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Old 12-21-12, 08:28 AM
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Re: Jack Reacher (McQuarrie, 2012) The Reviews Thread

I liked it a lot. I've read the books and while Tom Cruise isn't a physical match for Jack Reacher, I like what he did with the role and you could tell that him and McQuarrie were having a good time. The dialogue was mostly sharp, the direction was strong and even though the Child source material does rely a bit heavy on cliche, it still worked really well. It's not a slam bang action flick, but for a good pot boiling thriller, it delivers. 4/5
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Re: Jack Reacher (McQuarrie, 2012) The Reviews Thread

Might see this either today or tomorrow.
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Saw it yesterday. I was right. This really feels like a movie that would have well suited for the 70s. Kind of a no nonsense, a bit of cliche there too, but getting to the point type of flick.

I really liked it. The tone. The dialogue was pretty sharp. A few of my criticisms for it are with the motivations for the head guy. That was actually...well...it didn't seem all that worth everything that happened.

Also...Robert Duvall is in this. The man is so much fun in this film. He KIND OF gets to have too much fun but the character sells it well.

I'd welcome another Reacher film. Cruise was pretty damn cool. I liked him a lot in this.

Pike's character wasn't bad per se but she didn't really sell it to how the character plays it. It was a performance that was a bit off...or generic.

That chase was pretty damn good. It also made me admire Cruise a lot more seeing him do some of that stuff in the car as well. I love the man's work ethic to movies and how he has to show the audience that it is him as much as possible.

I'd probably give it a Solid B. Could have been better if they fixed the plot a bit more but it was enjoyable.

One thing that I enjoyed to see was a violent act against a woman. Mainstream movies have tended to be safe and women don't get hurt that much, or in bothersome manners. Cuz then it's looked down upon. But the way one woman went out here was rather unique and I could see that actually happening. Took me off guard a bit because I didn't expect it to happen that way but it was refreshing to see a movie not afraid to show that women also get fucked up bad, in mainstream films.

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Re: Jack Reacher (McQuarrie, 2012) The Reviews Thread

Never read a Reacher book so I don't come with that baggage. I thought it was solid but it was kind of funny how Pike had this deer-in-the-headlights kind of look the whole movie. I wouldn't avoid movies she's in but it would make me look forward to them less. I was entertained. Thought it was funny how Reacher says "Mission Impossible" in the movie. I always like Tom Cruise as an actor even though he sounds like a nutjob from interviews.
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Re: Jack Reacher (McQuarrie, 2012) The Reviews Thread

he actually said, mission accomplished. Not mission impossible. Mission impossible as a phrase would have no sense to the context of what he was saying.
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Re: Jack Reacher (McQuarrie, 2012) The Reviews Thread

Yeah, you're right Don't they also say that somewhere in the M:I movies, though?
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Yeah. He said that in MI4. It was also joked about in the film at the end.
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Re: Jack Reacher (McQuarrie, 2012) The Reviews Thread

17.5 million opening weekend BO.
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Re: Jack Reacher (McQuarrie, 2012) The Reviews Thread

I've read all the Reacher books and I liked it a lot. Had more style than I was expecting, and Cruise handled the role well despite the physical discrepancy with the book...which at this point I've heard enough about and I'm fine with the choice. He's not a big hulking guy. Oh well, still a fun flick.

Some pretty brutal hits, Cruise still has it in the fight choreography department (still can't believe that guy is 50) and a solid car chase halfway through.

I'd be up for another one, as there are plenty of good Reacher stories to chose from.
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Re: Jack Reacher (McQuarrie, 2012) The Reviews Thread

And you know, this actually had a good mystery story, along with the great action.
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Re: Jack Reacher (McQuarrie, 2012) The Reviews Thread

I must be the voice of dissent. I found this movie mediocre at best and I'm being gentle. Although terribly miscast, Cruise gave a reliable performance(something that you can always bank on). Pike was just terrible, Jenkins was wasted, Herzog was more silly than menacing and Duvall's scene chewing was Shatneresque. The action was tedious and the mystery wasn't very involving. I also found the finale to be extremely anticlimactic. IMO, nothing more than cable fodder.
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Re: Jack Reacher (McQuarrie, 2012) The Reviews Thread

Read most of the Reacher books. Glad to see some positive reaction here. I plan on checking this out.
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Loved this flick. Solid entertainment all the way through. Great action and the car chase scene was awesome. The sound of that Chevelle was great. Love seeing muscle cars from the old days in chase scenes, just hate to see the damage inflicted on collector cars. I found one scene disagreeable; the bathroom scene got to be a little too 3 stooges-ish. Humor is fine but it's not supposed to be a comedy. Rosamund Pike has a really unique beauty. I felt she did a decent job but any competent actress could have done the same job. It is nice looking at her on the big screen tho.

