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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…
Punchy and effective, though inevitably rather less interesting to watch than to hear Christopher McQuarrie talk about.
Watching it this time I noticed all of the militarized police at the start of the film. The response team that shows up at the ballpark has assault rifles, a helicopter, and an armored truck with a sniper nest on top. The team that searches the suspect's house is dressed in tactical gear and carrying powerful weapons when they kick in the door and storm the house. The movie really sells that this is a dangerous suspect to bring in these highly trained responders.
But after the events in Ferguson, MO this week I just I don't care if I ever see another police officer wearing fatigues again. And the illusion that fatigues and tactical gear equates to elite training is forever broken. At least in the middle of the film when the police respond to a murder, the officers on the scene are dressed in blue and driving police cruisers.
Tom Cruise can often be the death blow of his own productions. Not because he isn't talented, but because invincible super spy films like this often expose his lack of range. This film could really use some vulnerability, even just a smidgen here or there. But it still works as a well paced, tightly composed thriller. It's a shame how many reviews focused exclusively on its NSA endorsing political philosophies at the expense of how well crafted it is. I'll admit, the politics are a little vile, but hasn't that been the M.O. of the spy genre for some time now? Even then, there are more complex layers at play here, depicting both the military and the federal infrastructure of the US as prone (even inviting) to crooks and sociopaths.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Tom Cruise plays a bad-ass Colombo.
Entertaining and overlong.
Werner Herzog was amazing.
Blu-ray picture 9/10
Helen: What about the truth? What about getting the guys who really did this? What about bringing him to justice?
Jack Reacher: I just did.
Not really worthy of anyone's love. It's also not worthy of anyone's hate. It's just there. Tom Cruise does his thing- the guy is fun to watch. Reacher is a hilariously unrealistic perfect specimen but sometimes that's OK. Villains could have been better. Story overall could have been stronger. Admittedly, I got a kick out of Duvall's batshit performance.
wanted to see a action movie, toucht " ok tom cruise thats always garanteed of some action", well for action it was a bit dissapointing as i didn read the teasers or descriptions about the movie. Altought i was in action mode movie time, this one catched me from start till end. Great story that gets more revealing tought more complicated to the end of the movie. Enjoyed it really a lot.
Very enjoyable throwback to the genre of the invincible and unquestionably perceptive 90's action hero, grounded by a strong sense of place, a clear visual design, an engaging conspiracy story, and game performances from all involved. This is more Andrew Davis than it is Michael Bay, and I'll take this kind of sturdy filmmaking over the expressionistic fervor of the vulgar auteurs any day of the week.
I feel I am being pretty generous giving this one and a half stars; It may be more than it deserves. I guess I can understand why some people would like this movie, it has many of the pieces of a good thriller, they just all fall flat for me.
To begin with, I am bored with Tom Cruise in this movie. I don't generally dislike Tom Cruise, I think he can do roles like this one quite well, but every time Jack Reacher was being clever figuring stuff out, tricking people into giving answer, etc. I just felt nothing. This pretty well describes all of the problems with this film. Every point when there was a reveal, or there…
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