Re-Watch: Mission: Impossible II (2000)

Mission: Impossible II
Director: John Woo
Writer: Robert Towne
Based on: The TV Series
Sequel to: Mission: Impossible
Cast: Tom CruiseThandie Newton, Dougray Scott, Ving Rhames, Richard Roxburgh, John Polson, Brendan Gleeson, Rade Serbedzija, William Mapother, Dominic Purcell
Seen on: 3.8.2015

Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is tasked with retrieving the stolen Chimera virus: a supervirus that kills within a short amount of time. To get it, he is supposed to recruit thief Nyah (Thandie Newton), but as it turns out not for her skill set but rather for the fact that she used to date Ethan’s former co-agent who is responsible for the theft of the virus, Sean Ambrose (Dougray Scott). Ethan is uncomfortable involving Nyah in all of this, especially since he finds himself falling for her.

Holy fuck, I had forgotten how absolutely atrociously bad Mission: Impossible II is. It’s abysmal. It’s frankly astounding that they ever got to make another film in the franchise because this film was certainly bad enough to irrevocably kill it.

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Another Earth (2011)

Another Earth
Director: Mike Cahill
Writer: Brit Marling, Mike Cahill
Cast: Brit Marling, William Mapother

One night a new planet is discovered in the sky that is the exact duplicate of earth. That very night, the young student Rhoda (Brit Marling) drives drunk, causes an accident and kills a young boy and his mother, leaving the father alive. Four years later, Rhoda is released from prison and starts working as a cleaner in the local high school. She seeks out the surviving father, John (William Mapother). Initially just to apologize, but then she loses her nerve and instead offers her cleaning services. While Earth 2 become more tangible and contact is established, their relationship develops, too.

Another Earth is so incredibly indie and artsy, it doesn’t really get any purer than that. Surprisingly, I still thought it was okay. But it’s not my genre and that film certainly didn’t change my mind.

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