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Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning

Part One

By Shane DobbiePublished 7 months ago 3 min read
Top Story - July 2023
Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning
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Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One, or, as I like to call it: Tom Cruise and the Elusive Maguffin, because that’s basically what they all boil down to. This one is no different. Which is a good thing. If it ain’t broke, don’t try and fix it.

This time around the elusive maguffin is a key which gives the owner access to a super, rogue AI system and ‘all the power in the land’. Cruise wants the key so he can destroy it. Everyone else wants it for the power. Since the bad guy is basically just a digital ‘eye’ that see and learns all, there is also a generic bad guy (something, something Ethan Hunt’s past) in order for Cruise to be chased or have someone to punch on top of a train. The plot is not a million miles away from Lord of the Rings now I think about it.

The usual team regulars are along for the ride with the addition of Haley Atwell as an enjoyable spanner in the works. Henry Czerny makes a welcome return as Kittridge and bounces off Cruise with the same joy he did in the first movie. I may have also spotted Cruise’s original leather jacket from that first film.

The series has always been pretty solid (not a fan on the third one - too much shaky-cam) but it has definitely raised it’s game from Rogue Nation onwards. The key here has been sticking with writer/director Chris Mcquarrie; a solid craftsman as adept with car chases as he is with guys in rooms threatening each other. He doesn’t waste a minute of the two and half hour run time - it runs at the same pace it’s star does; in fact, I almost wished they’d cut down some of the extended chase scenes to give the convoluted plot some breathing room. It crams in more extended peril before the titles than most movies manage in their entirety. It’s not a relaxing evening out if that’s what you’re looking for.

If there’s complaint’s to be had (and they raised the bar so high with the last two that I’m going to judge them by it) it’s the action scenes. We’ve already seen Cruise driving off a cliff in the promo stuff, and, being honest, compared to previous outing this feels quite pedestrian. Another extended car chase is impressive enough but lacks any memorably creative beats, and the train based finale, while exciting, doesn’t do anything that Steven Seagal didn’t do way back in the underrated ‘Under Siege 2’. The human villain is also forgettable and not a patch on the brilliant Sean Harris from the last two.

As I say though, I’m judging it against the standard they’ve set themselves. Unlike most movies these days you won’t feel like you’ve wasted your night out. It’s exciting, star-studded and spectacular. All the things you want from these movies is present - Cruise pulling off various masks to the M:I theme - check, waiting on the big moment before the titles burst on - check, Cruise risking death for your entertainment - check.

It’s a new Mission: Impossible movie. It’s a lot like the other Mission: Impossible movies. If you like them, you’ll like this one.

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Shane Dobbie

If writing is a performance art then I’m tap dancing in wellies.

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  • Stephanie J. Bradberry7 months ago

    I've heard good things about this newest addition to the movie series. And your article confirms it. Congratulations on Top Story!

  • Gibson Asangusung7 months ago

    beautiful piece

  • murtaza ali7 months ago

    nice review

  • Babs Iverson7 months ago

    Terrific review!!! Love it!!!♥️♥️💕

  • Phil Flannery7 months ago

    I'm looking forward to seeing it and making my way through the earlier ones beforehand. It sounds like I won't be disappointed, like you said 'if it ain't broke'.

  • Well done, Shane. We're planning to see it on Tuesday (fingers crossed).

  • Excellent review Shane. At this point I have only watched the first mission impossible movie and I enjoyed thoroughly. Why I haven't watched the others I don't know. But maybe it's time I should get on the ball and start watching them. Great work as always!

  • Mackenzie Davis7 months ago

    Well then I’ll have to go see it! I appreciate the candor of this review! Love that you decided to compare it to the rest of the series as opposed to an ideal that doesn’t exist anymore. You know, I didn’t even believe that they did another MI. Is it not over-done at this point? But perhaps it’s better than the majority of Hollywood these days and worth it for some entertainment. Thanks for this! You’ve given me a new perspective. 😁❗️

  • Mariann Carroll7 months ago

    Thank you, for writing this review. Excellent Work. I do want to know which Mission Impossible is your favorite . 🥰😎

  • Donna Renee7 months ago

    Yea, the whole nonstop action thing is getting old! 🤷🏼‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️

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