Mission Impossible Dead Reconning Part One Review

Mission Impossible : Dead Reconning
Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Cast: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Hayley Atwell, Esai Morales

Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning is the first part of a two-part finale that follows Ethan Hunt and his team as they try to stop a rogue AI called the Entity from destroying the world with a weapon called the Dead Reckoner.

The movie is full of thrilling and spectacular stunts, such as Cruise jumping off a cliff, riding a motorcycle on the roof of a train, and fighting on top of the Burj Khalifa. Cruise performs most of his own stunts, which adds to the realism and excitement of the action scenes.

The movie also has a lot of humor, emotion, and character development, as Ethan has to confront his past and make some tough choices. He also has to deal with some old friends and foes, such as Ilsa Faust, Solomon Lane, and Henry Czerny.

The movie has received mostly positive reviews from critics and fans, who praised its action, story, and performances. Some critics, however, felt that the movie was too long, too stuffed with supporting players, and too silly at times. 

“Franchise fatigue is real and given the number of film series in Hollywood, which Indian film industries are also warming up to, it’s here to stay. But the Mission: Impossible film franchise, which is based on a TV series from the ‘60s and is now spanning close to 30 years with seven films, is far from hitting us with fatigue. In fact, with Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One, Tom Cruise and team have taken the awe and excitement to a whole new level; like a running Cruise, the franchise also seems unstoppable.”

More on Site: The Hindu
Ratings: 3/5

“Dead Reckoning Part One in words like these, a dazzling consistently pleasurable ride.” Anupama Chopra says in her review that Tom Cruise’s “sprint and agility” are “things of beauty and for inspiration.” Anupama Chopra also says Tom Cruise is so willing to entertain the audience that he is willing to risk his life as Ethan Hunt and Tom Cruise “delivers.”

More on Site: Film Companion

“Mission Impossible Dead Reckoning is how a Hollywood formula film works in the spy action genre! You have seen it in the James Bond and Fast and Furious franchises over the decades but what makes this Christopher McQuarrie directed film special is the charm that Tom Cruise brings on. This time around, women have a lot to contribute as well with an equal part to play, both as the protagonists as well as the antagonists.

The film does get a lot verbose, especially at the beginning and then intermittently too, which may make a few impatient who are expecting this too to be a non-stop action affair. However, as a franchise, Mission Impossible has traditionally been a mix of dialogue driven narrative with action peppered in it. As for the story, it belongs to time immemorial but you don’t mind as long as your popcorn bucket lasts.”

Joginder Tuteja
Ratings: 3.5/5



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