January 2, 2013
Why is mindless violence so much worse in the movie than the book?
Maybe because it goes on so long, and when you're reading, it moves along better. The now-obligatory car smashup chase was great in French Connection. Now it is inserted into every action movie even though it has nothing to do with the plot, makes no sense, and goes on and on and on and on and on and on. Ditto most of the fistfights.
Key problems: I've read many of the books, and Tom Cruise is not Jack Reacher. Reacher doesn't smirk. There's a sort of gravitas to him that Cruise hasn't captured. Also, there was a little potential for some suspense and tension that they decided to remove from the movie. In the book, you don't learn right away that the sniper / killer in custody, against whom compelling evidence has been adduced, may not be the killer until some plot development. Here, we see immediately that he's been framed. Pretty dumb.
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