Seventh entry in the long-running Mission: Impossible series.

Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Writers: Christopher McQuarrie, Bruce Geller
Staring: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirby, Hayley Atwell, SImon Pegg, Cary Elwes, Shea Wigham, Indira Varma, Mark Gatiss, Esai Morales, Ving Rhames, Henry Czerny
Release Date: July 14, 2023

Oh well hello, Happy hump day everyone. We have a new Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning – Part 1 (2023) trailer to dissect.

Much like the first trailer that came out in May, this preview opens up with Eugene Kittridge (Henry Czerny) warning Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) that he is biting off more than he can chew. This is nothing new to our hero, someone telling him what he can not do. But Kittridge, whose relationship with Hunt was born out of distrust, is speaking with such fervor that you have to be worried for our indestructible hero.

Something that I noticed watching this trailer is that Ethan is often within walls. As in the walls are closing in.

We can not escape the past, and everything that has happened in Ethan’s life is catching up with him.

I don’t think it’s an accident that we see Ethan in some claustrophobic scenarios in this preview.

Taking context clues from the trailer, we are going to get some sort of a desert battle. We see people clad in cloaks and goggles for protection while Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson) is sniping down foes chasing after someone. Who wants to bet money that the one lone horseman running away form the horde is Hunt in trouble?

It would also appear that we are getting a club scene. We got one in Mission Impossible: Fallout (2018), and the John Wick franchise has made them in vogue. It would appear we are revisiting that familiar setting, this time with a dangerous women holding a sword. It appears that we have a villain henchman who is ready to slice and dice his competition.

This trailer for Dead Reckoning – Part I gives us our first good, deep, stunningly handsome look at the franchise’s next big bad. The man doesn’t have a name, but he is played by Esai Morales. Whoever he is, it would appear that he and Ethan know each other. In one way or another. Why do I have a sneaky feeling that Dead Reckoning – Part I is going to follow the path of Skyfall (2012)? Perhaps Morale’s character was a former MIF agent who represents some very powerful people and he is a formidable opponent because he knows all the tricks. Or since he has been in Hunt’s position before, he knows what personal strings to pull.

I am slightly worried with Morales’ character says “It knows your story and how it ends.” Are we going to have to watch an Artificial Intelligence plot? It would be very topical, but I don’t like the idea of an algorithm being the ultimate foil.

After Morales’ speech we get some clips of a car chase, Grace looking scared (Hayley Atwell), and Vanessa Kirby being stunning beautiful and a bit creepy as The White Widow. We then revert to Kittridge telling Ethan that the world is chasing after him. Facial recognition is tracking him, and we get a peek at Jasper Briggs, played by Shea Whigham. The character is new in the movie franchise, but it is a nice homage to the 1960s television series where the main character was called Jasper Briggs.

Guns are loaded and then we are back in a tight quarters with Pom Klementieff’s unnamed sword-wielding character waiting to hack somebody up. She pulls off the sexy but I will kill you vibes quite well. My friend Stefan is very pleased. These walls look very similar to what Ethan is running through at the start of the trailer, so perhaps he feels like he has finally met his match? Or his running and is she going to be waiting for him.

At the midway point of the trailer we get what we want most. We have Tom Cruise making his patented puffy angry face telling the bad guy to fuck off, followed by a ridiculous stunt where Hunt literally drives a motorcycle off a cliff, for some reason? The drone overhead shot of Cruise diving into the jungle below is screenshot worthy. This is the drug we signed up for. This is what Mission Impossible is.

The final part of the trailer is Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames) asking his friend Ethan what his main objective is. Hunt is a main with a plan, usually. But if this time he is going to fast and coming off his moral and steadfast tracks, then it is up to Luther and the crew to reel him in. If that is possible.

Tom Cruise sprints through candles because that is what we love to see. Then we get a train sequence with Morales brandishing a knife and Hunt going toe-to-toe with him on top of the high speed vehicle. This is going to be the first big train sequence since the Mission Impossible in 1996, the last movie that Kittridge appeared in as well.

We get quick cuts of fighting in a corridor, the gang hanging out together, and a voiceover of Hunt saying “your life with always matter more to me than my own.” Ethan willing to be the Martyr for his friends. Not a surprise there. But Luther appears to follow it up with “None of our lives can matter more than this mission.”, to which Hunt walks away huffing “I don’t accept that.”

The final 15 to 20 seconds has the theme song blasting and its accompanied by a bombardment of quick cuts showing off explosions, punching, car chases, train derailments, and near-death experiences. There is a need no gravity shot of Hunt and either Grace or Lisa being hurled into the air and then thumped down by physics surrounded by find China being shattered. It is one of those short snippets that makes me want to watch behind the scenes to see how they staged the practical effects of that massive bump.

Everything going into Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning – Part One has me excited. It helps that at the end of this latest trailer we get Tom Cruise donning some beautiful aviators, reminding me of his other ethos, Pete Maverick. Dead Reckoning – Part One has a ton to live up to, but we are now at the point where we have to buy in. Cruise and director/writer Christopher McQuarrie have earned it.

Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning – Part One blasts into theaters on July 14, 2023

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