Tom Cruise’s return in Mission: Impossible- Dead Reckoning Part 1 as Ethan Hunt was highly anticipated by the franchise fans. The audiences were impressed with the impeccable action film and are already pining for the next part.

However, the admiration for the film is not unanimously shared. A certain Hollywood veteran carried a totally different view. Paul Schrader, known for his work in Taxi Driver, expressed disgust over the script, openly criticizing the movie on Facebook and dissecting the negative aspects of it.

Mission: Impossible 7 did not Impress Paul Schrader

A still from Mission Impossible 7
A still from Mission Impossible 7

Mission: Impossible 7, the action-packed franchise’s latest installment, received harsh criticism from Paul Schrader. He claims the movie’s script was so bad as if it was created by artificial intelligence. The screenplay and script development or the lack of, faced scathing remarks. Schrader called the plot, a “Tiresome claptrap.”

Known for his candid opinions and brutal analysis, Paul Schrader suggested that the dialogue and plot were predictable and felt to lack originality. He said:

 “It’s apparent that AI will become a force in film entertainment. Do you need a new episode of ‘CSI: Vegas?’ Chat GPT will deliver that in a matter of seconds. And it will be good, it will cull all the episodes of CSI for the last 20 years and come up with something generic and contemporary.”

The remark is perceived to be a jab at the film franchise, alluding that the plot was tweaked to be made into something generic and contemporary.

Paul Schrader
Paul Schrader

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Schrader’s brutal assessment of Mission: Impossible 7, has ignited discussion regarding the role of AI within creative industries. Now, while AI is used in varied filmmaking aspects, including the generation of scripts and assistance with special effects, there’s a lot of debate about the potential of it to replace human creativity, and this is a subject of contention.

Despite the negative critique, the latest installment of the Mission: Impossible franchise has performed well. Significantly less than all the other parts of the franchise but fans still flocked to the theatres to witness the thrilling stunts and the action sequences of Tom Cruise. However, the Hollywood Veteran’s criticism did spark some debates among critics and moviegoers regarding the creative aspects of the film.

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General Reception of Mission: Impossible 7

Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible 7
Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible 7

The franchise is known for its high-octane action and the commitment Tom Cruise shows to performing his own stunts, which pushes the boundaries of what remains possible physically. However, the movie this time seems to have fallen short in terms of its storytelling and character development. 

Even after a slight backlash and a scathing review, the performance of the actors has been praised. The film received positive reviews and a rating- 8/10 on IMDb, earning a 96% on Rotten Tomato. 

The movie struggled at the domestic box office. After three weeks in theatres, it passed the $450M mark, leaving the filmmakers and the audience baffled by the underwhelming performance at the box office.

With Hollywood exploring new tech and storytelling methods, the action-packed blockbuster’s future remains unpredictable and exciting.

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Source: Far Out Magazine 


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