The focus on corruption in the military and the plot device of Reacher's friend being framed turned this into a movie that we've all seen before. Some forgettable "badass moments" from Cruise's titular hero couldn't set it apart from the rest.
Dolan's visceral, energetic filmmaking is the perfect medium for a story about two characters who are constantly kicking back against the rest of the world. The use of the narrow aspect ratio shows the constraint of the characters' living situation, and the results of the camera working within that constraint are incredible even if they are a bit unnerving at first due to the familiarity with widescreen. The performances can't be praised enough; nor can Dolan's writing when it comes…