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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Sean Kelly

My Thoughts on Jack Reacher

Jack Reacher“I Mean to Beat You to Death and Drink Your Blood From a Boot.”

Jack Reacher is an adaptation of the book One Shot by Lee Child and stars Tom Cruise in the title role.  Since there are over a dozen Jack Reacher novels in publication, it can be assumed that this film is aiming to be the first film of a possible new franchise for Cruise.

Jack Reacher is an ex-military cop, who is now a drifter/freelance investigator.  He is called on by a defense attorney (Rosamund Pike) to investigate a mass shooting, the suspect of which Reacher was previously acquainted with.  Through the course of his investigations, Reacher comes to realize that the shooting may be part of a larger conspiracy.

The plot of the film is pretty much a “by-the-book” thriller and I was able to guess many of the twists before they happened.  However, I still have to say that I found the film to be enjoyable.  Despite any issues one may have about Tom Cruise’s personal life, I still find him to be an enjoyable screen presence.  He even gets to throw off a few one-liners, one of the more memorable of which I had to quote above.  There is also a scene stealing performance by none other than Werner Herzog as the film’s main antagonist, known only as The Zec.  Sadly, Herzog is only in about 3-4 scenes, with the bulk of the villain work being performed by The Zec’s main henchman (played by Jai Courtney).

Overall, I have to say that Jack Reacher was pretty decent action/thriller and I wouldn’t mind it if it was indeed turned into a new franchise for Cruise.

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Sean Kelly

About Sean Kelly -

Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described ├╝ber-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).