Here's what pissed me off about that Tom Cruise action sequel. Robert Towne wrote the screenplay to the classic Chinatown starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway. He won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay thanks to his brilliant script for that 1974 private eye drama. If someone today like, say, Jon Favreau wrote and directed a crime story screenplay about a wealthy, elegant, mysterious woman who has a creepy, corrupt old buzzard of a multi-millionaire father who seeks to control all the water in a town and may have ordered the drowning death of his daughter's husband, a death figured out by a private eye who's falling for the wealthy, elegant mysterious woman...wouldn't Robert Towne recognize that as having been lifted from his Chinatown script? And wouldn't he be upset if he wasn't credited?
Ben Hecht, veteran screenwriter of several Hollywood classics, got a Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination for Notorious. He didn't get credited for inspiring the Mission: Impossible 2 screenplay even though famous scenes and plot points are copied.
If you've never seen Hitchcock's Notorious, add it to your "must-see" DVD list this weekend. Grant and Bergman and Claude Rains at their best -- which is excellent. Bergman was a three-time Oscar winner -- twice for Best Actress and once for Best Supporting Actress. Hard to believe she didn't get a Best Actress Oscar nomination for Notorious. Plus, for a 1940s Hollywood film, Notorious by Hitchcock and Hecht makes some bold statements about narrow-minded male attitudes towards a woman's sexuality and social class despite her intelligence and contributions. Notorious is a most complicated love story and a terrific thriller.
Then watch Mission: Impossible 2 and tell me if that script really seems original.