The movie Jack Reacher, starring Tom Cruise, was initially marketed as a Jason Statham-style action film, but it is actually a murder investigation movie with more substance than advertised.
Cruise plays the role of Jack Reacher, a military MP with a keen eye for investigation. While the movie is a mixed bag, with some viewers finding it awesome and others not so much, Cruise’s performance as Reacher is commendable.
The first trailer showcases a scene where the protagonist fights off some punks in a bar, while the second trailer features a thrilling car chase sequence through the city.
Although these scenes were impressive, the rest of the movie revolves around the main character investigating a murder case involving the DC sniper, which I found to be lackluster in execution.
Despite the movie’s attempt at comedic timing, some scenes fell flat and lacked the punch they were aiming for. One particular scene involving two guys swinging weapons at Tom Cruise felt like it needed the Benny Hill song and some fast-forwarding to make it more entertaining.
Upon analyzing the comedic moments in the movie, I have come to realize that there is a hidden cartoon element within it. At certain points, it feels like the movie revolves solely around Tom Cruise, almost like a Tom Cruise show.
This made me question whether I would have any interest in the movie if Tom Cruise wasn’t the main character. The answer is no, as I couldn’t envision someone like Arnie Hammer playing Jack Reacher and still being invested in the film.
It would probably just end up premiering on Netflix and fading into obscurity. So, overall, I have mixed feelings about this movie. This film effortlessly sails through the plot, earning it the title “Tom Cruise in Cruise Control.”.
It’s the ultimate Tom Cruise movie, excluding Top Gun, of course.Ellis meets Tom Cruise’s Jack Reacher in the new film directed and written by Christopher McQuarrie.
Starring alongside Cruise are Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, and other talented individuals. This adaptation of Lee Child’s novel “One Shot” follows the ex-military police officer, Jack Reacher, as he investigates a crime involving a sniper who killed innocent people.
Despite the controversy surrounding Cruise’s casting, the film offers more than just action, delivering a suspenseful and engrossing mystery that keeps the audience captivated from start to finish.
Viewers who expect a certain type of action movie may be surprised by the disturbing and intense nature of this film. The opening scene, in particular, is breathtaking and gripping, showcasing the impressive direction.
The talent behind the camera is evident throughout, which explains why the director, Christopher McQuarrie, was immediately signed for another project. As for the character of Jack Reacher, Tom Cruise does a commendable job, capturing the essence of the character as portrayed in the books.
This positive assessment is not biased by personal fandom, as evidenced by the willingness to criticize other Tom Cruise films. I switched off the movie with Robert Redford after only 20 minutes because it was so bad.
However, I must say that Tom Cruise’s performance in this movie was excellent. He portrayed a stoic, cold, and quiet character, unlike the typical good-guy image he usually portrays.
In fact, if his character doesn’t like you, he will kill you. There is a scene in the movie where he delivers a line that gave me goosebumps. The movie also features great performances from Robert Duvall, Richard Jenkins, and Rosamund Pike.
The film is an engrossing mystery, suspense, detective, and crime thriller with well-done dialogue and intense characters. Although it is very suspenseful, the low, deep score adds to the feeling of the movie.
The film is full of impressive action sequences, including a car chase that is possibly the best of the year. Tom Cruise’s involvement in the stunts adds to the excitement and suspense of the scenes, as you can see that it’s really him behind the wheel.
This level of dedication to the audience is impressive and shows that Cruise is at the top of his game as an actor. The film is well-directed, well-acted, and has a creepy villain that adds to the overall mystery and suspense.
The fifth installment of the Die Hard series introduces John McClane’s son, which piqued my interest. Surprisingly, the film also incorporates a great sense of humor, which caught me off guard in a positive way.
However, there is a major issue with the movie that affects my overall rating. The ending, which I won’t spoil, left some plot points unresolved and lacking in explanation, similar to the criticism received by Prometheus.
Although I may have missed something due to the film’s careful craftsmanship, it seems there is potential for sequels based on the extensive book series. Despite this flaw, I was thoroughly impressed with the film’s visuals, tone, and acting.
And impressive stunt work, particularly in the car chase and fight scenes. Jack Reacher is an enjoyable and entertaining film, although it can be disturbing at times.