New Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One is Impressively Discreet

Summer must be on the horizon because Tom Cruise is running towards danger! Paramount Pictures has released a new trailer for Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One, the latest installment in Cruise’s spy franchise based on the classic TV show. This time, Ethan Hunt and his espionage team must race to find a MacGuffin before the bad guys use it for something sinister… at least, one assumes. It’s also a safe bet that face masks and death-defying stunts Tom Cruise performed himself will be part of the fun. Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirby, and Henry Czerny return with Cruise, with Esai Morales, Pom Klementieff, Shea Whigham, Cary Elwes, Indira Varma, Mark Gatiss, and proof-of-the-divine Hayley Atwell joining them. Robert McQuarrie, who wrote and directed the last two Mission: Impossible movies (the two best in the series), is back as well. Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One arrives in theaters on July 12, 2023, and you can see the new trailer below:

I was all set to be annoyed by the new Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One trailer. Not because I think the movie will be bad; I’m reasonably sure it’ll be extremely entertaining, with amazing stunts, a relentless pace, and Hayley Atwell. But I was dreading this one because of the typical pattern of movie trailers. First is the teaser, which tells you just enough to whet your appetite (assuming the movie looks good); then comes the full trailer, which takes you through the movie’s every plot point while ruing the best lines, shots, and set pieces. I see people on Twitter clamoring for these things and wonder why. But Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One has been remarkably restrained, and the new trailer falls in line with that. I don’t know much I didn’t already; Ethan Hunt’s new paramour, Ilsa Faust, appears to be in personal danger, causing a conflict between Hunt’s feelings for her and his duty to complete his mission. That’s fine, and after the way the previous film ended, it makes sense that this would be the next step for them. But that’s it; Esai Morales was confirmed as being the villain a while ago, so that’s no surprise; the MacGuffin is still pretty much a mystery, aside from it having some kind of predictive ability. I don’t know who any of the new characters are. This is the perfect trailer, so much so that I wonder if Tom Cruise had a hand in cutting it himself, designing it perfectly to preserve the moviegoing experience he cherishes for his audience. Okay, probably not, but like a true star, he makes you believe it’s so.  

Comments (1)

May 18, 2023 at 1:35 pm

Who knows? This might be good!

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