“Jack Reacher” is a new action movie from veteran Tom Cruise. Love or hate Cruise, this movie delivers for those in search of a good plotline, witty writing and decent acting.
The movie starts with a sniper sending a city into panic after the random shooting of five people. This scene was the cause behind the stir of the film in the wake of the Newtown, Conn. shooting. This sets of a seemingly open-and-close case as police apprehend the man, James Barr, responsible rather quickly, or so they thought.
A note is given to police to find Jack Reacher. When Reacher arrives, the police and D.A. have no idea what to do with a veteran who lives off the map. He decides to make himself useful when realizing the suspected sniper, who was a perfect marksman, had missed in the attacks. Reacher then begins to unravel the deals made between city officials and a company seeking to control another company.
The best part of the movie is the audience’s inability to guess what may be going on and who the guilty party is. Not until halfway through the movie is there the beginnings of doubt of the city officials.
The script is smartly written in pacing and dialogue. Moments of levity are interspersed to keep this movie from getting too dark.
Tom Cruise delivers another action movie in which he swaggers around with the same poker face on, and this time there seems to be a little more strain on the typical Cruise performance. Perhaps it is the knowledge Jack Reacher is based on a six foot two inches book character that has Cruise trying a little too hard to stay in the game with the next generation of action stars.
“Jack Reacher” is rated PG-13 for violence, language and drug material and stars Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike and Richard Jenkins.