Movies based on books, short stories, novels & novellas, poems, etc.
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…
Well this is still absolutely terrific fun to the point where I'm wondering why it's taken them so long to decide to do a sequel.
But the important thing is that they ARE doing a sequel and you're all going to go out and see it and Tom is going to keep making Mission Impossible and Jack Reacher films until he can no longer run. Which will never happen because Tom doesn't age. So don't let me down here. Make Jack Reacher 2 a big hit. You know it makes sense.
A few things quickly.
1) The bit in the bar is gold. There are some barbed one liners being thrown around in there that are just awesome, even more…
If you think Rosamund Pike is pretty and you need an eyeful of her boobs this movie has the scene for you. Apart from that it's funny and fun and has Robert Duvall. For me the enjoyment was compromised by being led up the garden path initially with the film portraying itself as a serious piece and then revealing itself as a pop corner. The start of the film with a sniper targeting women is unsettling. The scene where you learn about the victims is also disturbing. And later there is the horrific threat of a man possibly needing to bite his own fingers off to save his life. All this clashes awkwardly and strangely with pithy line after pithy…
Excellent stuff. It's one of the better Tom Cruise vehicles of recent years and at least Reacher's array of abilities grant him lots of opportunities to show off in a more natural fashion than, say, the way his ego warped Oblivion. The central plot is arresting while the film's nicely dressed with all sorts of odd bits, ranging from Werner Herzog's remarkably dark, powerful turn as a Russian gangster to a laugh-out-loud moment when two thugs corner Reacher in a bathroom, armed with a crowbar and a baseball bat, and totally fail to beat him up through sheer incompetence.
Cheese… but good cheese. I have a bit of a soft spot for the setting, it was shot nicely (particularly the car chase)… but a little formulaic, and the acting was a bit too hammy. Rosamund Pike was nothing short of poor.
Good fun though.
Wow, I never thought this was so good! Dammit, Tom, you always fit to be an action hero!
You can do better Tom Cruise.....
Not a bad thriller. Although Tom Cruise is not the Jack Reacher of the books, I felt that his smaller height gave the film Jack Reacher the chance to disappear and be much more unassuming than if he had been 6ft 7". Jai Courtney was very good as the baddie. My only qualm was the ending was a bit abrupt - it still felt like there was more to come.
Saved by Cruise and Pike
Not amazing, but really not that bad either. It's a solid effort all round. You can tell it's based on a novel because there are some very convenient and novel-like character moments that don't quite work as well in a movie. For instance, Reacher is just so good at everything he does without enough explanation - a novel has time to cover that ground where a movie may not.
I was ever so slightly put off by Rosamund Pike's American accent, but I thought over all she did a pretty good job.
if all the cops from your city are chasing you, best thing to do is let your car go down on a hill while you cover up in a bus stop full of people willing to help someone who is in trouble with the police and take the first bus to run away.
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