Jack Reacher ★★★

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If you hadn't seen this film and I told you what this movie was about, it would ruin it for you. But not just because there would be unavoidable spoilers, but because a significant number of set pieces just sound terrible. In black and white, all of the characters - the "wandering badass" protagonist, the do-good lawyer, the sees-it-all detective, and the shadowy crimelord villain - seem two-dimensional, and the more I think about them... the more they really are.

But somehow none of those things make this movie un-enjoyable. The movie was fun, it kept me guessing, had some cool action sequences, and was set up in an unconventional - and refreshing - way. So despite all of the two-dimensional qualities, this film still manages to stand sideways to the wind and avoid falling flat on its face.