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Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One is the mother of all self-aware AI panic flicks

A man hanging from a seat in an inverted train car in which most of the furniture has fallen to the end of the car. A woman is hanging from the man’s legs.
Tom Cruise and Hayley Atwell in Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One. | Image: Paramount Pictures and Skydance

Paramount’s seventh Mission: Impossible is the franchise’s biggest, silliest, and most stunt-filled Tom Cruise delivery system yet. But its self-awareness is more of a bug than a welcome feature.

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