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(2000) (Tom Cruise, Dougray Scott) (PG-13)

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Action/Adventure: A top-secret agent tries to stop a greedy villain from blackmailing the world with a contagious and lethal virus.
Ethan Hunt (TOM CRUISE) is a covert I.M.F. agent who's been assigned by his superior (ANTHONY HOPKINS) to track down a former agent, Sean Ambrose (DOUGRAY SCOTT), who's acquired a dangerous biotech product known as Chimera from Dr. Vladimir Nekhorvich (RADE SHERBEDGIA). The problem is, since the researcher is now dead, no one knows what the product is or does, where Ambrose has it stashed, or what he plans to do with it.

As such, Ethan's boss wants him to assemble a team to find Ambrose, with the condition being that one member of the team must be Nyah Hall (THANDIE NEWTON), an alluring professional thief who once dated Ambrose. This complicates matters for Ethan since he's just slept and thus fallen for the woman.

Nonetheless, he arranges for Nyah to seamlessly fall back into Ambrose's life. With her being equipped with a traceable implant, Ethan, and his two associates, Luther Stickle (VING RHAMES) and Billy Baird (JOHN POLSON), track her movement and discover Ambrose's lair.

From that point on, and as Ambrose deals with a biotech corporate official, John McCloy (BRENDAN GLESSON), about Chimera -- that turns out to be a lethal and contagious virus that kills its victims in twenty hours -- Ethan and his team must find, attain and give the antidote to a person infected with the virus while avoiding Ambrose and his men, including his lieutenant, Hugh Stamp (RICHARD ROXBURGH).

It's a good bet for teens, especially if they liked the original film or are fans of someone in the cast.
For intense sequences of violent action and some sensuality.
  • TOM CRUISE plays a resourceful secret agent who takes many risks to accomplish his mission. He also beds Nyah and shoots and kills (or injures) many villains.
  • DOUGRAY SCOTT plays a villain who wishes to blackmail the world via a contagious and lethal virus and kill anyone who tries to stop him.
  • THANDIE NEWTON plays a master thief who agrees to help Ethan's mission after sleeping with him.
  • VING RHAMES plays Ethan's technical guru assistant. He briefly uses some profanity.
  • JOHN POLSON plays another of Ethan's assistants.
  • RICHARD ROXBURGH plays Ambrose's villainous lieutenant who tries to kill Ethan.
  • BRENDAN GLESSON plays a corrupt pharmaceutical CEO who wants to make money no matter the possible repercussions.


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    (Note: The "Our Take" review of this title examines the film's artistic merits and does not take into account any of the possibly objectionable material listed below).

    The following is a quick look at the content found in this action adventure film that sports a PG-13 rating. That label comes from an extreme amount of action-oriented violence and mayhem, including many people being shot and killed (although usually with little or no blood) or otherwise beaten to a pulp via hand-to-hand (and foot-to-face, etc.) combat. Such scenes may suspenseful or tense to some viewers and some kids may want to imitate all of the heavily stylized fighting (along with some other behavior).

    We see a couple before (with kissing) and after some implied sex (under the covers with some post-coitus kissing/caressing) and see some brief, but clothed sensuality when those two characters first meet. Profanity consists of 2 "s" words and a handful of other profanities and a few colorful phrases. The villains obviously have extreme cases of bad attitudes as they wish to blackmail the world with a contagious and lethal virus (we briefly see the bloody results of what it does to a person's face). Some brief drinking and even less smoking also occur.

    Should you still be concerned about the film and its appropriateness for anyone in your home, we suggest that you take a closer look at our detailed content listings for specific examples of what occurs during the film.

