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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Tom Cruise
Dougray Scott
Thandie Newton
Ving Rhames
Richard Roxburgh
John Polson
Brendan Gleeson
Rade Serbedzija
Directors
John Woo
Screenwriters
Robert Towne
Running Time
124 minutes

Mission: Impossible 2
Fine, but not great, Cruise vehicle


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Plot
A special agent comes up against his defected partner and now evil nemesis.


Verdict
Where the film succeeds, it does so with some style. Even if the Chinese maestro, once touted by Tarantino as "the most exciting director to emerge in action cinema since Sergio Leone", overcooks his continual rubber unmasking (thus swiftly killing the 'big twist'), he does re-produce his thumbprint touches with traditional flair: acrobatic, two-handed gunplay, symbolic children and those perennial bloody pigeons, they're all here, interlaced with occasional dabs of Matrix-inspired virtual fluid


Reviewed by Mark Dinning

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