- 2 hr 10 min
Based on the novels by Lee Child, Jack Reacher is nothing so much as an American take on James Bond. No matter where he goes and no matter what he does, Reacher has to put his muscle and his marksmanship skills to the test, saving the innocent and punishing the guilty with a sense of frontier justice that ensures the wronged and hurt can move on with their lives. As an adaptation of the novels, Jack Reacher looks like it has the feel while ignoring certain details of the books. For instance, Tom Cruise as the choice of Reacher draws on a long life of acting experience and skill as an action star. However, Reacher is intimidating both for his skills, and for the fact that he's well over six feet tall. No camera tricks are used to give an impression of greater size, which leaves Cruise to carry the performance on force of personality and quality of choreography. While not bad, it's one of several glaring changes made to the series in its translation to the screen. The plot of the film however is pure Lee Child, even while some of the elements might feel off to long running readers. When 5 people are killed with 6 shots, and the suspect in question puts out a call to help for Jack Reacher, the lone wolf shows up on the scene and starts looking for the deadly sniper who's truly responsible for these killings. Using his brains and his fists, as well as his peerless expertise as a long range shot, Reacher has to fight his way to the truth of what really happened and clear an innocent man of any accusations. A solid action movie, if nothing else.