Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning part 1 | Review by: Stefano Bove
We have been blessed with action movies this summer between John Wick and Mission impossible.
The mission impossible series has aged like fine wine and only seems to be getting better as the series goes on. That trend continues with Dead Reckoning which will go down as one of the best in the series.
Tom Cruise has solidified himself as the king of action in recent years promising some of the greatest action set pieces ever displayed on screen. We have been teased with some really insane stunts leading up to the release as part of the promotional campaign for this movie and boy, he did not disappoint. All of the major action set pieces knock it out of the park in all aspects. They are built up so well and all stick to the landing in terms of execution, delivery and believability.
The best action still warrants a solid story and that is another element to this film that really delivers. Ethan Hunt and his band of MIF members are going rogue yet again to face the greatest threat to mankind in recent years, a self adapting AI that could change warfare if fallen in the hands of any nation. The threat of self-learning AI is not a new idea but is timed very well with the growing usage of AI applications like Chat GPT and many others.
Not as many tools and gadgets are used in the film outside of the classic face swapping tech but that is because the action and stunts are the main focus. One useful tool (or trick) that is utilized a lot in the film is a good old classic pick pocket and since the villain is both man and artificial intelligence, the classic sleight of hand tricks really help ground the film. Hayley Atwell's character, Grace is also a master thief so the pick-pocketing and sleight of hand use mostly comes from her.
The cast in this franchise never miss but the addition of Hayley Atwell and Klementieff are amazing additions. Pom's Character Paris is one of my favorite characters in the whole franchise.
Other franchises seem to think going larger with CGI is the way to go but Tom Cruise is here to showcase to everyone how important practical effects and practical stunts really are. Mission impossible Dead Reckoning is going to be one of the best movies of the summer and definitely the best action film.
Review by: Stefano Bove
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