When it comes to heart-pounding action and jaw-dropping stunts, nobody does it better than Tom Cruise. But you see movies where the stakes are so high you’re left wondering why the lead character is walking a tightrope with no safety net? That’s where he finds purpose. The Mission: Impossible 7 movie officially known as Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One is a brilliant masterpiece. Over twenty years ago we were blessed with a character named Ethan Hunt, and countless crazy scenes, stunts, plots, I-see-what-you-did-theres, and billions of dollars in profits, we can comfortably say that this is one of the best movies ever shot.
The seventh installment in the Mission: Impossible franchise hit the screens on July 12, 2023. We’re writing you this review complete with a few spoilers two days after it premiered in cinemas worldwide, but who’s counting?. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to read this review and then go watch Ethan Hunt save the world as usual.
Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One Cast
In the first part of Mission: Impossible 7, the main cast includes Tom Cruise, who will once again portray the character of Ethan Hunt. Alongside Cruise, we also see the return of Ving Rhames as Luther Stickell, Henry Czerny as Eugene Kittridge, and the witty Simon Pegg as Benji Dunn. Rebecca Ferguson starred as Ilsa Faust, Vanessa Kirby as Alanna Mitsopolis, and Frederick Schmidt as Zola Mitsopolis. All of these actors reprised their previous roles from the other movies. Although there are new supporting casts like Hayley Atwell who was cast as a character named Grace.
In 1996, when Tom Cruise accepted the script for his role as Ethan Hunt, little did he know that he was going to breathe new life into a special character and perhaps set the premise for one of the greatest action movies of all time.
In the Mission: Impossible movies Cruise portrays this gritty and resourceful member of a fictional spy organization known as the Impossible Missions Force (IMF). Throughout the series till now, Cruise effortlessly embodied the daring and brilliant character of Hunt, which we believe is a remarkable achievement considering the lengthy duration of his portrayal.
Mission: Impossible 7 unfolds with an opening reminiscent of the 1990 American submarine spy thriller film “The Hunt for Red October.” We follow an artificially intelligent villain called the Entity, which is housed on a Russian submarine. This AI poses a grave threat to the world, as well as an opportunity for high-level people who seek to covet it.
Then enter Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise), who knows more than enough about the stakes involved in bringing such technology to heel. He is assigned the mission to locate an old colleague named Ilsa (Rebecca Ferguson). Ethan Hunt and his team attempt to obtain the key to access the Entity’s source and shut it down from Ilsa. However, this pursuit of a potentially priceless yet extremely dangerous object involves a skilled thief named Grace (Atwell) and a villainous character (Esai Morales) who has connections with Ethan’s recruitment into the IMF.
Christopher McQuarrie successfully crafts Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One as an enjoyable film from beginning to end. The stunt performance behind the awe-inspiring action scenes deserves special awards this year.
Mission: Impossible 7 Spoilers
The movie contains several scenes and dialogue that shaped the storyline and set the premise for the sequel. If there’s no cliffhanger, is that even a Tom Cruise movie?. One of the major revelations is the connection between Ethan’s past and the main antagonist Gabriel, who has ties to Ethan’s pre-IMF life. Gabriel killed someone named Maria, whom Ethan cared for. Leading to Ethan seeking revenge and eventually joining the Impossible Mission Force.
Another shocking twist is the death of Ilsa Faust, a major character in the franchise. Gabriel kills Ilsa as a means of serving the Entity, leaving Ethan devastated and seeking retribution. Hayley Atwell’s character, Grace, becomes the host for the key to the Entity and experiences remorse over Ilsa’s death. She ultimately decides to join the IMF, setting up her role in the sequel. The film also reveals that the US government was responsible for the creation of the Entity. The Director of National Intelligence played a role in placing the early version of the Entity on the submarine. But as we expected, it grew out of control and turned against its creators.
Ethan successfully retrieves the key to access the Entity’s source. And of course(deep eye roll), it is revealed that the Entity wanted him to find its location. This leads to a betrayal by Gabriel’s associate, Paris, who discloses the location of the Entity aboard the submerged submarine. Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One is filled with twists and character connections. Along with major plot developments that lay the groundwork for the highly anticipated sequel, Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two. We just hope the cliffhanger in the subsequent installments will not be a sucker punch like the one that hit us in the face from John Wick 4.
How to Watch Mission: Impossible Movies in Order
This is a list of all the movies in the Mission: Impossible franchise according to their release dates.
- Mission: Impossible (1996)
- Mission: Impossible 2 (2000)
- Mission: Impossible III (2006)
- Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)
- Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015)
- Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018)
- Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One (2023