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Jack Reacher Movie Review

Updated on May 26, 2016
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Remy Sheppard is passionate about media and once ran the website "Manly Reviews", reviewing great books and movies for men.

Let's Talk About Jack Racher!

Jack Reacher was a good movie. No matter if you're a fan of the book series or if you'd never heard of Jack Reacher until Cruise took up the role, you should be able to enjoy this movie. Jack Reacher comes in as a solid action flick for teens and men - being able to deliver on pulse pounding action, great acting, and incredible directing.

The biggest problem that most detractors of the movie seem to have is in Cruise himself. Tom Cruise is five feet and seven inches on a good day, and possibly 175 pounds when he's soaking wet. Reacher, as Lee Child describes Reacher as an imposing man at 6'5" and somewhere between 210 and 250 pounds. Reacher has blonde hair and blue eyes, and an incredibly unnatural lack of body fat.

Sure, Dolph Lundgren would have been a better fit for the role physically, he couldn't have brought the force to the role that Tom Cruise did.

Reacher's size in the books is a metaphor for an unstoppable force, which Cruise portrays in his own way. . . With another actor you might get 100% of the height but only 90% of Reacher. With Tom, you'll get 100% of Reacher with 90% of the height.

-Lee Child

In the books, Jack Reacher is an utterly unstoppable and almost inhuman man. Tom Cruise does an incredible job in pushing this character type forward in the movie. He isn't afraid to get his hands dirty, he has a commanding presence in the room, says what's on his mind and often chooses not to respond to direct inquiry: Cruise as Reacher was forceful and unstoppable.

How Does The Plot Stack Up?

Beyond the actor and on the movie: One of the most enjoyable parts of Lee Child's books are the twists. A good twist to catch you off guard, a slowly and well developing story to pull you in. The movie accomplishes these things perfectly.

When reading the Jack Reacher books you get the feeling that the more questions Reacher answers, the more questions he's faced with - this thing keeps getting bigger and bigger! In the movie you get the same feeling, that you've stepped into something much deeper than you were expecting.

The action of the movie is well paced with Reacher's other incredible asset: A Holmesian capacity for deductive reasoning and logic. Reacher asks hard questions that others are perhaps too scared to ask or too stupid to ask. He follows all clues given to him to their logical (and rather mortal) ends.

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Technical Aspects of The Movie

On the technical aspect of the movie: The direction was fantastic. The chase scene specifically was one of the best filmed scenes I've witnessed. McQuarrie always chose angles and shots that put you in the action, but let you watch the action. A lot of action movie directors like Bay and Nolan do that "shakey camera", "in the fight" filming that doesn't actually let you see anyone get hit. You don't really know what's happening until the fight is over and the good guy is standing.

Well not McQuarrie! He chose to put the camera close enough to the action at all times to make you feel like you were a part of it (pull you in the experience), but kept it distant enough that you could see and enjoy what's going on - because, let's face it, we all want to see Tom Cruise whoop somebody.

When held directly against the book, the movie does fall short - but not by much; and either way its a fun ride. If you haven't yet, go and check out Jack Reacher - Its worth the money!

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Jack Reacher was a fun, fast-paced action flick that will keep you excited and entertained no matter how many times you've seen it!


© 2016 Remy Sheppard


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