I can see why someone thought John Woo directing Mission:Impossible 2 would be a good idea, but the end result isn’t a particularly good film. It’s long, surprisingly boring at times and very pompously directed. That final fight between Hunt and whatever the hell Dougray Scott’s guy is called was completely robbed of drama and urgency by Woo’s stylistic choices, despite some impressive fight choreography.
And moments before that, they ripped off Doctor Who’s iconic motorbike scene from Survival! The cheek.
Anyway, despite being pretty naff, there’s some things I enjoyed in MI2. That general Y2K aesthetic, including a wonderful bit of DVD product placement durinf Hunt’s briefing (which makes little sense, because it doesn’t seem to be on a DVD). Metallica’s end credit song. And, despite how preposterous it all is, I do like the stuff with the latex masks. I don’t know if they’re enhanced with CGI (I assume not, given the state of CGI in the 90s) or very cleverly edited, but these films have made a real art of the usually hokey “it’s really this guy in disguise!” cliche.
Oh and the doves! So silly. And they’re even on the blu-ray’s main menu, sharing feature billing with Cruise.