Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer for “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning: Part I.” Yeah, that’s a title that will surely make any editor’s head spin. But aside from those headaches, it’s a small tease of what’s to come from the highly anticipated sequel that sees Tom Cruise return as Ethan Hunt, who will be doing a lot of running and the obligatory death-defying stunt that will make your jaw drop.
Just don’t expect to see any plot synopsis for the next Mission: Impossible. That being said, we do overhear Eugene Kittridge (Henry Czerny) tell Hunt that his “days of fighting for the so-called greater good are over.” Sounds like the agent, who was last seen in the original 1996 Brian De Palma film, wants to put Hunt in retirement. “This is our chance to control the truth,” he adds. “The concepts of right and wrong for everyone for centuries to come. You’re fighting to save an ideal that doesn’t exist. Never did.”
As much as that line of dialogue sounds like it reflects the current state of politics, it gets heavier when Kittridge forces hunt with the vague threat: “you need to pick a side.” To which, Hunt looks at him, tilts his head, and the trailer cuts away to a different scene. You didn’t think it would give everything away.
The trailer itself sees Hunt doing lots of running. That’s what Christopher McQuarrie’s films are practically built on. Not that anyone is complaining. But for what it’s worth, Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning: Part I. is the seventh installment of the 25-yearlong Mission: Impossible film franchise. It’s also happens to be McQuarrie’s third Mission: Impossible directorial effort. The entire franchise is set to conclude at the end of Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning: Part II. But I doubt Paramount is going to put the film franchise to rest considering how these films are huge box office successes. We’ll just have to wait and see.
“Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning: Part I also stars Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Vanessa Kirby, Hayley Atwell, Pom Klementieff, Cary Elwes, Indira Varma, Shea Whigham, Esai Morales, Rob Delaney, Frederick Schmidt, Charles Parnell, and Mark Gatiss. It opens in theaters on July 14, 2023.