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The Law Has Limits. He Does Not.
In an innocent heartland city, five are shot dead by an expert sniper. The police quickly identify and arrest the culprit, and build a slam-dunk case. But the accused man claims he's innocent and says "Get Jack Reacher." Reacher himself sees the news report and turns up in the city. The defense is immensely relieved, but Reacher has come to bury the guy. Shocked at the accused's request, Reacher sets out to confirm for himself the absolute certainty of the man's guilt, but comes up with more than he bargained for.
When Werner Herzog tells you to eat your hand, you eat your fucking hand.
i liked this movie because it was 2 hours of tom cruise mind-fucking people. a typical scene:
Jack Reacher: "does shelly work here?"
Random Vaguely Evil N00B: "she's not in today."
Jack Reacher: "thanks, now i know she works here. you've been #REACHED!"
and then when he's not mind-fucking people, Werner Herzog shows up to talk about eating his own fingers or something. "what do mysterious super villains dream about?" i was hoping when he was inevitably shot he'd be all like "it is an insignificant bullet." oh well. i'm pretty sure Herzog agreed to do it because the movie was filmed in the one place he'd always been too afraid to set a production: Pittsburgh.
i had no idea…
I'm struggling to write anything even remotely sensible about this film. It is there. It exists. It is neither good nor bad. It's an entertaining piece of ........eh.......entertainment. And that's about it.
So with all the serious critique out of the way, I'll leave you with this:
- Oblivion: 126 minutes
-Jack Reacher: 130 minutes
- Rock of Ages: 123 minutes
- Mission Impossible-Ghost Protocol: 133 minutes
Tom. Dude. Stop compensating for your length, ok? It's ruining your films.
The character Jack Reacher describes himself in the film as a "drifter with nothing to lose". That is the kind of movie that Jack Reacher is. It is simple, has no time for fluff, and that is why I dig it so much.
This is a straight up detective story that features all the cliches in the book, but everyone involved in making the film is completely aware of that. This is the kind of movie that Charles Bronson or Steve McQueen would have been cast in during the 80s. Think of something like McQueen's The Hunter and you've got a modern equivalent in Jack Reacher. There is a fair amount of talking and figuring things out. There is a…
Opening with a brilliant and wordless sequence that is as shocking as it is ruthlessly efficient, Jack Reacher starts with a bang, or six. Unfortunately, as soon as the characters open their mouths things begin to unravel. Based on a 17 book series the character of Jack Reacher obviously has his fans but on the basis of this franchise-opener I’m not going to be one of them.
Most of the pre-release discussion was reserved for the bizarre casting of Tom Cruise as the titular hero. Fans moaned he didn’t fit the hulking 6’5” profile of their beloved investigator yet the problem is less with Cruise and more down to the character he portrays. He’s a frankly ridiculous superhuman who is…
"There's this guy. He's a kind of cop, at least he used to be. He doesn't care about proof, he doesn't care about the law, he only cares about what's right. He knows what I did. You can't protect me. No one can."
We're at the end of the year, but it's never too late to get a surprise gift. I was sure Jack Reacher was going to be shit. I had no desire to see it after watching the trailers. A funny thing happened though. I started seeing some positive reviews for it on this site and elsewhere. I starting hearing that it was actually pretty good. So beings I can see anything I want for free since my…
The movie was not what I was expecting at all but in a good way. From the previews I expected a high octane thriller loaded with lots of action. Not knowing of the novels this character and film were based off going in I was quite surprised to be treated to a well realized thriller that was much deeper and layered with complexities that is uncommon in your typical action-thriller type films. Jack Reacher was slower paced and often focused more on the characters and narrative (which I found rather compelling) rather than flashy action sequences. But that's not to sell the actions sequences short. This film features one of the best shot and innovative car chase sequences I've seen…
The film tends to be a little long in the mid section and takes some odd twists of thriller (I'm guessing it tries to jam a lot of the book it's based on into film whether it needs it or not), but dammit if Jack Reacher isn't something of a fun role for Tom Cruise. Fun lines, great moments, and a mystery that does continually unravel in front of the viewer.
I have to confess to enjoying this more than I wanted to. I maintain that Tom Cruise as 6 foot 5 Jack Reacher was miscast, but (unsurprisingly) he does embody Reacher's over-the-top swagger and his ridiculous intensity. Some of the lines are pretty hamfisted (that's true of the book's dialog as well but I found it more distracting in the film), but Reacher's unfailingly precise moral compass (on par with Hank Hill's) and radical isolationist self-sufficiency (on par with Dr. David Banner's) is always entertaining to watch. Dammit.
Engaging action movie, pretty violent
Angenehm ruhiger Thriller. Bitte mehr davon!
Did you know that Tom Cruise is a very charismatic actor?
Appreciated the lack of a manipulative score. First half was fairly interesting. Really, the only mistep in the film is the Helen character. We're supposed to buy her as a smart attorney, but she's consistently dumbfounded by the simplest of issues. Her main function seemed to be giving the audience something bouncy to look at.
This felt like an 80-90's throw back but not a deliberate one at that. I stuck with the film for two-thirds of it until the plot was thrown out the window and settled for pointless action scenes. It lost me when the protagonist throws away his gun to have an obligatory fist fight with the villain. Did I mentioned it reminded me of action films from Stallone-Schwarzenegger era. In this case it would have served the movie better to have cast the a fore mentioned action hero.
- Leon: The Professional
- Freeway II: Confessions of a Trickbaby
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Whisper of the Heart
- Cruel Intentions
- Griff the Invisible
- Killing Them Softly
- My Left Foot
- American Reunion
- Searching for Sugar Man
- The Imposter
- Too Big to Fail
- The Girl
All re-watches are excluded.