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  • Writer's pictureKen Silvers

Mission Impossible- Dead Reckoning Part One


In 1996 Hollywood released a remake of the 1960's television series "Mission Impossible" starring Tom Cruise, and here we are in 2023 with the latest film in the successful franchise "Mission Impossible- Dead Reckoning Part One". Cruise continues in the role of IMF agent Ethan Hunt, along with fellow agents Luther (Ving Rhames) and Benji (Simon Pegg). The trio is also assisted by IIsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), a disavowed MI6 agent who allied with Hunt's team in the 2015 MI film "Rogue Nation". The film follows the 2018 release "Fallout" and is the seventh installment in the series. The latest film features Hunt on a mission to retrieve a key from the aforementioned IIsa, on whom IMF has placed a bounty. Hunt manages to find IIsa in the Arabian Desert, and advises her to lay low due to the bounty on her, but not before a fight with the bounty hunters. When he travels back to the U.S., Hunt sneaks into a meeting of the various intelligence agencies where he learns about an experimental Artificial Intelligence called the Entity that has managed to go rogue. The Entity has infiltrated intelligence networks and military systems causing panic among those in charge. Ethan decides he must find a way to destroy the AI, so he and his teammates head to the airport in Abu Dhabi where they plan to intercept the holder of half a key, of which if united its other half, could lead to world domination for the holder of said key. The intelligence community has sent operatives to catch Ethan, so not only is he after the holder of part of the key, he must outwit and outrun the agents after him. While at the airport he encounters the mysterious Grace (Hayley Atwell), who is a professional thief. Ethan and Grace soon find themselves a target at the airport and devise a way to escape. While at the airport, a man from Ethan's past makes an unexpected appearance, but will play a huge role in the film's plot. Grace, being the expert thief, escapes Ethan and takes a flight to Rome, where she is arrested and rescued by Ethan who manages to track her down. The excitement in Rome is action packed with a car chase for the ages that even manages some humorous moments despite all that's at stake. After the whirlwind chase, Grace again escapes from Ethan, but the two eventually cross paths again in Venice where arms dealer Alanna Mitsopolis (Vanessa Kriby) shows up and is directly involved in the search for the keys. The mystery man I mentioned earlier is Gabriel (Easi Morales), a powerful terrorist and a major adversary of Ethan, who is also coveting the keys so he can control the Entity to control the world, but then what good villain wouldn't? The action then moves from Italy to the Alps, where the mission involves the Innsbruck bound Orient Express. The train is where Alanna will meet the buyer of the keys, but her efforts are thwarted by the IMF team, involving plenty of action and thrills. The film ends with a tease for Part 2 of the film, which will hit theaters in June 2024. I can't say enough about the action and intrigue in this film, as I expect such from MI films, and they never disappoint. Cruise had stated these two films would end the series, but later decided to continue in his role as Ethan Hunt.The stunts in the film are thrilling, as each film attempts to top its predecessor. The film is directed by Christopher McQuarrie, who has directed two previous MI films, and his familiarity with the series serves the film well. The movie is one of the most expensive ever made, and you can clearly understand why after viewing the film. If you are a fan of the MI films, this latest in the series will definitely please you. If you have never seen any of the previous films, start them now and let them lead up the action-packed "Mission Impossible- Dead Reckoning Part 1". I encourage you to run to the theater like Cruise does in all these films. Now playing in theaters. (Rated PG-13)

5/5

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