Movie Review – Jack Reacher
Jack Reacher has a center plot that because of recent events may be a trigger for some viewers. As a courtesy to my readers, the main crime in this film is a mass shooting of random victims in front of a ballpark.
Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) is a drifter, an ex MP,I knew absolutely nothing about the book One Shot by Lee Child prior to this film. The movie focuses on a mass shooting of 5 people by a former military solider. We are fully aware that he is not the shooter and has been setup but for reasons unknown. His only request is to find Jack Reacher, the man who looked into his previous crime. When the District Attorney Alex (Richard Jenkins) and head investagator Emerson (David Oyelowo) have no idea how, Jack of course finds them. The case is extremely neat and Jack sends the rest of the movie working with Helen (Rosamund Pike) Not to prove he’s innocent but just to make sure he’s guilty. Helen isn’t trying to get him off either just keep him off of death row. The real shooter is Charlie (Jai Courtney) who is the hired gun for a mystery man that orders pretty much all of the underhanded dealings on the film.
Here’s where I have to nitpick. cruise is just fine but the casting choices are a bit suspect. I like Jenkins, Courtney especially and Robert Duvall as Cash are all in the win column. The rest I could really do without. The fight scenes and jokes are actually hysterical. Cruise is clearly working the idea that he’s the smartest person int he room at all times. He lives on cash and borrowed items. Helen is totally swooning over him all threw this movie and its a ton overdone but you get that part of it was just to justify him without a shirt. The funny thing is the way he stands with his chest pushed out doesn’t make me think sex symbol I constantly think about Rock of Ages and Tropic Thunder.
This movie isn’t stellar since the acting is uneven from the supporting cast but its not a complete loss. There are better things out right now so waiting for DVD is not a bad idea. This doesn’t make it a bad movie just not a great one. Its good enough.