Written December 27, 2012
OK, the biggest problem I have with this movie: Tom "too short" Cruse. If you have read any of the Reacher books, which are awesome, you know the character is tall, blonde, and built. He's an ex-army cop. Tom Cruse, by contrast, is short, wimpy, and gay-ish. Whoever cast this movie failed miserably. A no-name actor would have been a far better choice for the intro to a series. I can't fathom why they would have cast him in this role, unless he bought the rights to the film, and had himself cast in it.
Bottom line, the rest of the movie doesn't matter, it just doesn't fly with Tom Cruse as the lead.
Written December 24, 2012
It seemed as though the movie was written for the immature. An audience that had a romantic sense of the hero as this rough, tough guy that likes women, but sees them as weaklings to be protected. The hand-to-hand fight scene near the end was completely silly & unnecessary. Why did they make the effort to establish Reacher's credibility as a top quality sniper if is was not going to be relevant later? Having said that, I admit that the movie was well made & well acted. I just wish that Tom Cruise was not such a nut-job Scientologist, since I like his movies, but I am conflicted when supporting the CofS in any way (like paying to see a Tom Cruise movie).
Written July 25, 2014
I dont understand any negative reviews that this movie may get. Instead of the standard 15,000 round shoot fest, this movie was smart, funny, very well acted, and just the right amount of action. I am a movie buff for sure, and most movies bore me. But my wife and I both really loved this movie. Go see it for sure.
Written January 06, 2013
As a rabid fan of the Jack Reach books by Lee Child, I was disappointed when I saw that Tom Cruise was being cast as Jack. However, once I got past the physical difference between Tom and the book's version of Jack Reacher I was totally sucked in by the story, even though I knew what the ending was from reading the book. Tom does a great job with Jack's persona and the rest of the cast was also totally in character. If you like action with some mystery and intrigue, this should be a great movie for you. Go see it.
Written September 01, 2014
Jack Reacher was fun, thrilling, with moments of subtle humor. Tom Cruise presented what we like to see from Tom Cruise. His Jack Reacher was a likeable (slightly sociopathic) hero who I rooted for throughout the movie.
Rosamund Pike also acted well. She is beautiful, and her character Helen was smart and sexy.
It was a nice pleasure to see Tom Cruise and a “the guest actor” teamed up once again. Their banter seemed genuine, as if that’s how they relate to each other in real life.
Go see it! You will have fun!