Jack Reacher wasn’t at all the movie I was expected it to be. And I wasn’t expecting much, however I felt the movie was intriguing and compelling, despite it being about a half hour too long.

 

Jack Reacher
Directed By: Christopher McQuarrie
Starring: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, David Oyelowo, Werner Herzog, Jai Courtney

Premise: The trailers for Jack Reacher are severely misleading. Jack Reacher is more of a “who-dun-it” thriller (think, The Client or The Firm). An ex-army, expertly trained, sharp shooter is arrested after overwhelming evidence from mass sniper shooting outside a baseball stadium leads the police back to him. The man, Barr, doesn’t confess, but instead writes three words on a piece of paper: Get Jack Reacher. Jack Reacher is an ex-military investigator, trained like a soldier with brains like a detective. He teams up with Barr’s Defense Attorney, Helen (Rosamund Pike), to uncover the truth. Could this trained killer really leave such a sloppy crime scene, or is there a bigger mystery to uncover? Jack Reacher doesn’t follow the rules, but he tends to get results.

My Review: I was telling my friend the other day, the thing that makes Tom Cruise such a great action star, is that he does most of his own stunts. And since he does most of his own stunts, the shots can be better, and he does his absolute best because he wants to look good doing it. And it pays off. No one can do action like Tom can do action. But this wasn’t your standard action movie, or guy playing vigilante like the trailer would have you believe, instead it was a crime thriller. That made the movie gripping but also familiar.

The movie often times felt like a really long (really, REALLY long) version of Law And Order. The plot had a lot of far fetch holes, I felt the twists coming, I knew what was about to happen, and *spoiler alert* I totally called the hand to hand fight at the end. I mean seriously, just shoot the bad guy with the gun already! It’s not that difficult! That being said Cruise is quite the fighter, guided by Stunt Coordinator Paul Jennings and Fight Coordinator Robert Alonzo, Cruise’s fight scenes were well executed, exciting and well, frankly bad ass (**spoiler alert** if you beat up a bad guy by using the head of another bad guy, there’s no other way to describe you, but bad ass. That scene alone is worth the price of admission. I’m just sayin’).

This movie wasn’t what I expected, and I think that’s why I liked it so much. It was interesting and exciting and Tom Cruise and Rosamund Pike have great chemistry. If you like a “who-dun-it” thriller, entertaining action sequences, and Tom Cruise kicking ass and getting into fights then you’ll probably like this movie.

 

Rating: 3 Stars

 

 

 

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