Thursday, July 4, 2013

Film Review: Jack Reacher (2012)

Jack Reacher (Review)
United States/2012
Netflix Streaming: No
Amazon Prime: No

A man enters a parking garage across the Allegheny River from PNC Park. He calmly pays for his parking and prepares a sniper, subsequently shooting 5 people at random. The sniper escapes successfully and the police arrive, headed by Detective Emerson.

A quick investigation leads to James Barr, a former U.S. Army sniper, who is arrested and questioned. Without answering questions, Barr mysteriously requests Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise), a former Army police officer and a current drifter - off the system and impossible to locate. Fortunately, Jack Reacher recognizes Barr on the news and finds him, following his own motives; unfortunately, Barr has been beaten into a coma by his fellow inmates. Now, Reacher and defense attorney Helen Rodin team up to find the truth.

Jack Reacher is a thrilling mystery film. The mystery elements are evident, but they are a bit predictable; you can guess the ending from the beginning, and the film spent too much time on the mystery. The action sequences are superb and versatile. There are some amazing hand-to-hand fights, an epic car chase scene, and electrifying shootouts. There is also a pinch of humor thanks to the charismatic lead character, Jack Reacher. All of this blends into a great thriller which leads up to a somewhat unexpected ending, although it is a bit long winded.

The acting is great. Tom Cruise plays Jack Reacher very well - he can be very smooth, very witty, and very serious. The rest of the cast is also great - they're not groundbreaking or spectacular, but they're more than competent. The film is shot beautifully, or maybe it's just the amazing picture quality on the Blu-ray - regardless, it looks great. The action is choreographed superbly. I also enjoyed the music - scratch that, I loved the epic music in this film as it had a vibe that worked perfectly for the titular character.

Overall, Jack Reacher is a great thriller. The story follows a predictable, long path, but it is thoroughly entertaining and ends on a high note - and it's technically superb. I highly recommend this film for action fans, a rental for those looking for something unique.

Score: 8/10
Parental Guide: Strong violence and blood.

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