Jack Reacher (2012)

For me, Tom Cruise went back on my radar after I saw M:I: Ghost Protocol.  I don’t think I reviewed that here yet but that movie was my turning point into believing that Tom Cruise still had it in him.  My tablet has this movie streaming app and they’ve been dishing out free rental vouchers so thats why you’ll see me posting ridiculous amount of movie reviews, because I can get it for free 🙂 I still have 2 more to go as I write this! The first one I chose was a newer selection, Jack Reacher!

jack reacher posterDirector: Christopher McQuarrie

Cast: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, David Oyelowo, Werner Herzog, Jai Courtney, Joseph Sikora, Robert Duvall

On a normal morning, five strangers are shot dead with six shots by a sniper in the opposite parking lot.  The police come in and with all the forensics and evidence, they pinpoint James Barr (Joseph Sikora) to be the obvious suspect.  Only Barr says he’s innocent and asks to Get Jack Reacher.  Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) is an ex-military investigator who has become a long-time drifter that has fell off the map.  Before they knew it, Jack Reacher comes to the police department to find them and he sees all the mistakes that the crime scene consists of.  He digs with the help of the District Attorney’s (Richard Jenkins) daughter, Helen (Rosamund Pike) who is a young defense attorney appointed to help Barr.  As more leads are found, the situation becomes more dangerous and he knows that there is more people involved and someone deadly at the end pulling the strings.

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Jack Reacher is a pretty decent crime thriller.  For the most part, I was really intrigued by the story.  It was a bit predictable even without having read the source material.  In fact, I’ve never read any of Lee Child’s novels before but I saw a part of the “twist” long before it happened.  Even with that, the whole analysis and setup of the elaborate crime under investigation was quite detailed and intriguing and kept me wondering or even doubting my initial suspicions throughout the movie.

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Tom Cruise does a pretty awesome job as Jack Reacher.  He’s a drifter who really has nothing to lose.  He’s agile when he fist fights and he will do whatever it takes to get himself the information he needs. This gives him the advantage over those in the system.  We see that he is very skilled at what he does and that even though his purpose of going there was as agreed with Barr to get rid of him, he still was able to be objective. The character design of Jack Reacher is definitely an impressive one.

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The main female lead is played by Rosamund Pike as an attorney defending Barr. I loved Rosamund Pike in Pride and Prejudice. She’s so elegant and strong all in one person and she always plays roles that has that style. At least this role was similar also in its own way.  In Jack Reacher, she’s asks for a lot of reasoning especially regarding what Jack Reacher does and whenever he asks her to find certain information.  Their chemistry was good in the way that they worked together but at the same time there were trust issues and some challenging each other as they were trying to figure out the investigation.

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The only problem with this movie was the ending and the villain: the guy that whipped up this whole thing.  It felt like its like it got tired and went “Okay, its too long. Let’s stop it right here and leave the rest for the audience to fill in the blanks”.  Till that very end, the reasoning behind why the villain did all this left me all full of question marks floating around my head.  Maybe I missed something during the movie since I did watch it bit by bit throughout 24 hours. I just wasn’t satisfied with the ending in general.  To me, it just felt a bit incomplete.

Other than a poorly constructed villain and ending, this is a pretty decent thriller.  The whole setup of the plot leading up to the ending and its outstanding cast led by Tom Cruise and Rosamund Pike was great.  Regardless, it is worth a watch, at the very least, you shouldn’t feel like it wasted your time.

Maybe its time to check out Lee Child’s novel and maybe it’ll give me some closure 😉

 What do you think about Tom Cruise? Do you have a favorite role that he’s done? Did you see Jack Reacher? What did you think about it? Did you read the book this was based on?

17 thoughts on “Jack Reacher (2012)

  1. I absolutely loved Rosemund Pike as the villainous Bond girl in the Bond movie which escapes my brain now. I think it is Goldeneye, but I lost interest after Daniel Craig joined and just don;t keep up like I used to. It was one of Pierce Brosnan’s about the North Korean who had face altering surgery. I hoped this would be a hit for Cruise, but I think it was short lived at the box office.

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      • I think I’m the minority…but Casino Royale didn’t really appeal to me as much as Quantum of Solace. To each their own..haha! Apparently Skyfall was awesome, I still have to check that out (hopefully) soon 🙂

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    • I’ve never been very into the Bond movies. I’ve seen a few here and there so I don’t think I saw this one. I did see the first two with Daniel Craig but my Bond is always Pierce Brosnan..haha! Although I haven’t seen that many of his either.

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  2. I had a lot of fun with this. The villain was just okay for me, as well. It’s a really simple mystery I thought, but very entertaining nonetheless. I wouldn’t mind if this started a Jack Reacher franchise. I think it did okay enough at the box office to let a sequel happen. (I believe it did $75 or $80 million…) I like the character enough to anticipate a sequel. 😀

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    • It was entertaining for a good part of it. I agree that the plot was quite simple, wasn’t anything special…between my boyfriend (who only watched the last 30 minutes of it) actually guessed a good part of it without having seen the beginning. haha!
      Jack Reacher is a potential franchise especially if its based on a series of novels. I just wonder if it will get one 🙂

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  3. Good review Kim. Wasn’t expecting much from this movie in the first place, which is probably why I had such a ball with it in the end. Seriously, it was fun and entertaining, especially Cruise himself who is nothing more than a movie star.

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  4. I haven’t liked Tom Cruise in quite awhile (my fave role of his would probably be in “Magnolia”) so I’ve been pretty much avoiding this one. Might pick up the book though!

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    • He was kick ass in Magnolia! I haven’t seen that movie in a long time. I’ve avoided him when he seemed to have gone crazy…then I mean after that Ghost Protocol really impressed me so you know, giving him another chance..haha!

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