Film review: Mission Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One




This may be a highly controversial opinion but for me, this movie was very, very good but not great. While it’s very exciting, has a great story, and performances, it never really got my heart rate up. I have been wondering why? Well in recent times I have seen car chases through Rome (Spectre and Fast X) and I have also seen some fights on top of a train (Skyfall and Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny) and isn’t there a film out at the moment about two parts of an object being brought together? It just didn’t feel overly original. That’s all. Oh yes, there is one incredibly big coincidence that just felt, well, way too lucky and did make me cringe.

Having said all of that what we do have here is a film that is done really well. Every single aspect of the production is top notch, except for me, the score. It moves along at a slick pace, has a great score (though for me not the best of the series) and it’s good to know that, in the main, the stunts were done for real. I will certainly be first in line for part two given the cliff hanger. Although for me that was another problem watching the film. I actually didn’t feel as if any of the main players were in any real danger because I knew there is another film coming.

So, really good stuff but not great, as far as I am concerned. Maybe it is becoming impossible to come up with something completely original. I don’t know. Happy to report being in the minority on this one. (See what I did there? A reference to another Tom Cruise movie!)

Main Photo Credit: Official Movie Poster, Fair Usage.

Andy Godfrey

Andy Godfrey is a speaker with Outreach UK and has been in full-time Christian work for many years. He is a founding member of the Mark Kermode Appreciation Society and has a collection of nearly 3,000 movies. He’s also an ardent Bristol City fan.

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