Tom's Review of Jack Reacher


  • 20 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
    Jack Reacher

    Jack Reacher (2012)

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    Swanner: Jack Reacher is the title of Tom Cruise's new film, it's also the title character that he plays. There has been a sniper shooting on a riverfront where five random people are killed. Cruise's character is a helping a lawyer try to prove her client has been framed. Based on Lee Child's novel One Shot the film turns out to be a very slick thriller. Rosemary Pike plays Helen Rodin the lawyer working with Cruise. Pike gives a really solid performance and i look forward to more from her. It's nice that director/screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects) has Helen and Jack working together but doesn't force us to watch some lame attempt at a romantic storyline. They have a job and it's all business...thank you.

    Rounding out the rest of the cast is Richard Jenkins, David Oyelowo, Jai Courtney and a very creepy performance for Werner Herzog. I was really surprised with how good film is and how well it moved. The Reacher character is very good at solving problems and reading people. I like characters and films like this because it makes me be a better audience member. I'm not a fan of just action movies so when I'm asked to solve a mystery too it keeps me from getting lazy, i watch the film closer and get more from the experience. The opening sequence with the sniper comes at a really poor time considering the Connecticut shooting but once that scene is done the mystery thriller kicks in and all is well.

    I know a lot of people are turned off my Cruise's personal life but his Reacher character is smart, fair and just so before too long you're just enjoy the film. He solidly adapts to the character and makes it his own. Actually all the cast is good but Cruise and Pike are stand out and McQuarrie's script and direction are spot on. If the film does well, and it should, expect this to franchise out and personally i can't wait.

    Swanner ***1/2

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