The seventh film in the long-running action franchise continues to raise the stakes with fantastic action scenes, incredible stunts, and an impressive story that pushes the characters to the ultimate test. Returning to the series for the third time, director Christopher McQuarrie continues to show why he's the best director to work in the Mission Impossible franchise by crafting a film that is suspenseful, intelligent, and has an outcome that earns its cliffhanger and gets you excited for what's going to happen in part two. Tom Cruise delivers another fantastic performance as the character of Ethan Hunt, and it's unbelievable to see him continue to perform these insane stunts onscreen now at the age of 61. Hayley Atwell is a fantastic new addition to the franchise, and the chemistry between her and Tom Cruise is excellent. Esai Morales delivers an outstanding performance as the film's main antagonist and serves as the perfect foil to test Ethan Hunt physically and mentally, making him the best villain in the series since Phillip Seymour Hoffman in "Mission: Impossible III." The supporting cast features old favorites and new characters, all played by terrific actors, which include Ving Rhames as Luther Stickell, Simon Pegg as Benji Dunn, Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirby, Pom Klemenieff, Shea Whigham, Greg Tarzan Davis, Cary Elwes, and Henry Czerny who returns to the franchise for the first time since the first film back in 1996. Thanks to Christopher McQuarrie's incredible direction, impressive action sequences, and fantastic performances by Tom Cruise, Hayley Atwell, and Esai Morales, "Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One" is an excellent entry in the franchise and a great way to set the stage of what's to come for when we revisit the team in "Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two."
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