Review of Jack Reacher

Jack ReacherEvery Friday night, my teenage sons and I have a movie night where we usually watch an action movie. Jack Reacher popped up on Netflix, so we decided to give it a go.

Jack Reacher is an ex-army MP, who is an expect in crime solving, shooting and kicking ass. Pretty much your standard action hero. However, this movie has a lot less action and lot more investigation than I was expecting. It’s also very long, at two hours and ten minutes.

A sniper takes out five people at midday and all clues point to an ex-army sniper, Barr. Barr refuses to write a confession and instead asks for Jack Reacher. He is then beaten into a coma, so when Reacher arrives he can’t tell him why he asked for him.

Reacher then follows a series of clues to realise that there’s more to this random shooting than meets the eye.

The plot is very cookie-cutter, with no real surprises. As Reacher uncovers the plot, it’s hard not to be bored. The movie does have some great fight scenes and an exciting car chase, but they’re broken up by far too much plot.

Michael Raymond-James is in the movie in a minor role, so I couldn’t help thinking how well Terriers did the same thing.

Overall, it wasn’t a bad movie. Tom Cruise can elevate practically any movie, but there just wasn’t enough there to sustain it for more than two hours. I was left thinking it was only okay. With slightly better writing and a more rigorous edit, it may well have gone up a star. I give it 3/5 stars.


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