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I left the theater in awe after seeing Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One. This film is one of my favorites of the year. I had little to no expectations for Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One since was unfamiliar with the franchise, but this movie really blew me away.

The film opens with Ethan Hunt, (gracefully played by Tom Cruise) and his team who are trying to track down the second half of a key. Many other people are also after the same parts of the key, but no one knows what it unlocks. This scary weapon has the power to control the whole world, so it's pivotal that both halves of the key go to the right person. The entire film showcases the journey in tracking down the key, and the many scary life-threatening obstacles everyone must go through.

I love the way this film was shot. The cinematography by Fraser Taggart caught my attention almost immediately. The only wide or full body shots are the intense action scenes. Every other moment is captured beautifully. 50% of this film is pure acting and the close-ups serve that purpose. The other half is the action scenes - those had the whole theater at the edge of their seats. Director Christopher McQuarrie really knew what he was doing as the action scenes are absolutely incredible. Tom Cruise is one of those actors who truly goes above and beyond for his films. The stunts he pulls off in this film are jaw-dropping. His stunts, together with the crazy action scenes, really add a whole other level of excitement for the viewer. This film has such an incredible cast -- of course, Tom stands out as one that always excels in his films. I love the performance by Hayley Atwell who plays Grace, a character Ethan meets who is also after the key. I love that Hayley plays her character in such a way that makes it impossible to know what is coming next -- she is so unpredictable! Simon Pegg, as Benji Dunn, and Ving Rhames, as Luther Stickell, are two fascinating actors as well. They work together beautifully on the big screen, and they both carry their characters in an outstanding way. If you're like me and have not seen the Mission Impossible films before or any of the franchise for that matter -- don't worry! I was skeptical that, since I don't have much context, the story could be confusing, but I followed along perfectly. Of course if you have seen the previous films or the TV series, certain elements of the plot might be more exciting. Nonetheless, this film delivers the wow factor 100%!

The message of the film is that everything we do in our lives matters and we shouldn't waste a second. Be aware that there is a lot of intense action violence.

I give Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. Check out this film when it releases in theaters July 12, 2023!

By Zoe C, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One is an attention-grabbing blockbuster film that took me on an exciting world of mystery and adventure.

The film follows Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and the IMF team as they embark on a mission to gain possession of a dangerous gold key, which threatens the humanity of the world. While on this journey, Ethan encounters many obstacles, along with some familiar faces and some new ones. However, this mission is unlike any other, and he must put everything aside in order to achieve his high stakes goal.

The outstanding aspects of this film are the visual effects and the editing during the high-action scenes. For instance, there are multiple car chases throughout this movie. They all feel so realistic and exciting, which definitely had me on the edge of my seat. Everything happens so fast, but yet the imagery is clear. I really enjoy these scenes because it makes me focus on what's happening. The suspense in this film ties right into that excitement factor and is extremely powerful. The entire airport scene had me on my toes, fully engaged with what was happening. The whole movie feels like this and, by the end, I was completely blown away with what I'd just watched. Additionally, I enjoyed the storyline. It definitely lives up to the Mission Impossible name and is relatively easy to understand. Sometimes films like this can get complicated and the main objective can get thrown on the back burner, but that is definitely not the case with this film -- the message and mission are definitely clear. This is important because it is likely to appeal to a wide age range, as well as many different types of personalities. Lastly, Tom Cruise's performance is one to remember. He once again embodies the character of Ethan Hunt in a way that feels so realistic and exciting. Ethan goes through a whirlwind of emotions and Tom Cruise executes them so well, whether he's risking his life jumping off a cliff, or having a vulnerable moment with a loved one, Ethan Hunt fully comes to life.

The message of this film is to always make it work with what you have and to never give up. Be aware that there is some action violence and use of weapons.

I give Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. It releases in theaters July 12, 2023.

