There’s one person who’s never too old to ace an action film and his name is Tom Cruise. In Jack Reacher (the film), he plays..Jack Reacher. Who is Jack Reacher?
Jack Reacher is a former military policeman who is thrown into investigation of a murder case. The murder case in question relates to a sniper shooting that left five people dead. Five seemingly random people. The police, of course, were the first to jump in on the case, picking up clues that led them to a war veteran, James Barr (played by Joseph Sikora).
But here’s the thing though – when taken in for questioning, James Barr doesn’t do or say anything save for writing, “Find Jack Reacher” on a piece of paper.
He was later beaten into bloody pulp while in custody and ends up being in a coma. How convenient!
Anyway, Jack Reacher appears quite literally at the district attorney’s (played by Richard Jenkins) doorstep. Or rather, office. He also meets Detective Emerson (played by David Oyelowo), who is the lead investigator on the case, and James Barr’s lawyer Helen Rodin (played by Rosamund Pike).
And so starts their little adventure.
Jack Reacher might be semi-retired and maybe a little out of touch with his training but he’s still sharp, smart, and maybe a little too analytical. All for good reasons, of course. He reveals to Helen that he had previously investigated a case in Iraq that involved James Barr and at first, he too was convinced that James Barr was guilty. But as the trail deepens into the unknown and the clues start to unravel a “bigger picture”, both Jack and Helen began to discover that James is perhaps as innocent as any other scapegoat.
Along comes a thick plot that throws Jack Reacher’s investigative skills into overdrive. Along the way, Jack is attacked by a bunch of punks, threatened, framed, and he even gets into a car chase.
Let’s not forget that Helen’s life is unexpectedly in great danger too. All these incidents take place somewhere in the middle of the film and suddenly, you don’t really want to tear your eyes away from the screen not for one single moment.
So, like we said in the beginning – five seemingly random people. Seemingly. Jack Reacher soon finds out that they aren’t as random as they seem. He even suggests that two out of five were having an affair. But we digress. It turns out that a higher, more terrifying figure was at work, killing five people instead of just one as an attempt at diversion. And the best (or should we say, worst?) part is that a certain detective/lead investigator on the case is with “the bad guys”. Tsk.
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We won’t ruin the rest of the movie for you. We would advise you though to be prepared to follow the film throughout the entire time although some parts may get draggy. As for Tom Cruise, well, was Jack Reacher (the film) a mission impossible for him? We think not.
Find how it all ends when Jack Reacher is released in a cinema near you on 20th December 2012 (Thursday). For more information, visit the movie’s official website.