Jack Reacher Movie Review

0
0
Subscribe Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise may be oddly miscast in this big action movie, but he certainly knows how to make one of these preposterous films connect with an audience. And writer-director McQuarrie adds a driving sense of internal logic that keeps it consistently enjoyable. So even if the hero in Lee Child's series of novels is a 6-foot-5 blond-haired, blue-eyed muscle-man, the cast and crew get away withThe story takes place in Pittsburgh, where a multiple shooting leads Detective Emerson (Oyelowo) and DA Rodin (Jenkins) to a withdrawn gun nut (Sikora). It seems like an open-and-shut case until man of mystery Jack Reache (Cruise) turns up. An off-the-grid ex-Army agent, Jack offers to help defence attorney Helen (Pike) prove her client's innocence. Of course, he instantly solves the case, uncovering a conspiracy and putting himself and Helen in danger from a ruthless Russian (Herzog) and his henchman (Courtenay). Meanwhile, Jack befriends a gun-range owner (Duvall) who has a connection to the case.

There's clearly an attempt here to echo Bourne-style questioning of identity and morality through Jack's hazy history and super-spy methodology. And the plot is also packed with far-fetched details and silly connections (Helen is Rodin's daughter), although McQuarrie does his best to keep things plausible and intelligent enough to hold our attention. There's also a sense of the bigger issue in Jack's life, that he can't cope with the grey-scale relativity in society and prefers right-or-wrong battlefield morality. He also hates modern-day connectivity, refusing to carry a mobile phone. But then he doesn't travel with a vehicle, weapon or change of clothing either; he prefers to "borrow" everything as needed.

Despite being nearly a foot shorter than the literary Jack, Cruise inhabits the role nicely, offering a slightly scrapper, more shadowy version of his Mission: Impossible character. But he's just as sexless, never putting much oomph into his flirtation with the always terrific Pike. On the other hand, he generously lets his costars steal every scene. Duvall is hilariously offhanded, while Herzog adds his own mad genius into his role as a, well, mad genius. And Oyelowo more than holds his own opposite these veteran hams. So even if the film never tries to be anything more than a ripping, mindless thriller, the stylish filmmaking and cool characters make it an enjoyable waste of time.

Rich Cline

Cast & Crew

Producer : , David Ellison, , Don Granger, , Kevin J. Messick,

Starring : , , , David Oyelow, Werner Herzogo, , , Alexia Fast, Joseph Sikora

0
0
Subscribe Tom Cruise

Comments

Tadej Magajna's picture

Tadej Magajna

Can't wait to see it

1 year 11 months ago
Report
View Comments

Jack Reacher Rating

" Good "

Rating: 12, 2012

Advertisement

More Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise Performs Ridiculous Aircraft Stunt for 'Mission Impossible 5'

Tom Cruise didn't exactly have a regular Sunday. The actor was suspended from an Airbus A400M at 5,000ft, filming scenes for his new movie Mission...

Katie Holmes Opens Up About Tom Cruise Divorce, "I Don't Want That Moment In My Life To Define Me”

It’s hard to believe that just over two years ago Katie Holmes was one half of the world’s most famous couple, TomKat. But since the...

A Week In Movies: Stars Turn Out In New York, Cruise Shoots In London And Trailers For Interstellar, Inherent Vice, Taken 3 And Blackhat

A week before it arrived in cinemas, the anxiously awaited thriller Gone Girl had its world premiere at the New York Film Festival, where Ben...

The 10 ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Videos You Need To See

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has taken the internet by storm over the past few weeks as famous faces have been calling each other out...

Advertisement

Live. Die. Repeat or Edge of Tomorrow. Warner Bros Can't Decide

Edge of Tomorrow may just have been the unexpected hit of the summer, but Warner Bros. aren't done with the surprises yet - they seem...

Katie Holmes On Life After Divorce, Her Career And Parenting

Actress Katie Holmes has kept a low-profile since her divorce from Tom Cruies in 2012, but recently, she came out with an interview, where she...

Lead Film Roles That Could Have Looked Very Different

With Robert Downey Jr fitting so perfectly as likeable irritant Tony Stark, Christian Bale slipping so easily into the tortured billionaire psyche of Bruce Wayne...

Why Is Jack Reacher The Most Complained About Film of 2013?

According to figures released by the British Board Of Film Classification (BBFC), the Tom Cruise action thriller Jack Reacher was 2013’s most complained about film....

Advertisement