Mikella G., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 17

I love Mission: Impossible - Dead reckoning Part One! The 7th installment of the Mission: Impossible doesn't disappoint. It's full of blade fights, fast-moving car chases, speeding trains, crazy motorcycle stunts, cyber-attacks and more - perfect for adventure-movie lovers.

Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is back and tasked with yet another impossible mission. He must hunt down a threatening weapon that could destroy humankind if it is in the wrong hands. This assignment takes him and his team across the globe on a mission that could cost him not only his life but also the lives of everyone he cares about.

There is no need to see any of the other Mission: Impossible movies before watching this one because I hadn't seen any before this one and followed the storyline quickly. There are a few references and characters from previous movies, but not enough to be confusing. Even though this movie is a whopping 2 hours and 43 minutes long, it leaves you wanting even more, and I can't wait for part two. Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One has the funniest and most intense high-speed car chase I've ever seen. The humor is subtle and very nicely placed as it breaks up the intensity at key moments. It also deals with very current topics like AI. The various filming locations, such as Italy, Abu Dhabi and Norway, makes this a visually stunning movie. I have only one word for the stunts in this movie: insane. And even though he is 61, Tom Cruise performs almost all of his stunts, including one where he rides off a cliff on a motorcycle. Since a lot of stunts today are computer generated or performed by stunt people, this aspect really sets the movie apart and makes it even more enjoyable. I love the dynamic of Benji (Simon Pegg), Luther (Ving Rhames) and Ethan because they reflect the comradery and jokes only a close team of people can share. Some other notable performances are from Hayley Atwell as Grace, the cunning pick-pocketer, Rebecca Ferguson as the talented sniper, and Esai Morales as Gabriel.

The film's message is that with the power of teamwork, you can accomplish impossible things. There is some profanity, intense fighting scenes, and death. This movie shows that no one is truly good, and no one is truly bad.

Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One gets 5 out of 5 stars from me and I recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. Fans of the Mission Impossible movies and any adventure movie will love this. This movie releases in theaters on July 12, 2023.

By Katherine S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15

I like Mission Impossible -- Dead Reckoning Part One. The action sequences are the best part of this film; what also stands out is the suspense it creates and the characters.

The storyline follows Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) as he is tasked with an impossible mission to find and destroy an AI machine before it gets into the wrong hands.

Mission Impossible Dead Reckoning Part One is like a roller coaster ride. There are many ups and downs and twists and turns, and by the end of it you're left wanting more. What makes it such an enjoyable ride is the action--this movie takes its action sequences to a whole other level. A strong example of this is when Ethan Hunt is fighting against Paris (Pom Klementieff) and her partner in a small narrow alleyway. The choreography that shows him having to fight and defend both of them at the same time is spectacular to watch. Another key aspect of this film is the way it builds suspense. Every moment of this film is builds suspense and there's always a big payoff and that works surprisingly well. For example, the airport scene has a dual mission happening: One involving a physical person that they have to stop, and the other involving the AI machine trying to sabotage the mission. This creates a great sequence where you as an audience member are focusing on two stressful things at the same time. The final part that makes this film is its characters. Ethan Hunt and Grace (Hayley Atwell) are a really fun duo to watch in the car chase scene. I also really enjoyed watching Benji (Simon Pegg) as he was kind of the comedy relief for this film.

The message of this film is that your past doesn't matter but your future does--this is mainly shown through the character of Grace. Her life was terrible and meaningless and she was a bad person, but by the end of the film she's given a choice to become a little bit better, showing us how your past doesn't define you but your future does.

I give Mission Impossible -- Dead Reckoning Part One four out of five stars. And I recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. This film will release in theaters on July 12, 2023.

By Rayce S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

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In Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team embark on their most dangerous mission yet: To track down a terrifying new weapon that threatens all of humanity before it falls into the wrong hands. With control of the future and the fate of the world at stake, and dark forces from Ethan's past closing in, a deadly race around the globe begins. Confronted by a mysterious, all-powerful enemy, Ethan is forced to consider that nothing can matter more than his mission - not even the lives of those he cares about most.
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