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My Review of Jack Reacher http://www.ryanhawbecker.com/2012/12/jack-reacher-movie-review.html?spref=tw …
Tom Cruise has to be the most successful really mediocre actor in Hollywood. That being said, Jack Reacher isn’t as much of a reach as the uninspired trailer might suggest. Actually, its pretty badass for what it is, a throw-back action/thriller serving up well-crafted violence, deft performances and enough suspense despite its flaws to hold your interest throughout. Its also less cheesy and more gritty than most PG-13 Tom Cruise flicks. Based on a character created by author, Jim Grant, Cruise continues to restore his tarnished image as the title protagonist, Jack Reacher, a highly-skilled former U.S. Army Military Police Major turned drifter with a wildly respected reputation. Watching the effectively unsettling opening sequence, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the senseless mass shooting deaths inside a theater in Aurora, Colorado or even the Kensington Sniper case in D.C. The film begins by placing the audience in an unknown assassin’s POV as he lines up would-be victims in his crosshairs. Audible breathing follows while he picks off citizens going about their day seemingly at random. The scene crackles withtension and dread because its unclear at first which of the intended targets is about to meet their maker. Six shots fired. Five victims dead. Smashcut to evidence being planted, a suspect who happens to be a trained military sniper promptly apprehended and case closed, right? Wrong. The suspect makes it clear to authorities he’ll only cooperate if Reacher is called in to investigate the crime knowing he’ll go wherever the facts lead him no matter the cost. It becomes clear these two men share an interesting past together which causes Cruise to dig deeper into what looks to be a conspiracy rising.The dialogue is quick and witty thanks to, in no small part, The Usual Suspectswriter, Chris McQuarrie, who double-dips here as the director. Crisp and strategically-placed action is sprinkled in to grab the ADD crowd because there is some lengthy but necessary exposition involved which could yield some yawns. Strong performances by the supporting cast include Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo, (who could be the next Sidney Poitier). Although, Jai Courtney is mostly wasted here as the main villain’s top henchman. There are some minor plot-holes and questions about characters’ motivations and the 3rd act suffers as a result but it shouldn’t take you out of the movie. While not an instant classic it does provide enough substance to entertain and justify the 2hr 10min running time.
Verdict - Matinee (ADD Approved)
saw it over the weekend and it's fun but I don't see how people keep saying it's so great. personally I think it should be retitled "John Rambo P.I"
@ Last Fanboys or people with common sense????????????
I dunno Julian Teamor, Cruise is pretty good in Born on the 4th of July. He's got some good performances under his belt.
so glad to hear how good this movie is, since all the book fanboys were saying it was gonna be terrible
Saw this yesterday and I agree that it is a full price movie, but the "super secret cameo" they were talking about went right over my head. Who were they talking about?
Actually Cyrus, Bryan Singer directed "The Usual Suspects", Christopher McQuarrie only wrote the script.
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