Back when I was a kid I used to make posters for imaginary movies – this feels like one of those movies.
When you say that a film's generic you can almost picture it being made by a massive algorithm in a big machine in Hollywood but Jack Reacher feels a little different. It's almost as though someone has tried to handcraft the most generic movie they could make. While it's certainly no masterpiece it's perfectly acceptable eye fodder and its predictability and tone its enjoyably entertaining.
It's easy to imagine that in a few years time the following conversation will happen in hundreds of homes:
"So did you just go to bed when you came in?"
"Actually no, I turned on the TV and ended up watching this crappy movie."
"What was it?"
"Oh, it was called Penthouse Robbery or Apartment Theft or something."
"I can't remember any of it, but yeah it was actually pretty ok!"
Tower Heist - adequately watchable
Beautiful and tragic; Never Let Me Go is the type of film which creeps up on you and leaves you devastated for hours afterwards. Romanek's take on Kazuo Ishiguro's novel is note perfect - capturing the writer's ability to never force the story, he bravely allows for the impact of the tale be told through the delicate and muted performances of his excellent cast.
Sobering yet essential viewing.