  • People have drinks at a celebration of sorts.
  • Stamp has a drink.
  • We see some brandy (or something similar) on a table in front of Ambrose and Stamp.
  • People have drinks at a horse race.
  • Stamp has a beer.
  • We briefly see some black and white photos of a dead man, with one of them possibly showing some bloody wounds on the victim's face.
  • We see a close-up of a needle of sorts being inserted into the skin (to implant a transponder chip), but there's no resultant blood.
  • We see a little bit of a bloodstain on a bandage around a finger that earlier had part of it sliced off with a cigar cutter.
  • We see several age progression photos of a man infected with the Chimera virus. The first shows his face looking like it's frosty, then of cracks appearing in the skin and finally with streaks of blood running from those cracks/sores.
  • A man has some blood from his nose after being in a fight.
  • A man's hand is a little bloody after he touches a gunshot wound in his shoulder.
  • Ethan has a slightly bloody cut on his cheek and some blood from his nose during and after a fight.
  • Ambrose has some blood from his mouth and we see more spray out after Ethan delivers a kick to his head.
  • We see some bloody bullet holes in a person's clothing.
  • Obviously, Ambrose and his team have both for wanting to blackmail the world via a highly contagious and lethal virus. He also says that women are like monkeys, in respect to the men they date, in that they won't let go of one branch until they have ahold of the next one.
  • We hear that Nyah is an accomplished thief and we briefly see her trying to steal a necklace.
  • Scenes listed under "Violence" and/or "Blood/Gore" may also be unsettling, tense or suspenseful to some viewers.
  • With everyone passing out (or dying) from a gas in their oxygen masks onboard an airliner, the plane descends and heads straight for a mountain.
  • While climbing up a sheer cliff without any safety gear, Ethan nearly falls off and barely holds on by his fingertips above a several thousand foot drop.
  • Ethan and Nyah race down a mountain road in separate cars. Dodging oncoming traffic and bumping each other's cars, the two eventually get into an uncontrolled spin headed toward a steep cliff. When they stop, Nyah is hanging above the precipice, just holding onto her door.
  • Ambrose grabs Stamps hand, puts a cigar cutter around one of his fingers and threatens to slice one of them off. He eventually slices off just the tip or the nail (we hear, but don't see it, although we later see a bandage around the finger).
  • Stamp approaches Ethan and Nyah as they talk and thus could figure out/see that they know each other.
  • A man is gassed unconscious in the back of his limo.
  • A scene where Ethan breaks into a building (via a high tech plan) in a certain amount of time and without being detected might be suspenseful to some viewers. During this, Ethan has several close calls and then gets into a gun battle with Ambrose and his men.
  • A man tries to get out of a van before a bomb placed beneath it explodes.
  • Ethan must battle Ambrose and his men while trying to attain the antidote to the virus and get it to a person who's been infected with it.
  • The prolonged ending fight scene (with many punches and kicks and a knife held just millimeters away from one's eye) may be unsettling or suspenseful to some viewers.
  • Handguns/Machine guns/Shotguns/Grenade launchers/Various Explosives/Knife: Carried or used to threaten, wound or kill people. See "Violence" for details.
  • Phrases: "Screwed up," "Bloody" (typical British adjective), "Cheeky bastards," "Oh bloody hell," "Pain in the ass," "Creep," "What the hell?" "You miserable bastard," "Bitch" and "Haul ass."
  • All of the acrobatic fighting and shooting might be enticing to some kids to imitate.
  • Ethan scales a sheer cliff without using any safety gear.
  • Ethan and Nyah race down a mountain road in separate cars.
  • None.
  • A moderate amount of suspenseful, occasionally ominous and action-oriented music plays during the film.
  • None.
  • At least 2 "s" words, 4 hells, 3 damns, 2 asses and 1 use of "God" as exclamations.
  • Nyah shows cleavage, as do other women at a celebration.
  • After Ethan confronts Nyah as she tries to steal a necklace from a bathroom safe, the two (who are clothed) hide in a large bathtub with him lying on top of her (she has her legs spread) when someone enters the room. After that person leaves, she asks if he minds if she's on top, he says that it works for him, and she then straddles him in the tub while she continues working on the safe (and showing more cleavage).
  • Ethan and Nyah passionately kiss and we then see them in bed the next morning under the sheets, implying that they had sex. There, they kiss and he briefly climbs on top of her under the sheets, but then rolls off and the two kiss while lying side by side.
  • Some wooden figures burning in a bonfire show bare female breasts.
  • Ethan's superior tells him that Nyah has all of the skills she needs to go to bed with a man and lie to him since she is a woman.
  • Although we don't see Nyah nude, we do see Ambrose's pleasured reaction to him seeing her that way (when he gives her a new dress to try on).
  • After Nyah turns around to confront Ethan after he told her not to do just that, she suggestively asks him, "What are you going to do, spank me?"
  • Ambrose slices off the end of a cigar while an executive briefly smokes one.
  • None.
  • Ethan and Nyah sleeping together after having just met.
  • Ethan's risky, daredevil type behavior and attitude (such as rock climbing without any safety gear, etc.).
  • A man strikes another man in the throat (seemingly knocking him unconscious) and then grabs him by the neck, presumably breaking it and killing him.
  • An airliner crashes into a mountain, killing everyone onboard (we only see the moment before impact, a brief fireball and some photos of the wreck scene afterwards).
  • A pair of sunglasses explodes as they self-destruct.
  • Nyah bashes her car into the side of Ethan's several times as they race down a mountain road.
  • Ambrose slices off the tip or fingernail of one of Stamp's fingers (we hear, but don't see the slice, although we later see the finger with a bandage over it).
  • Billy purposefully bashes a swinging door into Stamp (to prevent him from following Nyah). Stamp then grabs Billy by the throat, pushes him against a wall and threatens him.
  • Although we don't see any of it, we hear the sounds of a gun fitted with a silencer going off, implying that a person was shot and wounded or killed.
  • Ambrose's men fire machine guns and shotguns at Ethan, shattering the glass around him. For several minutes after that, Ethan gets into a gun battle with them, shooting many of those men (killing or injuring them, but without much, if any, blood). He also shoots several explosives that blow up (including a hole in a wall). Building security eventually arrives and they get into a gun battle with Ambrose and his men.
  • A bomb blows up a van.
  • Ambrose threatens to shoot Nyah. She later slaps him.
  • Ethan kicks a guard, punches him and then throws him to the ground (where he delivers another kick to the man's midsection). He then takes out more guards in similar ways (kicks, punches, etc.).
  • Ethan shoots an explosive that blows up and knocks two men backwards.
  • Ethan fights Stamp (with many punches and kicks) while a grenade goes off behind them.
  • Ambrose kicks a man in the face, shoots him in the leg (and then steps down on that wound) and then shoots the man dead.
  • A man shoots at Ethan (and Luther and Billy in a nearby helicopter). Ethan then shoots several canisters behind this man that explode and send him flying. More men then shoot at Ethan who returns fire and hits several of them (injuring or killing them, but without much, if any, blood).
  • Luther fires a grenade that explodes near the back of a car. He then fires another that destroys the car (and kills everyone inside it).
  • Ethan exchanges gunfire with another man, wounds him in the shoulder, and then shoots a car that partially explodes and turns over.
  • A tractor-trailer crashes into a car, causing the latter to explode.
  • A truck crashes into other vehicles and explodes.
  • Ethan and Ambrose jump from their motorcycles (that crash together and explode), run into each other in midair, and then get into a prolonged fight where each lands many brutal punches and kicks to various body parts of the other (along with hitting another with a large rock, head butting, slicing with a knife, etc.).
  • A person shoots another person dead.

  • Reviewed May 21, 2000 / Posted May 24, 2000

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