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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…
A fun, slightly smarter-than-normal, tongue-in-cheek homage to eighties action flicks with Christopher McQuarrie's penchant for snappy dialogue.
My only real interest in Jack Reacher was the presence of Werner Herzog as one of the villains. He gets to deliver some very Herzoggy dialogue in his wonderful voice, but essentially could be stripped out of the film entirely without affecting the plot in the slightest.
The rest of the film is rendered basically useless by Tom Cruise - he's completely the wrong kind of action hero for the film. The dialogue is absolutely hopeless, which isn't always a negative - while a couple of the one-liners are beyond saving ("I was born in October; when I get to my birthday I'm going to pull the trigger" - jesus fucking christ), even the vaguely amusing ones don't work coming from the Cruise-mouth. Somebody like Jason Statham would have done a better job AND been more credible in the action scenes. Give it up, Cruise.
Decent car chase, though.
Jack Reacher is a series of set-pieces: the shooting, the meeting, the interview of the victims' families, the bar fight, the car chase, the gun range, and the climactic battle. Each has its own narrative logic and climax, while simultaneously pushing the overarching story forward. The script could have used a few more drafts and some intended humour contrasts with the tone of the rest of the film, but overall Jack Reacher is a compelling pop-suspense film.
Loved the plot and characters. Great humour also. Tom Cruise does a good job as always. The opening scene is awesome and sets the tone instantly.
Tom Cruise is impressive as Jack Reacher-physical dimensions notwithstanding... I never even heard of the character based on the book before the movie, but he seems to embody or own the character.
Who can deny the action(fighting, driving) scenes-Cruise displays enough technique, comfidence, and humor to pull 'em off...
Supporting characters were good-Rosamond Pike as a district attorney trying to prove the innocence of the sniper who randomly killed off some innocent people(in a great introduction to the movie). Robert Duvall is a pro as usual, a short, but intense cameo.
A very solid introduction, I'd like to see more of the "off the grid" Jack Reacher, hopefully a franchise has been started.
What I thought was a fluke, based on my low expectations was actually just a legitimately solid action flick.
Cruise excels, despite being clearly miscast as the sexy, badass Reacher.
Like I said when I first saw it, this movie contains my favorite car chase ever (because of how real it seems) and the creative direction is certainly worth noting.
The quick dialogue and twisty plot even warrant consideration for labeling it a neo-noir.
Started off so well, and quickly fell apart into a huge mess.
Even (especially?) when soliloquying without fingers he's more like Werner Heartthrob.
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