Written July 29, 2014
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 December 21, 2012
I'm a big fan of the Jack Reacher novels by Lee Child. I'm currently reading the last book in the series, A Wanted Man. Although the movie was very good, I still think they should have cast someone besides Tom Cruise to play as Jack Reacher. Not only is Tom Cruise a lot smaller than Jack is in the novels, he also was a little too cocky. In the novels Jack is portrayed as very confident but in a more subtle way, not always rubbing it in your face. I also didn't like some of the changes that they made in the story such as the area where the shooting took place and the final showdown with the villain and his crew. That having been said, I still think it was a very good movie! Go see it!
Written August 28, 2014
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 July 30, 2014
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.
Written August 23, 2014
I've read all the Reacher books, and Cruise nailed it, even though his stature is less then the character in the book. Cameo by the author was cool as well. Great characters in the movie. You've got to see this movie!