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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…
Sure, I liked this. It was slightly off and weird. The cop story within was pretty good, and the actiony parts were also fairly cool.
Werner Herzog gave a pretty haunting performance, too.
I thought this was a good thriller. The Jack Reacher character was a little over the top, but overall this movie was thoroughly entertaining.
Film Challenge #2: two blockbusters (1/2)
Tom Cruise is really smart. Tom Cruise has a great memory. Tom Cruise is really good at hiding. Tom Cruise is really strong. Tome Cruise is so attractive that women all over the place just really want to fuck him. But Tom Cruise is so cool that he doesn't even let them! Tom Cruise is a hero of the women's lib movement ("Don't let these guys use you, Sandy"!). If this film hadn't been structured around fellating Tom Cruise and his huge ego it could have been pretty decent. Playing mysterious and experienced soldier cop he's just a black hole of charisma. And the Christopher McQuarrie (he also directed) banter (or maybe that's from…
Honestly, I would love to be watching one of these every other year. My only niggle is it isn't called One Shot
Otherwise everything about it is just my kinda movie.
This movie is kind of like something my dad would really like. 80s cars, old dudes with sniper rifles, and a guy who is like the guy with the name, John stone, Jack Reacher, Bill Brasky etc. But you know all in all not a bad action movie, but not really that awesome.
I've had similar issues with both of McQuarrie's directorial efforts: he does clearly have the chops to pull off some very impressive sequences (there's a practical-effects car chase in the middle of this movie that is pretty great), but he also draws things out like crazy despite the fact that the story doesn't have a whole lot of substance to it. This should be a 90-minute lark, but because of McQuarrie's longueurs it runs for 130 and wears out its welcome. The Usual Suspects is probably McQuarrie's most successful movie, and that only runs 106 minutes because Bryan Singer doesn't mess around too much and just gets to the point of every scene. McQuarrie could learn something from that.
This movie is also hurt by the silly idea that Tom Cruise is smarter than everybody and can beat them up too, but I guess there was no way around that one.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A fun, slightly smarter-than-normal, tongue-in-cheek homage to eighties action flicks with Christopher McQuarrie's penchant for snappy dialogue.
My only real interest in Jack Reacher was the presence of Werner Herzog as one of the villains. He gets to deliver some very Herzoggy dialogue in his wonderful voice, but essentially could be stripped out of the film entirely without affecting the plot in the slightest.
The rest of the film is rendered basically useless by Tom Cruise - he's completely the wrong kind of action hero for the film. The dialogue is absolutely hopeless, which isn't always a negative - while a couple of the one-liners are beyond saving ("I was born in October; when I get to my birthday I'm going to pull the trigger" - jesus fucking christ), even the vaguely amusing ones don't work coming from the Cruise-mouth. Somebody like Jason Statham would have done a better job AND been more credible in the action scenes. Give it up, Cruise.
Decent car chase, though.
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