Tom Cruise Reaches

In Movies on December 26, 2012 at 12:22 pm

“Get Me Jack Reacher!” writes James Barr, portrayed by Joseph Sikora, who realizes that he may have been set up for a series of shootings in downtown Pittsburgh. Jack Reacher, played by Tom Cruise, is a drifter, a loner, who only wants to do what’s right, and doesn’t give a crap about your laws or your principles. He doesn’t start fights he finishes them.

“Jack Reacher” depicts the 9th story within the Jack Reacher book series called One Shot in which James Barr, or so we think, shoots several civilians within downtown Pittsburgh. The DA, Rodin, played by Richard Jenkins, and the detective Emerson, played by David Oyelowo, believe that Barr did it and want top prosecute Barr when he awakes from his coma, because he had the tar beat out of him in prison. However, before going into a coma, Barr requests Jack Reacher and his defense attorney  Helen, played by Rosamund Pike, wants to get him off death row and thinks that Jack Reacher will be the only one that can do this.  Emerson and Rodin want to locate this guy, but don’t know how given his drifter, loner status. BUT much to their surprise, Reacher shows up annd uncovers a conspiracy involving Jai Courtney and a creepy Werner Herzog, playing a man by the name of The Zec. Reacher breaks legs, fingers, and prides of anyone he encounters and thinks that he is a good target. If you don’t hate Tom Cruise, and like him as an action star, then you’ll like this movie. Not well written, but including some great shots, this movie should be described as a guilty pleasure. Now onto the good stuff! *Spoilers*

The writing for this movie was mediocre, with some parts being pretty well written, like most of Cruise’s lines, some of the other characters didn’t seem realistic, for example, Sandy, played by Alexia Fast, addresses Reacher as “Mister” whenever she encounters him, which unless she is from the Midwest, she isn’t, she would not do.

The shots while Reacher is driving around were pretty cool, especially when he was driving around in that slick Camaro. While these scenes don’t make the movie exceptional, they do make it enjoyable.

Rosamund Pike’s performance in this movie wasn’t that great. She wanders through her scenes with this wide-eyed nervousness, that never really seems to go away. Her lines aren’t that great and I wasn’t really all that upset when she gets captured, and it seemed like Reacher wasn’t either.

Jai Courtney, who plays the actual shooter Charlie, plays a good antagonist to Reacher, always doing what he’s told to do without question. I think his performance in this film will help him be recognized while he’s in the new Die Hard movie. He depicted a cold calculating killer quite well and I liked the final fight scene between him and Reacher although I would have liked more from it.

Tom Cruise as Reacher was pretty good, although physically he wasn’t a good representation of Reacher who is around 6 feet tall and Cruise is only about 5’7”. He delivers Reacher’s lines quite well and appears to become him quite easily, but again I wish they picked a better physical representation of Reacher.

All in all, this movie was okay. I thought the script wasn’t that great but the fight scenes were fun and the script wasn’t all that great but it was still a fun movie nonetheless. Don’t drop twelve dollars on this movie, but go see it if you got a matinée deal.


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