This week The Flow Online checks out Jack Reacher played by the Box Office favorite Tom Cruise in a mystery, suspense, drama, written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie . The movie is based on a fictional character created from the Novels authored by Englishmen Jim Grant also known as Lee Child. He has 17 books where Jack Reacher is the main character.
The opening scene of the movie begins to paint a picture of randomly selected characters as they made their way along the path of a lake. Seemingly random, the scene unfolds into a cold blooded massacre for which the movie is based around. However, early in the film the suspect appears to be apprehended and knocked into a coma while in custody but not before he scribbles three words written on a scratch piece of paper. "Get Jack Reacher".
A loaner and a drifter Jack Reacher is ex military police with decorations of high merit. He roams the US and appears where injustice seems to peek his interest. The character seems to be a type of dark Super hero but in an ordinary man. No tight suit, no fancy gadgets... Just a nose for justice and a half-way decent hand to hand combat fighter. Oh Yes! In this movie Tom doesn't go gangsta with a gat but he does knock a few fools out that tried it. IN addition his character is wittingly delivered by Tom Cruise and what I noticed in this movie is the limited use of gun play and the realistic use of hand to hand close quarter fighting. Even the car chase scenes were clumsily realistic. Tom Cruise is also funny in a dry humor kind of way drawing chuckles from the audience from time to time. One of my most favorite scenes was his witty and rhetoric converstation with an unassuming yet staged bar pick-up with sexy actress Alexia Fast.
You will also see the Tom Cruise is reunited with Robert Duvall once again as their chemistry has continued to play well since Top Gun. Other noteworthy actors are David Oyelowo from Red Tails. Cruise's character is also accompanied by the attractive Rosamund Pike.
All in all the movie is entertaining. There are some slow point here and there that knock the movie down a few notches. But what I like is the intellect and insight that Cruise's character Jack Reacher possesses as well as his often last resort use of violence, at times even cautioning his enemies and advicing them to gracefully retreat allowing them to avoid the pain and shame he was capable of bestowing upon them. Cruise's character actually caused me to look at situations for more than what they are and actually try to disect acts that, at first glance appear to be random.
For these reasons we give the movie a "Wait for DVD" rating. Although we generally liked the movie there was no real need for a big screen presentation that would be lost in your living room. It may serve you better kicking back with the fellas, or girls for a movie night with a bag a Flaming Hot Cheetos and a Budlight or cozied up with your significant other with a bag of Jiffy Pop Popcorn. You might want to catch the books though. I am sure Amazon has one waiting for you.
In contrast, the movie 'The Punisher' came to mind while watching. Jack Reacher. Although Jack Reacher character seems to want to use violence as a last resort he had no problem being the judge, jury and executioner whenever he saw a huge injustice done. For these raeason we think of The Punisher. However in his case violence is the first course of action and he takes pleasure in doing it. If you looking for a double-dose of justice on your video night order up "The Punisher"
An ordinary lawman goes outside the law to carry out his own brand of justice in this dark-themed thriller. Frank Castle (Thomas Jane) is an FBI agent who deeply loves his wife and son, but is also strongly devoted to his work. Castle's investigation of a powerful crime cartel leads to a gunfight which claims the life of a young boy, whose father is underworld kingpin Howard Saint (John Travolta). Furious and eager for revenge, Saint arranges for Castle and his family to be murdered in retaliation. However, while Castle's wife and son are killed, he somehow survives, even though he's believed to have perished. Bent on stopping Saint once and for all, Castle remakes himself as The Punisher, a ruthless and heavily armed killing machine who will not rest until Saint and his crew have been wiped clean from the Earth. Based on a Marvel Comics character first introduced in 1974, The Punisher also stars Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Laura Elena Harring, Roy Scheider, and Kevin "Big Sexy" Nash. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi