December 26, 2012
Good, but Tom Cruise was mis-cast.
I was unaware of the Jack Reacher character until the movie trailers came out, so first read the book it was based on, "One Shot". The book was suspenseful and the story more complex as it progressed. The movie was just "good", though the plot was simplified and changed somewhat. Tom Cruise did an excellent job but ultimately he is entirely different physically than the book character. In the book Jack Reacher is 6'5" and 250 lbs. His size is an integral part of who he is. For example, in one scene a character is killed by the bad guys by one punch to the head in an effort to frame Jack. This was done because normally this would require a very large man to do this, so the whole reason was wasted using Tom Cruise at 5'8". Perhaps Liam Neeson, who is 6'4"wasn't available because he would have been the logical and perfect fit. Also one scene in the movie was completely ridiculous and done for a few laughs, but was so slapstick it cheapened the movie a tad. I give is 6.5.
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