Jack Reacher

Posted on December 23, 2012

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Jack Reacher – Those of us who know Jack Reacher, know that Tom Cruise is no Jack Reacher.  Ex-military cop Jack Reacher is 6’5”, weighs about 250 lbs., all muscle, has ice blue eyes and dirty blond hair.   He intimidates just by his size.  Men and women both appreciate him.  If you can overlook those little differences, it’s not a bad movie since it is based on Lee Child’s One Shot and all Child’s books are pretty darn good.

It looks like James Barr (Joseph Sikora) is the lone gunman who takes out five seemingly random folks for no apparent reason.  Instead of confessing, he asks for Jack Reacher to be brought in to find the truth.  Cruise saunters in delivering Reacher’s cool lines and can’t understand why a killer would pay for parking.  Rosamund Pike is Helen Rodin, Barr’s defense attorney.  There’s supposed to be a flirtation thing going on with her and Cruise (sorry, I just can’t call him Reacher).  It doesn’t really work.  The role of Cash, owner of a shooting range,  was custom-made for Robert Duvall.  Richard Jenkins is Rodin, district attorney and  Helen’s dad. Wild car chase and a shoot out give lots of action.    I didn’t care for the ending as it doesn’t feel right for Reacher.  Lee Child, himself, has a teeny part as a desk sergeant.  Can’t help but wondering how much Mr. Cruise paid Mr. Child for the movie rights.

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