticals. In 1989, acquired Biocyte in a hostile takeover.
He was Nekhorvich's boss.
Right. He worked for them as a research scientist at Biocyte. Ambrose is showing something to McCloy on a digital camera.
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The UK cinema version is the most complete version of the film to date, featuring additional scenes of violence. Additional footage includes:
a loud crunch during the aeroplane hijack as Ambrose twists and breaks Dr. Nekhorvich's neck
the actual impact and blood spurt on Stamp's knee when Ambrose shoots it, thinking Stamp is Ethan
the kick to Hunt's face during the beach fight is seen in full and does not cut away to Ambrose' face at the point of impact It is assumed that this version is the cut of the film made before trims were made to it for the MPAA to secure a PG-13 rating.
Viva la Virgen del Carmen
Arranged by Alan Lomax
Performed by Joaquina Lagar and Chorus
Courtesy of Rounder Records & Alan Lomax
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Really dumb and lazy film barely manages to be fun at all
IMF Agent Ethan Hunt is sent on a seemingly impossible mission to capture a destroy the only existing supply of a deadly disease known as Chimera. However a group of terrorists, led by ex-IMF agent Ambrose also want the disease so that they can us it to infect the world as they have already got the only cure. Hunt turns to jewel thief Nyah to help him by infiltrating her ex-lover's (Ambrose) group to spy on them.
John Woo must have thought of the elements he needed to follow up the solid thrills of the original movie. Big action scenes? Yes. Slow-motion? Yes. Plot? Characters? Good theme music? Logic of any kind? Nope won't be needing those! Or at least that's how it felt. The plot of the first film was clever despite being open to holes the plot here makes the first one look like a watertight piece of genius! The story only really serves to set up action scenes and the like I can barely remember the disease and can only recall rubbish action scenes!
For a director like John Woo I knew to expect slow-mo and OTT action, but I didn't know that it would all be so very superficial and weak. For example the car chase where Hunt and Nyah meet is just ridiculous and very annoying. The robbery of the disease is a pale shadow of the original film's robbery scene and the final motorbike chase is good but only a hint of what Woo has done before. The plot overuses the whole `face mask' thing it must do it about 8 or 9 times many of those time's there's no way Hunt could have made a mask of the people involved! It's another example of how silly it is.
While Cruise was cool in the first film, here he is slick and tough an image that doesn't work. He was much better in the first film. Scott is non-existent as a villain and is pretty dull. Newton is sexy but no more than that. Rhames is good and Hopkins has an enjoyable minor role.
Overall this film is an OTT mess. The plot is a shambles and the action scenes are silly and often have no logical reason behind them! The overuse of the face masks just points to the total lack of a good script and Woo's slow motion just feels tired and unimaginative. Only the final action scene is enjoyable, but by then you're ony interesting in turning this off and watching De Palma's much better film instead.
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