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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…
A muscular, intelligent and engrossing crime thriller.
Jack Reacher is a flagship procedural weighted by immaculate direction from newcomer Christopher McQuarrie, jaggedly-focused action set pieces and a lingering sense of darkness absorbing every frame.
Tom Cruise is so BAD ASS it's unreal. The most calculated and collected bruising motherfucker on the block.
Rosamund Pike is great too, and Jai Courtney. Yup, not lying.
Oh, and Werner Herzog recalling tales of him digesting his own fingers; I mean that's just a damn master stroke.
This film packs relentless punch and backs up the brut with smarts to boot.
The fights, Cruiseings, and most excellent car chase make this a very, very underrated flick.
After watching the oh so boring latest Jack Ryan movie I watched another movie with Jack in the title. This one was not Jack S%$T like Ryan though. It was actually very good. After I watched it I checked IMDB and noticed there's another one coming out next year. Good to hear.
Jack Reacher is an engaging anti-hero. And Tom Cruise does a good job with these actiony-anti-hero type characters. Watching Reacher is like reaching back into the 1990s when these types of movies were a dime a dozen and amazing as hell.
In 2014 the typical Cruise shtick is about as novel as a Danielle Steele book, but its still entertaining, still pushes the right action buttons to make the whole thing palpable. You kind of have to set your brain aside; there's enough plot holes to make it tough to think about. And the extended car chase scene gets rather droll. Then again, most car chase scenes are pretty bad--a few are actually great (see: Point, Vanishing).
Jack Reacher is the conservative American's James Bond; he doesn't travel, except inside the US, he appreciates fast cars, knows a whole lot about guns and ammo, is very smooth with the ladies, and instead of working for his government he actively tries to evade them.
After reading several Jack Reacher novels over the past summer, I think I've gotten a pretty good idea what his character is about, and I can understand the die hard fans reticence at accepting Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher. That being said, the movie itself, whether an adaptation or standalone action movie, is excellent and I'm not ashamed to say I always enjoy Tom Cruise movies.
Christopher McQuarrie wrote and directed JACK REACHER, and…
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It was boring.
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