Movie Review: Jack Reacher

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Rated: P13
Genre: Action crime thriller
Running Time: 130 minutes
Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Cast: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, Werner Herzog, David Oyelowo and Robert Duvall

Synopsis: “A homicide investigator digs deeper into a case involving a trained military sniper who shot five random victims. Based on a book in Lee Child’s crime series” (UIP).

Verdict: If this adaptation actually follows very closely to the book (One Shot by Lee Child), chances are that the fans who liked it haven’t seen enough of the same genre on TV. Jack Reacher is a very cliched and corny detective action flick that brings absolutely nothing new to the table. Tom Cruise’s titular role is such a know-it-all poser, it could’ve been played by any charming fellow with a swag. He manages to draw much sexual tension with the beautiful Rosamund Pike on screen, but there’s no romance developed in the story at all. I’d be very surprised if Jack Reacher stays at above 50% on Rotten Tomatoes. However, I didn’t completely dislike it due to the compelling homicide case that the plot follows to solve without disallowing time and clues for viewers to crack it on their own.

Second opinion: “Was expecting more action but still fun to watch; Tom Cruise‘s still so handsome” (Iris Loong).

Malaysian censorship: I don’t think anything was cut.

Rating: 2 / 5

The “cool scene” makes no sense: As we can already see on the trailer where Jack Reacher walks out of his moving vehicle and blends into the group of people at the side of the road to hide from the cops that are going after him. One of them even lends him a cap to wear for further disguise. Now why the heck would random strangers on the street help out a possible criminal from being caught for no reason? It’s disturbing.

Emerson is a flawed character: Emerson’s (David Oyelowo) a cop and is the villain’s spy, whom the superhero protagonist of the film should’ve suspected from the very beginning for digging up the coin from the parking machine at the case’s crime scene (’cause no investigator would’ve thought of checking on that). But then again how did Emerson know that the sniper paid the parking machine in the first place? Instead of warning his ally lawyer Helen (Rosamund Pike) about Emerson, Jack rather keep it to himself and risk her life. Then after Helen’s kidnapped by Emerson, she asks Emerson why he’s helping out the bad guys and his response is simply “you will see soon”. Nope, the viewers only get see Jack beating all the villains practically by himself and easily killing the main villain without understanding why Emerson was helping the bad guys out.

Least favourite scene: It involves Emerson too. It’s the scene near to the end where he gets killed by Jack with a single shot that’s so impossible that even a Call of Duty player would not have succeeded in the game without a couple of attempts. That’s why Jack’s the superhero protagonist, I guess.

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Thanks to Nuffnang again for the local premiere invites.

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  1. HenRy LeE

    It's lesser action this time, slower pace but at least we gets to watch Tom Cruise talk more this time. A movie that suits his age I think, just like Taken. Yeah they did not explain why emerson helps Zec. Was waiting for that part… sigh….

  2. benjamin vai

    They didnt explain why was this villain so scary oso, everyone is just scared of him for no reason.

    The plot was too easy for me, saw it in an anime once, similar plot forgot the anime title though.

  3. Nana Eddy

    lol at Merryn's reply.
    This movie actually didn't cross my line of attention at all. lol.
    Now that it does, let's see if I can coerce anyone to go and watch it with me…

  4. Jeff Lee

    Jack Reacher is more like a CSI dude, except that he's not adverse to using violence to get what he wants. He wants to get to the bottom of the case, and he can beat up everyone who gets in his way. Even the pretty blonde is just a damsel in distress.

  5. Shayari

    A very entertaining movie. Even though the location is a bit drubby,they should have used Miami. Tom's acting is very good,very to-the-point,no hanky panky with the defence lawyer and his human-handling is fast and precise. Can't wait for the second one.

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