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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…
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…
I don't really know why this left me cold the first time, but on a second viewing, the investigative nature of this one really clicked with me and I look forward to seeing another with Cruise playing this character.
I like the books, so maybe I'm being a little generous here. Cruise isn't exactly the books Jack Reacher, but he's still decent.
Film 17/30 of Scavenger Hunt 8!
Task 22. "A film based on a book!"
2012 Films Ranked: letterboxd.com/milo123/list/milo123s-2012-films-ranked/
I recently watched The Town from Ben Affleck and whilst that is a fairly different take on the crime genre it still shares a common theme with Christopher McQuarrie's Jack Reacher - both of these films, like many others, offer nothing new to the genre. Yet I enjoyed The Town a lot more than I did Jack Reacher, mainly because I actually felt invested in the characters and how they'd make it through the movie. Whilst I enjoy reading the Reacher novels from Lee Child (even though I have not read them all), the character is the biggest problem with this…
This film has always surprised me in a way that makes me chuckle. Surprising in a good way.
It's cliche, it's macho, it's Tom Cruise...and every time the credits roll I chuckle to myself, "I love this movie." And it's hard to put my finger on why..
On the outside it seems like a typical "american bad-ass" type flick - one of hundreds. I'm a male, so I've seen plenty, but of course not all. Jack Reacher somehow manages to feel like a fresh take on bad-assery. I feel his justice is actually ruthless and not gimmicky. His unwavering integrity is intelligent and genuine, not that of some home-grown christian boy.
The film's craft isn't ground-breaking but it also isn't…
I din't know this was a noir thriller. The cameo guest spots are what I really, really loved. Werner Herzog as the villain who had chewed his own fingers off! And Robert Duvall was super fun, too. Very much enjoyed this film and the sizzling chemistry between Rosamund Pike and Tom Cruise.
Jack Reacher is an action thriller based on the novel by Lee Child called “One Shot”. It see’s well Jack Reacher(Tom Cruise) and his quest to work out what happened in the events surrounding a massacre of innocent civilians in which the suspected gunman has asked for Reacher by name. The plot unfolds like the thriller it is in an extremely thrilling way but I did feel ultimately fails to be anymore than a basic movie trying to entice the viewer in with a complicated story. Now don’t get me wrong I didn't think it was bad or anything but mediocre certainly comes to mind, despite decent performances the movie never truly advances to a satisfactory level.
Now Cruise is…
herzog is fun, the rest of the movie isn't
It would be entirely possible to decry Jack Reacher for many deplorable features: crazed dialogue, bonkers plot, ridiculously infallible hero, a debatable take on sexual politics. But why would you attack such a gloriously fun film? For me this is an old fashioned and incredibly enjoyable 'Urban western' full of genre cliches and noir stylings. And who doesn't like that?
I always enjoy coming to films that have divided an audience and the mixed reviews on this one show a real difference of opinion. I have read reviewers slamming the film as entirely irredeemable or, conversely, the film of the decade!
You really have to watch the film in the right spirit. It is entirely faithful to the book when…
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