#531/#82 Jack Reacher
When a sniper apparently kills five random people on a whim, former Army MP and current drifter Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) reappears to make good on a promise he once made only to get wrapped up in a much bigger conspiracy.
UUUUGGHHHHH. I tried, I really did, but I cannot take Cruise seriously in this film. No matter how many times the film and the poster try to say he is, Tom Cruise is not, and never will be, Jack Reacher. There was maybe one point in the entire film where it felt like Cruise was in any way like the character described in the books but other than that he was just generic action guy. No different to any grade B Seagal movie from the 90’s.
I really don’t get who this movie was for. The people who know and have read the books were never going to accept Cruise as the 6’5”, built like a brick shit house, highly internalised Reacher and those who don’t know the books get a really generic to boring action movie. There is no appeal here.
I honestly can’t think of another point to make about this picture. I mean the Reacher books are fairly flat pieces of writing, with rather cliché storylines and over the top villains, but the central character of Reacher makes them interesting by showing his thought process as he works through a problem or the logistics of how he’s going to beat up a group of people. Without getting either of these elements, or the physicality of the role correct, then it was never going to hold up as a movie. A Guy Richie style Sherlock Holmes slow-motion fight with voice over to explain how, why and what he was going to do to them in real time could have worked well here but as it is, it’s just Cruise punching a bunch of much bigger men in a choreographed fight scene. Same old, same old.
By not getting an appropriate actor initially it really did mess up the flow of the whole thing. The action was fine, the music fine, the cinematography, secondary actors, basic plot; all fine however, there was nothing interesting about them or the movie. Lacking the book series’ central hook there was just nothing to make this movie better than generic action thriller. Doesn’t make it terrible; it just makes it boring. Waste of a good character. 1/5