Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two

Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two

Movie Info:

Set-up: Released two years after its predecessor, Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two concludes Ethan Hunt’s (Tom Cruise) globetrotting adventure. Ethan must beat time with the IMF disbanded and the Syndicate, a group run by enigmatic villain Solomon Lane (Sean Harris), that has set out to cause global chaos. I have assumed you watched Dead Reckoning Part One when writing this review and there will be spoilers concerning that movie.

Execution: Christopher McQuarrie doesn’t waste any moment before sending viewers back into the midst of action. The film picks up where Part One ends and Ethan is on the run while allies Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) and Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames) are scattered all over the place. Guided by mysterious Grace (Hayley Atwell), whose loyalty is still in question, Ethan embarks on a dangerous journey to stop a catastrophic nuclear attack.

McQuarrie, who has worked on these movies for some time now, shows why he’s such an accomplished filmmaker when it comes to action cinema. The set pieces are grandiose as well as defy gravity challenging what can be achieved on screen. From a nail biting train robbery perpetrated upon a bullet train speeding throughout Japan to an eye catching HALO plunge filmed from Cruise himself while strapped against an air plane( yes ! you heard it right) , trembling white knuckle thrills await audiences.

Legacy: However, Dead Reckoning Part Two isn’t only about spectacle; notwithstanding how impressive the action may be. More than ever before we get into what makes Ethan tick here though film goes deeper into his mind. Nevertheless Tom Cruise’s performance is quite remarkable even though at times he appears vulnerable more than determined because his career is coming to an end due to past missions fallout but overall this movie exemplifies his skill in acting provoking thought in any viewer that watch him. The supporting cast shines as well. Ilsa Faust makes a memorable return thanks to Rebecca Fergusson, adding emotional complexity to Ethan’s personal struggles. Vanessa Kirby is excellent at playing the dangerous and tricky White Widow whereas Henry Czerny’s reprisal as IMF turncoat Eugene Kittridge adds another dimension of history and betrayal to the plot.

Verdict: However, Dead Reckoning Part Two isn’t without its flaws. This two part storytelling leaves some threads undeveloped. Still it remains unclear why the villain does what he does even though the ending in some respects feels satisfying but ultimately accelerates too fast. Running for nearly two and half hours, the film sometimes drags, especially when there is much exposition.

Final Word: Yet Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two has its faults. It is a movie that encapsulates stunts that have made this spy thriller franchise such a success over time; it goes back to the very beginning by relying on death-defying stunts, mind-bending espionage missions and rapid action sequences from primarily Tom Cruise who still appears young even after all these years making him one of Hollywood’s few real action stars left playing his role consistently despite his age defying behavior. On the other hand others may argue that this film uses similar motifs while being constrained by its two-part format , however, for fans of Mission Impossible it provides an exciting journey which they will never forget about what happens next in their lives once they watch it. After watching “Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part II”, you will feel both fulfilled and yearning for more; a tribute to how Mission Impossible team together with Ethan Hunt have managed to create an indelible imprint on our minds even as death hovers above them every time they take out a shadowy villain or blow up another exotic location under immense pressure only known by them.

This is an insight into the film’s strengths and weaknesses:


Stunning action scenes

Compelling performance by Tom Cruise.

Good ensemble cast.

Exploration of Ethan Hunt’s personality


Hasty resolutions in some storylines

Villains with underdeveloped motivations.

Erratic flow at times

Reliance on familiar franchise tropes

In summary, Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two is an exciting end to a much-loved series. With its imperfections, however, it has moments of breath-stopping action, great performances and a beautiful goodbye to Ethan Hunt. Every fan should watch it as it represents the lasting popularity of action cinema.