is based on the series of novels by British writer Lee
Child about a retired military police officer who happens to make an
detective and of course fighter. These books also make the perfect
novels so if you're expecting a great literary work you might want to
books and the movie a miss. Airport novels are generally designed to
reader a quick way of escapism with a rather fast-paced plot, generally
anything substantial and a touch of adventure and intrigue. The same
be said about the film.
essence, Jack Reacher is a fun Hollywood thriller
that is ultimately enjoyed at the time yet forgettable in the long run
the clichés and blasé plot. In terms of story, it revolves around Jack
(Tom Cruise), a former military officer of the military who is not only
heavily decorated but has become a ghost since leaving the army. You
find Reacher if he wants to find you.
when a former
sniper from the Gulf War called James Barr (Joseph Sikora) randomly
innocent people, he is quickly brought into custody thanks to his
conveniently found on a coin at the scene of the crime. Ironically, he
Reacher by name. On the way to the gaol though, Barr is beaten to a
state. Through some twist of fate, Reacher is hired by Barr's lawyer,
Rodin (Rosamund Pike) who happens to be the District Attorney's
Jenkins) daughter as she believes that her client deserves a fair
are never that simple.
Reacher begins his
investigation, he soon discovers that it appears Barr was set up by a
Soviet Gulag survivor called Zec (Werner Herzog) which creates this
of cat and mouse with the film being dubbed part Jason Bourne (true)
Dirty Harry (also true). Even though the movie is cliché driven and
an 80's crime thriller, the saving grace of the film is Cruise himself.
plays the stoic
anti-hero perfectly and even though the world is falling apart around
never manages to raise his temper and keeps his cool. The character is
well, although in an 80's action hero type way. Complementing Cruise is
who plays the cold-hearted villain well and would not look out of place
Grimm brother novel.
real nemesis for
Reacher is Charlie, the right hand man of Herzog and is played by Jai
(Die Hard 5). It will be interesting to see if he can break the mould
character in the aforementioned film. There's even a great cameo from
Duvall that almost plays the father figure to Reacher and of course,
Pike who plays the damsel in distress and adds a touch of realism to
the end, Jack Reacher is an average action movie
plot that features some great action scenes and one-liners. Cruise is
definitely the star of the film and even though some fans of the novels
upset in his casting as apparently Reacher was 6'5" in the novels,
is probably what this movie needed if there are to be other films in
future. It's a standard Hollywood action film that manages to tick all
right boxes but doesn't try to go out on a limb.