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Jack Reacher [DVD]
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The film opens up like "Basic" with one man requesting another. A man (Joseph Sikora) is accused of random shootings. The evidence is overwhelmingly against him. In Iraq he was a sniper. Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) arrives as a brash and cocky individual, a role Tom Cruise has perfected. Jack is elusive. Eventually he takes on the task as the lead investigator for the accused. His lawyer (Rosamund Pike) happens to be the daughter of the prosecutor (Richard Jenkins). As Jack investigates, things are not what they seem which draws us into the story.

Unfortunately the mystery is short lived as clues come too fast. It then resorts to an us vs. them with a car chase scene that lasted way too long for this type of crime drama. The script was otherwise well done. Acting was as we would expect from the cast. Makes for a decent rental. There could be a Jack Reacher sequel, hopefully with some complexity. This is another film shot in Pittsburgh, the Hollywood of the East.

Parental Guide: 1 F-bomb, no sex or nudity. Some spicy language and sexual references.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 11 May 2013
First off I'm not a huge Cruise fan, though I do feel he has matured as an actor over the years and is certainly more than capable of delivering the goods when required.

In this case I think the film worked well, it is good...but possibly not quite the epic it might have been.
I don't want to spoil the story line (which is well paced, and interesting) Cruise is good in his role, and puts in a solid performance. He's kept himself in decent shape too, which helps the action side a decent bit.

Rosamund Pike, easy on the eyes but more importantly she can act and does well for a supporting role. The rest of the cast also quite happy with they are good in their supporting roles, also nice to see Robert Duvall in here too.

I found the film held my attention from start to finish (a good sign) This is more a thinking film so if you want a lazy night in with a casual or no plot movie, you might be better off with a Jason Statham offering. Nice camera work, good script, decent strong acting, and a good story this delivers well on that front. Action wise some good bits (this is by no means an all guns blazing no plot film), nice driving sequence and a good conclusion with a tense shoot out at the end. If there is anything to be critical, it's that this doesn't in some ways offer much new to the genre, but then few do.

Without revealing any of the story (it's really quite good and not as it seems from the start) I think this is well worth checking out if you want a thinking mans action film. A decent 4/5 film, I did enjoy it and the people watching it with me also like it. At just over 2 hours it's a tad longer than some, but I kept me watching and eager to see the story unfold. Certainly one of the better films in recent years in the genre.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 5 November 2014
Just fancied watching a good film of gun action. Well I got this film completely wrong, it's clever!
I am so glad I purchased this film, as I need to watch it again maybe for the bits I missed the first time. Really clever story line, and more of a detective film with great twists. Lately I have got slightly bored of "Cruise" playing the same action roles but as the great actor he is he really does excel in this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 26 January 2015
I wanted to give this a 3.5 star rating but clearly Amazon doesn't understand this concept for films (it is a book company after all!).
Anyway, I haven't read the book but after watching the film I will. Some people are getting hung up about JR's height in the book (6ft 5) but frankly there are very few good actors of that height available. Get over it. The film is a slow burner, deliberately setting the scene for what is about to come in the 2nd half. Couldn't help think Rosamund Pike role was restricted due to being pregnant whilst shooting the film. In the end under used. David Oyelowo is great. TC beginning to lose his youthful looks but still delivers. Robert Duvall way past his use by date. I think this is one of those films that gets better second time round. It won't win awards but does what it says on the tin.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 17 June 2013
The man who wrote the only film in the modern era worthy of a 'classic' superlative also wrote this film. But The Usual Suspects [DVD] [1995] was directed by Bryan Singer. As well as direction Jack Reacher just falls short of Suspects on the originality score. And that memorable music. And distinctive characterisation. And Warrington's own Pete Postlethwaite

Reacher is a cracking thriller. But I can't quite manage to give it the five star badge because it does reference other films. The Conversation [DVD] [1974] and Enemy of the State (Extended Edition) [DVD] come to mind as well as scenes lifted almost straight from Suspects. The story is very good. I like the details of the small-war times in which we live. Certainly worth the quick to supermarket price it has gone to.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 June 2015
Fan of the books and could see the stories as top future films with the right casting, after reading mixed reviews I have waited to get this at £3 and thank god.. for me half the film kind of works and half just doesn't, above all the bathroom scene is unforgivable and just about ruins the film, its completely out of context.. being neither comedic nor in anyway impressive as an action scene, why didn't this get taken out during editing, the two thugs just couldn't be that stupid. the other fight scenes are ok.. The criminal mastermind looked like an old tramp who had been sleeping rough, then wandered in out of the cold looking for a cup of tea. he's not going to be much of a threat to anybody If he can't even hold a gun at the end.. seriously..! I mean how much meat is actually on your fingers anyway.. and Robert Duvall as a shooter ...right.. I wanted to like this film but it was hard work..It could have been so much more,
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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on 12 June 2013
I've read all the Reacher books (I think) and have no great objection to someone of Tom Cruise's size being cast as JR. As far as I am concerned, however, the film didn't do enough to differentiate itself from the many other 'Action movies' already made.

Not enough was made of the calm and brooding menace, and the great powers of deduction. I think that's a combination of the screenplay and direction, as well as the acting. TC can do many things but he certainly couldn't stride manfully about the police station in the early scenes and he couldn't scowl or stare down anyone, as in the scene in the bus depot. The attempt at a 'seven samurai' moment immediately before the car chase was quite poor.

