Popular since 1996, the popular action series is back with Mission: Impossible Dead Reckoning, the seventh film in a part one script that will finish its story in a part two that will make eight films.

Mission: Impossible, Dead Reckoning (2023) Film Review

Going rogue is something IMF agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) does well. But his latest mission includes retrieving half of a mysterious key currently in the possession of Ilsa (Rebecca Fergunson), the only woman Ethan has loved since he said goodbye to his wife. When he learns that there’s a bounty on Ilsa, he aids in her escape, but this brings him to Grace (Hayley Atwell). A woman with an aptitude for thievery, Grace nabs the key Ethan is after, and evades him, more than once.

When they all come into the orbit of Gabriel (Esai Morales), not only does a new threat make chaos, but Ethan’s past rears its ugly head, and may cost him in ways he never sees coming.

‘MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE, DEAD RECKOING’ IS THE SEVENTH IN THE FRANCHISE. Tom Cruise returns as Ethan Hunt in 2023 action film. Text © Rissi JC
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The most recent Mission: Impossible flick, this film had a few delays. According to trivia, it also had some revisions. Seven films into this nearly thirty year old series, and much is the same as when the franchise began. The film is almost like a repeat story with its rogue agent mission scenarios, but what I do find cute about this script is it kind of makes fun of this. Regardless of complaints, this film is still fun. mission: impossible, dead reckoning


Like other reviews say, this installment does overestimate how much time the film needs. It pads itself a little bit and is overlong in places when it doesn’t have to be or perhaps needs the “extra.” To its credit, the over two hour film keeps things moving and like always has lots of action. While some of the scenes are the same (like the usual car chase), this one is also more fun because its car chase is this cool blend of exciting and funny.

The gang is all back though some feel as though they have no purpose because of how limiting their screen time is. But I still love Benji and Luther, and yes, Atwell’s addition of Grace. The producing team of Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie (who also directs and writes) is back and like usual, there is some cool visuals and scene setups all cumulating in an epic train scene and the idea that Ethan may have to solve this one alone. This additionally really plays up the recurring theme that Ethan would do anything for the people on his team, even if his own life ends.

If you enjoy the films in this franchise, you’ll still thoroughly enjoy Mission: Impossible Dead Reckoning, and be quite curious to know how this story concludes come 2025.

You can stream Mission: Impossible, Dead Reckoning, at publication, Paramount+ or purchase on places like Apple TV+ or Prime Video


‘MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE, DEAD RECKOING’ IS THE SEVENTH IN THE FRANCHISE. Tom Cruise returns as Ethan Hunt in 2023 action film. Text © Rissi JC

Content: this one has the usual violence moments, and multiple weapons from guns, pipes to knives. More than one person is stabbed and we see them die. Others are threatened with harm, and a train sequence threatens the lives of many when cars plummet off a cliff. There’s hand to hand combat. There may be some minor innuendo but nothing terrible. The film is PG-13. 

Photos: Paramount / Skydance

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