Written May 29, 2017
Read the book and series and really enjoyed it. While they followed the story well, Reacher's power and strength comes from his understanding of his very large size and how to control and use it effectively. Having the shortest guy in the movie try to convince you that he is that tough by looking at him (and why need 5 guys to go after him if he is so short in stature? - not believable). Can't believe one punch from him could knock someone out in the same way as one bad guy twice his size, and have the audience believe it, insults our intelligence.
Let's not wreck the book or Jack Reacher's reputation and find a real actor that actually reflects the character. Why Childs ever allowed this change in character or role selection, if he had anything to say about it, is a mystery. There had to be a better choice of actors who would better reflect the real Jack Reacher.
Written October 28, 2016
Great Story Line! The CASTING WAS PERFECT! I Love this movie! Tom always gives PERFECT performances in his military/ex military roles!!! I lovem seeing your "daddy eyes" when talking to "Sandy"!!. All Actors in this Movie played their roles perfectly!!!!
Written September 28, 2016
Was not disappointed because I knew nothing about the character from the books and therefore had no preconceived notions on its staying true to the book. However, it was very entertaining and Cruise is always enjoyable. good plot twists and action. Not a 'must see" but if you want an entertaining distraction this could be it.
Written May 26, 2016
The first 45 minutes of Jack Reacher are really awkward. There's a healthy helping of bad cheese and leaps of faith to put together plot devices. Later, the movie switches from mostly dimwitted and corny to very clever.
The action is great and the violence squeezes every inch of its PG-13 rating.
Jack Reacher is playful all along. I was impressed by the one liners and wit of the namesake character. The majority of his quips are fresh and don't come off as cliche´. Tom Cruise then nails the delivery.
The score is out of place in this movie. The movie is playful, yet the score is very serious. The score seems in direct contrast to the movie in a way that comes off as comical.
Jack Reacher is equal parts fun/smart and predictable/cheesy. It's a good watch that I'd give a B-. I don't know if there was enough there to get me to read the books though.
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Written April 25, 2017
It isn't exactly the real Jack Reacher with a 5'8" actor portraying him, and some of his philosophizing was off key, but it's a high quality production with a good cast and script. As usual, the book is better than the movie but it's good enough that we're sure to see future editions.
You're not going to recognize Lee Child in his cameo role based on his photo in the books. He has aged considerably from when the picture was taken, but it still was a nice touch to have him in it.
No Reacher fan should pass this up.