Tom Cruise, Dougray Scott, Thandie Newton , Ving Rhames, Richard Roxburgh, Roland Krönmeyer, John Polson, Brendan Gleeson, Anthony Hopkins, Rade Šerbedžija, William Mapother, Dominic Purcell, Matthew Wilkinson, Nicholas Bell, Cristina Brogers, Kee Chan, Kim Fleming, Sam Jones, Tory Mussett
IMF Agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is sent to Sydney, to find and destroy a genetically modified disease called "Chimera". His mission is made impossible due the fact that a gang of international terrorists, lead by Sean Ambrose (Dougray Scott), is after samples of the disease so to complete their plant of infecting the whole world.
De Palma is gone and you can tell. Mission: Impossible II is nothing but a misfire. John Woo was definitely not a good choice. The plot isn't much original, it is just the same story told over and over again. The script is awful. There are too many masks. The action scenes, not bad as the rest of the film, are partially destroyed by the constant impossible stunts, the unrealistic explosions, and the abuse of special effects.
Ethan Hunt is now a clone of James Bond. He has gadgets, great sports cars and motorbikes, a beautiful woman and a megalomaniac villain.
Let's talk about the cast, shall we? Dougray Scott is not a great villain: he wouldn't even scare a child. Thandie Newton, who plays the woman, is certainly beautiful but not a good actress. On the other hand, Tom Cruise is not that bad, and Anthony Hopkins is great.
Dr. Nekhorvich: Every search for a hero must begin with something which every hero requires, a villain.
Sean Ambrose: You know, that was the hardest part about having to portray you, grinning like an idiot every fifteen minutes.