Movie Review: Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part I

Mission Impossible Dead Reckoning Part 1

**This is a spoiler free movie review.**

It’s summer movie time! And though I’ll admit I’ve been slowly returning to the movies after COVID, I certainly wasn’t going to pass up the chance to see “Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part 1” on the big screen.

The press screening I attended was at the the AMC Mission Valley (San Diego) Dolby Room. Thankfully, walking into the theater and seeing the big, reclining, theater seats removed my apprehension about how long I’d be sitting in that dark room. What I didn’t expect was the dynamic sound and motion of my seat, so there was no way I’d be able to fall asleep if the movie was slow or boring. Silly me, with Tom Cruise returning as Ethan Hunt, I don’t know what I was thinking.


“Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team embark on their most dangerous mission yet: To track down a terrifying new weapon that threatens all of humanity before it falls into the wrong hands. With control of the future and the fate of the world at stake, and dark forces from Ethan’s past closing in, a deadly race around the globe begins. Confronted by a mysterious, all-powerful enemy, Ethan is forced to consider that nothing can matter more than his mission – not even the lives of those he cares about most.”

Mission Impossible doesn’t’ disappoint. I won’t spoil the movie for you plot wise, but it’s what you expect from a summer blockbuster movie. It has everything, from spectacular car chases that will have you asking yourself, “did they really go down those historic steps in a car?” to, “why did he do THAT?!” Tom Cruise delivers in a big way. And remember, this is MI Dead Reckoning Part 1, so there’s more to come.

Whew! So get ready for “Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One” because it’s a hell of a 166 minute ride. The exhaustion is real, and not just from sitting so long. Watching the amount of adrenaline and stamina Tom Cruise (60 years old) expends for the audience is downright debilitating.

Now, excuse me while I (62) try to get in a 2 mile walk today…

P.S. Not one expletive was heard in the movie. Can’t say the same about me. So there’s that.

“Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part 1” opens in theaters July 12, 2023

Runtime 2 hours and 46 minutes

Rated PG-13

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