Mission: Impossible II

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German title Mission: Impossible II
Original title Mission: Impossible II
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 2000
length 124 minutes
Age rating FSK 16
JMK 14
Director John Woo
script Robert Towne
production Tom Cruise ,
Paula Wagner
music Hans Zimmer
camera Jeffrey L. Kimball
cut Tony Ciccone ,
Steven Kemper ,
Christian Wagner ,
Stuart Baird

←  Predecessor
Mission: Impossible

Successor  →
Mission: Impossible III

Mission: Impossible II is an American action film released in 2000 by director John Woo . It is the continuation of the Mission: Impossible film within the Mission Impossible film series . This, in turn, is based on the TV series Kobra, take over .

Mission: Impossible III followed in 2006 and Mission: Impossible - Phantom Protocol in 2011 . Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation was released in 2015 and Mission: Impossible - Fallout in 2018.


Ethan Hunt, agent of the Impossible Mission Force (IMF) secret service agency , is called to a new mission from his vacation: Sean Ambrose, an Australian IMF agent, is hired to disguise Hunt, the molecular biologist Dr. To accompany Vladimir Nekhorvich on a trip. In a plane, Ambrose Nekhorvich steals two obviously important objects known only by the code names “ Chimera ” and “ Bellerophon ” before he kills him, crashes the plane and goes into hiding.

At a meeting in Seville , Hunt received the order from his operations manager Swanbeck to retrieve the objects, clarify the background and put together a team. His most important task for the time being is to recruit the thief Nyah Nordoff-Hall, who is staying in Andalusia . They both fall in love a little later. Only later does it become clear why Nyah is so important: she was once Ambrose's girlfriend and is supposed to serve as a decoy in the current case.

Together with the pilot Billy and the hacker Luther (known from Part 1 ) Hunt sets off for Australia and watches Nyah every step of the way. She regains Ambrose's trust and accompanies him to a meeting. This is where the team witnesses how Ambrose obviously starts a dodgy deal with John C. McCloy, the head of the local pharmaceutical company "Biocyte". As Hunt continues his research, he gets to the bottom of things:

Nekhorvich worked at Biocyte and developed on McCloy's order with “ Chimera ” a deadly flu virus and with “Bellerophon” the corresponding antidote. McCloy wanted to use both to increase his power. Ambrose had the same idea and therefore lured Nekhorvich onto the plane. What Ambrose could not have suspected: Nekhorvich smuggled “Chimera” into his body, which was destroyed. Sean only owns the "Bellerophon", which is worthless to him, and Hunt only has to destroy the last remaining "Chimera" cultures in order to thwart Ambrose's plans.

He has since found out that Nyah is playing a double game and takes her hostage to Biocyte headquarters in Sydney . At the same time, Hunt infiltrates the building and is surprised by Ambrose how he wants to destroy the last "Chimera" sample. An exchange of fire ensues, which ends in a stalemate and in which Nyah holds the sample in his hands. But instead of handing it over, she injects herself with the virus and thus clears the fronts for the time being. Ambrose cannot kill her because Nyah's blood contains the "Chimera" that is so important to him. Hunt, on the other hand, has only a short period of time to get “Bellerophon” and save Nyah because of the virus's 20-hour incubation period .

Ambrose plays his last trump card after Hunt's escape. He meets with McCloy in a biocyte warehouse located on an island in order to forcibly exchange “Chimera” and “Bellerophon” for McCloy's company majority, as the company would soon make a lot of fortune due to a virus epidemic and the associated cure. Hunt and his team manage to reach the island and cause so much confusion through explosions and exchanges of fire that Ambrose's troop is decimated and Hunt, masked, can get hold of "Bellerophon". A chase follows, in which Hunt is able to escape his pursuers, but Ambrose cannot: The two fight a motorcycle duel that ends in a one-on-one on a beach. Ambrose seems to decide for himself when Hunt first falls for a feint by Ambrose. However, Ambrose can still kill Ambrose with his pistol, which fell into the sand during the duel and which happened to be under his feet. The danger is over and Ethan is able to save Nyah with the antidote. Swanbeck thanks Hunt and then sends him on vacation, which Ethan spends with Nyah.


