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Jack Reacher
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05.14.2013 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Christopher McQuarrie

Actors:
Tom Cruise
Rosamund Pike
Jai Courtney

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
When five random people are gunned down via sniper rifle all evidence points to an unbalanced military sniper whose faced a similar charge before. Claiming he's innocent, the soldier asks for Jack Reacher, a military investigator who’s been MIA for two years. Having seen the news, Reacher blows into town to put the guy down, but finds himself unable to do so when new evidence comes to light.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I had the chance to meet and chat with Lee Child (author of ONE SHOT, the novel in which this film is based) last summer during ThrillerFest in New York. The guy was a true gentleman and we discussed the idea of Cruise as Reacher among other things. He was happy with the choice and I must say I am too. For my money, you can't do much better than Tom Cruise in an action vehicle. This man is action ready and delivers every time. Sure, he's not the hulking monster Jack Reacher is in Child's novels, but he nailed the character down with ease, making his wisecracking, intelligent dialogue a pure delight and fantastic beat downs loads of fun.

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.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary: There are two here, one with Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie—these two are good pals and make for a cool trek through the film. And another with composer Joe Kramer, which pretty much talks about the score. Okay, if you dug the score.

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.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I’ve heard that Cruise is game for more Reacher action (there are seventeen books in all). Though I doubt we’ll see even a quarter of those books come to light, this is still a seriously good time and a decent enough book to film adaption.
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7:43AM on 05/14/2013

Won me over

I was on my 10th Reacher novel when the casting news came out. Admittedly, I was one of the Cruise critics and vowed not to see any of the Reacher films until it was recast. Well, on a recent flight to London, it was one of the featured films and I said what the hell. As a huge fan of the books, it's hard to get past the size difference due to Lee Child's emphasis in his writing, but I have to admit that Cruise did justice to the character in terms of his mannerisms, intelligence and action.
I was on my 10th Reacher novel when the casting news came out. Admittedly, I was one of the Cruise critics and vowed not to see any of the Reacher films until it was recast. Well, on a recent flight to London, it was one of the featured films and I said what the hell. As a huge fan of the books, it's hard to get past the size difference due to Lee Child's emphasis in his writing, but I have to admit that Cruise did justice to the character in terms of his mannerisms, intelligence and action. IMHO, not a bad way to spend 2 hours of your life.
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9:17AM on 05/14/2013

Rock solid film

This movie was great. Christopher McQuarrie is a hell of a director, considering he's only done two films. The Way of the Gun blew me away when I saw it theatrically in 2000, and I was on board for anything he was attached to from there on out. Having never read the books, I can only go by the movie, but Cruise was awesome and the role seemed tailor made for him. The opening sequence had me on the edge of my seat (Jai Courtney was awesome here! Why did he suck so much in Die Hard? Oh right, the
This movie was great. Christopher McQuarrie is a hell of a director, considering he's only done two films. The Way of the Gun blew me away when I saw it theatrically in 2000, and I was on board for anything he was attached to from there on out. Having never read the books, I can only go by the movie, but Cruise was awesome and the role seemed tailor made for him. The opening sequence had me on the edge of my seat (Jai Courtney was awesome here! Why did he suck so much in Die Hard? Oh right, the script.) and I loved the inspired casting of Werner Herzog. "I was in a prison in Siberia. I spent my first winter wearing a dead man's coat, a hole in one pocket." Classic. I really hope Paramount gets behind the sequels, especially if McQuarrie does them, because I'd love some more Jack Reacher in the near future.
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4:12AM on 05/14/2013
I liked this movie, it had a nice 80's movie feel to it like Lethal Weapon. But I wish they cast someone other than Tom Cruise purely because the man is so busy. If they cast someone less busy or even an unknown actor they could have made a film every year. The 17 books are written and I would rather watch Jack Reacher every year than a Paranormal Activity/Saw film.
I liked this movie, it had a nice 80's movie feel to it like Lethal Weapon. But I wish they cast someone other than Tom Cruise purely because the man is so busy. If they cast someone less busy or even an unknown actor they could have made a film every year. The 17 books are written and I would rather watch Jack Reacher every year than a Paranormal Activity/Saw film.
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9:36AM on 05/14/2013

no love for herzog?

Best stunt casting ever.
Best stunt casting ever.
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