December 8, 2023

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Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning is the perfect escape

Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning is the perfect escape

Another annoying problem is that much of the movie is too familiar. Like the previous two Mission: Impossible episodes, both directed by McQuarrie, this one uses stunts and locations we’ve already seen in recent Bond films (including the conveniently abandoned gun). Even worse, he uses stunts and locations that we’ve already seen in other movies, too. There are probably too many thrillers going around the world these days, but when Ethan chases some bad guys across the desert on horseback, it feels like a scene in John Wick Chapter Four, which came out in March. And when his car crashes along the Spanish Steps in Rome, it looks like a scene in the movie Fast X, which was released in May.

Considering the films that inspired Cruise and Macquarie, it might have been more appropriate if Ethan and Grace were cruising around the French Riviera instead. But maybe McQuarrie is saving that for Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part II, which is due out in a year.

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Mission: Impossibe – Dead Reckoning Part 2 is out on July 10th.

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