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"Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One" opens July 12.

It's been five years since the last installment of "Mission Impossible," so perhaps that's why "Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One" feels a bit nostalgic, along with the knowledge of the impending end to the entire series with next year's "Part Two."

Tom Cruise and Ving Rhames may be in their early 60s now (Simon Pegg is still in his early 50s), but there's no mention of age in the film and it doesn't have the air of being relegated to the senior citizen subset of movies like 2000's "Space Cowboys" (at the time, Tommy Lee Jones was 53, Donald Sutherland 64, James Cromwell 60 and William Devane 60), 2010's "Red" (with a 55-year- old Bruce Willis, John Malkovich at 56, Helen Mirren 64, Brian Cox at 64 and Richard Dreyfuss at 62) or "Las Vegas" in 2013 with Kevin Cline at 65 and Mary Steenburgen at 60, even though those casts were of similar ages at the time. Nonetheless, Tom Cruise is still repping Gen X well as the "mind-bending, shape-shifting incarnation of chaos" named Ethan Hunt, according to one of his regular pursuers in the film.

Simonie Wilson’s love of movies began as a child in the ‘70s going to drive-ins with her family. She is a board member of the Kansas City Film Critics Circle, a Women Film Critics Circle member and a member of the Denver Film Critics Association. She can be reached online at facebook.com/RedVineReviewer.

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