Jack Reacher is by all means nothing mindblowing. Nonetheless, the writer of The Usual Suspects, Cristopher McQuarrie, directs a good crime thriller, managing to crack enough smart humor while delivering the right amount of seriousness.
The plot may sound no more than decent, but Tom Cruise's performance is charismatic enough to bring more integrity to it. Rosamund Pike wasn't half bad, though she is without a doubt the "damsel in distress". Robert Duvall certainly added some charm in the air. I would've liked to see more screen time from Werner Herzog though, as he made a somewhat intriguing antagonist.
There were surprisingly a lot of neat shots that targeted good cinematography, along with clever camera work. And while the set pieces aren't as memorable, the action sequences along with a tense car chase scene most certainly are.
The soundtrack is okay, though the sound mixing on the other hand worked really well with every given situation, especially during the car chase scene.
While it isn't movie of the year, Jack Reacher I believe is more entertaining than what it is given credit for. It should be a satisfying cruise (pun intended).