Review of Mission Impossible Dead Reckoning movie

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Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to see Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One on the largest possible screen. Tom Cruise returns as Ethan Hunt in the seventh episode of the long-running Mission: Impossible series. In this film, Ethan and his IMF team are on a mission to find a Magical key before it can fall into the wrong hands. Writer/director/producer Christopher McQuarrie has given this series his all since his uncredited rewrites of Ghost Protocol. He returns to strike the third film in this incredible action spy series, and he continues to outdo himself.

Dead Reckoning Part One is the best action movie of the year. No less can be expected from Cruise and McQuarrie, who have collaborated on several occasions, including Mission: Impossible — Fallout and Top Gun: Maverick, two of the best action films of the century. These two are a force to be reckoned with, as they’ve created another high-flying, stunning action movie with some of the best-shot sequences in the series. The opening sequence contains a desert sequence that feels like an elevated version of the sandstorm scene from Ghost Protocol. The scene is followed by a dialogue scene that illustrates how this script by McQuarrie and Erik Jendresen heightens every exhibition tilt with something interesting in the background.

Each of McQuarrie’s films differed from each other. With this movie, it seems like he’s picking up on the feel of Brian de Palma’s original Mission: Impossible movie from 1996. There’s a lot of that tension, especially from the opening number of the original film, in which the characters race to keep up with the impending terror around them. The film even brings back Ethan’s sleight of hand, Henry Czerny as Kittridge and a final action sequence in one go. McQuarrie takes everything great about this original film and combines it with the flair he has consistently brought to this series.

The decision to make a film similar to the original film works, considering that the villain of the film, Gabriel (Esai Morales), has connections to Ethan’s past. The film wisely chooses not to take advantage of the popular aging trend and tell this story in a different way. The minor issue is how these flashbacks feel undeveloped, often fleeting in their brief appearances, though the events helped make Ethan the person he is today. The impact these events leave on Ethan is part of what makes his relationship with Gabriel more complex than other Mission: Impossible villains.

The movie adds a few new players. Hayley Atwell portrays a new main character named Grace, a morally ambiguous pickpocket who gives the film a strong presence. She has shown her toughness and charm in the Marvel filmy Universe, and her addition to Mission: Impossible is a no-brainer. Another MCU actor to enter the series is Pom Klementieff in a villainous turn as Paris, a French assassin who chases Ethan and Grace.

Ethan, Grace and Paris are the three main actors in an outstanding scene of the film, which shows the best car chase of the franchise. This sequence is filled to the brim with surprises and jokes that make the scene so much more exciting beyond the novelty of fast cars. A well-timed humor highlights the fantastic stunt work, which is even more impressive since Cruise rides with one hand.

But with Cruise you know what a mind-boggling madness you are putting yourself into. He has established himself as a real action hero with his dedication to real, practical stunts. In this film, he performs a stunning stunt for the history books. There is an excellent set-up and the gripping finale offers everything you could want from an action movie: trains, motorcycles and parachutes. The action is more thrilling when you see how much of it is practical, with Cruise as the action performer who really does it, like Jackie Chan in Supercop. The last hour will blow you away with its scope and spectacle, and sometimes it will feel like a much stronger version of the last action set piece of the first Mission: Impossible movie.

McQuarrie raises the stakes at every turn in this movie. There are minor moments that define Ethan as a character and ground the movie, while everything else is exciting. As with most mission movies, something goes wrong and the team has to adjust the plan. As Cruise’s character would say in Collateral: “Improvise, adapt to the environment, Darwin, happens, I Ching, no matter what man, we have to roll with it.” This creates an exciting narrative that draws you into the events. The villains are always one step ahead of the heroes, so the heroes need to be forced to think two, three or four steps ahead.

Despite the strengths of the film, it does not rise as high as Ghost Protocol or Fallout. While these movies were virtually infallible, this movie has a few issues that keep it from being a series best. The team element is conspicuously absent, especially during the final act, in which several IMF members appear far from the action. The train sequence does not reach the unattainable heights of the helicopter/cliff/ finale of Fallout. Since this is a very complicated narrative, storylines like the one with Jasper (Shea Whigham) and Degas (Greg Tarzan Davis) feel the least necessary, since they only exist to throw some obstacles at Ethan when he needs them the least.

However, it is Cruise and McQuarrie’s fault that they have set such a high precedent with their overwhelmingly fantastic collaboration of recent years. Considering that their last two collaborations were Mission: Impossible — Fallout and Top Gun: Maverick, the fact that this movie is worth standing on the shoulders of these two action titans is an achievement in itself. Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One is another “part one” in a summer that has already had some with Fast X and Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. But this movie feels very complete as it prepares what is yet to come. And everyone who watches this film will certainly sit for everything else that the incredibly talented Cruise can muster.

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