2000, in my opinion, was one of the best years for movies ever. I haven’t seen such series of quality films release one after another. Not just quality, but 2000 was also about variety. From science fiction to romance, 2000 had everything. Here is the list top films of 2000 that will be and are remembered for a long, long time. (That’s why you will find many of the films on the list also found a place in our “Best of the 21st Century” list).
10. Mission: Impossible 2
If you have seen all the Mission Impossible films, which one of them showcases Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) as the toughest version of himself? If the answer is Mission Impossible 2 then its definitely correct. From the free-hand rock climbing in the beginning to the bike chase action scene towards the end of the movie, we don’t actually feel like we are watching a spy movie but a high octane action movie. The story involves I.M.F. agent Ethan Hunt going on a mission to find and destroy the virus called Chimera which was stolen by Hunt’s former partner Sean Ambrose from a biochemical facility. Director John Woo’s style is very much appreciated in this film for using Hong Kong cinema style gunfights and slow motions. Hunt would have just retrieved the virus samples and destroyed it but since the antagonist messed with him by holding Hunt’s love interest captive, he ends up killing Ambrose and his whole team, something that a Real Man would do.
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