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3.0 out of 5 stars Reacher-light and Action Movie-light, 12 Jun. 2013
This review is from: Jack Reacher [Blu-ray] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
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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Initial post: 2 Jul 2013 07:30:33 BDT
Dawn says:
I totally agree with the fair review I thought the same. A run of the mill action film (not that I don't love them) I wanted, expected more from this film/character.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Sep 2013 09:15:34 BDT
A. Thai says:
Couldn't agree more with the review and the comment. I thought the car chase totally ridiculous, and worse, unnecessary. There was a nice touch when it ended though. Apart from that, quite watchable.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Dec 2013 08:46:36 GMT
gixxer says:
Apart from anything else, Reacher is a self-confessed rubbish driver and doesn't do car chases.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Dec 2013 14:46:38 GMT
Mark Dyer says:
An excellent reminder, thank you; I had forgotten that.

Posted on 9 Jun 2014 19:16:13 BDT
J says:
Reacher knows how to drive and enjoys cars, as in Tripwire, Running Blind, Bad Luck and Trouble, and One Shot, although he says he's a bad driver (A Wanted Man) and does not have a drivers license, since he does not have a permanent address. And since the feature film is an adaptation of One Shot, there is no reason for the film not to showcase his ability to drive despite Reacher's personal opinions of his driving skills.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Nov 2014 23:39:36 GMT
Last edited by the author on 2 Nov 2014 23:40:37 GMT
Dave says:
I have never read the book but spot on review and buy the sounds of it if it had been a lot more like the character in the book it would have been a lot better,I found it a rather bland ride and some of the lines Cruise came out with just made me laugh out loud,totally did not suit his look and size.
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