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This podcast was recorded during the 2023 WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. Without the labor of the writers and actors currently on strike, the movie being covered here wouldn’t exist.

Does the seventh Mission: Impossible movie fall off a cliff? That’s right, we’re reviewing the good, bad, and Tom Cruise of it all in Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One. A movie with as many stunts as it has words in the title. Starting off, we give our takes on how Dead Reckoning Part One, officially one of the most expensive movies ever made, compares to previous installments. Additionally, we play the Rotten Tomatoes game and react to a few popular reviews of the movie on Letterboxd.

Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One was directed by Christopher McQuarrie, who also co-wrote the film with Erik Jendresen. The film stars Tom Cruise, Hayley Atwell, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirby, Esai Morales, Pom Klementieff, Mariela Garriga, and Henry Czerny. It opened nationwide on July 12 through Paramount Pictures and has a 163-minute runtime.

Our intro music this week is “Jazz is Good” by Weiter & TheMusicalcurrent.

Synopsis for Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One:

WE ALL SHARE THE SAME FATE. Ethan Hunt 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. [Source: Letterboxd]

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