December 20, 2012
Review: ‘Jack Reacher’
Okay, so here's the thing. I absolutely love the character of Jack Reacher. He was created by British author Lee Childs who has written 18 books, all featuring Reacher.
Did I mention, he never loses a fight.
Speaking of fighting ... taking on five or six or seven guys at a time, is a piece of cake for him. Rarely does our guy get a scratch...An ocassional broken nose, but that's about it.
And for that reason, walking into the theatre to see 'Jack Reacher'' directed and written by Christopher McQuarrie ('The Usual Suspects') I was expecting to hate this film.
Thanks to McQuarrie's script and the brilliant performance of Werner Herzog (yes, the director Werner Herzog) I didn't hate the film.
The opening shot is riverting...and because of recent events...disturbing. A sniper takes out five people who happen to be walking around on a beautiful sunny day....and we see it all through the sniper's rifle scope.
From here, the wrong man, James Barr (Joseph Sikora) gets arrested for the crime and when he's interviewed by Det. Emerson (David Oyelowo) and D. A. (Richard Jenkins) he writes down 4 words...Get Me Jack Reacher.
Jack Reacher shows up out of the blue, by bus of course...Meets with Barr's lawyer, Helen (Rosamund Pike) and informs her that Barr (who's now in a coma) is 100 percent guilty.
Through a series of FLASHBACKS we see Barr commit a horrible crime. Which makes us agree with Reacher's assessment.
Despite, Helen's plea for him to stay and help, Reacher declines and hops on a bus heading...wherever.
But before Helen could put her car in first gear, Reacher reappears and sets to prove to her, that Barr is definitely guilty, but to Jack's surprise, he finds out...just the opposite.
'Jack Reacher', which opens in theatres, Friday December 21, 2012, has action, car chases, hand to hand combat, gun battles...Everything you would expect in this kind of genre.
I'm sure if you've never read Child's books, you'll probably have a better time with the film, than John and I did.
I gave 'Jack Reacher' 3 bagels out of 5 and this time, John's bagel score was pretty close to mine.
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