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Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One review: The Hunt for God

Christopher McQuarrie might have taken some audacious risks in the latest impossible mission, but luckily for us, they paid off in a big way.

This year has been an action movie lover's dream come true with both John Wick: Chapter 4 and Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning coming out just within months of each other. How lucky are we? But let me cut to the chase and explain why you'll want to make time for Tom Cruise this weekend. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to read this spoiler-free review and tell all your friends about it.

Ethan Hunt has been kicking butts (and sometimes taking names) and saving the world from shadow governments and diabolical plots for the last 27 years. But nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing, could have prepared him for what he was about to face in his final impossible mission.

Right from the opening scene in Sevastopol, where we are introduced to the mysterious and formidable chief antagonist, "The Entity," an AI that has become sentient, Christopher McQuarrie doesn't let up on the action. As the impossible mission unfolds, Ethan Hunt and his band of misfits find themselves in a relentless chase, constantly trying to catch up with the ever-elusive enemy that they barely understand.

To be fair, no one really gets what this amorphous, sentient villain is exactly. And on top of that, there are two skeleton keys that everyone wants to get their hands on that act as some sort of MacGuffin to access the system.

Pom Klementieff has come a long way from her role as Mantis in MCU's Guardians of the Galaxy.

McQuarrie's forte may not lie in world-building, but the action in Dead Reckoning more than compensates for it. While previous installments primarily focused on Ethan, this time Hayley Atwell's Grace takes the spotlight, which greatly benefits the movie. Introduced as a character who finds herself embroiled in a conspiracy even governments are struggling to handle, Grace quickly becomes the emotional core of the movie.

Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, and Vanessa Kirby make the most of their limited screen time, delivering solid performances. Likewise, Esai Morales as the main villain, Gabriel, brings an authentic portrayal of a man possessed by destructive ambitions.

But ultimately, it's Pom Klementieff as Paris, Gabriel's chaotic sidekick, who steals the show. Despite having no more than a dozen lines, Klementieff leaves a lasting impression, making her one of the franchise's standout additions. And let's not forget Shea Whigham, whose presence adds a touch of maturity to the film.

Finally watching the now-famous motorcycle jump scene gave me a deeper appreciation of Tom Cruise. It's easy to forget that he's 61 when you see him making chase on foot in the dark alleys of Venice and engaging in a bare-knuckle knife fight on a speeding train.

Tom Cruise had to do 13,000 practice jumps to pull off the motorcycle jump stunt.

While superhero movies have undoubtedly reigned supreme for the better part of the last decade, it is films like Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning that remind us why cinema remains the ultimate medium to enjoy filmmakers at their best and actors in their element.

Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two is set to hit theaters on June 28 next year, and I'm beyond excited to see what McQuarrie has in store for us in the ultimate farewell to one of the most iconic spies the world has ever seen.

Verdict: 4.5/5

Have you watched Dead Reckoning Part One yet? We're dying to know what you thought of the film! Share your hilarious and brutally honest opinions in the comments section below.

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    1. I really didn't see them making any more of these but Tom is one of the best in Hollywood and he proves it time and time again!!

  1. Looking forward to reading the review for the second one next year. I think this was fair and honest. Enjoyed reading it.

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