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FILM REVIEW: Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One

Cruise in full control once again Rating: 4.5/5 Cast: Tom Cruise, Hayley Atwell, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirby,...

Cruise in full control once again

Rating: 4.5/5
Cast: Tom Cruise, Hayley Atwell, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirby, Henry Czerny, Esai Morales

While not the best film in the franchise (that designation goes to Fallout no doubt), Dead Reckoning Part One is still one of the best big-budget action films to come out. Filled with cinematographic homages to De Palma’s Mission Impossible, Dead Reckoning Part One gets everything right except maybe the runtime, which could’ve been trimmed down to two hours and 30 minutes. Tom Cruise restored people’s faith in high-budget action cinema last year with the excellent Top Gun: Maverick, and he does it again this year with Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One.

Ethan Hunt and his IMF team embark on their most dangerous mission yet: To track down a terrifying new weapon that threatens all of humanity before it falls into the wrong hands. With control of the future and the fate of the world at stake, and dark forces from Ethan’s past closing in, a deadly race around the globe begins. Confronted by a mysterious, all-powerful enemy, The Entity, Ethan is forced to consider that nothing can matter more than his mission – not even the lives of those he cares about most. 

A film to be experienced solely in IMAX, Dead Reckoning Part One director Christopher McQuarrie flexes his filmmaking muscles and gives us a masterclass on how to direct a big action film with a big budget and a grand scope and even grander action set-pieces. Filled to the brim with highly choreographed action set-pieces which put you on the edge of your seat and drive the level of adrenaline way beyond what it normally should be, Dead Reckoning offers everything you’ve ever expected from the Mission Impossible franchise multiplied into a thousand.

Featuring maybe the biggest stunts Cruise has ever done, Dead Reckoning sees the veteran actor pushing himself to new limits with even crazier stunts. There’s no denying that Cruise is one of the few remaining superstars in the world, and he knows and appreciates that, unlike any other superstar, he delivers what he thinks the audience needs and gives them their money’s worth. Cruise is charming as hell in this and showcases his acting skills both in an emotional and a testosterone setting, but Dead Reckoning sees him playing a sort of side character in his own franchise to Hayley Atwell who is excellent as Grace in the film.
The film puts more depth in its story than any other Mission Impossible till now, relying more on the character depth than the crazy stunts, and has one of the most believable villains in any action film even if he’s a little underwritten, but that’s not entirely the film’s fault since most of the film is just setting up the second part.
One of the few good films of the year, Mission Impossible is a feast for the eyes and can be enjoyed best when watched in a packed theatre.

Can’t wait for Part II to land on June 28, 2024!!

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