But not to worry. A short time into JACK REACHER the movie, you’ll buy into Cruise’s interpretation of the complicated character.
How to describe Reacher?
Well, he’s a loner of sorts who doesn’t care much for laws. He only cares for what’s right.
And when a sniper takes out five random victims in Pittsburgh, PA all evidence points to former Army sniper James Barr.
Fast forward through tough fights and hot muscle cars and Cruise kicks ass and takes no prisoners. Some of it almost in cartoonish fashion. It works well enough that the tinsel town skinny predicts this first Jack Reacher film could evolve into a movie franchise for Cruise.
Producers of the film have wisely surrounded Cruise with a quality supporting cast including Richard Jenkins, Werner Herzog and Robert Duvall among others.
So who exactly is Jack Reacher?
Tough to define. Cruise himself describes him as “an analog character in a digital age.”
And with a total running time of 2 hours and 10 minutes, it sure didn’t seem like it.
I only wish I could say the same for other long movies.
JACK REACHER: The law has limits. He does not. That’s why I’m raising 3 out of 5 precision fingers.
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