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Tom Cruise is Back! Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part 1 (2023) | Review

Mission Impossible is a staple piece of cinema, these films showcase the endless limits of filmmaking and how incredibly fearless and timeless Tom Cruise is.

A display of Tom Cruise’s skills with little more than that. If you are looking for a deep routed storyline and a compelling narrative this is not the film for you, Dead Reckoning is purely shock factor and primarily to show off the incredible stunts and cinematography. This film is visually dazzling, some of the stunts are objectively impressive and undeniably thrilling, watching Cruise ride over a cliff on his motorbike was unforgettable and beyond impressive.

Dead Reckoning Part 1 (2023) sets up the ever before seen story of AI trying to take over the world, we have been threatened by an artificial intelligence which may cause mass destruction if we don’t stop it. As I said, this story is not new, two film trailers advertised before this screening showcased the exact same storyline. Although AI is a current and topical route, it is a little overused at this point. In saying that, this didn’t ruin the film for me it just felt a little predicable.

Although the story was lacking in substance or originality and we often see moments and cliches which have been used time and time again within the action genre, the cast were truly incredible. Aside from the perfectionist which is Tom Cruise, his supporting cast were very engaging and always deliver comedy and drama. Hayley Atwell who played the newcomer and love interest, Grace, was very fun to watch. As her and Tom raced through the city of Rome in a tiny yellow fiat her facial expressions and interactions with him were purely genuine and I thoroughly enjoyed her performance.


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