Cast: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, David Oyolewo, Werner Herzog, Robert Duvall
Director: Christopher McQuarrie
The movie starts when In downtown Pittsburgh, a sniper kills five people, seemingly randomly. A series of clues leads the police easily to the criminal, named Barr, believed to be behind this attack. When questioned, the suspect writes only one thing to the police: “Get Jack Reacher”. Ex-military cop Reacher sees the case and joins the attorney, played by Rosamund Pike, who’s defending Barr. But as Reacher begins to investigate further, a wider conspiracy is revealed.
This film clearly isn’t going to satisfy the vocal masses who are unhappy with the casting of Cruise as the titular hero. I’ve not read the books, but I am aware of the fact that Reacher is supposed to be 6 foot 5in, brawny and with blonde hair. And Cruise is clearly not all that but has been approved by the writer.
Reacher is an interesting character on screen and verges on anti-hero as the action plays out. He is a traditional drifter and loner type, a guy who you want on your side for vengeance but wouldn’t want to cross at other times.
Barr describes Reacher as a man “who doesn’t care about proof, doesn’t care about the law – he only cares about the truth” (the kind of writing which works well on the page, but doesn’t cut it on the big screen).The plot is a little muddled in terms of the motivation of those involved – for instance, I wasn’t quite 100% sure what the wider conspiracy was all about.
Overall the movie is a onetime see and if you are a tom cruise fan you will surely enjoy it.