Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Movie Review: Jack Reacher

Movie: Jack Reacher (2012)
Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Writer: Christopher McQuarrie
Cast: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, David Oyelowo, Werner Herzog, & Robert Duvall.
One-Line Plot Synopsis: Jack Reacher (Cruise) is a former military detective who looks into the case of an ex-military sniper who shot five seemingly random people.

I have no interest in the character of Jack Reacher becoming the star of a movie series.  None.  I don’t dislike him all that much but I don’t think that he is a character that is interesting enough to merit his own trilogy, which seems to be all the rage these days.  His character is supposed to be an elite detective but what sets him apart from any lead on the homicide or detective shows on television.  He doesn’t have any distinguishable personality traits that make him into an interesting character that would make me be interested in seeing him in the future.  If Tom Cruise is going to be in the star of a movie series, he should stay the course with Mission Impossible.  Unfortunately, it looks like Jeremy Renner is going to be the star of those movies going forward, thus cementing him as the super-movie-series-hero with the Mission Impossible series, The Bourne series, and The Avengers series.
The story was fine and I’ve heard that the book is actually really good (Stephen King is a huge fan which is evidence enough for me) but it doesn’t seem to completely translate into either an exciting or compelling story on the big screen.  It seems to fall into the ‘popcorn fare’ category that is becoming more commonplace for Cruise these days (Oblivion, Knight & Day, etc.).  
The one highlight of the movie comes in the form of Robert Duvall’s rather limited time on the screen.  He is able to elevate the back-and-forth scenes between him and Cruise and those are the times where you can see his veteran acting chops and what he can do with some material that has an otherwise rough time jumping off the page.  He gives the movie some much needed levity, even in the action scenes that he thrust into.  It's still not enough for me to highly recommend the movie, but if you want to fold some laundry while this is playing in the background, you should be just fine.
Rating: 6.5/10
Side Notes:
  • What kind of name is Rosamund?  She seems not as attractive as she might with another name…even if you just shorten it to Rosa.
  • There is something about David Oyelowo that makes me assume the characters he is playing in movies are always up to something.  Not in a ‘he is so good at playing two-faced’ but in a ‘he seems to basically be transparent’ way.