Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning (Part One)

Race against Time

By Beenish Mahmood | September 2023

Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One is a thrilling American spy action film directed by Christopher McQuarrie, who co-wrote the screenplay with Erik Jendresen. Serving as the sequel to Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018) and the seventh installment in the Mission: Impossible film series, the film marks the return of Tom Cruise as the charismatic Ethan Hunt, leading his IMF (Impossible Mission Force) team against a formidable rogue AI known as “the Entity.”

The story centers on Ethan Hunt and his IMF team’s mission to secure a dangerous weapon, a key that could spell catastrophe if it falls into the wrong hands. Hunt is determined to protect humanity from potential destruction, even if it means risking his loved ones’ lives. The race against time intensifies as the world’s future hangs in the balance.

The film takes audiences on a rollercoaster ride, with twists and turns that keep them on the edge of their seats. As Hunt embarks on his mission, he pursues his friend Ilsa in the Arabian Desert, leading to an encounter with Grace at the Abu Dhabi Airport. The film brilliantly captures the tension and urgency as Hunt and Grace join forces to safeguard the key and themselves from relentless enemies. The stakes are higher than ever as the Entity threatens to sabotage all digital systems, posing a grave danger to the world. Nobody really knows the power the key holds or what it will unlock!

The performances are commendable, with Tom Cruise once again proving his charisma as Ethan Hunt. Essay Morales shines as Gabriel, a staunch protector of the Entity. The film also features powerful female characters, portrayed convincingly by Hayley Atwell as Grace and Rebecca Ferguson as Ilsa.

The scene on the Orient Express is reminiscent of ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ by Agatha Christie. The cinematography is visually stunning, and the action sequences are jaw-dropping, especially the scene where Hunt jumps off a cliff and lands onto a moving train. The adrenaline-pumping moments, like the reckless car chase, keep the audience engaged throughout the film.

Despite its three-hour runtime, Mission: Impossible 7 maintains the viewers’ attention without a single dull moment. The film successfully delivers a blend of action, adventure, and suspense, making it a promising addition to the franchise. The precision of the stunts and the captivating settings add to its appeal.

Hunt finds the key, and he escapes as Grace accepts the choice the Entity offers to work for Gabriel. Whether or not Grace will work for the IMF or CIA is unclear. Most likely, Gabriel will keep Grace for the CIA away from Ethan Hunt, who works for the IMF and hence will be unable to protect Grace. But who knows what might happen?

Will Ilsa die? Will Grace play the new female lead in the 2nd part? To find out, head out for a cinematic experience of Mission Impossible 7. The film concludes on a tantalizing note, leaving the audience eager for Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two. With the mystery of the key’s purpose still unsolved, the filmmaker has cleverly set the stage for an exciting sequel.

The film enjoyed tremendous success at the box office, grossing $235 million upon its opening. Undoubtedly, Tom Cruise’s star power significantly attracted audiences, given his massive fan following.

The film faced stiff competition, released alongside films like Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny and Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. Nonetheless, Mission: Impossible 7 managed to captivate audiences and deliver a thrilling cinematic experience. Incorporating contemporary issues like artificial intelligence into its compelling narrative, it is a visually captivating and suspenseful treat for cinemagoers. Whether you are a fan of the franchise or simply seeking an action-packed adventure, this film is undoubtedly worth experiencing on the big screen.