Mission: Impossible 2 - The Spence Edit

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As spence made very clear in his thread, this movie needed a fanedit. So i was glad to read about his project and he didn´t disappointed with his work. The new opening fits for this edit despite not having the iconic MI intros (even though i like the original mountain opening).
The music iterations are seemlessley, some louder pieces are noticeable but necessary to cover up original track niose.
I like this treamlined version of MI:2 :)

My ony´ly gripe would be the overall video quality regarding the bitrate, but i´m kind of pedantic in this regard.

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The franchise that almost died on the vine before it really started.

Mission Impossible II eschews the twisty thriller mystery plot of the first film for a hokey James Bond-ish rom-com spy action film. I honestly haven’t seen this one in over a decade (maybe since theaters).

Master Faneditor Spence tries to salvage the original film by replacing the dated soundtrack (Limp Bizkit!) with Mission Impossible sound cues (from across the franchise). They also cut away 22 minutes to keep the film moving and keep the over stylized John Woo-ness in check.

Does it succeed? Mostly.

The new soundtrack works wonders, really, keeping it orchestral and in tune with the rest of the franchise. Certain plot elements work quite well, while we lose the climbing sequence, it doesn’t add much to the film, instead we get dropped in the plot with two new openings (the plane and Naya’s introduction). It’s almost as if Naya is the audience viewpoint in this Mission Impossible world, it introduces Ethan in a much more playful tone. This tone threatens to upend the entire film, to be honest.

Other elements get to shine more, the reveals in the cat and mouse game being played (helped by rearranged scenes and removing villain scenes trusting the viewer to keep up and as a result being more surprising overall), the tension in the heist sequence is top notch as well, the action is mostly well choreographed (I hate the wire fu in this film) and isn’t hampered by too much slow mo and other Matrixy tricks that were of that time. Although maybe a tiny bit more John Woo style would have been appreciated.

Unfortunately there’s not much the editor can do about certain things: It’s so strange that this film went such a wildly different direction in terms of action, rather than the grittiness of the first film it went almost over the top like Die Another Day. And the core of the movie doesn't work, the relationship between Ethan Hunt and Naya is still weirdly quick. And yes the bloody finger feels like it comes out of nowhere, but it's for the better as that scene spells out way too much on the villain side.

Also some of the action feels off, as the visual trimming is felt and not as smooth, particularly near the end.

Overall the fanedit is replacement worthy and the best way to watch this film in the future.

Film Rating: 2
Fanedit Rating: 3

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Mission Impossible 2: The Spence Edit certainly does what it sets out to do, the whole film has the mature and less comedic tone of the original version: Like said in other reviews, the new opening credits transition and sequence is great! I loved how it was edited, I acrtually bought MI:2 specifically one for my collection, but also to see it's cheesiness, but I wanted to try the more serious version first and it delivers! I really like what Spence did here and think this fits as a great installment in the series, despite it's uneditable flaws. Only complaint? The cliff climbing scene was so 2000's come oN!! :D Should've kept it in!

But no in all seriousness, great work!

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This movie has always been the odd one out in this series and it’s a credit to the makers for continuing with it after this dud, but I never knew that the movie could be fixed in the editing room, but by golly, Spence has done it. By cutting out the ridiculous slow mo and the woo effect and completely changing the score, this film is no longer a mess and flows perfectly well and fits in perfectly with the later movies.
This edit deserves high praise and should be everyone’s go to version of the film rather than the guilty pleasure that is the theatrical version.

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Thank you for reviewing! Glad you liked it.

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Wow, just watched this. First things first; superb job with the score, so much better than the original. Also for doing what was possible with the slow motion excess, I was hiding behind the chair waiting for the 'shampoo commercial ' scene when the bad guy reunites with his his girl, but thankfully it was nicely cut. Spence did a great job but I'm sorry this movie is beyond saving. The fight scenes are like something out of Zoolander! Recommended for those who enjoy watching the complete series every year or two and definitely way better than the original.

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