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 thrills and twists.
The plot involves the main character Reacher as he is brought into uncovering the truth behind seemingly random killings. While the plot takes time to unfold, it is also meticulously strung together, while Tom Cruise's charismatic performance brings 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, as well as clever camera work. While the locales might not be as memorable, the action sequences along with a tense car chase scene most certainly are.
The soundtrack is decent, though the sound mixing on the other hand worked really well with every given situation, especially during the car chase scene.
I believe Jack Reacher is more entertaining than what it is given credit for. The pacing is just right and the overall presentation is a great throwback to classic thrillers, which very few thrillers these days are able to do. It should be a satisfying cruise (pun intended).