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Movie Review written by Jon Patch with 4 out of 4 Paws

Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One

Paramount Pictures, Skydance Media, New Republic Pictures, TC Productions and Bad Robot present a 163-minute, Action, Adventure, Thriller with a good touch of Comedy, directed by Christopher McQuarrie, written by McQuarrie, Bruce Geller and Erik Jendresen with a theater release date of July 12, 2023.

Deep down in the ocean depts there is a machine that all countries want and all countries are afraid of. Why? Because with the right key in the world of AI life as we know it could change forever. One big problem for the IMF team, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise), Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames) and Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) is that Ethan acquires one half of the key from his good friend Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson) but he still needs the other half to make it work. One other problem they have is that they know everyone wants the key but nobody seems to know what it opens or where they need to go to find out.

It doesn’t take long for Ethan to get mixed up with a pick-pocket beauty named Grace (Hayley Atwell) before he loses the half of the key then gets it back then loses it again and so on. You get the picture, I’m sure! Ethan is being chased by not only the American agents, Jasper Briggs (Shea Wingham) and his partner Degas (Greg Tarzan David) but also a nemesis from his past named Gabriel (Esai Morales) and his right-hand woman, Paris (Pom Klementieff), who has made his life miserable for years and is about to repeat it. But, yet there are others in the game of who has the key, The White Shadow (Vanessa Kirby) once again a blast from Ethan’s past. In a whirl wind of twists and turns Ethan and his team are on a journey to truly save the world.

The direction and writing are both spectacular with the right amount of action versus dialogue. It’s a very long script but it’s easy to get engaged with all the characters and the journeys each one of them is on in the story. A wonderful score to mix with all the ups and downs of the characters fits perfectly especially along with the backdrop of Rome, Venice and so many other locations. The film will have you gasping, excited, laughing out loud but mostly entertained for a very long almost three hours.

Cruise is brilliant and it amazes me that he does his own stunts. At 61 years old he still looks good and can carry his image in the lead still kicking ass along the way. Atwell is sure to become a household name since she draws you in during every scene, she is in. Klementieff is just kick ass bad girl whereas Faust is a kick ass good girl, well kind of! Pegg and Rhames is a great compliment to the IMF team with Cruise bringing some side line stories and humor to their roles. Kirby, Morales, Whigham and David all bring their game as does the rest of the supporting actors, all making this a must see on the big screen. I did not see any animals that were harmed in this story but as for humans it would not surprise me if they were.

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