And why have a car chase? That just put the film into similar territory as the Bournes, Bruce Willis and others. I think the time should have been spent developing and illustrating the character, to create something different and play to its strengths. Talking of acting; I thought TC looked quite anxious whilst driving the car - I imagine JR isn't anxious about anything.

I enjoyed the opening scenes, the telling of a story without dialogue. We saw something of the analysis and sleuthing but not really enough. I just think that in the end we had a passable but identikit action movie when there had been a good opportunity to create something better.
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on 26 July 2015
The last time I saw a Cruise movie, it was "Oblivion" in which he played Jack Harper. Jack's and John's seem to be Hollywood's eponymous names for tough action heroes (He's a John in "Minority Report). Here Mr Harper is Mr Reacher; an obscure, mysterious and seemingly untraceable individual who's part Avenger, part Equaliser and part gumshoe.

(Spoiler Alert) a sniper who has supposedly killed 5 innocents in a psychotic rampage is caught and asks specifically for our man Jack. And sure enough; he pops up like - well - a Jack in the Box...The sniper's defence lawyer asks him to investigate what on the surface resembles an open-and-shut case. However; the mystery deepens and becomes far more sinister. Indestructible Tom - I mean Jack - hands out slaps galore, engages in a frenetic and implausible car chase, and a culminating shoot-out. It's all very slick and fun - but really...it begins to look like an advertisement for Mr Cruise's magnificent ego (and physique). The character can drive like a formula-3 petrolhead, yet he doesn't himself own a car; He can fight like Bruce Lee, but you never see him working out...And he can shoot better than the accused sniper - and indeed any of the bad guys, yet he never appears to practice... I mean - come on...

Still; it's slick, well filmed in every aspect - especially at night; there's a good sound track, a capable script and the odd funny bit. Editing is fine. And the baddies are so horrid, you cheer when they get their desserts.

However; there's a showdown in a quarry, and in a teaser-trailer on another DVD (Flight), a colossal explosion bringing down a cliff of rock. This was not shown on the actual DVD I purchased. But there you go.

I like Cruise movies because they're so cocky and solidly presented. This has a 15 rating, 2:35 aspect ratio and it's in colour. Well worth a whizz at 3 quid.
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Please bear in mind that I haven't read this or any other Jack Reacher books. I read a few thrillers, but frankly don't have enough time to read as many as I'd like. So, if you read the book(s) and hated this movie because it was nothing like the book you liked, then I'm sorry, and I'm often on that side of things, but please don't condemn me here, for I enjoyed this movie for what it is.

I'm not a huge fan of Tom Cruise. My soundbite is "Always awful, occasionally perfect." Awful- "Days of Blunder", "War of the Worlds", "Cocktail"; perfect: "Top Gun", "Minority Report", "Collateral". So that's where I am on this. At least as far as this script, again not the novel, is concerned, Cruise is perfect for the cocky, self-assured Reacher character. He really is. And Robert Duvall turns up, though perhaps with too little to do for such a great man, but as ever, makes it count.

This is quite a good conspiracy thriller. It looks as if it's going to go on to what someone with the background of that great gutsy guy Swofford (of his great autobiography and the outstanding movie "Jarhead"- don't get me wrong, this guy is a hero) might have done post Iraq if he'd gone wrong. However, it rapidly goes off in a completely different direction.

You'd like to be satisfied with the heroic shoot-out, but as usual, how much risk is there when the villains are all such tragically useless shots? However, while it looks as if it's going to end unsatisfactorily, and in some ways it does, one or two things you want to happen are going to happen.

I am a bit torn, I think **** may be a tad generous, but not much.

Quite an enjoyable movie.
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About the only thing that the film’s Jack Reacher has in common with the book’s is the name. The differences between the two have been well documented and the ire felt by many of the character’s fans at the idea that Tom Cruise had the temerity to even consider the part for himself could be argued to be well-founded. The most obvious difference, of course, is clear for all to see; Cruise is 5’ 6’’ in height compared to Reacher’s 6’ 5”! But it doesn’t stop there; for example, the movie’s Reacher is clearly a skilful driver of very fast cars, whereas the books’ hero can barely drive an old banger in a straight line!

The list could go on and on but what’s the point? This film is a different beast to the book which spawned it and for those who have never read any of the books the arguments one way or the other are totally irrelevant. As an action movie in its own right it’s okay and improves immeasurably in the last 45 minutes or so when a truly great actor enters the scene. Robert Duvall has produced some remarkable performances over the years and though, obviously not now in his prime, still manages to steal the show from Cruise’s slightly past it action man. Indeed, it could also be argued that he rescues it from absolute mediocrity.

Okay, Cruise has proved he can do action man/tough guy – but Collateral was made eight years earlier when he was still quite sprightly and barely into his forties: at fifty he only just about convinces in comparison to a real screen ‘tough guy’; say, someone like Clint Eastwood who made ‘Pale Rider’ in his mid-fifties and still looked every inch the part. The scene in which Reacher is standing around sporting his bare torso thus making Rosamund Pike’s character almost swoon by so doing is particularly cringe-inducing. You could say it’s a case of a man’s Reach[er] clearly exceeding his grasp!

Nevertheless, if you can turn off your brain in order to ignore the occasional silliness, clichés, and clunky plotting it makes for a reasonably satisfying couple of hours if you’ve got nothing better to do!

You could, of course, if you haven’t done so already – try the book!
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