Jan 1, 2013

Jack Reacher, 2012

Jack Reacher, 2012
Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Cast: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins

Jack in short: In an innocent heartland city, five are shot dead by an expert sniper. The police quickly identify and arrest the culprit, and build a slam-dunk case. But the accused man claims he's innocent and says "Get Jack Reacher." Reacher himself sees the news report and turns up in the city. The defense is immensely relieved, but Reacher has come to bury the guy. Shocked at the accused's request, Reacher sets out to confirm for himself the absolute certainty of the man's guilt, but comes up with more than he bargained for.

Stage: Local Colloseum, just before NY eve.

Preps: Seen the trailer, wanted to see it badly. Am fan of Cruise anyway. But I expected some kind of MI, or something like it, to be honest. 

Reality: A good political capitalist thriller. I have really thought this was a clone of Mission Impossible, so imagine my surprise. Not only that it can hold the thread from the beginning to the stunning end, the story is extremely good, the delivery is such that it makes you wonder what the next move is going to be like and after a while you are surprised with the ways the story makes turns.

It is impressive from multiple parts. Tom is obviously a bit older than we are used to, but still dazzling. He does not use his charming smile, which I am absolutely mad about, but you cannot blame the director for skimming this off the movie. It would not work, not in the scenes that movie is telling about. Thank you, McQuarrie, for making us see that Tom can really act and be a splendid sight for sore eyes even without the dashing smile. Without a doubt, the movie gives a few points for not making the obvious romance which could happen, really happen. I am grateful for this more than I can even point it out.
Great music and strong dialogues. The type that makes you want to make it until the end. Strong two hours of action and investigation. Very suitable for anyone that wants to see something between CSI and Poirot, something between The Net and Tom Cruise bedazzling on the scenery.  Like some kind of Terminator or Rocky. He is a trained tuff guy from war police, investigator for a cute attorney. My mind sets in a different scene, with Matthew McConnaughey and Sandra Bullock, a time to kill. Although now the lady is the attorney and not vice versa. If you liked that piece, you will love this one, storywise. The action is as exciting as in MI2.

I appreciate the crew didn't want to go live just in the time of shooting in US. It wasn't appropriate. However, until I saw the piece, I didn't realize the point. Now I am smarter and know why they didn't want to go out public. The movie is about violent shooting of innocent people which should never happen. In this piece it is the interest in money, not the victims. Unfortunately, it often is.

My personal rating: 7,5 (unusual piece, it won't let you down)

Jack Reacher on IMDB

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