Skip to main content

Ads

loading...

Featured Post

Freddie Gibbs/Madlib - Bandana Music Album Reviews

On their second album as a duo, Madlib and Freddie Gibbs pull themselves deeper into one another’s worlds.
On paper, Freddie Gibbs, a straight-shooting street rapper, and Madlib, an eccentric tinkerer, are as mouth-watering a combo as licorice and pickle juice. But their collaborative 2014 album Piñata succeeded because the two are equally uncompromising: Madlib tailors beats to his eclectic ears alone, while Gibbs insists that he can rap over anything. Kindred spirits, the pair bonded through mutual gumption.

Ads

ads

Flipboard

Flipboard

Jack Reacher Movie Review






Written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, "Jack Reacher" is adapted from Lee Child's novel "One Shot" (the ninth Reacher novel in a series of 17 so far) and is also the beginning of a possible new franchise for star and producer Tom Cruise.


The first thing this adaptation asks audiences to adapt to is Tom Cruise as ex-military investigator Jack Reacher. At six-foot-five and 250 pounds in the novel, that's more than a bit of a reach. Cruise, however, is still one of the biggest stars on the big screen, and not for nothing. He succeeds here in making himself larger than life with a one-two punch of swagger and coldness.


After an opening Pittsburgh sniper scene (which is given unintended but unavoidable resonance from the recent Newtown, CT school shootings) the apprehended suspect Barr (Joseph Sikora) has nothing to say but: "Get Jack Reacher". Surprisingly (and somewhat comically), the off-the-grid Jack Reacher appears and discovers that the airtight case against Barr has a lot of holes. This puts him at odds with Detective Emerson (David Oyelowo), District Attorney Rodin (Richard Jenkins), and even at times the suspect's conflicted defense attorney (and D.A.'s daughter) Helen Rodin (Rosamund Pike).

The hard-boiled plot, as it must, thickens. As it does, there are the expected fistfights, car chases, gunplay, and bloodshed, many of which involve another sniper, Charlie (Jai Courtney), and the good-hearted bad girl Sandy (Alexia Fast). Tom Cruise could do these scenes in his sleep, and whenever he makes the occasional boyish grin or wisecrack, it seems he is.

Though this alpha male is a lone wolf, Reacher gets some assistance from shooting range owner Cash (a somewhat wasted Robert Duvall) who is presented as a wise elder and occasional jokester. This is one of several instances of lightness blended into an otherwise dark movie, which most notably includes a borderline slapstick scene with bumbling bad guys.

One of many utilized stock characters - the German-accented villain - is given an unexpected turn in the form of Werner Herzog. Herzog's presence will be initially jarring to those used to hearing him narrate thoughtful documentaries with a gentle humanism. However, the renowned director sinks his teeth into the role of the evil Zec, a former gulag prisoner without fingers on one hand (which an imprisoned Zec had to sink his own teeth into).

A final showdown in a rock quarry starts out smart but devolves into more clichéd heroics. Though "Jack Reacher" reaches to be something more, its grip isn't strong enough to keep from falling back onto standard action movie muscle memory.

Comments

ads

loading...
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Loading...

Popular posts from this blog

The Pilgrim's Progress (2019) Sinhala Subtitles

Synopsis The epic tale of a pilgrim and his burden, based on John Bunyan's Masterpiece. Christian begins a journey from the City of Destruction to the Celestial City as the ultimate enemy tries everything in his power to distract him from his destination. One of the most popular books of all time is brought to life for the first time to theaters as a feature length, CGI animated movie.

Game Of Thrones Season 8 - End Game With Sinhala Subtitles

Nokia 4.2 Review

At £150, Nokia's budget handset has to be compared to the very best cheap phones. How does it stack up?
Should I Buy The Nokia 4.2?
The 4.2 has shown that Nokia can still produce good hardware, and combined with the slick user interface on Android One it provides an enjoyable user experience. This fully featured modern handset produces consistently solid performance, with above average cameras and impressive battery life. 
However, it is let down by a low resolution screen, poor implementation of biometrics and some stubborn design choices.

Nectarine & Prosciutto Salad

Sweet ripe nectarines pair with peppery arugula and a hit of salty Parmesan and prosciutto in this outstanding side salad.

Apple MacBook Pro 15in (2019) Review

The 2019 version of the 15in MacBook Pro brings more powerful Intel processors - including a 9th generation 8-core option, but it may still suffer from keyboard issues (which Apple will fix for free). Here's our full review.
Should I buy the 15in MacBook Pro (2019)?
You’ll need to weigh up how much you need an incredibly powerful Mac laptop with concerns about the keyboard, but the new 9th generation 8-core processors should sweeten the deal.

Like Fan Page