A Kodak from the DC200 series as used in the Hunt and Ambrose film.
  • In many cases it was rumored that the shooting took place without a script. This can in part be based on statements made in the official film documentation. On the one hand, Tom Cruise and producer Paula Wagner confirm that they had already planned a large part of the action scenes and then later engaged John Woo as director to realize them. On the other hand, it is said in the same documentary that the character of Nyah was only developed during the shooting. Eventually, screenwriter Robert Towne confirms that the plot was developed around the existing action sequences.
  • The original version of the film was three and a half hours long. John Woo had to cut several scenes after the production team advised that the film should not exceed two hours in length.
  • The motorcycle Ethan Hunt rides is a Triumph Speed ​​Triple T509 . Sean Ambrose chases him on a Triumph Daytona 955i.
  • With a few exceptions (climbing sequence; car hunt on mountain road) the film was shot entirely in Australia. The climbing scenes were created in Dead Horse Point State Park in Utah . The Biocyte corporate headquarters are actually the Governor Phillip Tower . The Biocyte Island Camp is actually Bare Island in the south of Sydney . It houses an abandoned fortress and is primarily used as a popular film set in Australian productions - including Einstein Junior .
  • A short film parody was shot on the occasion of the MTV Movie Awards 2001 (included as an extra on the film DVD). Comedian Ben Stiller plays the stunt double Tom Crooze , who annoys the film crew with his appearance. Tom Cruise and John Woo also star in the short film and poke themselves at it.
  • The film was also marketed worldwide under the symbol M: i-2 . The plot also plays a subordinate role. The action scenes choreographed by John Woo are in the foreground . In contrast to Brian De Palma's previous film, there is no secret to be solved.
  • The suggestion to cast Thandie Newton in the role of Nyah came from Tom Cruise's then-wife Nicole Kidman . Kidman and Newton had stood together in front of the camera ten years earlier in the youth drama Flirting - Spiel mit der Liebe . In addition, Cruise and Newton played together in 1994 in an interview with a vampire .
  • Anthony Hopkins as Operations Leader Swanbeck is not noted in the opening or closing credits. Ian McKellen was initially intended for his part, but was tied for other theater roles, so Hopkins was awarded the contract.
  • At the time, Dougray Scott was supposed to take on the role of Wolverine in the film X-Men , which was made almost at the same time . When the filming of MI: 2 exceeded the scheduled time frame, Scott had to give up the role, which Hugh Jackman received.
  • The music of the climbing scene is the same as the opening music of the film Rain Man , in which Tom Cruise also plays the lead role. In Rain Man the song Iko Iko by The Belle Stars is played, in the climbing scene Iko Iko by Zap Mama is played with different lyrics.
  • The digital still cameras in the film are from Kodak . These were devices of the DC200 series.


The German dubbing was done at Berliner Synchron in Berlin . The dialogue book was written by Lutz Riedel , who also directed the dubbing .

role actor German speaker
Ethan Hunt Tom Cruise Patrick Winczewski
Sean Ambrose Dougray Scott Benjamin Völz
Nyah Nordoff Hall Thandie Newton Nana Spier
Luther Stickell Ving Rhames Tilo Schmitz
Billy Baird John Polson Michael Pan
John C. McCloy Brendan Gleeson Roland Hemmo
Commander Swanbeck Anthony Hopkins Hartmut Reck
Dr. Vladimir Nekhorvich Rade Šerbedžija Christian Rode
Hugh Stamp Richard Roxburgh Jan Spitzer
Biocyte chemist Kee Chan Lutz Riedel


The film received mixed reviews, earning a 57% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 151 reviews. At Metacritic , a Metascore of 59, based on 40 reviews, could be achieved. It is thus the worst rated part of the series.

“With the story of 'Mission: Impossible 2' there is nothing to understand because everything is so simple and dissolves in fire, smoke and broken glass anyway. (...) 'Mission: Impossible 2' marks the complete artistic fall of the director John Woo. "

“A perfectly staged and choreographed action film with breathtaking stunts, which of course suffers from inadequate figure drawing. While the melodramatic aspects of the story in particular suffer as a result, the images are charmingly absorbed by operatic opulence. "


Web links

Individual evidence

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  3. ^ Mission: Impossible 2 (2000). Rotten Tomatoes , Retrieved July 26, 2020 .
  4. Mission: Impossible II at Metacritic (English)
  5. Mission: Impossible II on filmstarts.de
  6. ^ Mission: Impossible II. In: Lexicon of international film . Film service , accessed March 2, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used 
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