Having never read a Lee Child novel I was able to walk into the cinema and watch the movie with an open mind. Don’t get me wrong, I’d read the hype and all the stories that Child had sold out as Jack Reacher is supposed to be a 6’5” man-mountain of pure muscle. The thing is, Tom Cruise has that screen presence and acting ability to be able to pull the character off. And he does.
The movie starts with the killing of 5 random victims. The crime is (a bit too easily) quickly solved and during interrogation the shooter asks for Jack Reacher. Enter Cruise/Reacher.
Reacher quickly gets involved in a case full of twists and becomes investigator/assistant to the defence lawyer, played by the beautiful Rosamund Pike, and it soon becomes obvious that there are problems that go further than one gunman.
What follows is a great, YES GREAT, movie. The action and fight scenes are well executed and filmed and there are a couple of exciting car chases. The dialogue is excellent and Reacher gives the movie a bit of comedy with some witty one liners.
There are a few plot holes and a couple of incidents where you think, “What was the point of that?” but aren’t there a lot of them in most movies and most of novels carry “filler” to bulk a story out?
All in all it was a great movie. I think fans of the novels may have a different opinion as they already know (in their own minds) what Reacher looks like and how he acts. Brain conflict may over-ride enjoyment. I’d say throw those thoughts out and watch it as an action thriller – if you can’t you’ll miss a great movie.