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"Jack Reacher" by Yojimbo
Yojimbo - wrote on 04/12/2016
When an army sniper who seems guilty of a random killing spree asks for the services of a secretive military investigator called Jack Reacher, he uncovers a conspiracy of silence and murder.
Despite its flashy appearance, this film has a very generic, almost old-fashioned feel to it. The idea of a lone tough guy who acts as judge, jury and executioner and deals out his own brand of justice with guns and fists - even to the point where he throws down his weapons to beat the bad guy to a bloody pulp with his bare hands - seems like a throw back to the 1980's. I would also have to say that some of the gender politics on display here seem to be on similarly dodgy moral ground. At the same time however, the film delivers everything required of an entertaining action thriller; Christopher …
Nothing new here *crowd sighs and backs away*
memento_mori - wrote on 06/28/2013
I am a fan of Jack Reacher. I am. I've read some of the books and I like the hardcore character Lee Child has created. But when I heard Tom Cruise was casted as Jack Reacher in the movie, my facepalm was so severe, my hand went through my head.
I have nothing against Tom Cruise. Admittedly, the guy is a little nuts with Scientology and all, but he still is a damn fine actor in movies such as Jerry Maguire and Magnolia.
But nowadays, I can't stand him in action movies. It didn't bother me that he was small and Jack Reacher was very big, it bothered me that when I saw the movie, I didn't see Tom Cruise playing Jack Reacher. I saw Tom Cruise playing Tom Cruise.
He has a habit of always portraying the ass-kicker. It's nothing new. I don't know what Child was thinking.
Other than the …
An Appalling Disaster
JLFM - wrote on 06/24/2013
Jack Reacher baffled me. This has nothing to do with the plot being complicated (as it's insulting to the intellect) or a twist I didn't see coming (as any twists in this film can be seen from a mile away). Jack Reacher baffled me because it was moderately successful at box office, moderately successful with critics, and moderately successful with audience members. The fact that this head-scratchingly terrible film has had even the slightest success with, well, anyone simply confounds me.
A man named James Barr is accused of shooting five random citizens. Jack Reacher, a relatively unknown status confronts Barr's attorney, Helen Rodin (the last name sounds remarkably like "rodent" in the film), and convinces her to examine the evidence before attempting to defend Barr. In the …
Reacher does not reach perfection
sreekirch - wrote on 05/28/2013
Directed by Chrsitopher McQuarrie
Starring Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike
A serious mismatch here! Tom Cruise plays the smart and intelligent detective with a military past. The problem here, is the plot. A basic wafer thin plot, intentionally complicated to lose your heads out. Reacher is choked with plenty of dialogs and one who sits and patiently listens to it might feel slightly disappointed. McQuarrie’s direction lacks energy. Cruise never looked Jack Reacher. It is really hard to digest a MI series hero, into a role with plenty of dialogs, less punches (few may be) and shoot outs in a B grade style. I probably think Cruise was picked, to save the film from failure. Even Cruise can’t save the film here. The plot and writing lacks compulsion. It looks a tiresome …
MovieAddict - wrote on 05/19/2013
"You think I'm a hero, I'm not a hero. I'm a drifter with nothing to lose."
Tom Cruise plays Jack Reacher, a rough ex-military cop who is enjoying early retirement in near paranoid solitude. When a former army sniper, James Barr expertly shoots and kills five random people at PNC Park in Pittsburgh during broad daylight, the police are quick to arrest him.
Barr claims to be innocent however, and writes "Get Jack Reacher" on a notepad after he is brutally attacked by fellow inmates while the police are transporting him. Cruise gives a credible and engaging performance as the rough and tough investigator with a mysterious past who soon realizes the stakes are much bigger than what he signed up for when he attempts to solve the cold-blooded murders and motive behind it. Armed with …
Cheverolet SS makes up for a dull flick
Lee - wrote on 02/10/2013
One of my least favorite Tom Cruise movies, however loved the car he drove er stole in this. Ahhh yesss the 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS made this often boring film worthwhile in my books with a good couple of car chases to boot. Ok the movie wasn't bad i just thought it would be so much more then what was offered expecially after seeing the kickass trailer that was brought out for it last year. Still love Cruise to death as he remains in my top 10 fave actors of all time list, something i dont fore see changing unless maybe i watch 3 or more duds like this back to back but his filmography, aside from a few duds here and there, is quite good.
Tom portrays title charector Jack Reacher who is a rogue attourney gone awol from the world who reappears after an ex miltary sniper goes …
Jack Reacher review
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 02/07/2013
Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) is a sniper trying to rescue a girl and was eventually framed. A simple plot yet prolonged by in adequate screenplay and including an underutilized Robert Duvall. The score was suspenseful and bountiful well choreographed action was in full display. This however was affected by the slow pace and uneven direction. Cruise played his part sincerely but as mentioned, it falls short as a whole. Jack Reacher is an average action movie that could have been so much better in the script and direction.
An Inconsistent Action-Comedy-Noir
mitchellyoung - wrote on 01/24/2013
There's parts of Jack Reacher that are incredible and hint at the great film it could have been. The film's best scenes are neo-noir - echoing Chinatown and The Untouchables. Tom Cruise spits out dark monologues, tinged with sarcastic humor. The film loses its grasp, though, when it devolves into a convoluted and poorly executed plot, which often results in forgettable villains and repetitive exposition. The action scenes are intense and believable and, the film's only consistent draw. The film is never boring, as it bounces along with enough mixture of comedy and action to be entertaining, but, it's the type of film that is easily forgotten after a viewing, with no consistent thematic material, overly compelling performances, or strong visual scenes to stick with the viewer.