Just as a warning to those that might be sensitive,
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the opening scene shows a sniper shooting civilians. I couldn't help but think of Newtown when I saw it taking me out of the movie a bit.


All in all it's a solid B+ or an A
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Re: Jack Reacher (McQuarrie, 2012) The Reviews Thread

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Loved this flick. Solid entertainment all the way through. Great action and the car chase scene was awesome. The sound of that Chevelle was great. Love seeing muscle cars from the old days in chase scenes, just hate to see the damage inflicted on collector cars. I found one scene disagreeable; the bathroom scene got to be a little too 3 stooges-ish. Humor is fine but it's not supposed to be a comedy.

Just as a warning to those that might be sensitive, the opening scene shows a sniper shooting civilians. I couldn't help but think of Newtown when I saw it taking me out of the movie a bit.

All in all it's a solid B+ or an A
This isn't directed towards you but people seriously need to get over the whole "associating this w/ that" syndrome. I'll never understand that logic. Shit happened at Newton, it was bad. I'm not going to let reality influence my viewing/reading of a fictional text so that it can later be associated with and then let it gestate it w/ the text. No. Just no.

It's stuff like that that leads to things like removing a scene from a movie (Gangster Squad) just because we feel a coincidence is there and that it can bother you.

on topic: Yeah, that scene w/ the 2 guys went too funny. Though I did like Reacher's reaction to it but it was too much for the tone of the film.
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Re: Jack Reacher (McQuarrie, 2012) The Reviews Thread

Solid action flick... Cruise is like a bad Jason Bourne in a way... Really enjoyed it and if you want action there is no better movie in the theaters right now
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No, the proper way to do do it is as a question...

So... Jack Reacher round?
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Saw it. Fun, but only worth seeing if you've watched everything else and there's nothing more worthwhile .
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While I appreciated the understated nature of the direction, pacing, etc. it did lag a bit for me. Some tighter editing probably could've shaved 5-10min off. Some nice compositions and framing though, it certainly looks good.

Car chase was the highlight and when the film seemed to come to life. Also looks like there was some extra action in the trailer that disappointingly wasn't in the film. (construction site explosion, etc) I'm torn between C+ and B-. I don't see this really catching fire at the BO (probably 60-75mill), so this may be it for Reacher. I wouldn't mind another one though.
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Re: Jack Reacher (McQuarrie, 2012) The Reviews Thread

There's something that's been bugging me about the ending.
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Jack doesn't seem like someone who goes outside the rules. He allowed the army guy to be freed, after all. He just doesn't seem like the kind who would blow the guy's head off at the end. Now he's a fugitive, or is it understood she's going to say that it was self-defense because the guy lunged after them or something?
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Re: Jack Reacher (McQuarrie, 2012) The Reviews Thread

Didn't he say something that bothered Reacher? That he'd be looked for and that's why? There was another movie playing next to our theater and it was loud as fuck. Missed out on the dialogue from him.
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There's something that's been bugging me about the ending.
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Jack doesn't seem like someone who goes outside the rules. He allowed the army guy to be freed, after all. He just doesn't seem like the kind who would blow the guy's head off at the end. Now he's a fugitive, or is it understood she's going to say that it was self-defense because the guy lunged after them or something?
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He was still in the system with the Army guy. Now that he's off the grid, he's just got his own sense of justice to guide him. He realized the Zec was either going to enjoy prison or somehow get out of it himself, and figured it would just be easier to shoot him and be done with it.
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Originally Posted by Draven View Post
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He was still in the system with the Army guy. Now that he's off the grid, he's just got his own sense of justice to guide him. He realized the Zec was either going to enjoy prison or somehow get out of it himself, and figured it would just be easier to shoot him and be done with it.
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I don't know, it just didn't seem like Jack was into killing just like that when nobody's life was in immediate danger. If he's like that in the books then it wasn't clearly communicated in the movie. It just seemed out of character for him.

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