Sunday, September 15, 2013

Jack Reacher (2012)

Director: Christopher McQuarrie
Writers:  Christopher McQuarrie, Lee Child (Novel)
Cast:      Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Werner Herzog, Richard Jenkins

A trained military sniper kills five random people in a city, leaving plenty of evidence, and asks for Jack Reacher when he is made to confess.

Film is based on 'One Shot' of the Jack Reacher series by the British Author Jim Grant who writes under the pen name of Lee Child. In the novel the character Jack Reacher is a ghostly brooding character whose only physical description ever given is that he is very tall, which Tom Cruise is not. This annoyed the fans of the novel series as soon as casting of Tom Cruise got out and plenty of criticism the film received have been because of that. They might not have captured the sensibilities of the book fully but it is a good action thriller. Some of the actions by the protagonist is bit out of sync with the way he is portrayed on the screen but would have made sense if they didn't dilute the portrayal by going for a PG-13 rating ,which sadly  is a must for big budgeted studio films. Werner Herzog who plays the villain steals the show in the very few scenes he is in. 

The film made around 220 million on a budget of 60 million which is quite decent but very less compared to the blockbustery stuff that Tom Cruise usually turns up in. If they are gonna make a franchise out of it, I hope they make it even more darker and not fucking PG-13.

Rating: 3.5/5