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Monday, July 8, 2013

Jack Reacher (2012) - review

Coming into this film with absolutely no knowledge of the character (it turns out that Jack Reacher is a character in a series of books) or even what the film was about, I found the film to be a pleasant surprise.  A thriller with an old school vibe to it.

When a sniper takes out several people, drifter, Jack Reacher, played by Tom Cruise, comes to town and searches for the truth behind the crime.  No, he is not a cop or a detective, he is a former military police corps officer who uses his intellect and ability to hand out some ass-whoopings to get the needed answers.

It felt familiar in many ways, nothing too new here, but that doesn't mean it is bad.  I enjoyed Cruise's performance, he is tough, smart with a good dose of wise ass.  Even knowing that he is barely over five feet tall, I believed him in the fights scenes and more importantly during scenes when he would have to intimidate just through words and body language.   Another aspect of the film that i found refreshing was the both the fights and action seemed to be rooted in reality.  Far too often we are force fed CGI extravaganzas, extended car chases or impossible fights scenes - this film steered away from that delivering believable action.

If you are looking for something completely original, look elsewhere.  If you are looking for a solid thriller that will entertain without making you try to hard, this should do.

7 out of 10

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