In “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One,” Pom Klementieff discusses her experience fighting alongside Tom Cruise.

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In “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One,” Pom Klementieff discusses her experience fighting alongside Tom Cruise.

“Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One” delivers an unforgettable cinematic experience, as praised in our review. Despite being overshadowed by the immense success of “Barbenheimer,” this film deserves a rediscovery at a nearby movie theater. Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie push the boundaries of action, but it’s Pom Klementieff’s portrayal of the nearly silent assassin, Paris, that steals the show.

Mission Impossible Dead Reckoning Part One

Mission Impossible Dead Reckoning Part One
Mission Impossible Dead Reckoning Part One

In an exclusive interview just before the SAG-AFTRA strike, Klementieff revealed the intensive training she underwent to hold her opposite Cruise. Months of training with the stunt coordinator, Wade Eastwood included kicking, punching, katana, stick training, and interval training for stamina and explosiveness. Her background in the MCU also provided her with prior experience in fight choreography, adapting moves for the camera, and ensuring realism.

The appeal of “Mission: Impossible” lies in its authentic stunt work and realistic fight scenes. Cruise’s preference is for grounded and dangerous action, but they also incorporated stylized fights to showcase Klementieff’s skills. Working with Cruise was a remarkable experience for Klementieff, who found him skilled, generous, inspiring, and professional, with a great sense of humor.

Klementieff marveled at Cruise’s multitasking ability during filming, where he simultaneously fights, acts, produces, and edits the shots in his head. His level of focus and dedication left her in awe.

“Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One” is currently playing, and it comes highly recommended as the action movie of the year. Stay tuned for more insights from our conversation with Pom Klementieff in the coming days!