Tom Cruise is indeed Jack Reacher and I have to admit that he is pretty cool. Yes, it may be a bit predictable and it does not reinvent the genre–but, it does deliver big time in the fun factor and the entertainment value! I appreciated the realistic approach to the action and can not deny Cruise his star quality–he sells it and you end up buying it. 🙂
First of all, let me say that I have not read any of Lee Child‘s novels, so I did not go in with an image of the character that many of his fans did. What I understand is that JR is a huge, beast of a man–“Reacher is 6’5″ tall (1.96 m) with a 50-inch chest, and weighing between 220 and 250 pounds (100–115 kg). He has ice-blue eyes and dirty blond hair.” And obviously, Cruise does NOT fit that description.
In his defense, I think he carried the attitude and displayed the ability to be that character without the size and ice-blue eyes. He is BIG in spirit. Plus, let us not forget that size does not equal prowess–Bruce Lee, anyone? So, bottom line is that I bought it. It was filmed in a believable fashion and unless you are set on Reacher’s physical appearance, it should not be an issue.
Credit must also be given to writer/director Christopher McQuarrie, who has been impressive with his screenplays–(The Usual Suspects quite possibly being his masterpiece)–and after this, is now in talks to direct Cruise in the next Mission Impossible film. Well, he makes smart choices here. By taking his time with the action he allows it to become tense and palpable. McQuarrie also plays it smart with the narrative. Yes, you’re able to pick up the hints and clues–but that in itself is part of the fun. He allows Reacher to be impressive and yet also reminds you to wink and smile too.
Add a strong supporting cast–the lovely Rosamund Pike, the ever-awesome Richard Jenkins, the interesting David Oyelowo, and the creepy Werner Herzog— and a wonderful cameo (that I don’t want to spoil) and you end up enjoying your time in Jack Reacher’s company.
So much so, that I am actually wishing for a sequel–crazy–right?! 😀 Indeed.