Mission: Impossible 2 - The Spence Edit

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Giving praise to Spence's work is like saying Santa Clause is jolly. We all know that!

I'm a big fan of the Mission Impossible films and I can't wait to see Dead Reckoning Part 1. So, obviously, I wanted to do a little marathon before that and I remembered the black sheep of the franchise, MI:2. And then I also remembered that I'm a member of this wonderful community and there's gotta be an editor who felt the same about MI:2. And to my suprise Spence was the guy! So, it was a no brainer, I contacted him, as always he replied very soon, and I got to watch this wonderful edit.

To begin with, my enjoyment factor has nothing to do with Spence's work, it has to do with the fact that I don't think this movie can be salvaged for me, especially since a) it does not play any part in the whole MI scope of things and b) we have five and possibly very soon six much better options, so I'm not missing anything. My actual enjoyment factor is like 6-7, but it would be a shame for Spence to bring down the overall score just because I don't like the original movie.

Technical-wise, the edit is perfect, I'm not even kidding. All the cuts were seamless, I could not tell if anything was missing or even felt off or something and the inclusion of the music from the other films was a much welcomed addition.

I really enjoyed the trimming of the over the top sequences and generally smaller runtime, one hour and thirty five minutes is just right and the pacing was much better because of this. Unfortunately, mister Tom Cruise has really spoiled us with all his latest action movies and I can't say that I will ever watch MI:2 ever again.

Be that as it may, if anyone enjoyed the original movie to a degree, then this edit will elevate the movie for you and will definitely be your go-to version for any MI Marathons!

Thank you Spence for all your hard work and thanks to anyone who read my review!

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At about 100 minutes, Spence has taken the fairly messy theatrical cut of MI:2 and put together a lean and exciting action flick, that is more worthy of the Mission Impossible franchise. The editing is seamless, with the most impressive part of the edit being the soundtrack, which perfectly compliments every scene.

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From a film which was a guilty pleasure stuck in 2002 to becoming a timeless action movie. Spence has nailed it out of the park and now this movie which used to be the one we all skipped, can be watched without the cringe. 100/100

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Had the pleasure of watching Spence's fanedit of the second installment of what many claim to be one of the best action movie franchises of all time. Although this remains my least favorite entry in the series, Spence has knocked it out of the park in terms of reimagining the overall feel of the movie. The new score for the film does wonders in terms of setting the tone closer to the other films, ultimately making this feel more like Mission Impossible instead of just another throw-away action movie. The pace, performances and story is also improved significantly due to the seamless edits throughout this version.

Take-away: This is the best version of this film that the viewer could ask for. Definitely recommend viewing this if you are a fan of the Mission Impossible franchise!

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This is the one M:I movie I could never bring myself to watch more than once every 5+ years, if only to remind myself that it was as bad as I remembered. Spence managed to salvage it, but more than that, make it a worthy entry in the series. I didn't notice any editing issues, and the 13 GB copy I watched looked fantastic. Bravo Spence! Looking forward to seeing more of your work.

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