Jack Reacher details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Werner Herzog, David Oyelowo, Robert Duvall, Jai Courtney, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, Tom Cruise|
|Studio:||PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Collections:||April - Action/Thriller, Drama/Sci-Fi|
|Run time:||2 hours 5 minutes|
|Rental release:||22 Apr 2013|
|Main languages:||English, English Audio Description|
Most helpful review
Tom Cruise IS Jack Reacher.By Andoverian (49 reviews) from Andover , 03 Jan 2013
[Highly rated reviewer]Being just a casual fan of Lee Childs' Jack Reacher novels, I was quite open-minded about Tom Cruise pulling this off. My wife however, has read all the Reacher novels and short stories compared to my meagre 4 count at the time of typing this review, and was appalled by the decision for Cruise to portray the ex-military policeman. Does he pull it off? Apart from his size (Reacher is a massive, barrel-chested bruiser in the books), I think he does. He certainly does the no-nonsense style and serious look you would expect from this military genius, and he does look and act hard as nails. The story is a decent enough crime thriller. There's enough plot machinations to keep you thinking throughout and it's all interspersed with plenty of Reacherisms to keep the fan-base happy. Cruise interacts well with British-posh-bird-playing-American-lawyer Rosamund Pike, and there's enough chemistry to keep you wondering if they'll get it on or not, or is it strictly business. There's a couple of stand-out scenes; the very start where random innocents are gunned down by a sniper, then half way through when their deaths are shown again through Reacher's sleuthing - both scenes are quite powerful and shocking. Then there's an assault rifle shootout that hasn't been this good since Heat, and a fist fight in the rain to rival Riggs and Mr Joshua in Lethal Weapon. I'm hoping this film will be a success, to pave way for more exploration of Reacher and to explain why he is the way he is, and what his motives are. There's plenty of source material to continue this franchise - whether Tom Cruise can commit to lots of them remains to be seen. For the moment though, he's off to a decent start and he's converted my wife into agreeing that Tom Cruise IS Jack Reacher.
- Was this review helpful to you?
- (39) Yes |
- No (22)
Much better than it I expectedBy Roger25 (18 reviews) , 08 Sep 2013If, after reading any of the 'Jack Reacher' novels, you expect Tom Cruise to be a sort of lookalike character, when he clearly isn't, then you may be disappointed in this film. But if you can watch it on it's own merits, then it becomes a really enjoyable film. I've have read a couple of the Lee Child books and I thought the same thing 'How on earth is Tom Cruise going to play this part' But he plays it very well.
Wooden Cruise Ship SinksBy a customer , 07 Sep 2013If you've never read a Reacher novel the fim would be an average straight to DVD B movie with the usual laughable super-villain and clichéd wooden acting by the 'stars'. If you have read Reacher novels, then like me you will never understand why they cast Cruise as he is so far from the mental picture the books give you. I couldn't get past one of the grossest and most incompetent castings in the history of Hollywood. He should be embarrassed.
one to avoidBy dragonfly13 (3 reviews) , 06 Sep 2013Garbage,another great book ruined. The book keeps you in suspense most of the way through,within the first 10 mins in the film the plots ruined because you know James Barr is being framed. Crap acting,crap fight scenes and crap car chases. Jack Reacher is a cool calculating guy, Cruise plays him as a smarmy wise-guy,you end up rooting for the bad guys(how can a 5 1/2 foot actor play the part of a 6 1/2 foot ex MP).Rosamund Pike does her usual 'one expression suits all' style of acting,buy the book,avoid the film
Entertaining with good action scenesBy DenaL (41 reviews) , 06 Sep 2013I enjoyed this film which has a good storyline and excellent fight sequences. I am a Lee Child fan and still feel that Tom Cruise was not the right actor to play the infamous Jack Reacher (I thought Hugh Jackman would have been a better fit). However, I thought the film was entertaining, well paced with good action scenes. Cruise acted well, and I didn't particularly rate the lead female but felt that all the other actors played their roles well. Great to see Robert Duvell again....
Stilted, Badly Acted Attempt by CruiseBy a customer , 04 Sep 2013The first half hour is embarassingly bad--Tom seems to be 'trying' to salvage his career and play a standard tough guy, but can't, especially with the paint-by-numbers directing (which makes Pike seem pretty awful as well). It picks up a little towards the end, but not nearly enough to make this worthwhile. Stilted, and trying too hard to be a post-Bourne film, with not enough talent in any area to come close.