“Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One” Trailer Unveils Tom Cruise’s Deadliest Mission Yet
Tom Cruise’s final mission as Ethan Hunt is upon us. The official trailer for Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One has arrived, revealing Ethan Hunt’s deadliest mission yet. Sure, they’re all deadly, but this is a franchise that has consistently upped the stakes, both within the confines of the story and on a practical filmmaking level. If the Academy ever gets around to honoring the work of stunt coordinators and performers, it would be well served by going back and giving a slew to the folks who have been working on Mission: Impossible.
The trailer opens with a simple yet highly effective visual—Hunt, on one of his trusty motorcycles, speeds to the edge of a cliff and stops with about a half-inch to spare. That’s followed by one of the most classic of all Tom Cruise movie moments—the long sprint—as Ethan runs for his life (or to protect someone else’s) while a narrator reminds us we cannot escape our past. Point taken. Ethan’s past has been haunting him for years, and with this final, two-part conclusion to his decades-long journey, Cruise and writer/director Christopher McQuarrie have set us up for the most epic of all sendoffs.
The new trailer only hints at the specifics of the plot, which seems to suggest that the all-powerful weapon Ethan’s enemies are hoping to utilize is artificial intelligence. It’s a guess, but a fairly educated one considering the sci-fi-esque images of what appears to be a quantum computer and the mentions by Ethan’s adversaries that his fate has already been decoded. More fodder for our A.I. theory is the film’s synopsis, which promises that Ethan and the IMF team are tracking down “a terrifying new weapon that threatens all of humanity before it falls into the wrong hands,” a weapon that will give control of the future and the fate of the world to whoever possesses it. This sounds similar to the darkest concerns over A.I. that you can read about just about every day of the week now. Or, you can ask ChatGPT about it.
McQuarrie co-wrote the script with Erik Jendresen, and alongside Cruise, he directs returning stars Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, and Vanessa Kirby. The cast also includes Esai Morales, Pom Klementieff, Mariela Garriga, Henry Czerny, Shea Whigham, Greg Tarzan Davis, Charles Parnell, Frederick Schmidt, Cary Elwes, Mark Gatiss, Indira Varma, and Rob Delaney.
Check out the trailer below. Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One hits theaters on July 12:
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Featured image: Tom Cruise plays Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible Dead Reckoning – Part One from Paramount Pictures and Skydance.