Excerpt: Pared down from the Reacher adventure One Shot, this is a fine procedural crime drama, really. But there are a lot of crime dramas out there, with more engaging good guys and more despicable bad guys than we meet here.
Excerpt: Jack Reacher doesn’t have a home or an identity. He shows up when he feels he is needed, sort of like a physical ghost who can leave the scene when the job is done. A military man with clearly extensive training, Reacher is sharply minded, agile, and ridiculously acute as a detective. Reacher (Tom Cruise) pops up in Pittsburgh, seeing a need to dissect a crime scene that seems too perfect after he is called on by a accused sniper.
Excerpt: “Who is Jack Reacher? Born Jack, not John. No middle name. He’s a ghost. Served in the military police. A brilliant investigator, troublemaker, too. And two years ago he disappears. You don’t find this guy unless he wants to be found.
Conclusion: While Tom Cruise's commercial value may have suffered a blow, his entertainment value remains strong in Jack Reacher . Though nothing we haven't seen before, this appealing action mystery thriller offers an enjoyable time.
Excerpt: "I mean to beat you to death and drink your blood from a boot." The Film This was always going to be a difficult review to write. As someone who's read every one of Lee Child's supremely entertaining Jack Reacher novels, and someone who's often pondered with friends and fellow fans which actor should be cast in the series' inevitable film adaptation, it's safe to say that - unlike Reacher himself - I'm coming into this with a lot of baggage.
Excerpt: When you think about it, it really is amazing the career that Tom Cruise has had and, most likely, will continue to have. Regardless of your views regarding Scientology, you’ve got to admit that the guy is, literally, the epitome of a movie star. Looking at some of Hollywood’s other legends, Cruise is right up there with the best of them: Spencer Tracy, John Wayne, Paul Newman and Jack Nicholson to name a few – Cruise holds his own with the best of them.
REVIEW: Lee Child's 'Jack Reacher' Falls Prey To The Tom Cruise Paradox
29 April 2013
Excerpt: Jack Reacher , protagonist of Lee Child's brilliant series of airport pulp, has sold nearly 40 million books. He's also blonde, ugly, 6'5” and 250 lbs, which means the difference between the Reacher that fans love and Tom Cruise , who plays him in his long-awaited film debut, is literally sizable: Ten inches and 90 lbs, to be exact, and a whole lot of handsome.
Conclusion: If you are or have ever been a fan of Tom Cruise, then I cannot think of a single reason why you would not love 'Jack Reacher.' Cruise delivers another classic performance, perhaps one of the most entertaining of his career. The screenplay is solid, actively requiring you to try solving the mystery along with the mouthy central character.