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The Next Reel • Season 12 • Series: Mission: Impossible • Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One • Member Bonus

Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One • Member Bonus

“The world is changing. Truth is vanishing.”

Ethan Hunt and Co. Are Back

For our July member bonus episode, we wrap up our conversation about Ethan Hunt and his impossible missions. For Christopher McQuarrie’s latest entry into the franchise, Ethan and his team are up against none other than a form of sentient AI they call The Entity. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we close our chats in our Mission: Impossible series – at least until next year’s conclusion to this story – with McQuarrie’s 2023 film Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One.

Here’s a hint at what we talk about.

It’s a great entry to the franchise, and we certainly spoil it. The characters are great, the action sequences are a thrill, the story works well. If anything, there are elements that feel clunky within some of the exposition, the camera work, the editing and the structure. Is this because McQuarrie shot two lengthy films back to back and might’ve been overwhelmed? Is it because he’s trying to create a unique look and feel for each of his films in this franchise? Is he trying to create tension with creative shots that just aren’t working? It’s hard to say, but we certainly noticed it.

The story largely focuses on a form of AI that grows some form of sentience that partners up with one of Hunt’s old adversaries then works to control the world. With the zeitgeist around AI right now, it’s quite fitting. We discuss the nature of this story today – and the fact that they were originally intending it to be released two full years ago – and why it works in context of this world. It feels like a perfect next step for the franchise.

We talk about elements brought in from previous films that we noticed as well, and walk through the action beats. There’s a lot to discuss. We have a great time talking about it, so check it out then tune in. The Next Reel – when the movie ends, our conversation begins!

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