McQuarrie deftly intermixes observations on human nature - aware that in life, as in all great mysteries, people are not so easily described as "killer" and "victim." Part of why you root for Jack Reacher is his empathy for these foibles and follies.
Cruise may be getting older, but he's still the best action star in Hollywood. "Jack Reacher" is typical of the kind of smart choices he's making these days. We could really use more films like this one.
(Cruise)... is assisted by a fine supporting cast that includes, besides Pike, Jenkins and Herzog, David Owelolo, Jai Courtney and Cruise's old buddy, the great Robert Duvall who, at age 81, continues to amaze.
A less robotic lead would have been appreciated, but McQuarrie has delivered an efficient action-crime film with Reacher as the sort of unstoppable, ultracompetent reluctant hero once played on the B-movie circuit by Chuck Norris.
Rosamund Pike's underwritten role mostly requires her to goggle at Reacher's deductive genius and swoon at his pecs, but even if Jack Reacher won't leave nonpartisan viewers weak at the knees it still delivers straightforward genre thrills.