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Movie Review Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One (2023)

At the airport, Ethan also crosses paths with a pickpocket named Grace (Hayley Atwell), who gets caught in the middle of all this world-changing madness, along with several agents trying to hunt down the rogue Ethan, played by a hot-headed wonderful. Shea Whigham and Greg Tarzan Davis. A silent assassin, memorably sketched by Pom Klementieff, is also essential for several action scenes. And Vanessa Kirby returns as arms dealer White Widow, and, well, if the ensemble has a weakness, it’s Kirby’s kind of lost performance. She has never been able to convey the “power player” in these films.

But that doesn’t matter, because people aren’t here for the White Widow’s past. They want to see Tom Cruise run. The image most people associate with Mission: Impossible is probably Mr. Cruise stretching those legs and waving his arms. He does this more than once here, but it seems that the momentum of that image was the artistic force behind this entire film. “Dead Reckoning Part One” prioritizes movement—trains, cars, Ethan’s legs. It’s an action film that’s all about speed and urgency, something that’s been so lost in the age of scaled-down CGI stakes. Runaway trains will always have more visceral power than waves of animated baddies, and McQuarrie knows how to use it sparingly to make an action movie that feels modern and old-fashioned at the same time. . These films don’t rely heavily on CGI, ensuring that we know it’s really Mr. Cruise jumping off that motorcycle. When fists connect, bodies fly and cars crash into each other – us young him instead of just passively observing him. The action here is so brilliantly choreographed that only John Wick: Chapter 4 matches it as the best in the genre this year.

There’s also something thematically fascinating here about a movie star battling AI and questioning the purpose of his job. Blockbusters have been technological cautionary tales for generations, but consider the meta aspect of a spy movie in which the world could collapse if the spy game is overtaken by a sentient computer starring an actor who has been at the center of controversy for his fakes . . There’s also a definite edge to the plot here that plays on the actor’s age in that Ethan is forced to answer questions about what’s important to him about his very unusual work/life balance, a reflection of that what a performer like Cruise has to deal with. as it arrives. the end of a series of action films that has been much longer than one might optimistically expect. Cruise may or may not be aiming for that reading—though I doubt he is—but he adds another layer to the action.

Of course, the most important thing is this: “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One” is just crazy fun. It feels half its length and contains enough memorable action sequences for several entire franchises. Will Cruise maintain the successful experience again? Maybe. And he can do it again next summer, too.

In theaters July 12th.

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