the Box Office: Season 2 Ep. 44 review of “Jack Reacher”





Jack Reacher


First of all Cordell is full of shit. Jack Reacher is a great movie. Tom Cruise as a badass detective? I think I’d buy that. But can this bestselling novel translate into a blockbuster movie? Bestseller to movies, not really a new idea, but it really has gotten a resurgence in recent years. Girl with the dragon tattoo, Hunger games, Twilight, basically if you have a best seller, the movie rights for it aren’t far behind Thing is, all of the books you just mention are recent, and by that I mean within the past 5 years or so, but Jack Reacher?  Not so much. Jack Reacher is based on the book One Shot By Lee Child. It’s about a very secretive, very intelligent, very badass detective who is brought in to investigate a violent killing spree involving a military sniper. Jack Reacher is a former MP and has some certain expertise to help find out who the real culprit is. Now this was a pretty cool story, very engaging very intense, but the best thing about this movie was Tom Cruise His portrayal of Jack Reacher was like a mix of his ice-cold assassin from Collateral and Ethan hunt from mission impossible.  So it’s a great comeback from the crap that was Rock of Ages.


Now this book was written back in the 90s but it was updated for today, and yet still feels like it was made in the 90s. Let me explain.  Remember back in the mid to late 90s we would get a lot of these mystery thriller movies out, mostly starring Morgan Freeman. And they all felt kind of the same, good enough, but kind of standard movie fare. Kiss the girls, along came a spider, bone collector, all good, all pretty much the same. These days the book to movie crowd are going more young adult and sci fi, where as Jack Reacher is more the kind of novel you buy your dad for fathers day. All that said though, it still a pretty good film, the supporting cast includes Robert Duvall, Richard Jenkins, Rosamund Pike, and randomly a very chilling villain played by Director Werner Herzog. Plus, since this is a pretty straightforward cop drama we don’t have to worry about bad CG. Just some decent hand-to-hand and some pretty excellent car chases, I mean Tom Cruise in a classic Camaro outrunning the cops. Kind of like the chase with Sean Connery in the Rock.


I mean this movie isn’t going to win best picture or anything, but it’s no slouch in the thriller department. I have to give all the credit though to the movies, writer/director Christopher McQuarrie. For those of you unfamiliar with him, he wrote Usual Suspects, Valkyrie, and wrote and directed a small film called Way of the Gun. I’ve been a fan of his for a while, so seeing him come into the mainstream

Directing scene is very exciting for me, and I was stoked to see him hit this one out of the park. It’s a dark, action-packed, rough and tumble thriller with a great cast, a great story, making it just a thoroughly good time. So shut up Cordell, you don’t know how to have fun.


Until next time





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