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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…
That no dialogue/no extraneous sound car chase and that sniper scope sequence (and eight minutes of silence) at the start deserve all the praise in the universe. Also, Rosamund Pike looking flustered, Werner Herzog telling someone to eat part of their hand, and Tom Cruise delivering a billion quips? C'mon. This movie is pretty damn cool. Flawed, a little too lengthy, but damn cool.
I watched this on TV with my parents, I didn't really want to see it but I sat down anyway. Turns out it wasn't as bad as I thought, I mean anything with Werner Herzog as the villain can't be that bad.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
(Viewed in preparation for McQuarrie’s MI-5, as well as for allusions made by Dissolvers referring to it boasting Jai Courtney’s best/most tolerable performance and Werner Herzog yucking it up)
Jai Courtney is the most tolerable/least distractingly awful he’s ever been; but mostly because he isn’t allowed to say much and is on the verge of falling into that sweet-spot where actors that are bland good guys make quasi-passable bad guys (see also, Agents of S.P.O.I.L.E.R).
And Herzog is brilliant, even though he gets LITTLE TO NO SCREEN-TIME and a LAME ENDING.
Because it was so much fun last time I tried it, I’m going to rattle the excellent supporting cast and how they are used/spaced out over the lovely long…
"I can't afford you."
"...I'm not a hooker!"
"Oh, then I REALLY can't afford you!"
There's something very old-fashioned about "Jack Reacher", like it's a feature-length episode of one of those action/lone vigilante shows from the 70s. The plot itself feels like a TV episode stretched out over 2 hours, and because of that, you get villains you hardly care about and a boring mystery with little urgency to it. But there's also a slick, visceral nature to the whole thing, with McQuarrie showing an acute understanding of action and tension. Cruise rocks it too with one of his coolest, most engaging performances to date. On paper, this could make for middle-of-the-road action fare. But between Cruise's screen presence and McQuarrie's execution, you've got one bad-ass little action thriller.
Jack Reacher was a really fun action film with a great concept.
finally: an entire movie of Tom Cruise walking briskly away from people in the middle of conversations!
i liked the idea of a vagabond super-detective solving a crime but i really didn't like the way Tom Cruise played him. that one elevator scene with Rosamund Pike was pretty awesome though!
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
"Always the bullet. I don't understand."
Algo va mal cuando el héroe de tu película inspira más pavor que el villano, circunstancia que en ningún momento parece intencionada; O quizá sea que el personaje no era tan adecuado para el tipo de héroe que suele gastar Cruise (me pregunto cómo será la novela). Hay algo oscuro y elusivo moviéndose por el interior de Jack Reacher y a veces parece un imprevisto metatexto sobre el actor. Me gusta la idea, pero poco tiene que ver con la dirección hacia donde va el film.
Sorprende lo justo : La introducción basada puramente en el recuento factual sin ningún tipo de diálogo me pareció brillante, la acción hace presagiar que la próxima entrega…
If someone came to me and said, "I love Jack Reacher, it's an amazing movie," I'd be like, "Hold up there, hoss. Let's not go crazy."
But if someone said, "Jack Reacher is a piece of shit," I'd say, "Awww, come on, it's pretty alright!"
It's that kind of movie.
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