Mission Impossible is a strange franchise in that I feel like it has got better with each new entry in the series and that shows no sign of stopping with Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One! I was so excited for this and I am so pumped up for Part Two to see how this story comes to an end.
How to Download Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One
You can expect to be able to download or stream the film from Paramount+ about 2 months after its theatrical release (which happened on July 12, 2023). Click on the Download button at the end of this review and check the current availability. Check out also our reviews of the previous Mission Impossible films:
- 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)
The Movie Review
Before I get into this latest movie, I want to take you back in time to 1996 when that first Mission Impossible movie came out! I remember the first movie being a huge deal, but I remember more the Mission Impossible video game being hyped to the hills as people were expecting another Goldeneye which it certainly was not!
For me, the Mission Impossible series is better than James Bond! Hey, do not hate me, I love Bond too, but as far as action spy thrillers go, Mission Impossible clicks with me just a bit more. This time around Ethan and his team are trying to deal with a new force called “The Entity” that is working in the shadows.
What we have here is a movie that ticks all of the boxes for what you would want in a Mission Impossible movie. We have Ethan and the team trying to stop bad guys, all the while being chased by government agents who think that they are the bad guys! It is fun and exciting stuff and so far, one of the best experiences I have had in a theatre in 2023!
I love how we have the core group of Ethan, Luther, Benji, and the rest. However, we have some great new cast members here too. Hayley Atwell as Grace is awesome and she has fantastic chemistry with Tom Cruise. She is probably one of my favorite parts of the movie as you are never really sure just how much trust you can put into her character.
Another new member of the cast that I thought was awesome was Pom Klementieff who plays an assassin called Paris. Paris is so much fun, she paints her face up to look like a mime and she uses a sword! She is one of the more “out there” characters in the franchise so far, but she is a total badass and a major highlight of the movie.
The only character I was not hugely into was the villain of the movie, Gabriel. Gabriel has world domination on his mind and wants to use “The Entity” to achieve his goals. He is not a bad villain and to be fair, he may be fleshed out much more in Part Two, but he just felt kind of unnecessary here.
That kind of brings me to a key point about Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One and that is the fact that this is only half a movie. It does stand on its own, but you know that you are only watching one half of a movie and that you have to wait a whole year for the next part. I could actually see why some people may decide to skip this and wait to watch it until Part Two is released in 2024.
Yet, with that being said, I am so glad I went to see this in the theatre. These action scenes were so cool on the big screen. From the Mission Impossible staples like Tom Cruise doing a crazy stunt, Tom Cruise dramatically running somewhere, and epic fight scenes. This is a movie that has everything you could ever want from a Mission Impossible movie!
- The action scenes are the best I have seen in a movie this year!
- There are some fantastic new additions to the cast
- The chemistry between our main good guys is as good as ever
- This is like the “greatest hits” of stuff that you would want in a Mission Impossible movie
- The villain in the movie feels a little underdeveloped, but that could be fixed in part two
- You 100 percent need to have seen the other movies to appreciate this