Written December 27, 2012
Lee Child has written a series of books with the rich, layered character of Jack Reacher. Cruise and director McQuarrie bring it all tumbling down in one film.
Cardboard characters, horrible writing, uber-violence and "speak slowly because the audience might be too stupid to connect the dots" acting.
Despite Tiny Tom's limited acting abilities, I was really hoping that this movie would work. But it takes more than explosions and car chases to make an enjoyable film.
Written December 24, 2012
If you enjoy a good mystery/detective movie with just the right amounts of action, humor, and drama, Jack Reacher is a must see movie for you. The pace was perfect, and the movie keeps you in your seat. A great lead character (Jack Reacher is awesome), with great character development and plots. Being a fan of the books, I was a little skeptical with the casting of Tom Cruise as the lead, but Cruise did not disappoint. He played the role very well and sort of made it his own. Cruise's one-liners are scripted and delivered well.
Very entertaining movie, and one of the more entertaining ones I've seen this year. Everyone I watched it with (men and women from the ages of 26 to 60) thoroughly enjoyed the movie.
Written July 24, 2014
Very well-done, faithfully-presented adaptation of Lee Child's gripping book. Inventive, gripping, and well-made. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie.
For the record, on principle I still profoundly regret the casting of Tom Cruise in the lead role as Jack Reacher (solely because I'm an avid follower if the series and over a decade+ Lee Child has inextricably painted a very specific body type--massive physical stature--into the minds of readers). That said, Cruise clearly demonstrates his commanding screen presence, and taking the role by itself, I was convinced and entertained.
Definitely worth seeing--in the theater. Pre-movie suggestion for Lee Child Reacher fans: Forget about the character from the books.
Written December 25, 2012
I love to look at Tom Cruise...but even his looks were not enough to make me sit through the whole movie. Script was sad.
I love action movies...but this was a waste of time.
Written July 24, 2014
After the incident in Sandy Hook, we were a bit uneasy about going to see this movie but a few minutes in the story/movie, we were trying to figure out the clues.