The opening killings hit home pretty hard in light of recent news events, but the tone eases up fairly quickly once the film starts rolling. The action is top notch, leaving me feeling this wasn't actually a PG-13 flick (which it was) and that's always a good thing. I'm happy to see Jai Courtney getting his due (Varro from SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND. I'm sure Andy Whitfield is looking down on you with a big smile on his face, brother) here--even if he is the villain--and is in the new DIE HARD flick as McClane's son. Rosamund Pike was a feast for the eyes (especially in the cleavage department) and grizzled veterans like Robert Duvall are always a smart addition. The cast was stellar and everyone seemed to be having a good time.
JACK REACHER is film I'd love to see turn into a franchise and with Cruise at the helm, it's definitely a good possibility. The novels will always be better, but Jack Reacher is a fun character to root for with a keen intelligence that rivals Bruce Wayne himself. Reacher always has something to say and is ready to kick your teeth in if you don't like it, making him my kind of anti-hero. The good news is, we root for him anyway because at his core he's fighting the good fight and that's something we can all get on board with, despite his methods. I did feel the man behind the madness was a touch weak (not literally though as anyone who can chew off their own fingers is a certified badass), as his end result, beyond a creepy presence and cool accent, didn't make for much of an epic end game. That said, this is a thrilling action title and Cruise at his very best so I have no problem recommending it.
When the Man Comes Around: Fans of the novels will dig this the most. We get the cast preaching the gospel about how great the books are and we get a first-hand look at how the film came to be as well as how Tom got Lee’s blessing to become Reacher.
You Do Not Mess with Jack Reacher: Combat & Weapons: A quick look at what makes Jack Reacher a lean, mean, ass kicking machine. Good times.
The Reacher Phenomenon: A closer look at author Lee Child who boasts a big game about his beloved character, Jack Reacher. I want to read these books.
Previews: There are a few trailers as well as a DVD and Digital Copy of the film.