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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…
While rather formulaic, Jack Reacher is a well executed and enjoyable thriller.
Needed more Herzog
Agreed with most other people - this movie somehow remains mysterious and very difficult to classify, or even review. It's just...there. And it's a lot like a lot of other action/thrillers you've seen. That said, it's pretty nuts - Herzog is in it and he's bonkers, as you'd expect (a surprising portion of the show is spent on biting off fingers), and Tom Cruise is basically a mind-reading superhero in a tiny little leading man's body, and spends most of the movie running around beating the crap out of everyone is fairly entertaining and hilarious (if you're into that sort of thing). Definitely enjoyable in my book, but I'm also a fan of The Room.
I think this is one of the most underrated movies of recent years. I love it more and more as time goes by.
Wow. Jack Reacher was a lot better than I thought it would be. It's a great thriller movie that kept me entertained and invested in the story until the credits rolled. It's extremely clever and even kept me laughing throughout the film which really surprised me.
Jack Reacher (2012)
Could have been an intense thriller if Reacher was cast better.
Loosely based on the documentary Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe, Jack Reacher is quite an entertaining and surprisingly well-made film. It's smart, shot exceptionally well, and doesn't dumb down for its audience - although the third act falls victim to Third Act Syndrome, in which the third act is your typical Hollywood third act. I'm intentionally being vague and generic to highlight the side-effects of Third Act Syndrome. Nevertheless, made me want to buy some Lee Child novels, so, well done.
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.
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