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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…
It's never outside of the scope of a genre film like this to carry some weighty themes. Jack Reacher begins with a disturbing scene in which a sniper fires on random targets in a park. It's a frightening demonstration of power, bringing to mind some pretty big issues around gun control and violence in America.
Predictably, this blockbuster opts not to address this, literally sticking to its guns as a more conventional action thriller. So high-hopes aside, Jack Reacher is a fairly enjoyable ride. Tom Cruise does his stuff - dispatching bad guys in cool ways, and getting in a few anti-hero lines like “You think I'm a hero? I am not a hero. And if you're smart, that scares…
With the rhythms of an old-school detective movie, Tom Cruise reminded me of Mike Hammer from Kiss Me Deadly: a guy who just drives around and just beating people up until he gets to the bottom of the case. Though Cruise has played "bad" guys before, I always like to see it because his star power and overall likeability lends those characters the impression of an honest-to-god crazy person.
As you can tell, I appreciated the pulpiness of Jack Reacher, but I wish they’d gone even further. Why didn't they build Herzog up into a supervillain to pit off against Reacher? Seems like kind of a wasted opportunity there.
Tom Cruise is an action star, nuff said.
I'm worried I've been using the adjective "weird" too much in my Letterboxd reviews, but man, this is another weird movie! It's a world where civilians will hide a dude from the cops for no reason and a fingerless Werner Herzog won't rest until everyone has bitten off their own digits. This movie swings between dumb and awesome so often, so quickly, you'll probably get whiplash.
Better than I expected. Tom Cruise brings his a-game.
Jack Reacher is as conventional and predictable as it possibly can be, and yet the combination of some really great dialogue and Tom Cruise's performance makes this film entertaining. By that standard alone, it's good. It doesn't have a whole lot of substance, but I had a good time watching it.
A surprisingly dialogue heavy, story-driven crime thriller. The action was not as persistent as I expected, and I enjoyed getting a narrative rather than action sequence to action sequence.
The action was well presented, it was actually easy to follow. Something modern action films seem to lack.
Some good cinematography. It was also as realistic as some Hollywood movies get.
The action sequences were presented without any sort of music/score. This was unusual, but something I really enjoyed, created some great tension.
No overly-obvious filler dialogue (difficult to explain without spoilers, but it's something good you might notice).
A fantastic car chase sequence. Up to par with the likes of Drive.
Predictable plot, this meant the…
Surprisingly entertaining thriller starring Tom Cruise, who has never been one of my faves. Fans of the books complained that Cruise isn't right – at least from a stature standpoint – for the role but I have to admit that I thought he brought a nice blend of humor and below-the-surface menace to the part. Bonus points for third act Robert Duvall.
Jack Reacher non deve chiedere mai, al massimo ti suggerisce ciò che vuole. È un po' montato, ma una birra con lui me la prendo volentieri.
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