Willie Waffle is the movie critic for people who hate movie critics.

Jack Reacher - Tom Cruise Refuses To Stop - Review


jackreacherposter.jpgTom Cruise stars as Jack Reacher - a former superstar MP from the army who has dropped off the grid (maybe he thought the Mayans were right and the world is coming to an end).  When a former military sniper, James Barr (Joseph Sikora), goes on a shooting spree leaving 5 dead and with all evidence pointing at him, the man doesn't make a plea deal or confess.  He asks for Jack Reacher.

It turns out Reacher knows Barr, and he's not all that excited to help defend the dude.  However, as he starts to examine the evidence at the behest of Barr's defense attorney, Helen Rodin (Rosamund Pike), Reacher starts to realize all is not as it seems.

Did Barr commit the heinous crime?

What was the purpose?

Jack Reacher starts off as a taught criminal procedural with plenty of attitude, but loses some of that mojo as it gets sillier and more over-the-top as the film moves towards its conclusion.

Reacher is a great character.  Much like Sherlock Holmes or Columbo, the audience is amazed at how his mind works.  The investigator sees what we don't, questions motives that seem pure and uncomplicates the most convoluted of conspiracies.  And, say what you want about Tom Cruise, but this character seems perfectly created to take advantage of his trademark intensity.  

However, the great character is stuck with a story spiraling out of control.  Writer/director Christopher McQuarrie (based on the novel by Lee Child) forces some of the supposedly more mysterious and dangerous portions of this conspiracy by trying too hard to be mysterious and not trying hard enough to make it more interesting.  Some of the dialogue is funny on purpose, but other portions of dialogue, especially when recited by the melodramatic, outlandish Werner Herzog (best known for providing melodramatic, outlandish narration in his own documentaries) is ridiculous and cartoonish.  You can say the same for all of the bad guys, who just don't seem smart enough to pull off such an intricate plot.

The extremes harm Jack Reacher, but the action and general idea keep you hooked.


2 Waffles (Out of 4)

Jack Reacher is rated PG-13 for violence, language and some drug material