The last few years have seen an interesting thing with films that have not been made often in the two-parter. From Harry Potter and The Hunger Games to Kill Bill and the MCU, it works for me when it is done sparingly so the story can be told correctly. However, it is also important that the audience knows this going in, which may not have been the case earlier this year but it is for Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning, Part One.
Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher) returns to the director’s chair here for the third time working with a cast that includes Tom Cruise, Hayley Atwell, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Pom Klementieff, Rebecca Ferguson and Vanessa Kirby. Ethan Hunt (Cruise) winds up on a new mission with the Impossible Mission Force where they are trying to track down two interlocking keys that access a new type of evil which could be the end of all of us. This is all happening while he is being pursued by a figure from his past (Esai Morales) and even people who are supposed to be on the same side he is (Shea Whigham and Greg Tarzan Davis).
Like most of the people who I have talked to who have seen this film, I did like it, but there are a few issues. Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning, Part One has the same quality as other films in this franchise within its performances and visuals along with story elements like the chases and combat sequences. Unlike other films like it, the last two elements are done very well and not just there to be there and kept me interested the entire time. The action may not be on par with Bullitt, but it still worked well for me. Cruise himself keeps raising the level of the stunt work, and it really shows here. Shot in a number of locations around the world, I was especially impressed with the sequences Europe overall to the point where I think I need to start researching some of those destinations for myself.
If I had a gripe here, it lies in two-hour-and-forty-minute run time. Knowing that this is only one half of the story, I feel that they did not have to make it this long. Even though there could be about twenty to twenty-five minutes that could have been cut, I still did enjoy it. For fans of this franchise, this will not disappoint, but I will recommend it to be seen as a twilight showing in the theaters.