Jack Reacher

Posted by james on July 30, 2013

(post.rating: 4)

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Fun to watch, since it's action. But it's like someone took the cover of one of those disposable action book series and just ... moved it around a little.

This movie unfolds like an Amazon description of a book series. Hard-fighting ex-military 6' 5" (really? Tom Cruise? Really?) guy roams the country doing good, then disappearing. Who was that masked man?

But it feels like someone read the book, then translated it line for line into dialog. And that doesn't bode well for this noir-ish movie. They're missing the saxophones & smoke, but the rest is there.

The dialog is just... awful. There's constant quips, which really don't work well ever for any character, but esp. not for the straight-laced Cruise in this one. All the characters are just flat. They're just plot devices.

I'm not sure how they could have fixed this one, or if they should have. I wonder if the book series is much more in-depth, with more meaningful characters and much less campy dialog. But I suspect that may not be the case. At any rate, this movie is just... obvious & flat.