Initial reactions to Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One rave over the Tom Cruise film.
Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One held its world premiere at the Spanish Steps in Rome, and Deadline reports that the film is a resounding success in both its delivery and early reception. The upcoming Tom Cruise movie is slated for a July 12, 2023 theatrical release in the United States, and will be the first installment of a two-part film series. The second installment, Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two, is currently slated for a June 28, 2024 release, and is currently in the post-production phase.
To date, the Mission: Impossible franchise has raked in almost $3.6 billion worldwide at the box office, and there doesn’t seem to be any letting up on the commercial front.
And with the early reviews for Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One rolling in, it’s safe to say that we’re gearing up to experience another high-octane, action-packed story with a massive budget, and even larger scope in its storytelling. After all, Tom Cruise performing his own dangerous stunts has always been a selling point for the series, and we can’t say we’re mad about this.
The prevailing sentiment is that although Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One leaves us with a cliffhanger for a follow-up film, it doesn’t leave audience members unsatisfied upon its conclusion. In other words, even though we’re getting a serialized treatment with Dead Reckoning Part One and its successor, the former stands on its own while still building anticipation for what’s to come with next year’s release.
This is a far cry from the most recent Fast and Furious film (Fast X), which is going through a similar serialized treatment but concluded its first installment with too many loose ends that kept the audience wondering just a little too much about where the story is going to go next.
Journalists seem to be on the same page in their adoration of Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One, and it’s rare to see such an overwhelmingly positive critical consensus this early on. Not only are they gushing over the “long, crazy & intense” action sequences, but complimenting Christopher McQuarrie’s timely criticism of AI technology in his overall storytelling.
Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One is Tom Cruise‘s seventh Mission: Impossible film. It’s also likely his penultimate performance as IMF agent Ethan Hunt. So it only makes sense that he wants to go out with bang if he actually decides to retire from the role that he has been synonymous with for the past 27 years.
But it’s worth noting that this is not the beginning of the end of the Mission Impossible franchise; writer and director Christopher McQuarrie has gone on record stating that Dead Reckoning Part Two would not be the end of the series, even if it is the end of Cruise’s tenure.
By now, we know that the Mission: Impossible franchise boasts jaw-dropping action sequences and clever storytelling, and if the early reviews are any indication, Dead Reckoning Part One will give us more of the same, while continuing to push the envelope.
But we’re going to have to wait just a little bit longer to see for ourselves. Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One will premiere stateside on July 12, 2023, and we’re more than ready to witness the film in all its glory.