After former military officer James Barr played by Joseph Sikora (Safe, Trust, Shutter Island) is accused of murdering 5 innocent civilians in cold blood he asks for Jack Reacher played by Tom Cruise (Rock of Ages, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Knight and Day), an ex-military policeman and a ghost who’s been off the radar, to look into it because there may be more to the case than initially suspected. Jack Reacher uses all his military training with the help of James Barr’s attorney to get to the bottom of the case and find out what really happened.
The plot in Jack Reacher initially follows the titular protagonist trying to find out what the truth of the shooting is and with the help of Helen played by Rosamund Pike (Wrath of the Titans, Devil You Know, Johnny English Reborn), James’ lawyer, clearing James Barr of the murders to find out the true killer. While on the case for the real killer, it seems that the murders weren’t just a simple frame job but something more sinister was being planned.
Jack Reacher is a brilliant film and, to be honest, the trailers don’t quite do it justice portraying it as a pure action film. This movie is very story-driven and even though there aren’t massive M. Night Shamalyan plot twists the story is greatly intriguing and had my full attention in anticipation of what could happen. The acting was brilliant AAA quality with Tom Cruise really throwing himself into the role of Reacher and selling a believable protagonist worth rooting for. The supporting cast of Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins (The Company You Keep, Killing Them Softly, The Rum Diary) as Rodin, David Oyelowo (Lincoln, The Paperboy, Red Tails) as Emerson, Werner Herzog (Metalocalypse, The Grand, Mister Lonely) as The Zec and Jai Courtney (Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Stone Bros.) as Charlie also solidified the experience and made it an immersive movie worth watching.
Jack Reacher really impressed me with it’s whole presentation of how it was put together. There wasn’t an abundance of action scenes but each of them seemed grounded to reality rather than being an over the top explosion-fest which gave them more weight and drew you deeper into the character of Jack Reacher with how brutal he is at times. The only downside I found was the lack of atmospheric music during most of the action scenes. Without spoiling anything I’ll say that there is a showdown later on in the movie with no music and it’s better for it but it lost its impact a little because other action scenes in it lacked an audio accompaniment.
The superb performances, gripping story and realistic action scenes make Jack Reacher a brilliant movie all round. Fans of narrative driven films are going to love Jack Reachers progressive story and action packed scenes that’ll keep you wanting more. It’s one of the best paced story-driven action films of 2012 and a must see in my opinion.
In Theaters: US 21st December 2012/UK 26th December 2012
Runtime: 2 hours 10 minutes
Rating: PG-13 (violence, language and some drug material)
Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Cast: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Robert Duvall and Richard Jenkins
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Distributor: Paramount Pictures
Official Site: http://www.jackreachermovie.com
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