|Source of story
||The TV series and possibly the first film
||Ronald D Moore, Brannon Braga
||Tom Cruise, Dougray Scott, Thandie Newton, Ving Rhames, Richard Roxburgh, Joln Polson, Brendan Gleeson
||Ethan’s team is hired to recover a deadly virus with a 20 hour incubation period during which an antidote, also to be recovered, can be administered. To do this he first must persuade the former lover of a rogue agent to join the team and then get to Australia to complete the task.
||A car chase of the “you can have me if you can catch me variety”. Some stalking about in a darkened laboratory facility and the villain’s luxury harbourside dwelling. A day at the races and a prolonged and extensive finale involving guns, car chases, explosions, motor bikes and hand to hand combat. Some implied sex, but no nudity.
||Quite difficult to tell exactly what is going on or why, and Ethan does not seem to get his own way, except with the woman, who is also unaccountably accepted by the villain. The problems with the plot apparently due to the fact that the film was much longer originally. Far too much wearing and removing of other people’s faces. Cost a lot, made a lot but in the end tiresome.