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Review: Jack Reacher

December 23, 2012

jack_reacher_ver2Jack Reacher

  • Starring:  Tom Cruise (Mission Impossible), Rosamund Pike (Wrath of the Titans), David Oyelowo (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and more.
  • Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie (The Way of the Gun)
  • Synopsis: When a gunman takes five lives with six shots, all evidence points to the suspect in custody. On interrogation, the suspect offers up a single note: “Get Jack Reacher!” So begins an extraordinary chase for the truth, pitting Jack Reacher against an unexpected enemy, with a skill for violence and a secret to keep.
  • Rated: Rated PG-13 for language, violence and drug usage.
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Tom Cruise plays the title role of Jack Reacher which is based on the novel ONE SHOT by author Lee Child. Reacher is an ex-military investigator who is on a mission to track down the details behind a sniper shooting. The deeper Reacher digs, the more he finds that points to the possibility of a setup and a larger plot than originally suspected. The investigation becomes more dangerous and the loyalty of certain players in the scheme comes into question in this action packed thriller that also stars Robert Duvall, Richard Jenkins and Werner Herzog.images

In light of the recent tragedy in Newtown, CT, viewers that are sensitive to tense scenes that include shooting of innocents may wish to wait to watch this film until more time has passed as Jack Reacher contains scenes of tense gun violence, including an opening scene which looks through the scope of the sniper’s rifle at intended targets.

Though this film has received criticism for utilizing Tom Cruise as the lead (the character Jack Reacher is written in the books as being taller than 6′ and more of a “Ray Stevenson” type of build/look), Cruise met the author’s approval for the role. I found that he played the part well, although, his involvement does allow for comparisons to his previous roles. I read somewhere online (apologies, I cannot remember where, but if you know…or if you said it…let me know so I can give credit) that Jack Reacher seems to play as if Ethan Hunt from Mission Impossible got bored with all of his “impossible” missions and teamwork and decided to some Sherlock Holmes work mixed with a little bit of Jason Bourne instead and that it isn’t anything that we haven’t already seen from him.


I actually liked it a bit more than that though.

While Cruise isn’t a MMA fighter, he definitely packs the punches and brings the humor along with.09CHILD1-articleLarge

And, while he is the titular character, he doesn’t carry the movie solo. A fantastic cast helps tell the story. From Rosamund Pike in a role that fits her perfectly as the determined defense attorney with who hires Reacher to David Oyelowo (who, unfortunately, doesn’t offer too much different from previous roles, but plays the part well enough) to Robert Duvall who, well, Duvall is just great in everything he’s in, the cast in this film serves well in bringing the characters from the book to life. Several scenes that played out were exactly what I’d tend to see in my mind while reading the words of those scenes in the book.


The cast is great, the story…though a bit predictable is still enjoyable. It plays a little bit like a more action-packed 2-part episode of Law & Order with special guest star Tom Cruise. The plot and motives get a little muddled as the story is told and some twists and turns may be expected by the popcorn-holding sleuths in the chairs of the theaters. But with enjoyable semi-Ronin-ish chase scenes along with shootouts that may remind some of classic westerns like Winchester 73, Jack Reacher brings a bit of excitement and thrills through fight scenes, investigative work, evil villains and more. It gets a pass from me. Check it out.


Score:  3.5 out of 5 stars for Jack Reacher


Similar Titles that I have Seen and Recommend:

  • Mission Impossible
  • Bourne Identity
  • Taken

Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!

T, The Focused Filmographer

14 Comments leave one →
  1. December 23, 2012 12:03 pm

    I had this pegged as totally middle of the road, but it looks like it could be a lot of fun. Nice review T.


    • December 25, 2012 11:28 am

      Thanks sir. Yes, I wasn’t sure what to think but I liked it more than I expected to. I don’t really get all the “tom cruise movie hate” out there. It keeps people from seeing some pretty decent films like this. Granted, he still is in his fair share of stinkers. Lol


  2. December 23, 2012 3:55 pm

    “It plays a little bit like a more action-packed 2-part episode of Law & Order” Heh. I compared it to a Law and Order episode too. LOL. Great minds think alike!

    I’m with you here T, it was ok, but nothing great…


    • December 25, 2012 9:54 pm

      haha. you did? I will have to read it! you and I are pretty much peas in a pod! 🙂


  3. December 23, 2012 5:47 pm

    I think you mean Ethan HUNT from “Mission: Impossible,” though it would be interesting to see actor Ethan Hawke play this character.


    • December 23, 2012 6:51 pm

      Lol. Indeed I did mean Ethan Hunt. Thanks. I just saw ur comment and will correct that now. How funny.


      • December 23, 2012 7:35 pm

        I meant the comment to be in good humor, so hopefully you took it as such.


      • December 24, 2012 12:08 am

        I surely did. I was laughing at my mistake for a while after. Haha. Thanks a bunch. I needed the laugh while at work


  4. December 23, 2012 11:40 pm

    I have no interest in seeing this, T, I actually gave my screening ticket to Ted so expect his review to be up later this week. I did see the trailer of another Cruise flick, Oblivion that intrigues me a bit as it’s got Morgan Freeman in space 🙂


    • December 25, 2012 11:30 am

      I, obviously, did like this one and recommend checking it out. I like the Oblivion trailer myself but I don’t like the release of the After Earth trailer at the same time. They seem repetitive now…


      • December 26, 2012 1:16 pm

        I review all! mwahahaha xD


  5. December 26, 2012 1:15 pm

    I just really wish they tried to do some camera trickery to make Cruise look 6’5″, it would have made this film the funniest film ever! Jackson should have directed haha 😀


    • December 27, 2012 12:23 am

      haha. yes, Jackson seems to have mastered that skill. although, then he would have thrown in a few gratuitous dwarfs or goblins in as well.



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