A typical investigation thriller that brings back the cool shade in Tom Cruise through the title protagonist is what Jack Reacher for me. The way they have captured a few sequences in terms of scripting is an interesting one, but the ultimate outcome is an average product.
The plot revolves around a shooting incident that happens in the middle of the city. 5 people are shot dead and the accused when asked for confession demands the presence of an ex military cop Jack Reacher. Reacher who knows the past of the accused joins the investigation along with the district attorney’s daughter and finds out some facts that were kind of out of scope of the crime. The cool and thrilling ride of Reacher’s investigation along with a pinch of suspense thrill is basically the plot of Jack Reacher.
As I mentioned earlier, the cool shade of Tom Cruise and the interesting incident that controls the story are the highlights of this thriller. But the lack of freshness in the treatment especially in handling the mysterious or rather thrilling portions of the movie makes it really predictable. The finishing of the movie also has very less charm because of its familiar structuring. There isn’t much clarity in the script and that makes the movie a difficult one to digest.
On screen, Mr Cruise gets back to his cool shade in this home production. His dialogs without hiccups were really cool to see. Rosamund Pike was satisfying as Helen. The rest of the characters were only important in the script and had very less to perform on screen.
In the making, Christopher McQuarrie started of the movie in a fresh way with gentle speed yet engaging indeed. But as it progressed there was quite a lot of lag in the narration and the movie was really crawling towards the middle portion. Towards the end, the necessary pace was there but the thrill was missing. Cinematography was impressive and I loved the dynamic movement of the cam towards the character in those car chases.
On the whole, director Christopher McQuarrie’s Jack Reacher is an average thriller. It needed something fresh in it. I am giving this one a 2.5/5. It’s cool, but it’s not that thrilling.
Green: Recommended Film
Orange: Okay, Watchable, Experimental Films
Red: Not Recommended