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|
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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.
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Not an action movieBy garijoni (8 reviews) , 09 Oct 2013Good adaption of a series of books. Cruise is surprisingly well cast in the role, and is at his best since Collateral (worth watching if you missed this sleeper hit). It's a crime thriller that has action elements. When I saw the trailer it looked like a generic action movie which put me off. What I watched was totally different to my expectations. The plot is no different to any other thriller but the characters involved are not generic. They are well fleshed out and each is well acted. Well worth a watch.
Yep! Cruise as Reacher DOES work!By MrsGLyme (4 reviews) , 07 Oct 2013Having read a good half dozen Jack Reacher books, I was dismayed to hear they'd cast the diminutive Tom Cruise in this role... but being a fan of the books, just had to see it anyway. Well, what can I say? Unbelievably, he pulls it off! I really enjoyed the film ( one of the Reacher books I've not yet read so I didn't know the plot, which probably helped). I was riveted from start to finish. Cruise has obviously studied the character as the mannerisms etc were exactly as I imagine Reacher to be, to the point were his lack of stature really didn't matter. Great film, and with all those books to choose from, let's hope we see another!
Not as bad as I thought it would be.By a customer , 06 Oct 2013Have read a lot of Jack Reacher books and thought this was a good adaption. Tom Cruise was disappointing in that he does not in any way physically follow the 'real' Jack but at least he was the right age and can actually act. Worth renting and I will watch anymore adaptions made.
Great cast - okay movie.By MCJ (11 reviews) , 05 Oct 2013Enjoyable but throwaway conspiracy thriller with a plot that we've seen too many times. However, it is the performance of a great cast led by Tom Cruise that makes this watchable and for fans of art-house cinema the bizarre appearance of Werner Herzog as the villain (who chewed off his own fingers) made this a must see for me.
A good introduction to Jack ReacherBy Spectator (52 reviews) , 04 Oct 2013I thoroughly enjoyed this film. To be honest, up until I watched it I knew nothing of either Jack Reacher or Lee Childs, but I now intend to start reading the books.
I don't think that if I had read one of the books before watching this film that Tom Cruise's mismatch to the physical description of Jack Reacher would have spoiled my enjoyment of it. I have enjoyed all of the Jack Ryan films and the fact that 3 different actors (soon to become 4) have played the character has done nothing to spoil that enjoyment.
I believe Tom Cruise puts a lot of care and attention into the films that he makes and it shows. They may not be particularly deep or challenging, but they are always worth a watch.
It did pass the 'Did my wife stay awake for the whole film' test but I have to put that down to the noisiness of some of the scenes which prevented her from nodding off, so no extra star.