Question about Mission:Impossible

We watched Mission:Impossible 2 last night (not as good as the first, and I didn’t think the first one was very good)
In both movies they used rubber masks to impersonate other people. What really bugs me is over half the plot of MP2 revolved around masks that they could put on and off at a whim, and they were so good they fooled everyone!
Are the producers of these flicks so barren of creative talent that they have to rely on Halloween masks, or does the C.I.A. really have gear like this.

:rolleyes: Yes, I know it’s only a movie, but the masks are a chinzy prop for a multi-million dollar flick.

The lifelike mask is just a plot device used over and over in the original series, so I guess they’re just paying homage. Even the Charlie’s Angels movie uses the mask device.
But about the last mask-sequence from MI:2, there’s a scene virtually IDENTICAL in Sam Raimi’s Darkman. Talk about lack of imagination.