Jack Reacher – The ankle-breaking review

Posted: June 3, 2013 in Reviews
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I will start by saying that I haven’t read any of Jim Grant’s books about the character the film was based on, and so I will only be reviewing  the film itself. The film begins with a massive crime and a suspect in custody who has only communicated with 3 words on a piece of paper, “Get Jack Reacher”. We are then introduced to ex-army badass Tom Cruise, who is on a one man mission to do what the police couldn’t and find out what really happened.

The film is fast-paced and exciting, but the coincidences and miracles Reacher is able to perform (whether it’s taking on 5 guys at the same time, solving mysteries an hour before the audience even knows there are mysteries to solve, and seducing a woman who is at least a foot taller than him), make the story hard to believe. Having said that, it definitely doesn’t take itself seriously which goes in the films favour.

With a new Mission Impossible on the way, and Oblivion out on DVD soon, it seems like Tom Cruise is never going to get tired of playing the one man vs the world kick-ass character, and I’m not complaining.

Explosions Everything that can blow up in this film, does blow up. Cars, people, buildings, it’s great! 10/10

Super-Powers Now being ridiculously cool isn’t technically a super-power, I’m willing to make an exception. His fighting ability, ridiculous aim with a gun and Lex Luthor-esque intellect, result in Jack Reacher being a great wannabe superhero. 7/10

Attractive People I don’t care what people say, Tom Cruise is a sexy beast! Who cares if he’s short and his body is a really weird shape, and his teeth don’t line up with the symmetry of his face, I would love to be him. The film also features Rosamund Pike, and I haven’t worked out whether or not she is good-looking, or I’ve only seen her in films with less-attractive/no women in, but I’m going to count her towards the total anyway. 6/10

Story Unfortunately the story will let this film down, as watching Tom Cruise run around and face no challenges whatsoever is a little dull, and it can be difficult to feel anything for the film. It was like watching a Superman film with no Kryptonite or aliens, there’s no threat so there’s no fun. 5/10

Overall I’d recommend watching this film but maybe only if you have a Netflix or Lovefilm account, don’t buy the DVD as you might not feel the urge to watch it again. If a Tom Cruise-heavy film is what you’re after, definitely go for Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, that film was perfect. 7/10

  1. Anonymous says:

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