Ethan Hunt is on an airplane with his friend, Dr. Nekhorvich (Rade Serbedzija – Shooter, Batman Begins), and kills him. Hunt then reveals he is not really Hunt. He proceeds to jump off the plane, which crashes, with his cohorts.
Commander Swanbeck (Anthony Hopkins – Fracture, Silence of the Lambs) orders Ethan Hunt to recruit renowned thief Nyah Nordoff-Hall (Thandie Newton – Crash, The Pursuit of Happyness) to work with him on a mission.
Chimera is a genetically developed disease that IMF wants destroyed so it sends its best agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise – Mission: Impossible, War of the Worlds) to Sydney to locate and destroy it. This would be a difficult enough mission without the added challenge of other people also trying to find Chimera. More intrigue is added when it is discovered that an antidote to Chimera has been developed called Bellerophon. A former IMF agent gone bad, Sean Ambrose (Dougray Scott – from television's Desperate Housewives), has stolen the Chimera plus the Bellerophon and is Nyah's former boyfriend. The terrorist group wants to infect the world with the Chimera virus and have already infected Nyah. Ah, the plot thickens!
More than half of the film is good, but then it denigrates into a more than mindless action and in doing so it borders on intolerable. This is not John Woo's (Paycheck, Face/Off) finest hour as a director. As usual his camerawork is interesting and top notch, but his story management is way off. Parts of the film are so unbelievable they are ridiculous and it brings you out of the moment of the film. The whole thing ends up looking like a James Bond film (of the Pierce Brosnan or Timothy Dalton variety). The story and even the ending is sorta laid out there for us in the beginning of the film and then we just have to sit there and watch. Thinking is definitely not encouraged! The film did not live up to the expectations set for it by Mission: Impossible and is an example of how John Woo's talent with Asian actions films does not translate to American films.
-Behind the Mission
-Metallic Music Video – I Disappear
-Alternate Title Sequence