Mission: Impossible II script
Synopsis: Tom Cruise returns to his role as Ethan Hunt in the second installment of "Mission: Impossible." This time Ethan Hunt leads his IMF team on a mission to capture a deadly German virus before it is released by terrorists. His mission is made impossible due to the fact that he is not the only person after samples of the disease. He must also contest with a gang of international terrorists headed by a turned bad former IMF agent who has already managed to steal the cure.

FADE IN:

A WORN SATCHEL (MOVING - DAY)

is being carried by a world weary middle European wearing a black

armband. VLADIMIR NEKHORVICH exits a gleaming building, pausing

for a moment, under a motto clearly visible above his head,

'Where the future is now'. He checks the time.

INSERT - WATCH

set in Countdown Mode. It's at 19 hours forty-seven minutes and

sixteen seconds and dropping, 19:37.15, :14, :13, :12 etc.

O.S. children are singing:

Ring a ring a rosy/a pocketful of posy/

a tissue a tissue/we all fall down.

Nekhorvich looks to see children at play outside the adjacent

Natural History Museum. They are moving in and around an odd

freeform sculpture.

POV - SCULPTURE AND CHILDREN

a blur where the sculpture seems to be distorting the children,

almost like mirrors in a fun house.

NEKHORVICH:

wipes his eyes, a horn honks. He looks toward the sound.

MOVING SHOT - SATCHEL (INT. AIRPORT SECURITY - DAY)

on the belt that takes it thru X-Ray. On the other side a guard

opens the satchel and pokes thru a few toilet articles, personal

items, books, a battleship gray digital camera and - in a small

plastic container marked 'S.G.' - a small, square shiny object,

hi-tech and at odds with the other items. She pulls out an urn-

shaped vessel.

GUARD:

What's this, then?

NEKHORVICH:

(handing her documents)

The ashes of a colleague, I'm taking them

to his family. If you wish to open it,

please be careful.

COMPUTERIZED SCREEN DISPLAY (INT. PLANE - MOVING - DAY)

on the cabin wall displays a colorful map showing the flight

point of departure in Sydney, continuously updating distance,

direction and time to its ultimate destination, Atlanta, Georgia.

CAPTAIN'S VOICE

- folks, we're a little over two and a

half hours from touchdown in Atlanta, but

if you look out your windows on either

side of the aircraft, we'll soon be

crossing the southern section of the Rocky

Mountains, a range which includes more

than 50 peaks rising above 14,000 feet.

The chain's loftiest point, Mount Elbert,

at 14, 433 feet should be coming into view

as we pass over central Colorado shortly..

NEKHORVICH (INT. CABIN - DAY)

seems intent on the map, its changing times and distance. He

checks his watch - the countdown has gone from 20 to three hours

and 32 minutes as Nekhorvich is mesmerized by the descending

seconds whipping by.

ETHAN HUNT sits into shot on the vacant first class aisle seat

beside Nekhorvich.

ETHAN:

You keep staring at that watch as if your

life depended on it, Doctor..

NEKHORVICH:

Well, yes. I suppose I am a bit anxious.

ETHAN:

They're ready and waiting. You'll soon be

with old friends.

NEKHORVICH:

(meaning Ethan)

I'm with an old friend now, Dmitri.

ETHAN:

Sorry it couldn't be under happier

circumstances.

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Robert Towne

Robert Towne (born Robert Bertram Schwartz; November 23, 1934) is an American screenwriter, producer, director and actor. He was part of the New Hollywood wave of filmmaking. His most notable work was his Academy Award-winning original screenplay for Roman Polanski's Chinatown (1974), which is widely considered one of the greatest movie screenplays ever written. He also wrote its sequel The Two Jakes in 1990, and wrote the Hal Ashby comedy-dramas The Last Detail (1973), and Shampoo (1975), as well as the first two Mission Impossible films (1996, 2000). more…

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