Tom Cruise IS Jack Reacher.
, 03 Jan 2013
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.
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